So... you’re ready to live your dream. You probably have realized that we are all here for a very short time and do not want to continue in the same old rut until the end. You know that resins are made from oil and the energy needed to make glass fiber is produced burning oil. The cost of your dream is raising rapidly and may soon be out of reach. Maybe you have had a good glimpse of the light (or dark) at the end of the tunnel and don’t want to take the time or have the time to wait the 2 to 3 years for construction of a large catamaran. You may not want to risk loosing your down payment if your manufacturer goes belly up in these tough economic times. Maybe you are a baby boomer ready to cash out, reallocate some assets and sail off into the sunset in style. Maybe you want a proper yacht to sail around the world. Maybe you want to sail across the Atlantic and cruise the Mediterranean for a couple of years. Maybe you want to make the great circle around the Caribbean or just want to see the Bahamas. The federal government will probably be opening up Cuba soon and you may want to cruise that island for a year. Maybe you see the H1N1 Flu or a stock market crash coming (OOPS, too late) and want to be totally self sufficient anchored off some unpolluted island until the panic and pandemic ends. Maybe you want to stay above the waters as global warming raises the ocean levels.
What ever your reasons you have found this site. Unfortunately, you are too late. The Dragon was sold on Cinco de Mayo.
You may still have the dream. If so, this site is dedicated to providing you with more information than you ever wanted to know about Millennium Dragon, the custom built 49 foot catamaran I had built in 1998-1999. I am now able to reallocate some assets (I want to get started building a multihull motor sailor). If you were not ready to invest in the Dragon and missed this opportunity, hopefully this site will provide you with some inspiration regarding construction, layout, mechanical & electrical systems, and electronics that you may find useful when you do decide to wander.
Millennium Dragon is a 2000 model Ocean Catamaran 49 built in South Carolina during 1998/1999 by Ocean Catamarans, Inc. by Karen and Henry Lucke. The Dragon was launched for the celebration of the new millennium. She is a completely custom owner’s version sailed by my wife Kathy and I since January 2000. We lived aboard until we moved into our present home in Punta Gorda in January of 2003. during that time we spent two Winters in the Bahamas. The Dragon has seen little use since then.
Millennium Dragon is powered by twin VolvoPenta 59 HP diesels with saildrives and three bladed folding propellers this vessel will do over 9 Knots motoring. To save fuel we have generally motored using one engine, alternating sides, at 7.4 Knots. We sail her steadily between 14 and 15 Knots with a 15 to 18 Knot wind on the beam.