La Traviata GBR 727

For Sale – La Traviata GBR 727


Petticrows 2000 built International Dragon. This Dragon has been very little used and has a white hull with double blue waterline and very light grey decking.

The hull gel coat is in very good condition for her age, not antifouled and always dry sailed. La Traviata comes complete with two pumps, no electric pumps, and the following below.


  • Allen Bros Mast with adjustable jumpers
  • Selection of good sails, mostly North


  • Cockpit cover, trailing cover, mast cover
  • Harbeck alloy trailer, with 2 boxes and spare wheel
  • Sheerlegs, strongbacks,
  • Spare boom tension meter


John Mellows

Phone UK 01329 662248

Location: Hill Head near PO14


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For Sale – Dragonfly GBR453


1969 Classic, Borresen Dragon. A fast boat with a very good racing record when based in Cowes in late 90’s early 2000.

This classic Dragon has a very successful racing record, having won local and national races (including Cowes week) when owned and helmed by leading Dragon sailer during the 90s and early 2000s. Then based in the Solent, she was always found in the front of the local fleet which numbered some 30 Dragons.

Dragonfly GBR453 wooden top deck

In the current ownership for 3 years, she is now based on the east coast. Dry stored over winter, she was last afloat summer/autumn 2021 when she was kept on a swinging mooring. Recent works include the re-varnishing of the hull (summer 2021) and repairs and repainting of the decks, which are original T&G covered in canvass painted. Now looking for a new custodian to care for and race her amongst other classics – where she should again prove successfull – this Dragon is antifouled and ready to be launched.

“Dragonfly” was built in 1969 by Børresens Bådebyggeri, Vjile, Denmark, build number K453 and launched as “Menace”. Current RYA racing certificates are included.

The sale includes a four wheel, braked road trailer which is solid and, subject to normal servicing, should be fine for long distance towing.

Dragonfly GBR453 wooden hull

General Specification

Designer : Johan Anker (1929, Norway)
Builder : Børresens Bådebyggeri, Vjile, Denmark
LOA : 8.9m (29ft 2in)
Beam : 1.95m (6ft 5in)
Draft : 1.2m (3ft 11in)
Displacement : 1,700kg
Keel : Long


  • Wood carvel construction
  • Keel bolts replaced 2015
  • Grown oak floors repaired/restored 2015
  • Hull topsides taken back to bare wood and re-varnished with 8 coats of Epithanes July/August 2021, each coat wet and dried producing an excellent gloss finish. Hull planking excellent condition.
  • Original decks in tongue and groove pine covered in canvas, repaired and recovered in summer 2021, as required
  • New mast collar 2021
  • Antifouled 2022
  • Dry stored over winter


Dragonfly GBR453 wooden classic Dragon keelboat
  • Bermudan Sloop rig
  • Black alloy Procter mast and boom
  • Standing rigging in good condition
  • One lower backstay should be replaced.
  • Running rigging, under deck main and fine tune for runners, all in good condition
  • Mainsail and genoa (c.2012, by Petticrow, good condition, little used)
  • Older mainsail and genoa (reasonable condition)
  • 2 x spinnakers (both by Petticrow)
  • Spinnaker pole


  • Twin axle road trailer (good serviceable condition.
  • Fitted cockpit cover (2021, by Lonton & Gray, Burnham-on-Crouch)
  • Heavy fitted overall cover, unused by vendor)
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Current RYA racing certificates
Dragonfly GBR453


Peter Thomas

Location: Woodbridge, Suffolk


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