A large group of volunteers haul the 800-pound Kootenay Rhythms dragon boat onto a tow truck. Photo submitted

A large group of volunteers haul the 800-pound Kootenay Rhythms dragon boat onto a tow truck. Photo submitted

Kootenay Rhythm Dragons get a helping hand moving boat

The 800-pound boat was moved out of the water for repairs

Submitted by the Kootenay Rhythm Dragon Boat Club

A dragon was on the move in Nelson on Oct. 6. The Kootenay Rhythm Dragon Boat Club moved their distinctive green and yellow dragon boat to the old museum by Hume School for some much-needed refurbishment.

The boat is 14 metres long and over 800 pounds (360 kg) so moving it was a major exercise. The club thanks Western Auto Wreckers and Towing for providing the trailer, the Nelson Boxing Club for providing some muscle, the City of Nelson for donating the space at the museum and club members and their families for helping out.

The club also received some unexpected help at Lakeside Park when the young women from the Whitecaps Academy jogged over from the soccer field and helped with the first lift.

The boat will receive repairs over the winter and will have a shiny new look for next year’s paddling season.