Thanks for the warm welcome, and WOW I sure seem to have opened something
I found this forum while searching for plans to build a kiln to dry the wood required for building the new project. There is an abundance of fine tropical hardwoods at low prices here, but the manufacturing is of poor quality. Have built a 17' Canadian canoe and a 40' Dragon Boat and still suffering from the headache caused by poorly dried and machined materials. That is why I want to complete my workshop with a kiln.
The planned boat will be used for traditional dragon boat racing in Thailand and some neighbouring countries like Laos and Vietnam. Races are held in almost every city around starting from the end of the rainy season in september until January February when there is enough water in the lakes and rivers.
The reason I am planning to build the boat is because I hate injustice. There are 3 well trained and equipped professional Royal Navy teams travelling around Thailand to take away all the major prizes from the local boys who do this as a hobby and dont have the taxpayer to sponsor them.
I have a Thai friend who runs one of those local teams and I have been crying with him the past few years until I thought it was time to use brain against Navy muscles. Have found an English marine engineer who was interested in my story and my ideas to build a traditional looking dragon boat with a few secrets in it which will definately make it a winner. Fast calculaters among you will easily figure out what it means if through the construction one can gain a 50% weight advantage on a 110' boat built out of tropical hardwood. Add a graphite coating underneath and the show can start
I will supply the materials, use of my workshop, managing the project and do the tricky stuff. The labour will be done by 5 crafty guys out of the team.
The team management and the business around the races will be done by my friend who runs the team. As a foreigner I dont want to get involved in that typical Thai way of . Just want to join the public low profile and enjoy the teams efforts and success from a distance.
Planning to finish the project August next year so we will have about a month for testing and training before the racing season starts.
Will send some pics soon