basically everything you need.
I just had her hauled and repainted the hull above and below the water line and put about $10,000 into her to make her shine, she is museum quality, and an absolute steal.
She is perfect as a coastal cruiser, live aboard, party boat, for entertaining or as an art studio. This boat is perfect for almost any venue.
As a coastal cruiser, the Flying Dragon is very sea kindly and is a good sailer with a beautiful set of balanced lug rig working sails. She is very easy to single hand. With over a 1000 sq. feet of canvas, she can make good way in the lightest of zephyrs. Her 130 HP Perkins truly makes her a good motorsailer getting about 4 gallons of diesel and hour and steams along comfortably around 7 knots. Her unconventional hull seems to act as a hybrid between a displacement hull and a plaining hull. I have had her doing 10 knots under sail without an excessive bow wave. Her engine room is roomy and spacious allowing full and comfortable access to her engine and affording additional storage.
With a 16 foot beam and an open airy design, the "Flying Dragon" is the most comfortable live-aboard I have ever seen anywhere in another boat even close to her length. Inside she defies the typical dark claustrophobic feel of most sailboats. Her large transom windows, to her open layout and custom built interior, designed, and handcrafted by famous artist, Jerry Joslin. Everything about her has an authentic feel of function, comfort and a touch of the exotic. Her under soul lazaret is like having a basement. She has lots of additional storage, including a hanging locker, full work bench, cupboards and drawers. Her spacious stateroom, sports dresser drawers and her large head even has a custom space for an under counter washer/dryer. Above deck she has a flat poop-deck with an astonishing 16x20 feet of elbow room, a favorite place for people to congregate and get an elevated view of river and its surroundings. This also makes it ideal for steering from the aft deck steering station, trimming sail, or simply feeling like Captain Jack Sparrow on high.
For entertaining the Flying Dragon will comfortably accommodate 25 guests and I have sailed with more then 30 without feeling overly congested. The boat accommodates a crowd well with lots of nice gathering spots. Rather then break the boat up into separate living areas and staterooms, Jerry decided to keep every thing spacious and open. This design allows one to move around the boat quickly and effortlessly. The boat carries this open feel to the outside with plenty of portholes and windows. You can check your underway progress from almost any vantage point within the boat.
No matter where she goes The beautiful Flying Dragon, being a boat of uncommon character, is the center of attention. Sense I have owned her she has been invited as the future attraction to multiple Boat shows and Pirate festivals. I have been approached by Hollywood and have been asked by many to charter parties and business meetings. When you own something this special, its hard not to get rapped up in others excitement and want to share her history and character with others. Also, it is astonishing to hear so many stories of her unique and colorful history. She was a fishing boat, Smuggler, Party boat, floating pavilion for the 1974 World Fair, Astoria brothel, and finally restored by and used as a floating Studio by renown Sculptor and world sailor Jerry Joslin.
Built on the shores of Hong Kong around 1925, she spent the majority of her life as a fishing boat. Being the Lorcha style design with a pointed prow and high stern, she was built to be sea kindly. She was bought by an airline pilot and converted into a cruiser in the 1960s. Bought by Northwest Orient Airlines, the Flying Dragon, was brought overseas to Spokane, Washington in 1974 to be the Airlines floating pavilion in the World Fair. After the fair, she saw many owners and eventually ended up in Astoria, Oregon, being used as a brothel. Being boarded up with a hot-tub in her for-peek, she sustained a lot of dry-rot damage and neglect. In 2001, an acclaimed artist and sculpture and his son, restored her to her former glory with the help of Speed Carter's boatyard in Oregon.
Photo documents of the work by the owner and boatyard are available. All systems are in working condition; this boat is ready to be sailed way.
Hi Alison the Chinese Junk the Flying Dragon has sold.