The boat is, without the dragon's head and tail, 11.5 meters long and, at its widest point, 1.2 meters wide. It is made up of a hull composed of a laminate of fiberglass, reinforced with plywood inlays along the keelson and gunnels. Each fiberglass seat bulkhead is bonded in place at three anchor points which provides superb rigidity to the hull. Closed-cell foam fills the bulkheads to ensure positive buoyancy. Western maple, eastern red oak and mahogany are integrated into the design for their specific abilities and for their visual appeal. Glues are waterproof epoxies. Wood surfaces are sealed with five coats of high grade marine varnish.