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New Fleet of Dragon Boats Coming to Long Beach

September 19, 2010

While in Shanghai, Dr. Chen had a chance to visit Champion dragon boats where they discussed the new fleet of dragon boats coming to Mother’s Beach in the not too distant future.

The best thing about them?  No wood gunnels (gunwales)!  F’ING FINALLY!

The hesitation in the past, I am told, has been the arcane USDBF rules/requirements/suggestions requiring wood gunnels for “tradition” purposes.   The USDBF doesn’t help when the community has to varnish the wood gunnels multiple times a year.  It’s kind of like the way the USDBF claims to do things for the local dragon boat communities.  As stated previously, I can care less who claims to be the “official” organization of US dragon boating but just don’t claim you’ve been doing things for us when there has been no actual evidence that you have.

Cheers to the SCDBC for realizing that blindly following rules that make no sense is not always the best route to take.

I can’t wait for the new boats’ arrival.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Megan permalink
    September 19, 2010 11:31 am

    So the wood gunwales thing isn’t a IDBF specification? I guess I’ve been stumbling along and pissing and moaning about varnishing gunwales because of the IDBF?

    Stirring the pot, poking the bear….


    • effectivepull permalink*
      September 19, 2010 8:23 pm

      I have not read the IDBF boat spec but when speaking to people in my community about why on earth do all the dragon boats have wood gunnels that require sanding/varnishing etc, the words “Haslam”, “USDBF”, and “IDBF” come up.

  2. Steve K. permalink
    September 22, 2010 9:13 am

    I understand dragon boating’s desire to maintain traditions, but a boat requiring less maintenance makes so much sense for especially for practice boats.

    If we ever get the politics sorted out maybe we can have an organization that can decide what is and is not important in defining our sport.

    • effectivepull permalink*
      September 22, 2010 10:27 pm

      Excellent idea, Steve. What is traditional about dragon boats is that they float and we race them. 😉

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