Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Optimist dinghy kit packing

This one is shipping this week and to Huston port, USA, the customer will then collect himself and take it by road to his home which is a town South East of Dallas, Texas.

My job this morning is to create a packing grate that the parts and extras will fit into, the crate is then steel banded for extra security.

In the picture is the builders jig, templates, spacers, meranti wood, mast block, North sail and a Harken deck pack, missing is the CNC cut plys to the bottom of the boat, the sides and front and back of the boat.

Also included is a fourteen page builders guide and the class measurement sheets.


Monday, 19 February 2018

The Navigator by John Welsford

We can supply you a marine plywood bulkhead, set plus the dagger board casing and the bottom of the boat.

Our kit is tested and we have a boat sailing from our work.

We can sell you the plans also.

The plywood is imported and from France.

This kit will soon be packed and shipped to Australia.

Contact me for more details and pricing.


Saturday, 3 February 2018

Pre veneered Superform bending plywood

This is a remarkable ply panel, the thickness is 3.5mm and the sheet size is 2.44mtrs x 1.22mtr.

The panel has an American Walnut veneer on one face.

Various species of wood are available.

Contact  me for more info.


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Hout Bay Yacht Club marina berth for sale

These secure marina berths do not come on the market that often.

This one will take a yacht of say forty five feet and longer, the side walk on is twelve meters long

The berth number is 83 and on the inside of the outer leg in the picture.

The price is only R40,000 ( terms and conditions apply)


Friday, 19 January 2018

Argie 15 as a kit boat

This is one of our more popular large sized dinghy, a similar size to say a Mirror but less complicated to build and has none of the class rules that come with the mirror.

As we can see the Argie 15 has great size and stability.

This is a good project for a camper sailer too.


Saturday, 13 January 2018

Hillman Imp bronze valve guides with BMW oil seals

One pack of eight in stock.

They cost Pounds 65.00 each set of eight valves and oil seals.
Postage World wide will be Pounds 10.00.


Hillman Imp timing chain

New and boxed, two left in stock.

They cost Pounds 8.00 each and registered mail world wide at Pounds 16.00.


The Hout Bay Yacht Club

They built the new club close to the beach, what remains of the original club is under the sand behind the car.

A Roy McBride image.

The car is a 1967 Singer Chamois ( Hillman Imp based) with a sport engine conversion.

What happened to the HBYC? well we had one of the best beach sailing clubs in the cape, then the CSIR came and proposed that some tuffts of sea grass could be planted on the beach to try and have the area become more natural.

The HBYC were asked to give their permission which they did, that turned out to be one very big mistake and bit by bit the sand dunes grew, so much so that the once perfect sea views from the clubs ground floor vanished.

Sorry end to a once fine beach sailing club.

July 2012

HBYC still exists, as we moved to a site inside the harbour!


A new Harp build

This is being made by a top engineer who happens to be a customer of ours.

With imported string sets flown in from overseas and the string end parts made locally there is a good mix of talent in the construction.

The standard of finish is already high, the final product will be world class.

There are plans to make more and they will be for sale, please contact me if you would like to place an order.


Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Sport fishing boat from Dix Design

This one is for Kevin Agee, who also commissioned and built the prototype of the Inlet Runner 16 garvey powerboat. The previous design was for inshore fishing to catch bait for more serious business on his bigger boat out on the bay. He recently sold that bigger boat and commissioned me to draw the replacement, a 26ft centre-console sportfisherman with Carolina-style hull, with heavily-flared bow and break in the sheer.

More will be added on this new design and as it progresses from the drawing board and into the actual build.

The design is for inshore and offshore use in conditions where steep wind against tides may be found.

This is a fisherman's fishing boat but it does give a nod to the ladies. Michelle (Kevin's wife and my daughter) specified that his next boat must have a toilet. So this boat has a small cabin under the covered foredeck, with toilet and seats for two people to shelter from bad weather if needed.

Words are by Dudley Dix the designer.


Sunday, 31 December 2017

Cape Henry 21 kit build

Found on the SA Yacht Blog.

The rig is a gaff with two headsails, both on roller-furlers, to be flown either/or - it is not actually a cutter rig - but offers great flexibility and offers a very traditional appearance.

How do they sail?

In nearly all conditions, astonishingly well. In light airs they fly like dinghies. In moderate winds they handle well, and in strong winds they manage much better than you'd expect.Lots of this is due to the very flexible sail plan, and the generous beam. 

While sailing a very large cat recently in Table bay, a CH21 crept up on us from a few miles behind. At first we couldn't see what it was, with many comments about how an old boat with a gaff rig could be moving that fast. Well in fact an old boat with a gaff rig simply can't go that fast - I then realised it must be a new boat and likely the new CH21 launched in Cape Town recently.  Well it was - I snapped a pic of it near Sunset Beach. This particular one was built by Peter Randle, and has bilge-keels. It was doing a steady 6 knots in about 10 knots of wind on the beam, and slowly it slipped past us!

My thanks to Justin Philips for the words and his picture.


You can read justins full story at the link above.

This Cape Cutter was built using one of our plywood kits.


Thursday, 14 December 2017

Sails by North Sails in Cape Town

We have long had an agreement to sell North Sails with our boat kits, from a small dinghy to a large yacht.

Click on the images to enlarge them.

This is an Optimist sail, one that we shipped with an Optimist kit to Zurich in Switzerland.

The buyer has the option to buy the North Sail with the boat kit order, or at a later stage when the boat has been built if that suits better.


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Packing and shipping our kit orders

We have shipped World wide, it is to some thirty four countries now.

The orders are processed then either packed between two sheets of packing plywood and steel band strapped for full security or we make a crate and pack the order in that, still with the steel band straps of course.

Click on the images to enlarge them.

This is a multi kit order and to Zurich in Switzerland, in the order was an Argie 15 and two Optimists.

With these kits we also supplied the North Sails and Harken deck equipment plus selected meranti wood cut and machined to size.

Okoume marine plywood CNC shaped to size, the kit is for one of the Optimists.

An Optimist panel before loading.

 Each Optimist kit we sell is sold with a fourteen page printed  A4 sized builders guide, with pictures, plus the class measurement forms.

Another Optimist being packed, check the solid sides to the crate we shipped in.


Friday, 8 December 2017

Kits in split orders?

From time to time we get asked can we cut and deliver our boat kits in split order parts, say a multihull design?

In many case we can do this but the buyer must be aware that our okoume marine ply suppliers could change to another brand and then you will have more than one make of plywood in your boat.

Click on the image to expand it.

Right now we can offer quality Joubert plywood from France.

This is a top brand and well worth buying in total to cover your needs.

Buyers choice of course.


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Retro 29 building in South Africa

This is an unusual shot of an unusual classic styled yacht.

Click on the image to enlarge it.

Mike is now going to fit the boats keel box.