BUK stands for “Boots und Kunststoffbau” or “Boots and Plastics”, a German company that manufacturers Dragon Boats. They have been constructing Dragon Boats since 1992 and have been at the top of their game. Most countries use BUK Dragon Boats and I am a bit biased but I think these are the best boats around today.
BUK has designed a Dragon Boat with great functionality and shows a high-level of workmanship. This can be seen when you hop into a boat and paddle with a crew, especially at International level where these boats perform extremely well!
What I have found within these boats is it provides lots of leg room and comfortable seating making the whole Dragon Boat paddling experience quite good. (Believe me, I have been on several boats and tried lots of different boats during my time in recreational and competitive dragon boating.) In the end I still prefer to sit in a BUK Dragon Boat.
Surprisingly the BUK weighs in at 250kg each and you may think wow, that is really heavy. But compare that to other dragon boats which can weigh up to 400kg, it’s actually lighter than most. What makes this boat also special is the way it is constructed giving it the rigidity and optimal durability in any condition. The BUK Dragon Boats are constructed with two shells (an inner and outer shell) like a sandwich. This way if anything gets damaged from the outer shell then it will not affect the inner shell and water should not get in.
Another great thing about the BUK Dragon Boats are the quick release hooks for putting on Drums, the tail, head and seats for the boats. This allows for the accessories to be dismantled and transported easily without getting damaged. Last thing I thought that was great, was the integrated carrying handles inside the boat allowing for 10 people to carry the boat on each side. No more getting splinters from wooden boats!
Over the years, BUK have worked with Great White North and other dragonboat associations to design and manufacture this excellent Dragon Boat that has led it to the product it is today. Overall if I were to buy one for the club I would give it all my thumbs up!
Specifications of BUK:
|Weight:||max 250 kg|
|Material hulls:||fiberglass/polyester sandwich, two hull- construction, Micro- Balloon technology|
|Deck rail:||solid Mahogany|
|Material seats:||Marine ply wood Mahogany|
|Material drummer seat:||Marine ply wood Mahogany|
|Head and Tail:||foam technology, painted
fibreglass/ polyester, painted
|Scales application:||transfer film,
colour according to customer´s demand
list of accessories.