Date: September 20th, 2021
Subject: Draco Design Brief

DRACO
By Kai Wa’a

BRIEF

The Draco is a low volume, calm water canoe, designed with the versatility to serve a larger range of paddlers in calm to small surf conditions.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • LOA: 20ʻ6” | 6.27 m
    Overall length 20ft 6in
  • LWL: 20’1″ to 20′-6″ | 6.12 m – 6.27 m
    See bullet list for Waterline below (*measured using 40lb plug, updated measurements to come)
  • NOSE WIDTH: 7.125” | 18 cm
    (measured 4ʻ from the nose)
  • CENTER WIDTH: 15.75″ | 40 cm
    (measured from the center of boat)
  • TAIL WIDTH: 8.5” | 21.59 cm
    (measured 4ʻ from the tail)

DESCRIPTION

The Draco was designed for calm water to small surf conditions, as well as emerging paddling communities.

Kai Bartlett Canoe designer “We set out with a clear intention to better serve calm water markets…As we began conceptualizing the design we noticed an increase of OC1 participation from the dragon boat community due to the pandemic.  With that in mind, we designed different features and benefits to cater to this unique dragon boat community, in addition to our initial goals.”

Notes

  • The Draco is not a replacement for the Ares. The Ares was designed as an all-around canoe and the Draco was designed from scratch (hand-shaped from foam) as a calm water canoe.
  • Pronounced drā·kō  – (Drey-koh)
  • The Draco is also available as a Pro Model, eliminating 2-3 lbs | 1-1.3 kilo in weight. The Draco Pro logos, cockpit, and ama can be customized color, however, no graphics or color changes to the hull.

FEATURES

RIGGING – The ama can be rigged on either side of the canoe to accommodate Dragon Boat time trials and more. Paddlers will have the option to rig their canoe on whichever side they prefer based on paddling style and level (i.e. beginner paddler leaning more toward the ama for stability or a more agile paddler looking to lean away from the ama for better speed).

In addition, the Draco will have the versatility to rig with an ama on both sides simultaneously.
(*Editors note: Draco Double Ama is still in development. See Add-on – Draco Double Ama below)

VOLUME – The Draco is a low-volume canoe.

ROCKER – Reduced rocker for lakes, rivers, and light downwind conditions.

WEIGHT – Aesthetics and features were simplified to keep the canoe as light as possible.

WATERLINE (LWL)

(measured using 40lbs plug, we will update this info once we have production model to test)

  • 20’ 1″ | 6.12 m – at 155 lbs | 70 kilo
  • 20’ 3.75″ | 21.59 m – at 180 lbs | 81 kilo
  • 20’6” | 6.27 m – at 200 lbs | 90 kilo

RUDDER OPTIONS

  • Kai Waʻa Flat Water
  • Kai Waʻa Mid Water (Default)
  • Ozone 4” Flat Water
  • Ozone Weed

SPECIAL FEATURE ADD-ON & CUSTOMIZATION

FOOTPLATE
Shorter paddlers will have the option to purchase an after-market removable single-position footplate. The footplate will allow shorter paddlers to keep their weight in the correct position.
(see rendering below)

DOUBLE AMA
Customers will have the option to purchase a second set of iakos & ama
*In development, please hold on questions and orders until this page is updated or dealer notification

Draco Rendering
Draco OC1 Outrigger Canoe
Draco OC1 outrigger
Draco OC1 canoe
Draco Bow

Questions? Comments? Post reply’s in the comment section

Photos From Production