Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Teepol Orange detergent

This was posted by myself recently on a forum I subscribe to, its really boat related so should be of interest to those who view my own blog?

I have mentioned Teepol Orange a number of times, there is a very strong reason and it revolves around a steel boat keel shoe, the keel was 4.4 mtrs long and 1.1 mtrs high, with the five tones of hot poured lead inside it, the weight was six tons.

The keel shoe was originally sharp grit blasted then sprayed with International Paints Intergard etch primer, this was done by a local shipyard.

There was a two year period while the boat the keel was to be fitted to was completed, the keel was kept outside during this time. The yacht was finished and a tie coat was applied to the Intergard primer, over the tie coat went Interspeed antifouls.

About five years after the boat had been in the water, it was seen that there was rust in the steel, the Intergard had failed but why? contamination had to be the cause.

A pro team used UHP (ultra high Pressure) at about 2000 bars or so of pure clean water, all paints were removed in short time, the keel was now clean and could be re painted with etch primer, the guys used Sigma Coatings green etch primer. The next day a tie coat was applied but only after the paints of the day before was washed down with Teepol Orange (clear) I asked why, the reason was we do not know what happened to the paints over night, possibly it was fouled by exhaust smoke or similar?

I joked what about the large ships you service, do you wash them the next day also? Yes was the reply.

Today I never overcoat any similar paint without Teepol Orange, I wish I had thought about it before I last sprayed the roof of my Califorinan?

I did this yesterday and today I have a rather good smooth paint surface, was it down to Teepol Orange? I would like to think so :D 

Note: Handy Andy, Fairy Liquid, Teepol Green etc etc must not be used, they have additives and they will cause problems.
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An African Imp Hillman Californian ( circa 1967 )

Monday, 4 May 2015

Dove Tail joints and Ocean Planet

Ocean Planet was based on a GRP hull Endurance 37 designed by Peter Ibold. In England I had designed and built my own design the Bahia 34 but sold it as an incomplete hull when I then returned to Cape Town.

After Jean and I married, we placed an offer on a home here in Hout Bay, then Jean happened to say that if I would rather build a yacht well why not?

This was long before the days when CNC machines and computer cut boat kits were even thought of, so I bought a bare Endurance 37 hull with the cockpit fitted and worked on from there.

The boat was fitted out using what ever wood was to hand, time was that I would use other folks scraps, they still made nice joinery really. One feature I put into the boat was 'Dove Tail Joints ' if you ever find Ocean Planet you will see those joints in the deck combings and also in the draws in the galley which is on the port side of the boat and at the foot of the companion way steps.

We later sold the boat, last I heard it was in Ibiza, Spain and seemed to have no owner, I wonder where it is today?
Other yachts were made but I never did repeat the details of hand made dove tails iin any of them (smile)
My own tool box was another matter of course.
How easy can this be?
Very really you just need to want them.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Hillman Imp Californian circa 1967

Progress has moved to a trial fit of the cars new interior. The trim uses the same panel layouts and black vinyl that the Rootes Car Co, Scotland used.

Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

The door cards and padded top door caps have since been fitted.

The interior was re made by one of the best trim shops we have.

The engine was running when this shot was taken, note the 50 pounds oil pressure, the amp meter is not connected.

Imp Californian

This is the original engine block, all numbers match, the block still runs the original pistons, crank and all bearings, we fitted new piston rings some time back.

The interior will next be removed pending the completion of some parts the the new paint works.


Thursday, 30 April 2015

Lotus Elan Dash Board and Glove Box fittings kit

This parts kit, is as far as I know complete, I say this as it was myself that removed it off the Lotus Elan glove box facia.

The key was not with the parts when I was given it.
The parts are originals, not a job lot made up from other cars, all came direct of a genuine Lotus Elan.The switch to the glove box light is included.

I was asked by a guy named Chris to do a new walnut dash covering to a Lotus Elan.

Veneercraft charged me about R960 to laminate the veneers to the dash, plus my labour etc etc.

The customer never paid me but I did keep the parts in the picture.

They should have value to the right person?

Contact me if your that person to discuss pricing, we can ship world wide.



Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Proteus 106 kit scarph making process.

The  pictures tell the story, this is the boat we shipped to Caracas, Venezuela.

Kit method of aligning splices etc, see attached.


Angelo Lavranos.

The peg holes are pre drilled for you,all that is required is a suitable dowl fitted in place to line the panels up 100%

This is task is repeated as the hull and deck panels are assembled, it is not difficult work in anyway though.


Monday, 27 April 2015

Superform bending plywood

This product is now available in many board stores in the Cape Town area.

CKD Boats cc, formerly Commercial Lumber cc have imported bending plywoods and veneers for over twenty years. We know the product and we know how to  use it.

It has always been waterproof, it can now be supplied to special order as fireproof as well.

Contact me for details and a specification sheet as a PDF.


A Proteus 106 looking back in Thailand

This is the view looking aft from the decks of Ricks Proteus 106 catamaran.

Rick had his boat built for him before the start of our production of supplying CNC cut kits, the builders built the longer way and from plans.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

A sailing canoe kit?

This is out of the past and is an older design than the years I have lived, while its not a kit, if enough orders were placed I an sure we could copy it?

In our case all those meranti wood frames would become okoume plywood, saves a mass of weight and also the time to fabricate them.

Morning Roy,

Have you seen something like this before?

It is a canvas on frame sailing canoe. This one dates back to about 1939/1945. These canoes were sailed and raced on the Zwartkops River at Redhouse Yacht Club, Port Elizabeth.

The boats usually had a single lug sail although I have seen pictures of Bermudan rigs as well.
LOA 4.3 mts, B 1.150 mts.

What I have established is that this particular canoe was found abandoned in the mud on the River bank in the 1970's. It was then stored under cover minus the canvas skin, but still covered in saltwater and river mud at Redhouse Yacht Club. I have brought it home and started cleaning it up, stripping the old paint off etc. Once that's done, I plan to re varnish the frames and stringers. We are then going to hang the framework up as a display in the Club.

The frames seems to be high quality meranti, the stringers are Oregon pine and the centreboard case Masonite (hardboard). All in very sound condition after about 70 years. No doubt thanks to the salt water which was never washed off.


My thanks to Frans for sending me the pictures and the history he knows of the craft.


Friday, 24 April 2015

DS 15 launched by Jim

This took not a long time, the designer Dudley Dix mentions just six months.

The words below are extracted from Dudleys own blog.

Didi Sport 15 (DS15) Launch

The long-awaited day arrived this weekend. Jim Foot, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, launched his self-built DS15 at Algoa Bay Yacht Club. He started with a pre-cut plywood kit supplied by CKD Boats in Cape Town and took approximately 6 months of his spare time from ..................

DS15 "Bateleur" about to get wet for the first time.
Despite the very light wind, they had good sailing and were impressed by performance. Jim's first comments are:-

She sails beautifully and she is fast. Beating into a chop in light wind this am going at about 3,7 kts felt happy. Then was told wind spd 4 kts by passing boat quite amazing.
Very well behaved. No balance issues. Save a bit of lee helm with the kite up. Loads of compliments from older sailors. Hunter Gall get on the water you dont know what you are missing. This is one good boat. Ps only sailed in bulb config at this stage.
A few changes to make. But not many. Congrats Dudley on a fantastic hull. Its a beaut

Thursday, 23 April 2015

The Brigantine Eyola, information required please.

We know where the boat was built and also when the boat was finished,what we do not know is anything about those who built her and what became of them?

 Seen here in her glory days this was a super sight to witness, I have been asked to try and find out more about the boat, can anyone assist with information please.

Built in ferro cement and in Durban, South Africa,circa 1970 to 1977 I would think?

Below is a message from a yachtsman who is asking me about the boat, he knows where she is now.

Do you know W. A. Robinson and his book "To the great southern sea“? The „Eyola“ is clearly a replica of his Brigantine „Varua“. Designed by W. Starling Burgess. The rigging was designed by L. Francis Herreshoff. He wanted to combine two riggs: A Schooner-Rig for courses close to the wind and a square-rig for the trades. He did a great voyage through the southern ocean.

So I wonder how it came that „Eyola“ was built in South Africa. I would love to know a bit more about her History.


This boat will have sailed to Cape Town when I was either in Brasil on Brer Terrapin, or in the islands of the West Indies, USA, UK or later in the Sudan for a years work stint, so I would not have had the chance to view the boat.


There is a picture of Hennie Page and a story about himself and the boat in the link above, you may have to copy and paste it?

Johannes (Hennie) Page died on Sept. 2, at Signature Hospice. He was 78.
He was born in the town of Reitz in the Orange Free State, South Africa, on June 23, 1930.
At an early age he was destined to become an adventurer. After finishing school, he moved to the coastal city of Durban, where he became a lifeguard and loved to surf.
Mr. Page married Johanna Lotter in 1954.
During the 1960s and '70s, he and a partner owned one of the big clothing manufacturing companies in South Africa. His main love was for the sea and in the late '60s he fell in love with sailing and took part in numerous international sailing events.
In 1971 Mr. Page started building his boat the Eyola, a 90-foot brigantine yacht, which he completed in 1977.
Mr. Page set sail for the Caribbean in 1978. He spent many years there chartering among beautiful islands.
After many years in the Caribbean, he went on to Caracas, Venezuela, where he started a factory, building store displays.
In 1995 he left Venezuela with his then wife Shari, and moved to the United States, which he always felt was the greatest country in the world. He moved to Portland where he sold boats for a local company.

Portland Tribune report.

Angelo Lavranos was one of those I asked if he had ever seen the boat?

He lives in New Zealand now, we offer his Proteus 106 catamaran kit.

Hello Roy,

I saw a large Peter Strong boat in late stages of construction in Durban (near/ in the docks)  in  1977.  At that time she had a black hull.  I remember thinking the hull  had it’s “own” (Peter Strong) style.   Varua’s bow did not have as much  flare in the bow, and that feature is possibly  not “characteristic” of Burgess (eg Nina, Ranger, etc have spoon bows).   See attached photo.  “Off the cuff” I can’t find any drawings, except her predecessor from L Francis H’s book, see attached.  WA Robinson’s first boat, (Svaap) was an Alden design.



Yachts hanging about in Hout Bay

The next weekend will again see the HBYC host the racing yachts for the annual Admirals Sword races.

The image will open to a full size if you click on it.
The camera is a Canon G11.

The clubs racers were launching two of the L26 class yachts this afternoon.


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Navigator by John Welsford

This was the first kit set we made to a design by John, it was built to a very high standard in in the Cape Town area.

This is a wonderful construction.


Kits available anytime.


Tuesday, 21 April 2015

JW Rifleman plans in stock

JW is of course John Welsford, we stock a number of his plans and can post to most places.
Some can be turned into CNC kits but not all of them.

The steeply rising bottom panels soften the ride, and give good directional stability while the long fine entry eases through the waves and keeps the spray down in a way that the more common wide beam can rarely achieve.
Inside there is room for four to ride in comfort, and to fish without tangling lines. There is adequate storage under the foredeck and under the centreline of the seats, while the space under the side seats and forward thwart is sealed off providing sufficient air tank buoyancy to float her stable and baleable fully swamped. This space can be accessed through plastic hatches if required and is a good place to keep spare clothing, matches, food and other essential small items. ( Don’t put the bait in the same one as the food!)

Steered from the console on the centre thwart the boat is easier to trim, and generally will provide a more comfortable ride with the weight out of the ends. With the motors normal remote control kit and a simple cord and pulley steering system it is possible to rig the controls without having to spend too much on hardware.

We have just been asked for a design similar to a 1957 power boat, this sort of fits that time slot?

We have the plans in stock.


What a nice boat, we can get it built for you also.


Monday, 20 April 2015

Hillman Imp Californian coupe rear side window rubbers

The car is a rare 1967 Imp Californian.

The rear side window rubbers  arrived from our suppliers today and are perfect fit.

This is the retro type and will not accept the original Rootes Car Co, painted metal insert which covered most of the rubber.

The supplier tells me these are the last pair he had and has no plans to make anymore.

They should last another fifty years I guess?

There is no glass fitted at this stage as we need the re trimming  job finishing inside the car first.


Saturday, 18 April 2015

Building your own boat from a kit?

We have sold many boat kits and to many different designs, one was the Dix Design Cape Cutter 19 which we shipped down to Picton In New Zealand.

The customer was Ian who has a number of boats behind him but none as large and on a start to finish basis as the Cape Cutter 19.

We no longer cut that design but we can offer the Cape Henry 21 which is the same design scaled up  some 10% which makes it 30% larger.

We also supplied Ian with the mast and spars plus the steel plate drop keel.

\Ian sure made a nice job of his build, it takes time but as he said, one hour a day, possibly two or three and I will get there, which he did!

Thanks to Justin for helping out with the pictures.

You can read Justins review on the Cape Cutter 19 and the Cape Henry 21 at the link below.