Saturday, 4 July 2015

Trawler repairs in the water, Hout Bay Harbour

This has been going on for a very long while, the slip may not have space or the electric motor that hauls the slip up the ramp may not have been replaced since it was last stolen, before that they stole the battery that started the engine that hauled the slip cradle.

I assume the boat being worked on has a fish catching quota so is worth the time and effort to repair it, the hulk at the North wall probably has no quota?

The floating work platform takes many workmen, they must have a genset on the trawler as the service power line to the harbour mole was stolen some months back, all sixty meters of it.

We have around fifteen fishing boats sunk in the Hout Bay Harbour, most due to theft of skin fittings they say?


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

How to re wire a Perkins 4108 instrument panel

This work starts tomorrow, so pictures from then on.

The new loom was cut in half with a jig saw blade but thats no matter really as now the panel can be removed from the boat and serviced on the bench when required.

Note, I have two complete Perkins 4108 wire looms, they both have different colour wires, so please be advised.

One is in great shape and I suspect the loom is from a later engine which I also have!

Things get better?


Monday, 29 June 2015

Paper Jet 001 is for sale!

Words below are by the boats designer, Dudley Dix.

This was the first such boat ever cut, CKD Boats cc cut it!

Now for sale at only U$8000. Contact Dudley direct on 

I designed the Paper Jet to be an exciting junior trainer, capable of taking a young sailor through multiple skill-levels, from a basic free-standing una-rigged dinghy through to a high-performance trapeze skiff with asymmetric spinnaker. This it does without having to spend bundles of money to trade up to another boat, by doing it all on the same hull and adding or swapping rig and hardware components. She is extremely light, with the hull weighing only 94lb, easily manhandled by small crew.

British Seagull outboard motor for sale

A part restored and working 4.5hp outboard motor is now for sale.

As you can see the motor is quite good right now.

It will restore very nicely I think.

It has the gear, which is really a clutch, to reverse you just swing the motor around.

This motor will push quite a large boat.

It has never been in sea water as I found it on the Vaal Dam.



 The Castrol EP 140 gear oil is ex stock while unsold.

Price would be R6000 as it is now and R7750 with the required parts stripped and repainted, exports are fine, Vat @ 14% for RSA residents etc. For USA buyers we are talking of only U$650 and repainted.

Years Manufactured
1967 to 1973
Plus - Clutch Drive
Wipac Mk 2
Gear Oil
SAE or EP 140
Plus -Clutch Drive
The Villiers Carb was used on all these models, the same carb on 102 cc and 64cc, no difference? How that works no one has ever explained, but it does make it easier to swop carbs about!

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Traditional Cape Chair riempies re stringing

Done today and in Hout Bay, our traditional heritage carries on. This family owned chair was made in Knysna, its an all Blackwood construction chair.

Riempies, the choice was real leather strips or a plastic, real leather was the choice.

The chair has been restrung once before in its past, with regular use you can expect it to last around ten years before the leather gives out? it will of course depend on who uses it and how often,

Contact me for pricing on your chair riempies re stringing.

How easy can this be?

Try it and find out!


Saturday, 20 June 2015

Hout Bay Marina today

This is winter in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Click on the image to enlarge it.

I was fortunate enough to spend a good part of the day down there servicing various items on the Dix 43 which is the yacht with the tan main sail up.

Winter is the perfect season to do maintainance on a boat here, as in between the rains we get days of calm and sunny weather. The white mark on the mainsail and halfway up is salt, it will wash off with clean water.

The boat and marina berth are for sale, contact me for the inventory etc.


Friday, 19 June 2015

Why does my 12 volt soldering iron not melt?

Note, please understand that the soldering tip worked fine, my question was related to the fact that with 110 amps and around 13.6 volts dc, why does the entire soldering iron kit not just melt and fuse???

A mail to an electrical expert I know is below:

I have a teaser for you?

When I use the 12 volt soldering iron I have in the past connected to an Ellies220v ac to12v dc power source with a max rating of 5 amps, which works fine.
The same power source is upstairs and so when I want to solder on the bench downstairs I have to unplug it, switching power off to the VHF and the SSB radios, a bit of a mission downstairs then back upstairs etc.

I needed to solder yesterday and used a massive motive battery, 110 amps and charged to over 13.6 volts, a gift and a nice one too.
Question, why does the soldering iron not just melt!
Whats in the yellow handle I wonder, a resistor ?



Notty has replied as I hoped he would.

Hi Roy,

The soldering iron is designed to work from a nominal 12-volt D.C. supply. Nominal means that there is a safety margin designed in usually around at least 10 percent. In any case the element that causes the tip to heat up is similar to the element in your electric fire or kettle. Suitable for the purpose would be a high resistant alloy of metals used so that the tip gets hot enough to melt solder but does not glow red, that would be too hot and burn the job.

You would need to up the voltage to around 18-volts D.C. to cause serious damage but there is probably a fusible link built in to fuse at that level. If you hear the iron clicking now and then it will have bi-metallic link to control the temp of the tip within 10 degree or less, the more expensive irons are temp controlled by electronics in the iron or its base station.

Hope that helps.


Thanks Notty!

And just in from Justin:

! I understand – I suppose it’s the same reason 12v light bulb doesn’t melt – the current allowed through is determined by the resistance – plus of course the factors Notty mentioned like thermostats etc.


Thursday, 18 June 2015

How to rebuild a Perkins 4108 Jabsco water pump

The Perkins 4108 in use has around 1900 hours on it, that is after about thirty years or so of use.

In the past fifteen years the pump has never given problems or shown signs of needing any service, I note now a small water leak.

With a nice spare pump in stock its quite easy to change the lip seals and bearing, the impellor looks fine anyway.

Click on the picture to enlarge it.

The cover plate and screws are missing from this image.

With the two lip seals removed and the bearing still on the shaft I can now source the new parts, do the rebuild and change the refurbished pump over for the one on the engine now.

I will buy two sets of new parts, then service the second pump which can go onto the Perkins 4108 engine it came off, that still needs a rebuild and will then be for sale.

How hard can this be?


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Model yacht and boat kits

We have looked at this idea in the past, it would seem that a licence to copy existing plans could be the issue with current designs?

One that is free to use will be the Optimist class racing dinghy, so we will start with that one first.

This was an Optimist built from one of our CKD Boats cc kits.

The kit will be cut in A4 sized panels, so posting it to you world wide will not be an issue.
The jig will be included.

If we also include our fourteen page builders guide you can work as if the build is the real thing
prior to ordering and then building a full sized one.

How easy is that !


Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Sailing in the Hout Bay area waters

The picture shows the Admirals Sword fleet sailing in Chapmans Bay, Hout Bay being to the left of the fleet.

Click on the picture to enlarge it.

A fantastic shot and I will credit the person who took it when I have found out.

This is the news on who took the picture and what camera too.

BTW – the picture of yachts from recent Admirals was one of the set I compiled for the club website – unfortunately we didn’t have a dedicated race photographer so I snapped a few from the mark-boat, with my G12 as it happens.

 They can be found in the “Photos” section of the website – under Admirals 2015. Actually the photos from Admirals 2014 are WAY BETTER – use them as you please.


Justin Phillips HBYC member and mark layer on the day.


The Dudley Dix web site can now be accessed via the App's listed below.

Dudley Dix goes live, please click on the link below that is in pink

DDYD Mobile Website

Last night we went live with a new section of our website, optimised for mobile devices. You can access it via a link to it on our desktop home page or via the direct address

Monday, 15 June 2015

A new Hillman Imp for sale

Hillman Imps have been around for some fifty two years (52) and I have had the pleasure and good fortune to have owned my first Imp around fifty years (50) ago, so my understanding of them is vast.

Now and again I am asked to re build or service them, the last re build was a year in the making but much of that time was done as outworks. A new one will of course not be possible but a totally rebuilt one should be.

Rootes Car Co, Scotland press release picture.

The problem now is not finding the spares, it is finding the car to rebuild, there are maybe one or two that I know of in South Africa that may be for sale, bare shells and that kind of thing.

The picture of the blue car shows the last Imp Saloon done by me, its is a 1971 model and a one owner Hillman Imp Deluxe. The car was turned upside down for a number of months while the bottom of the car was restored, plus the cars suspensions.

No expense was saved on this cars restoration, we had a very good body and floor pan, suspension mounts, the original engine and transaxle so all numbers match, plus as a one owner car the buyer will become only the second licenced owner in 43 years!

Upgrades such front a disc brakes are all undertaken.

The red car interior is the car being worked on now, some eleven ( 11 ) months on and while the car is a daily driver if required, it is not quite complete, this one is a 1967 Hillman Imp Californian coupe, it is said there are less than sixty coupe's left world wide , if that as some say there may be fifty five left ( 55 ) only?

This Imp Californian is my own car, one other coupe exists in South Africa that I know of, it may be for sale?

Contact me if your wanting a restored Hillman Imp.


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Yanmar spares service and prices in South Africa?

I will leave the reader's to make up their own mind as to how we are given service by the local supplier of Yanmar parts.

This is a starter motor off a Yanmar GM10 diesel engine. The engine is about sixteen years old but used as a back up power unit, both 12 volts DC and 220 volts AC, it has done no more than 450 hours or so.

The make of the starter is Hitachi, the model number of the starter motor is S114-303, I see no sign of a number on the solenoid but a USA site gives me AHSH16010 and a price in the USA of just U$12.33, which will now be R151.00 plus our local Vat @ 14%.

The starter motor is fine, the solenoid is faulty and knowing that a service shop will charge by the hour plus the parts I though it may be best just to buy a new solenoid?

The agents are Seascape ( ex IMS) near Cape Town, on phoning them I am told that the solenoid is not offered as a spare part, I must buy the complete unit, even before I asked the price I thought this to be bad news and in fact very poor service from the main importers into South Africa.

Here the complete starter motor and its solenoid costs R8658.00 plus Vat at 14% which will add R1212.12, giving a total of R9870.12 !!!  which is U$805.72 at the very poor exchange rate to the U$ we have right now.

So why do I find that in the USA prices for the starter motor and solenoid start around U$67.00 and up to U$97.00 ( estimate average ) we are poorly served here I think?

So in South Africa we pay U$805.72 and in the USA U$97.00 , read that again, these prices are shocking and just do not add up, or is there a huge import surcharge  we know nothing about?

Found today and on

New STARTER FITS Yanmar Marine Diesel 1gm

List Price:$110.34
Price:$72.42 FREE Shipping


Using some motor trade friends I was able to locate the correct 12 volt solenoid, the cost was R250 and that included 14% Vat (tax) so before tax I paid around U$17.90, which is fine by me, so why do the Yanmar agents not stock them I ask?

Bad service?

The starter motor is now at a well known auto electritians for a full service, brushes etc, before being refitted and back into use.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

University test tank project

We have cut the first set of three panels to make a two meter long boat to test in a tank, the idea is to check on wave action and related issues.

There are three sheets of okoume marine ply in this model kit.

Once the model is built and being tested we will add more pictures and info on the project.


Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Hout Bay's winter storms

Winter as ever brings a change in the weather, right now we have a very un seasonal South Easter gale, this wind is normally a summer trade wind.

The winds whip up the sea and that in turn breaks off the Kelp sea weed, some has found its way right into our harbour and the HBYC marina.

Its also cold and the distant mountains now have snow.