Thursday, 18 December 2014

Bombaloza scull progress by Myles

A week back these boat parts were just laid out, now we see a boat!

Hi Roy,

I'm working in a very narrow restricted space so can't get many good pics.

Cheers Myles

As we are now closed for the 2014 year if you want to order one of these sculls, it would be supplied from January 12th 2015 and on through next year.


Monday, 15 December 2014

Seasons Greetings!

Yes, folks and where ever you may be all the best from us here at which is sunny Hout Bay in South Africa.

Hout Bay beach!

Our 1967 Hillman Californian Imp, out on its first drive since I bought it back mid July this year.
The car is special in that it came off the Rootes Car Co production line on February 3rd 1967.
The new production line was in Linwood, Scotland, UK.

The Vin plate and matching engine number show the letters RCO meaning it was a right hand drive coupe export car. The car was found in a Johannesburg police pound with Mozambique plates on it, which confirms the export,as does the speedometer marked in kilometers, the only one I have ever seen.

All the best for 2015.



Sunday, 14 December 2014

The Dix 43' Flying Cloud is for sale

The boat is now placed with a well known broker and also on Gumtree, requests for the boats inventory are starting to come in.

This is a real no nonsense cruising yacht, safe to travel to international waters and in comfort with the right kind of speed you will appreciate.

The price is R1.300,000 which is around U$111,100 right now, delivery can be arranged at whatever it may cost as an extra.

Note the new mainsail stack pack and while I was cleaning the boat how wide the side decks are, with the top life line being higher than normal this is a safe yacht to move around on. There are boarding gates port and starboard for ease of access.

Contact me for the inventory.


Friday, 12 December 2014

Dry boats made with epoxy and plywood?

How dry is your boat I ask, is the bilge free of water may be one test but another and you need to be honest here is what happens to the interior fabrics and fittings over time?

I spent a year on a 38ft carvel planked double ender, great boat but brass screws soon went red from moisture.

I then owned two GRP Endurance 37s, they were better but moisture was still there, if less so than the traditional carvel planked boat.

Check the picture, it will enlarge if you click on it.

These fire extinguishers have been on this epoxy/ply built boat nearly fifteen years, they are rust and corrosion free just like the rest of the fittings inside the boat!

Epoxy, saving you time,saving you money.


Hillman Imp Californian classic car rstoration project

The return of our 1967 Imp Californain in miid July was a shock and a surprise, also a whole new work program and enough to keep me busy when I have spare time.

The car is licenced and is a runner, it has had the engine and transaxle removed for a check out, the engine is the original matching numbers RCO export one that Rootes shipped the car out on,it came off the production line February 3rd 1967.

What a nice holiday project I have!


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

A foggy day in Hout Bay Harbour

This happens after a heat wave, which may be caused by a cold front moving down from the North, the front pushes the hot airs off the land mass down to the cape, we then find its windless and hot, the front then arrives and the fog does too.

Even with the lens scratches caused by the opening and shutting of the automatic lens cover on the Canon G11 digital, the camera seems to handle this low light situation well.

Click on the image to enlarge it.


Sunday, 7 December 2014

2014 weekending Friday 12th closing for the holidays

With just the one week left of the 2104 working year before closing for the annual holidays, we may still take orders depending on what you want?

This  could well be Eskom dependent, as since Friday and after they announced there will be no December power downs to save the demand on the electricity grid, they have shut us down three times or was that four?

We are then down to using the Honda 20i 2 kva generator!

Its worth knowing that Honda designed this generator with a second outlet, the idea being that you can daisy chain a number of similar gen sets and increase the power output, I have seen a film crews road trailer with four units, all connected so 8kw supply.


Friday, 5 December 2014

Mirror Dinghy foils ex stock

These are here now and for sale to any Mirror Dinghy sailor who needs them.  We can normally CNC a set to order in the same week we  receive payment.

With the Mirror Worlds due here in the cape January 2015 we will then have some precut stocks of both foils and rudders with delivery either same day or over night by our couriers.


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Mirror Dinghy plaque number boards are ready

We have nine Dinghy Mirror kits pre sold but but availiable for purchase from the buyer. Today weprepared the obeche wood transom plaque number boards.

Click on the image for a larger image.

Time to prepare more for the 2014 season has run out, more will be available next year.


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Ship scrapping in the water?

These pictures ask a question, at which point does the team find it has no place to stand before the ship sinks????

Seen here and in the Hout Bay Harbour an ex SA Navy patrol ship meets her end, click on the picture for a larger image to understand whats being done.

The boat is being cut down, how far is down I ask, as each kilo of steel that is removed will raise the boat by a similar amount?? Check the waterline and see how much the boat has risen this far!

Check the sparks, someone is inside and using a torch to cut the decks off.

Eventually they will have a long flat dish, each kg cut off makes the dish smaller but it will then float that much higher, when do they stop is my question!

Watch this blog for what I hope is the answer.


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Hillman Imp Californian (1967) body and paint works

This car is back with me and I have decided to give it a total rebuild, only four and a half months into the program I am already planing on spraying some pale grey body primer this week.

Applying the paint is of course the easy part!

The car was a rare exp,ort and used to carry Mozambique licence plates, the original engine is still with the car and not only that , the original pistons and bearings are still in the engine! When I rebuilt the engine about seven years back I did fit new pistons rings. The engine runs a genuine Sunbeam Sport series 180 cylinder head, sport camshaft and sport twin Stromberg 125 CD carburators.

The engine is running in this shot, check the yellow fan on the left.

Imp Sport engines all came with an oil cooler but not this type and not in this position.

The special air cleaner has two oval filters in it, one per carburetor and works well drawing its clean air from as high as possible.

The car came off the Rootes production line on February 3rd 1967, said to be one of only fifty five to sixty cars of this model known to the Imp Club in the UK, its now quite a rare car to find.


Monday, 1 December 2014

The new dinghy launch ramp at the HBYC in Hout Bay Harbour

Sometimes its the simple things that make life far easier and smooth out the way we can do things.

This very simple concrete ramp was placed by club members to assist the development sailing group.

Right away the ramp was in use and we now see the sailors move their dinghies from the HBYC club boat park with a wheeled dolly and then self launch, retrieval is team work and we have many willing helpers doing the Lotto supported program here in Hout Bay.



Friday, 28 November 2014

Another nice day in Hout Bay

Looks like we are well into the summer weather now, normally hot and sunny but a front moving in from the North can bring mist and even rain but not for long.

Space will as normal be tight over the cruising season, so if you  need a berth, please contact the HBYC marina office soon.


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Another nice day in Hout Bay Harbour

As the picture shows its really fine weather.

The cruising yachts are already arriving and we will again be meeting all sorts of interesting folk.

The now open space in the boats has been made to accept a new HBYC member and his catamaran arriving soon from Durban.

Thats always welcome.


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Arnold, r.i.p

I regret to inform that I was told today that Arnold of the Kloof Street bar and grill that carries his own name was killed recently in a motor bike accident.

Arnold was one of those involved in the support of last years JoLon Imp attempt to drive from Johannesburg to Coventry in England.

My respects to all those who knew Arnold.