Monday, 23 November 2015

How to build our Optimist dinghy kit

The weaker exchange rate of the Rand currency we use seems to be promoting new export sales?

We have recently shipped an Optimist kit out to Switzerland and only this week we received confirmation of a three boat Optimist kit set for a sailing school in the USA.

Building our Optimist kit?

The pictures will give you most of the information you need?

Did Stuart also take up a shares option with Record, just look at all those G clamps!

Note, you can make a decent clamp with a scrap of ply a wedge.

Our Optimist kit comes with the measuring dimensions, plus a fourteen page builders guide, which includes pictures of the various build stages. One tip is not to remove the internal and temporary ply spacers which fit fore and aft, across the width of the boat and midway of the dagger board slot. They are missing in this picture, so there is a danger that the curve of the laminated meranti may make the boat a tad narrow midships, so please leave the spacers we supply in place until both hull rails are glued in place and the glue has set.


Saturday, 21 November 2015

Table Mountain hiking

This was a good friend and not myself.

The view towards Hout Bay

He was up on Table Mountain just yesterday.

Looking the other direction, the view towards Camps Bay

Camps Bay and Lions Head peak.

For the first time in some ten years I spent yesterday hiking on Table Mountain. During my high-school years we used to do it quite often – usually camping out under the stars in sleeping bags and keeping warm around a fire. Sadly none of that is permitted today – probably just as well. Nevertheless, on the route we took yesterday, no evidence of litter or desecration of the natural vegetation was evident, and it seemed that the mountain remains well cared for by Cape Nature / Parks Board.

The route we took was from Kloof Nek along the pipe-track to the Diagonal Path above Camps Bay. This route is described as a “strenuous ramble” and ascends in a series of zig-zags steeply up to the rock face, then crosses the three Apostles’ buttresses of Porcupine, Jubille and Barrier, before making the final steep ascent up the well-vegetated Valken gorge onto the section of the plateau called “Valley of the Red Gods”. We swung left onto the path headed for the cable station. 

This traverses beautiful Ark and Echo valleys and steep buttresses at the heads of Blinkwater-, Grotto and Fountain ravines, where steel ladders are provided at the rock faces. The natural beauty up there is remarkable. The previous night’s good rainfall had resulted in us encountering many waterfalls, streams and generally dripping ferns and bushes. Lots of colourful natural plants were also in bloom including Protea and Watsonias. We descended by cableway.

My thanks to Rob for the pictures and words.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Ford Escort Mark 2 wanted

This is a car a customer has asked me to find.

A two door version will be prefered, so will an engine but we can haggle over that.

The car must be able to pass Police clearance, so valid ownership papers are required.

If the licence is not paid up to date we can discuss that.

Contact me to discuss what you have.

A finders fee may be acceptable?


Second generation (1974–1981)[edit]
Second generation
Ford Escort Mark II 4-Door Saloon
AssemblyHalewood, England
Saarlouis, Germany
Cork, Ireland
Homebush, Australia
Wiri, New Zealand, Amsterdam Assembly, Amsterdam Netherlands 1975-1978 List of Ford factories
Body and chassis
Body style2/4-door saloon
3-door estate
2-door van
Engine1.1 L Crossflow I4
1.3 L Crossflow I4
1.6 L Crossflow I4
1.6 L Pinto TL16G I4
1.8 L Cosworth BDE I4
2.0 L Pinto TL20H I4
2.0 L Cosworth BDG I4
Wheelbase94.5 in (2,400 mm)[16]
Length156.5 in (3,975 mm) (saloon)[16]
163 in (4,140 mm) (estate)
Width61.8 in (1,570 mm)
Height55.65 in (1,414 mm)
Curb weight1,940 lb (880 kg)
The squarer-styled Mark II version appeared in January 1975. The first production models had rolled off the production lines on 2 December 1974.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Bombaloza scull kit internal parts

These rather substantial 18mm WBP Pine plywood panels support the rower and also the sides of the Bombaloza scull 4mm hull skin.

Click on the image to make it larger.

The design is becoming well known now and more plans have been sold.


British Seagull parts and restoration

This is done in Hout Bay near Cape town.

These parts are never cheap, just what is in the picture cost a net R2200 before shipping, duty and vat.
The parts do  fit and they are from the  British Seagull parts suppliers.

Parts are either in stock or imported for each new engine restoration.

A Forty Plus which is rated 2 to 3hp, it dates back to 1974?

Part of the stock motors I keep and will be sold as a restored motor only.
As it is now it has many new parts on it.

This engine was a virtual wreck when it arrived, the work took a year, even the replacement petrol tank was in the post from my UK suppliers for over a month.

The motor in the picture above cost around R12,000 to restore, materials and labour. The cost always depends on do you have your own British Seagull that needs restoration or do I supply you one?

There are only two motors available right now,both are sort shafts, I can make them longer?

One is a 3.5hp and the other the 2hp Forty Plus.


Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Cape Towns TBA, the way it was

This was all of twenty plus years back, the Traditional Boat Association was very much alive and well.

The place is the V&A Waterfront and we were hosted there for Easter.
 That is Lynn and Larry Pardey's  boat next to Sonnet.

The heart of the TBA was very much the members, the boats helped too of course.

This was after Notty had sold his Thirty Square, Sonnet to Mike Daly, Sonnet was on the RCYC slip and Mike asked was the boat for sale?

The deal was done there and then, later Tommy Walker restored Sonnet in a dry shed next to the RCYC main club house.

Mike Daly on what was by then his very nice restored thirty square. The boat was locally built and was said not to quite measure to the class rules?

These were the people and times of the TBA.


Monday, 16 November 2015

Looking back on Table Mountain

Or should I be saying looking at the back of Table Mountain?

That it it in the center of the picture and with the cloud cover.

This was a Friday and with a weekend of rain expected as good a time as any to take the 1967 Hillman Imp Californian for a drive.

The car has had around eighteen months of restoration, it not finished but can be driven, its licenced and safe to drive again.


Thursday, 12 November 2015

Materials to the Indian Ocean

We have sent a number of orders to the islands in the Indian Ocean.

This one was the plywoods and epoxies to build a power boat.

The plans were from Mark Bowdidge in Australia. He recomended CKD Boats cc as a supplier.

We in turn got the order together and sorted out the packing and the shipping.

This boat was built from Marks plans, we did not supply a kit but could do if required.


Monday, 9 November 2015

Shamwari, what does the name mean?

This dates back many years and to my early sailing days.

Today I find the name pops up all over the place, why I wondered?

The story:

This was sent to a good friend who has years of work behind him in the Rhodesian Police Force.

Can you explain the use of the name Shamwari on a cruising yacht please?

The period was circa 1976/7 and the place was the RCYC.

Pat and Dorothy Rodgers were preparing their center cockpit plywood bilge keeled sailing boat to go cruising.

They had built the boat in Rhodesia.

The design was ( i think) a Robert Tucker and when we got to Salavador in Brasil, there was a similar yacht sailed there by a young Rhodesian guy, so that design was popular then?

The couple were in quite senior years compared to most others preparing their yachts. Pat was on a pension of some sort but even then when it was converted to Rands it was not a lot of money.

Can you hazzard a guess as to why they named their boat Shamwari?

There are some links to the name on Google and Rhodesia does get a mention in some of them.

The reply and an answer.

Hi Roy,

Basic interpretation of "Shamwari" , in Swahili,& most African languages to our North, means 'Friend'. 

Various adjectives are often added, like ,'mine'' in Swahili would be 'yungo', in Shona , 'gamina' etc

Hope that sheds some light on the name.



My thanks to Athol for giving me the answer!


Saturday, 7 November 2015

Hoklue, is due to arrive in Hout Bay next week.

Hōkuleʻa arrives in Mossel Bay along the southern coast of South Africa. Known as the historical capital of the world, archaeological findings show that Mossel Bay and the Pinnacle Point Caves may be the home grounds from which all modern man descended. Researchers believe humans who inhabited the area between 170,000 and 40,000 years ago became the lone surviving human inhabitants of the earth living off a diet of shellfish, fish and wild plants, forming the ancestral part for all humanity.  

She is in Mossel Bay and should depart early morning tomorrow?

We have received an additional report from our captain. Based on the latest weather forecasts, they are now anticipating departing Mossel Bay on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 1200, and heading first for Simons Town/False Bay Yacht Club, where they may tuck in for a couple days.
We would anticipate departing FBYC on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 0600, aiming for Hout Bay as an immediate launching point for a planned arrival in Cape Town on Saturday, Nov. 14.

  • ETA Hout Bay -- Thursday, Nov. 12 at 1300.
  • ETD Hout Bay -- Saturday, Nov. 14 at 0700.
  • ETA Cape Town -- Saturday, Nov. 14 at 1200.
  • Friendship Ceremony, V & A Waterfront, Saturday, Nov. 14 at 1400.
We anticipate the catamaran to arrive around 1 pm  on thursday next.
She will hosted by the Hout Bay Yacht Club.
Be there!

Friday, 6 November 2015

Dragon Boat class paddles

We made hundreds of these to the original Dragon Boat class sizes and rules.

This one is a little damaged from the heat of battle!

Made from Honduras Red Cedar (mexicana roem) they were well within the class rules weight and made to suit the overall dimensions.

Made down to a price rather than up to a super finish and top class quality, they were probably closer to the original class rule ideas?

More can be made given a suitable order.

Shipping is no problem, these can be posted too.


Tuesday, 3 November 2015

How we pack our kit orders

This can be done in a number of ways but most export kits will be packed in a suitable wooden crate.

Shown here is an Optimist that will soon be on its way by air to Zurich in Switzerland, the crate just needs the lid fitting .

Many years back we invested in the top quality steel banding tools you can see in this picture, the tool closest to the camera was imported from the USA.

With the Optimist kit secure in its steel banded crate we are now ready for collection.

This Optimist was made from one of our CNC cut kits, we supplied the North Sails sail and also the air bag floats inside the boat.

Monday, 2 November 2015

British Seagull outboard restoration

This we can offer and world wide, what we can do is make the engine look as near to new again as possible.

New parts are imported from a genuine British Seagull parts seller.

Click on the images to enlarge them

This one came in today for an idea of a quote, its only here while the estimate is prepared.

What will it look like when its finished?

This came in looking very very sorry for itself, it was taken apart as far as it was possible without stripping the motor, which is also a job we can undertake.


Optimist dinghy kit

The Optimist dinghy kit needs to be understood as the later wood/epoxy design and not the very early wood design which was far more complicated to assemble.

Click on the image to enlarge it.

Please note we have changed our address and phone number since we printed the flyer.

The web address remains and you will find a section for the Optimist dinghy there.

We can ship to most places, the kit in the pictures below leaves for Zurich, Switzerland in the morning.

This is our builders jig, its free when you order six kits.

The items are stacked like a deck of cards.

The wood is supplied as an extra, the fumed silica, micro balloons and glass tape are part of the kit.

The booklet is a painting guide by International Paints, that is free.

The silica and micro balloons are mixed around 50/50 to make a filler paste and bog to do fillets in the corners of the boat, we can supply the epoxy to use with the filler but only when shipped by sea.
The glass tape is the jointing tape to hold the bottom panel to the side, front and back panels.


Friday, 30 October 2015

About the Hout Bay Yacht Club

Check out the blog, it is updated quite a lot but also has many sections and information links.

Druma sailing in Hout Bay

A Dix 43 in wood / epoxy sailing towards Hout Bay 

The same boat on the Hout Bay Yacht Club marina.