Saturday, 22 October 2016

Basil will soon be painting his Argie 15 build

Hi Roy

I finished the SP320 epoxy coat outside the hull and is ready for painting in  marine blue.

Dagger board, rudder etc. got as well the coat and are ready now for clear vanish.

Have a nice day and regards from Switzerland,


Monday, 17 October 2016

The R.C.O.D yacht as a kit?

Many years back, the Royal Cape Yacht Club wanted to create a one design suitable for sailing in Cape Towns waters, known for strong winds they developed what was later to become called the R.C.O.D.

Read the full story in Justins blog on this South African yacht and many others.

Contact me for news on kits.

How hard can this be?


Saturday, 1 October 2016

Basils Argie 15 progress

Basil sent me some news and pictures of his Argie 15 build in Switzerland, he will soon be painting the boat he tells me.

Note the optional side seats.

Hi Roy

I like working on the Argie 15. it makes me happy.

The hull is now ready for the sp 320 epoxy coat.
To cover the fillet and fiberglass i clued inside a 0,9 mm Syntetic resin plate. Space between the hull i put in epoxy filler.

Have s good time in beautiful South Africa,


News and pictures like Basil's are always welcome


Thursday, 1 September 2016

The Argie 15

This is one of our more popular dinghy kits, you could say its a three in one dinghy?

Nick built this Argie 15 from one of our kits.

Sail, motor and camping?

A trailer is a good idea if you wish to move the boat, if your alongside a water way you can easily move the boat to the water with just two persons.

This boat is a very fine sailer.

My thanks to Justin for use of his SA Yacht Blog on the design.


Monday, 22 August 2016

Winter weather scenes in the Cape Town area

More about the Hout Bay area really but as Hout Bay is at the rear of Table Mountain it can be said to be close enough?

This view was taken from the 1967 Hillman Imp Californian that has just been restored.

The Sentinel is the name of the peak that watches over the entry to Hout Bay.

This view is looking into Hout Bay.

The Californian with the Sentinel in the distance.

Fine winter weather !


Thursday, 18 August 2016

Basils Argie 15 kit build

We supplied Basil with the Argie 15 kit earlier this year, that kit included the meranti wood, Ronstan deck package and also the North Sails.

In this picture we can see that twin pack white paint was applied before the side seats were fitted.

This really does make the end result tops and to my mind is well worth the effort.

Here the side and center seats are in place, what a nice set of lockers to store your equipment in.

These are the dagger board case and the mast step partners.


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Perkins 4108 marine diesel restoration machining

This is the kind of work we can put into our engine rebuilds.

The pictures will enlarge if you click on them.

The pulley is some thirty six years old, there was a wear groove where the lip seal fits, we had a sleeve fitted to give a perfect surface once more.

The pulley will now give perfect service for many more decades.


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

The Perkins 4108 marine diesel rebuild

This engine was bought in as a project, there was no time frame and no end use for it, no customer either.

It was one of those things I had wanted to do, rebuild a diesel engine.

Check those timing marks.

The CAV diesel pump was fully rebuilt, the picture shows it full of clean diesel fuel I am in the process of setting the timing marks here.

The engine was started with the water cooling and heat exchanger removed, this gives much better access to the injectors and the pump.

Check the exhaust smoke, the engine is running!

Later and with the water cooling system fitted, check the flywheel, the engine has some speed on it here.

As the new piston rings bedded in the exhaust smoke stopped, check the flywheel, its spinning at about 2000 rpm, with the water cooling fitted the engine was run a good while.

Will I do another Perkins 4108 diesel ?

One, I have no second engine and two it will be to a customers order next time, this one has been sold.


Basils Argie 15 build progress

News in from Basil in Switzerland, we have sent him four CKD Boats dinghy kits now.

Hi Roy

I made progress building the argie, it makes me happy working on it.

The Hull is inside pre-sanded. I decided to put big waterproof inspection covers on the top of the seat risers. inside i put an epoxy coat, sanded it and then painted it white with 2c paint.

Basil is working very neatly and taking the time to get a good finish prior to the painting process.


Monday, 8 August 2016

Is it Brasil or Brazil?

The Olympics 2016 are now on, so a good time to raise this interesting subject.

Having lived in various parts of South Americas,Brasil, for at least a year, I can confirm that as far as the locals are concerned there is no Z in the name Brasil.

File image, my thanks for it use.

That is the huge Maracana stadium in the distance.

Please write Brasil next time! 

I have a match box here ,made by OLHO, it is marked Industria Brasilia.

Justin who is a regular viewer of this blog found a very interesting web site on the subject.

He and myself still us the spelling Brasil (smile )


Friday, 5 August 2016

Perkins 4108 marine diesel for sale

The one I have has found a deposit paying customer.

If I find another Perkins 4108 that needs a rebuild I may be tempted to restore that too.

Click on the images to make them larger.

This is after a short time when the engine was started, the motor is doing about 2000 rpm, check the flywheel.

Also check the exhaust, there is no smoke!

The 1980 Perkins 4108 I have was first fitted to a Formosa 41 in Taiwan, the engine required a rebuild and a new Vetus was installed.

The engine was taken back to bare metal, etch primed and then sprayed in the correct Perkins green with imported Hamertite metal paint,

This image was on start up, check the smoke which soon disapeared.

Contact me if you want a rebuilt Perkins 4108 diesel engine.


Friday, 29 July 2016

Watson & Co garage in Liverpool

This picture was found on the web site ' Liverpool Picture Book '  my thanks for them posting it.

The last time I was in that garage I think my grandad was still alive, he was the general manager then.

 Click on the image to enlarge it.

My grandads name was Fred Ford, Watson & Son were Morris sales and service agents.

Was I about twelve when I was last there?

I was being primed to become a Morris mechanic, under the watchful eyes of my grandad I guess it was a good plan. I had no plans to get my hands dirty and became a joiner in the end.

Grandad passed away around that time and from TB, a terrible waste of a great man.

1929 Rolls Royce 20hp Watsons of Liverpool Tourer for sale for £62,000 by Vintage & Prestige Automobiles Ltd, Essex

The stunning 1929 car had its main body fitted by the company which was founded by Liverpool-born racing driver and motoring pioneer, William Watson.

Operating out of Renshaw Street in the city centre, Watson became one of the first Rolls Royce agents in 1908 after testing the Silver Ghost Rolls Royce the previous year and being impressed with its quietness and performance.

As the firm grew, Watsons of Liverpool became one of the leading companies which built tailor-made bodies for Rolls Royce and Morris chassis and eventually Jaguar in 1930.

Watson even extended his skills to help with the war effort during both world wars.
During World War I, Watson manufactured shell cases and aeroplane propellers and repaired fighter aircraft during World War II.

The 1929 Rolls Royce was repatriated to the UK after spending much of its life in a California museum.

Amazingly the car is in a virtually original state, with the same plum-coloured paint that was painted on it in the 1920s and the original UK registration number.

Now its owner is offering someone else the chance to feel the wind in their hair as they cruise around in the vintage set of wheels.

If you’ve got a spare £62,000 to spare then it could be you sitting in the driving seat.

The history of William Watson!


Thursday, 28 July 2016

Canon G1X to swop or sell

My Canon G1X with the original packing, charger, two batteries and the invoice from Orms.
To swop for a Canon G14/15 or 16 with packing and the charger etc.

The reason I need the swop is to have a camera that will focus down to around 100mm, the G1X will not do better than 200mm, not a big issue but I need to focus closer.

File image

PowerShot G1 X

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Paul McCartney and Long John Baldry


They are standing outside the Lime Street Station in Liverpool.

Mike McGear took the picture.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Aries Vane Gear steering wheel rope clutch

This is the real item sold to me by Nick Franklin the founder of the Aries vane gear.

It is in very fine condition and while it has been used on two South Atlantic Ocean voyages it has never been left out in the weather when we were not passage making.

Click  on the image to enlarge.

Just about as new and ready to go again ( you will need a vane gear to use this, Aries, Fleming etc.

Two adjustable turning blocks are included.

The Vectra pre stretched lin eis brand new.

R4000.00, which is about U$277 only, we can post to most places, Pay-Pal or a bank draft etc.