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New 6-16 Dragon Boat

December 1, 2009

Vincent Lo over at 6-16 (Vancouver, BC, Canada) just released a new dragon boat.  Here’s a description from his website:

Built to the exact international standards in all dimensions; plus unique 616 features that are not available in any typical run-of-the-mill IDBF boats:

~true double-hull-with-coremat sandwich construction; extremely stiff hull without encapsulated wood anywhere

~”real”, functional footrest bars

~centre spine offers exceptional longitudinal stiffness and extra bracing

~super light weight at 500 +/- 10lbs

I would love to see FCRCC replace the POS Geminis with the new 6-16.  Anything is better than paddling a plastic tippy tub that was retrofitted from 11 rows to 10.  Oh, and let’s not forget the metal pole running along the sides of the Geminis as the result of removing one row.  I would hope FCRCC would support a local dragon boat builder that has given so much to the dragon boat community.

In the pictures below, notice the length of the overall boat as the back portion of the boat behind the steering column is detachable (presumably so it can fit in transport containers).  The length should increase the boat’s speed (for you LB paddlers, think of the maroon #7 boat).  I bet this boat will move fast assuming that it has the previous 6×16’s ability to track well.

The footrests although innovative, look very curious to me, I can see my foot going right under the bar during a start sequence.  If this happens, and your legs are long enough, you may be able to wedge your foot under the bar and rest your shin on the bottom of the bar (shin guard recommended).  FYI – this isn’t usually an option for paddlers with shorter legs.

One of my main peeves about pretty much all dragon boats I have seen (with the exception of the POS Gemini) is the exposed wood along the gunwales/gunnels.  That area takes such a beating (especially with newer paddlers) that constant maintenance is required to keep the boat in shape.  How about some hard plastic/fiberglass instead of wood? I don’t care if wood gunwales makes the boat look more authentic or traditional.  You think ANYONE will look at a dragon boat with head and tail attached, notice that there is no wood on the gunwales and then think, “Gee, this doesn’t look like an authentic dragon boat.”?

It looks like the steering column is not wood (or at least the wood is covered).  Depending on what the material is, this could lend to a stiffer steering column that lead to better/more precise steering from an experienced steers person.  Since there is no exposed wood,there should be less maintenance needed to maintain this area of the boat (see my rant above about wooden gunwales).

What are the chances Vincent will send one down to Long Beach so we can test it?  😉

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. ken hong permalink
    December 1, 2009 9:38 am

    good to see vincent refreshing his product line. It has been years since i’ve talked to him. I love the older 6-16 boats but times changed and the international standard became the way to go. I wonder what his prices are? Historically the 6-16’s were on the high end $$ of boats- and high end quality as well – and that made it hard for organizations to not turn to the lower priced manufacturers.

    What i would really like him to build again is his 10 man boat. It was fast, it was the only 10 man you could buy when I got into one 7 or 8 years ago. but he stopped building it for some reason.

  2. lori permalink
    December 1, 2009 1:19 pm

    Curious about the footrests as well. Visions of slipping during starts, Portland 09, comes to mind. How high from the bottom (lowest point) is the bar?

    • Dave permalink
      November 2, 2010 12:45 pm

      Hey, at least you are not still paddling the old teak boats circa 1986(brought over from Hong Kong for Expo 86)! From what I can see dragon boats have come a long way and the paddles, no longer teak, are a far cry from the days of old.

  3. harrison paddlesports club permalink
    November 13, 2012 9:51 pm

    who has one of these new boats in the fraser valley? I’d like to look and paddle in one. I’m part of a new club with dreams of holding a dragonboat festival in the near further and would like to buy local if the boats measure up to what is written.

    • Jean Vye permalink
      November 20, 2012 12:24 pm

      It looks like our Seattle Club will be selling some used 6-16’s in the coming years. They are older, but reliable and regularly maintained. We even have a lovely, ancient 6-16 that would be great for a beginning team’s practice for a bargain price (around $3,000)

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