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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Sat May 12, 2012 10:22 pm

We dug up a few prints of the Dragon board from the archives, here's another one.

http://olosurfer-woodensurfboardsatpipeline.blogspot.co.nz/2012/05/evolution-of-big-wooden-pin-tailed.html

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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Philshoz » Sun May 13, 2012 5:01 am

Do you ever slip across the channel to Matakana on that thing Roy? Avoiding the cruise ships of course.
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Sun May 13, 2012 10:55 am

We rode the Island often during the late 70's but these days I don't bother as I prefer to go to the beach with my family.

It's illegal to paddle across the harbour entrance now too.
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Wed May 23, 2012 4:31 am

Making the fin panel.

Overall area is nearly the same, as is the depth, however the area distribution has been lowered and the tip swept back slightly to provide slightly more chord length in the extreme tip area, and thus a higher Reynolds number. Whale tubercules will be added also.

http://olosurfer-woodensurfboardsatpipe ... panel.html

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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Philshoz » Wed May 23, 2012 1:24 pm

Roy Stuart wrote:Making the fin panel.

Overall area is nearly the same, as is the depth, however the area distribution has been lowered and the tip swept back slightly to provide slightly more chord length in the extreme tip area, and thus a higher Reynolds number. Whale tubercules will be added also.


Excuse me?............ :? :? :? :?
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Wed May 23, 2012 8:24 pm

Hi Phil, would you like further explanation?

I could just say that it looks more like a whale fin than a spitfire wing !
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Archy_is_God » Thu May 24, 2012 9:35 am

2 5/8 sounds thick for one of your boards, Roy, but maybe it correlates with the size of board in general?

Craftsmanship looks very impressive, I have to say.

For my benefit, if not anyone else's, could you explain how chord affects fin behaviour? I kind of understand tubercules, but it would be interesting to see how the whole design comes together.
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Sun May 27, 2012 6:12 am

Hi Archy,

The thickness is moderate for the length of the board, it's actually finished up at 2.5 inches.

Regarding the chord in the tip area, if it is narrow it is more likely to stall at high angles of attack and/or low speeds, I've never had a problem with that but just wanted to get a bit more power in the tip and more drive at the base.

Whale bumps on the fin today and some foil talk.

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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:30 pm

Well. I just need to set the fin and she's all done, weight is 48 pounds exactly as hoped for. My standard construction would have been 38 ish.

Here the aquamarine eyes are being set in 23 ct gold.

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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:37 am

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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:42 am

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Re: Dragon Board

Postby flacky » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:13 am

Nice...
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:17 pm

Thanks.

To understand it one really has to experience the ride. 8)
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:18 pm

The wide angle accentuates the rocker, which is actually very low... equal to 1.5 inches over 8 feet.

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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:30 am

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Re: Dragon Board

Postby flacky » Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:10 am

Roy Stuart wrote:Thanks.

To understand it one really has to experience the ride. 8)


I can imagine. Nice vid on the site too.
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Obelix » Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:11 am

Beautiful board, looks like tremendous craftsmanship
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Obelix » Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:15 am

What is the round brass-like thing on the top deck near the nose? Some form of vent?
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:16 pm

Thanks chaps,.

Obelix that's a stainless steel vent.
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby ATTMFKH » Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:28 pm

Stuart says the Dragon will be "the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most accomplished single finned long board ever made -- not necessarily the fastest in absolute top speed but the most powerful and most rewarding all round board over the full range of conditions".

:director: :headbang:
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Philshoz » Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:06 pm

Got to be worth 2 million this one.
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Rickyroughneck » Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:30 pm

Philshoz wrote:Got to be worth 2 million this one.

Yen 8)
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby buttholesurfer » Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:35 am

ATTMFKH wrote:Stuart says the Dragon will be "the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most accomplished single finned long board ever made -- not necessarily the fastest in absolute top speed but the most powerful and most rewarding all round board over the full range of conditions".

:director: :headbang:


WTF!
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby flacky » Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:49 pm

It's called justifying a price tag... Nothing more. If he publicly announces his board to hold no advantage it demystifies them and makes them nothing more than a wooden surfboard. At least he's consistent.
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:27 pm

The point is Flacky that they do have a huge advantage... if they didn't I would neither make them nor write about them.

The difference is, quite frankly, stupendous.

Here's a good look at the rocker, and some words.

http://www.roystuart.biz/2012/09/queen-of-long-gliders-dragon-13-9.html

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"The 'Queen of Diamonds' ... as the Dragon 13-9 Super longboard is known in house ... has arrived, all set to burn the opposition's tail feathers. The NZ-built 2012 'mid-engined' glider is one in a quiver of completely new entrants in the emerging world of super longboards . New from every point of view – design, hydro and aerodynamics, handling, construction and ergonomics. It is a surfboard which is capable of giving the traditional offerings in the segment – Frye, Cooper, Phillips, Wegener , Parmenter and their respective test riders - sleepless nights."
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:32 pm

buttholesurfer wrote:
ATTMFKH wrote:Stuart says the Dragon will be "the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most accomplished single finned long board ever made -- not necessarily the fastest in absolute top speed but the most powerful and most rewarding all round board over the full range of conditions".

:director: :headbang:


WTF!


One strives to present the truth in ways which people can understand... I can get more technical if you like...

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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Bearded Gimp » Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:57 pm

I don't mean to be rude Roy, but you seem to be somewhat diminished of late. Is everything quite all right?
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:27 am

Oh, I lost my MSW password and couldn't be bothered retrieving it, so sorry.
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby glide collective » Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:44 am

think you got the tile of this thread wrong
shouldnt it have been "Dragon Boat"
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:08 pm

Wow a man with a humour cell.
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