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What is the C-15 Community Boat project?
The project has been designed through non-profits (Dragon Boat BC and Britannia Heritage Shipyard Society), community and government agencies. There are various community outreach components as well as youth involvement. Along side the 150-year Canadian anniversary, Dragon Boat BC is coordinating the project to provide valuable skills training for the participants as they build boats that will be used in the communities that they have been built in.

What kind of boat is it?
It is a C-15 flat-water racing canoe designed to hold 15 paddlers. The boat has been built to the Canadian race class specifications. The canoe will be on display as it is being built and it will make appearances at events such as the 2017 Concord Dragon Boat Festival and other public events. As more of these C-15s are made available throughout the course of this project, they will be used for races through Dragon Zone programs at the Creekside Community Centre.

How does it compare to a dragon boat?
The team balances on one bended knee paddling vs. dragon boating, which is fully seated. The C15 design basically hasn’t changed in the last hundred years, with slight changes around the 1940’s. Based on the design from back east, this canoe design is from Steve Killing Yacht Design. The 72-year-old Ontario designer, has also designed/co-designed catamarans for America’s Cup races throughout the years, including the Canadian True North Syndicate from 1987.

Are there any other canoes of this type nearby?
Yes, there are approximately 4-5 canoes in the area and many more on the eastern coast of Canada.

What are the boat specifications?
The C-15 race canoe is 30 feet long. It weights approximately 200 pounds (minimum 189.5lbs) and is designed to accommodate 15 people (180 lbs/person).

How long will it take to build?
It will take approximately 5 people, 40 hours week for 16 weeks through the project initiatives. The canoe at the Woodwards atrium site will be completed at the end of May.

It looks great, but will it float?
It is encased with epoxy and fibreglass sheathing around the cedar core, which serves as a cohesive unit, locking the shape. The canoe is given strength through this mono calking construction component. It also protects the canoe from issues with wood maintenance.

What kinds of tools are used?
Hand tools, backsaws, chisels, and sanders are used throughout the build process.

What is the frame under the canoe?
The framework supporting the canoe is called the mould; it is built on a strong back that defines the shape of the boat. It is assembled from pre-cut pieces during the first week of the build and serves as the base to support the canoe throughout the building process.

Can people in the public participate in the build project?
Yes, there are various stages of build projects occurring in Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby. Community outreach programs as well as through Job creation initiatives. There are also volunteer opportunities and you can even sign up to paddle at a community event in the future.

For more information, email info@dragonboatbc.ca

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