Friday, 27 March 2015

The Proteus 106 sailing cat kit

This just has to be one of the best value catamaran boat kits available anywhere?

Click on the image to enlarge it, or go out and buy the March 2015 issue of Sailing magazine.

I couldscan the pages better but would need to cut them free, this is not what I want to do.

The magazine will feature the boats build as it progresses.

We supplied the 102 sheets of materials only last May 2014 and check the progress this far, this was with one man and his helper as far as I know.

How hard can this be?


Barlow Wadley with the FM button

Those of you who are regulars to this blog will remember that I had a stroke of luck a year back (was it more?) and was offered a very nice Barlow Wadley in a clean and working condition.

Reading up on the set I find that it is very good on power use from its six 1.5v batteries. I fitted nicads, they lasted a whole year!

Ok I do have an external power source but from time to time the set is using the batteries.

With yet another Eskom power outage the other day I fitted new batteries and was soon listening to a sports feature on the BBC World Service, so clear and sharp too, I was tuned to a frequency around 15,400 which has not been active here for some while now, the time was 17.00 so 15.00 BST (GMT)


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Mirror Dinghy replacement deck panels

Lat year we cut more than ten Mirror Dinghy kits, we also did a replacement deck panel set which has now been sold.

Mirror Dinghy kits are available ex Cape Town and we can ship to most places.


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

We have a Submarine in Hout Bay

This used to be a regular event, with the SA Navy base not far away and in Simonstown, Hout Bay is not a bad over night stop.

This image will enlarge, its the Canon G11 on standard setting, there is a submarine in the picture, can you find it?

Closer, about 4 x magnification?

The Canon G11 on its maximum 5 x  magnification.

Thanks to Tojan for the on the water pics,, he took his yacht out just to get some decent pictures with his Canon G12.

Nice day or what!


Saturday, 21 March 2015

A small dinghy you can build?

This was a request for advice.


I am interested in building a wooden boat.
Do you sell anything for beginners?
Perhaps something that I can fit a small outboard on?

Best wishes


The reply was quite simple but the given link shows a number of options.


Please check the link and the Dix Design Argie range.

Tell me which one you like and I will give you the price.



Thursday, 19 March 2015

Hout Bay, life's a beach with an Imp Californian

This was and still is one of those perfect weather days in Hout Bay, South Africa.

Click on the picture to enlarge it, the camera is a Canon G11 digital.

I have posted similar pictures of the same car in recent months the difference today is that the car has been sprayed all over now, its still not finished but is now a driving car and all systems such as lights, horn and wipers now work.


False Bay from the air

A picture taken around 9.30am yesterday morning.

Click on the picture for a larger image.

My thanks to Tojan for the image and its great to know he is back up there and flying all over the country.
He took the picture with his cell phone, I doubt he could open a window?


Wooden ship building in Cape Town?

I have today been asked what happened to all the highly skilled men who built all the wooden fishing boats?

A few years ago there was a considerable amount of restoration / rebuilding of wooden trawlers being carried on in Hout Bay harbour by skilled craftsmen in this dying trade. Is that activity still alive? There remain scores of wooden fishing craft in the Cape, so who re-planks and repairs them? I used to enjoy watching those craftsmen (mostly Coloured folk) building those trawlers at Louw & Halvorsen's boatyard in Table Bay. During my naval architecture practical training I was privileged to have conducted inclining tests on two of their newbuildings, one of which was 72 ft in length and the largest then built. The owner was Mr. Johnny Eigelaar, head of a noted fishing family of Veldrif. Have you ever handled an adze - used to shape solid oak frames? The craftsmen could shape those big frames to within millimetres.

A good question and I note I got the yards name spelling wrong.


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

A Dragon class yacht uncovered

As mentioned before CKD Boats cc supplied a very varied amount of materials for the refurbishment of this classic yacht, which spends most of its time hidden under a protective cover.

At the weekends it often gets an airing and allowed to bask in the African sunlight for a few hours.

We had just the correct type of twin ply mahogany flexible veneer to laminate the coach roof with, just 0.006mm thick and its still a wood on wood veneer.

Attention to detail and a single electric powered Harken sheet winch.

Simply world class !


The Bressay Bank leaves Hout Bay Harbour under tow

Yet another of Hout Bays wrecks and one that has been taking valuable mooring space is now under tow  by a large tug.

Click on the image for a better view.

We are told that the Bressay Bank has been sold to the Navy as a floating target?


As published in 2014 in Traweler Herritage.

Pictured below on Saturday 14 March 2014 at Hout Bay is the 156 foot "Bressay Bank" who had been laying idle inside Hout Bay harbour for almost 20 years, however it is now destined to be towed away by the S.A. Navy. The "Bressay Bank" will be used for a target practising exercise to be conducted by the S.A. Navy. The "Bressay Bank" also formerly known as the "Pam Arlene D", a former South Coast lobster boat owned by Chapmans Peak Fisheries in days gone by. The "Bressay Bank" was built in 1960 in Poland.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Hout Bay, after the fire

Just look at that mountain side, no vegetation left at all, the three days of repeated blazes just wiped the flora and fauna out.

We now need soft and continued rains to allow the seeds left under the ash to sprout and support the life that surely will return.


Monday, 9 March 2015

Dragon class sailing yacht in Hout Bay

The sight of this classic yacht always sees me stopping to take a picture or two, we supplied much of the materials used when the boat was refurbished a few years back.

The boat sailed in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, I think she finished third?

Picture just now!


Sunday, 8 March 2015

The Hillman Imp Californian visits the Bay Harbour Market

Hout Bay, Western Cape, South Africa.

With the closure of so many roads due to the massive fires in the Western Cape,plus todays Argus Cycle Tour on today I took the Californian out for its longest drive since I bought it back again some seven months ago.

The roof will be sprayed when the paint is mixed for me, click on the image to enlarge it.

The car has been very much rebuilt new brakes all round, the engine was stripped and checked, the steel rims were upgraded to 13" and with Firestone tires on now.

Very much a rolling restoration but it carries a licence disc and its quite legal, as the lights all work as does the hooter and even the cabins cooling fan, mind you with no window glass fitted right now there is plenty of air circulation !

The car is dated February 3rd 1967 and was one of the rare export cars, this one went to Mozambique.


Thursday, 5 March 2015

British Seagull restoration project

This engine and another one came in as a job lot of spares, junk in some ways but there are some good parts to be found still.

This motor dates to 1962/63, it still turns and has quite decent compression, it will make a good runner.

With the best will in the world, nut and bolt removal soon became the domain of a mini grinder!

A real mix of old and new parts, all could have some use in future rebuilds.

The long shaft British Seagull is seized solid, it is also a mystery motor as the engine number WHCH 144R8 does not exist on the Seagull register, its a special export motor we think?

Its a larger commercial type motor dated 1968 we think and probably a 5.5 hp unit which will push quite a large work boat.

Either of these motors can be restored to your specification, the work is not a quick fix as many trades are involved. Mechanical, electrical, fitter & tuner, electro plating, spray painting, plus the import of new parts when required.

This was one we did for a customer in Pretoria, it was a wreck when we got it.

Click on the pictures for a larger image.

We also stock the ultra heavy grade gear box oil these motors require.

Information from our parts suppliers in the UK.

The WHCH is an oddity. That code does not appear, however the WHC does. The suffix is an example of the code that Seagull used in special and rare circumstances.

Over the years if you wanted a winter service you could send your Seagull back to Poole and they would refurbish it for small sum. They then stamped the Seagull with an ‘R’ for reconditioned and the year, in this case 1968.

Later they dropped the R, instead the R was used for batches of export orders and these stand out because they are dated say 1968 and would have older parts that were not used on ‘Regular’ Seagulls. In this case I wonder if you motor has a Villiers ignition, if so it was an export code. (later still the R was used on the QB motors that had roller bearings, ….

However that does not explain the second H in the prefix… that we may never be able to figure!




Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Drying out your yacht in Hout Bay

This was the norm some years back, we even had the permission of the Cape Nature Conservation Department do do so.

back then the sandy beach was far easier to use,it was twice the size too and those trawlers we can see would not berth there as the area mainly dried out.

The reason was that the harbour wall in that area was open right through to the main beach on the otherside, part of a way of bringing clean water into the harbour and allowing circulation.

It was wrongly closed off when the North wall was given a face lift some years back.

Sad news hey.