The Dragon was built in South Carolina by Ocean Catamarans, Inc. A small number of large molds are used in construction to minimize the number of joints and fairing between parts. Six (6) molds are used to build these boats. The underbelly (bridge deck floor and inside of the hulls) is built in one piece in the longest mold (see pictures below). The outside of the port and starboard hulls are also pulled from a mold for each side. The deck is produced from one large mold that runs from side to side (25’) and the bows to the aft cross beam. The port and starboard aft transom deck/steps are molded from two additional much smaller molds.
Millennium Dragon was hand laid using two layers of 26 oz Quad Axial knitted fiberglass cloth inside and out (52 oz total in both the outer and inner skins). One (1”) inch core is used and all parts are vacuum bagged to compress the fibers and reduce weight. Following assembly of the parts, the Dragon weighed 12,500 pounds while in the shed. Following completion of rigging, ready to be transported to the launch area, she weighed about 15,500 pounds. Fully loaded for extended cruising Millennium Dragon weighs about 18,500 pounds. Pictures of the molds at Ocean Catamarans and several more recent catamarans are seen in the album below.