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The BDA AGM and Dinner 2016 will take place on Friday 15 January at the Army & Navy Club, Pall Mall, London.  Further details to follow shortly.





The 2016 Dragon Edinburgh Cup will be held in Abersoch from 2-9 July.  Further details to follow soon via


Cost Of Sailing a Dragon

The table below sets out the annual costs of running a Dragon (as at 2012) at four different levels and therefore boats of varying age and cost. All these figures are in £'s and should be regarded as indicative. More sails may be bought, more events entered, or more work done by the owner. The boats and assumptions are

  • Boat 1: A brand-new all GRP boat, campaigned only at events, of which at least two are overseas. The capital cost would be higher for a wooden deck or cold-moulded construction. Normal extras have been included in the capital cost and VAT at the UK rate has been added.
  • Boat 2: As above but the boat will have been used for about 3 seasons.
  • Boat 3: An older( perhaps about 10 years old) but still competitive boat, which is being campaigned in major events, one of which is normally overseas, and also sailed regularly in club racing.
  • Boat 4: An older GRP boat only raced in club events.
Boat 1 Boat 2 Boat 3 Boat 4
Depreciation (Note 1) 9000 2000 1200 500
Sails (Note 2) 3500 3500 1500 - 2700 500
Gear, minor repairs
(Note 3)
600 1000 1000 500
Antifouling N/A N/A 250 -1200 250
Mooring/cranage/scrubbing (Note 4) N/A N/A 900 - 3000 750
Winter storage 0-250 0-250 0-250 0-250
Trailer depreciation and  maintenance 750 500 350 100
Entry fees 1200 1,200 600 50
Fuel and ferries 2000 2000 250-1250 N/A
Insurance 1000 1000 700 400
BDA membership 75 75 75 75
Totals 18,125 to 18,375 11,275 to 11,525 6, 825 to 2,325 3,125 to 3,375

Note 1: The depreciation charge is that required to descend to the next level over the appropriate number of years.

Note 2: Boats 1 and 2 are assumed to buy one main. one spinnaker and two genoas per year. Boat 3 to buy one main, one genoa and one spinnaker and Boat 4 to buy two second-hand sails.

Note 3: This excludes any major collision damage.

Note 4: This doesn't include cranage or mooring at events, which is normally included in entry fees.

Note 5: Nobodys experience will be exactly in line with these numbers. They can only be a guide.

Note 6: Boat 3s sails may be either new or very little used secondhand.

Note 7: Antifouling is either DIY or professional. Dry-sailed boats do not have antifouling which reduces costs.

Note 8: Fuel and ferries is highly variable depending on the location of events. The numbers are therefore very approximate.

Note 9: No account has been taken of accommodation and food at events, the cost of professional crew (if any) or subsidy to student relative crews.

Note 10: The mooring, cranage, scrubbing etc costs vary so much because some boats are dry sailed (expensive) and others are on swinging moorings (inconvenient but cheaper) . Yard involvement also varies considerably.     


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