PCT has all the resources in house, such as milling machines, that will enable them to produce every single part of the dragon in the right shape, material and weight.
PCT has the capability and will to invest more man hours into the construction process of the Premier Dragon than any other boat yard.
Materials are extremely limited by the rule when building a dragon. No high tech materials such as Carbon Fiber or Kevlar Fibers are allowed. Only Glass Fiber, Polyester and Vinylester resin are permitted for use. It is by the nature that PCT engineers used these materials that creates a unique product.
The weight targets set by the rule are quite substantial. It is common practice to incorporate bulker material into the laminate to bulk up the thickness quickly and to save money. This is not the case with the PCT construction process. Every gram that was asked for by the rule was used up intelligently in order to gain stiffness. The vacuum infusion process that PCT uses ensures very tight and accurate construction tolercances according to the specifications.
CONSTRUCTING THE KEEL
The Premier Dragon keel is cast oversize then milled to the final shape, which allows for a thin protective glass layer and varnish. Other boat yards produce the keel undersize and then sink it into the fully laminated hull and keel shell. PCT does not insert the keel from above but places it fully coated in GRP underneath the bilge of the boat. Placing the keel into the hull from below, allows a slightly lower center of gravity.
Every single Premier Dragon keel is milled individually.
THE UNIQUE CONSTRUCTION OF A PREMIER DRAGON
The Premier Dragon is a lot more robust as the interior is properly laminated into the boat. The PCT floors are of high quality and reach all the way down as far as they are allowed to go. The inner cockpit floors of the Premier Dragon sit much higher than that of any other Dragon. The floors are supported by more transverse members than required.
Premier Dragons are equipped with a full high aft wards longitudinal bulkhead, this was a decision made by Paolo Manganelli. He proved that the use of this bulkhead would have a tremendous impact on the longitudinal stiffness of the boat.
The stiffness of the Premier Dragon is reliant on the deck, hull, and the parts between. The assemblies of the bulkheads make an increasingly stiff part that is able to transfer the loads correctly into the front part of the boat.
The designers invested a substantial amount of time to look into every little detail. They have thought about every possible change and what its impact could be on performance. Paolo Manganelli spent weeks investigating all options of the hull to deck joint and which type of laminate should be used. Also the connecting laminate of the traveler beam to the cockpit coaming was developed employing the latest FE-Software by considering the flux of force.