Tuesday, 19 September 2017

British Seagull 40 plus in for service

It will be more than a service, as once started the restoration tends to start!

This one has many of its original parts, even the petrol tank is mainly undamaged and thats a first.

We have bead blasted the parts clean, the tank, gear box and four bladed propellor will next be repainted.

The gear box was stripped and the drive shaft and housing was cleaned, for a change this one had some oil in it but also chunks of salt that had formed into hard stones.

Dated back to April 1975 we have asked the UK parts supplier we use to send the required parts.

We will convert the jet in the carburetor to one the allows a 25:1 oil to petrol mix, given that the original mix was 10:1 that is a big step towards cleaner emissions.

The owner is based in England, his yacht is a classic ocean racer, so the older British Seagull outboard will look just the part on the yachts tender.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

How many Hillman Imps in South Africa ?

This question has been asked more than a few times and just like in other parts of the World more keep being found as time goes by.

The red car is an Imp Californian, it dates to March 1967. The blue car dates to 1964, when the new owner came to see me last week he thought he had a 1965 car!

That car came from up North and 1000 miles away, it came down by road transport but another Imp up there is being prepared to drive down, when I cannot say.

Two more Imps were discovered last week also, one is a 1967 car and assembled here in the RSA.
It has been dated to 7/07/1967.

The other Imp is a 1968 car, a Super Imp and was assembled in Scotland, UK.
That one was dated to 27/09/1968.

Back to the header question?

I know of at least seventeen Hillman Imps left in South Africa, there could be more?

If you know of Hillman Imps over here please advise me, for sale or not?

There were at least five Hillman Imp race cars, one was last heard of in Durban, another three in  Pretoria, another in Cape Town.

Two in Pretoria are still around, one may be for sale?

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Mirror dinghy sail boat kits ?

We regret that these are no longer available, excepting as new orders and without the normal wood parts, we will cut the Mirror plywood parts in orders of five boats only now.

The picture of our machine shop shows the required timber being prepared, we have when possible used lightweight Obeche wood to save on the boats hull displacement.

This picture shows a number of the Obeche wood packs together.

Each kit includes the CNC shaped Ockome marine plywood panels.

Shipping world wide is normally possible, prices on request.


Friday, 4 August 2017

Superform bending plywood can now be made fire resistant.

With the fires we have seen in high rise buildings such as the London Grenfell Tower flats and Dubais Torch Tower, it may well make sense to consider using fire resistant plywood panels now?

FR SUPER FORM assit to prevent and slow the process of fires down 
In Class B-S1-d0 ASTM E84 class B

For a little extra the safety factor is paramount...
the future for all public buildings... 

Deluxe Light Ply (none bending) can also be offered, also treated for exterior use on certain applications.

Contact me for pricing.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The Cape Charles 32

We are now able to CNC a Cape Charles 32 yacht for you.

 The offer can either be the boats backbone and bulkheads with the transom, or the complete yacht
with hull skins included.

This yacht promises to be large inside and fast on the water.

We can also supply the plans as well as the kit, shipping world wide is not a problem, in fact shipping is what we have done for a very long while now.

Prices on request.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Guyana, Devils island group, St Joseph Island

This picture has been taken from high up on the island of Royal and what was once called French Guyana.

The anchorage is where my family and our Endurance 37 cutter spent some two weeks enjoying the islands.

Check that approaching rain squall , we had exactly the same the day we arrived and the islands just vanished from our sight.

I have a chartlet if anyone needs one?


Friday, 7 July 2017

The USA Wooden boat show

Dudley Dix showed three of his designs this year and two won awards, one was in first place and the other in second place.

From left, Hunter Gall's DS15, Kevin Agee's Argie 15 and my Paper Jet.
This 26th edition of the Wooden Boat Show proved to be an exceptional one for us. The weather was good and the show was well attended, with a tremendous amount of interest in the two brand new boats. The high quality builds were rewarded with first place for Hunter and runner-up for Kevin in the "Owner-Built Sail" division of the competition. I extend my congratulations to both of them, their hard work and attention to detail really paid off.


Congratulations to the builders and the designer!


Monday, 19 June 2017

Ferodo VG95 competition brake linings

Simply the best and as made in Great Britain  by Ferodo.

Priced at Pounds 44.00 per set of four linings, they are very affordable, the postage price with tracking is available on request.

Two packs of four shoes have been sold to a race Imper in Germany, so just three sets left!

This image shows that the linings shape to fit the Imps eight inch brake drums made by Girling.
Click on the image to enlarge it.

These are now a rare item and cannot be repeated?

I have some five sets of four that could be for sale.

Click on any image to enlarge it.

Tim Millinton the well known Hillman Imp tuning expert rated them very highly.

Contact me for pricing etc.


Jaap's Argie 15 kit is collected

We use a well known national courier for country wide deliveries, this Argie 15 kit will travel over night and probably reach its destination within a three day period.

The main pack is the plywood and is steel band strapped between two sheets of 9mm thick OSB board (oriented strand board) Jaap has been advised to have a pair of suitable side cutters ready for when the kit arrives.

We used imported French made marine plywood produced by Joubert.

The Argie 15 kit is off to  a town on the East coast of South Africa, we can of course ship Worldwide.


Thursday, 8 June 2017

The Argie 15 kit, now with imported French marine plywood

The French marine plywood made by Joubert  is very good, it is also more expensive than some other makes?

We have just received an Argie 15 boat kit from our CNC shop.

Nice lable to keep for the proof that the boat was made using the French made okoume marine plywood?

This Argie 15 kit has the optional side seats, so an eight sheet of plywood kit.

We also supply some of the consumable such as epoxy, glass tapes and filler powders as well


Friday, 2 June 2017

British Seagull fuel tank restoration

This shining tank was bent and battered, the top filler had been crudely cut off with a disc grinder.

Click on the images to enlarge them.

A new solid brass filler next was specially turned out on a lathe, then an specialist metal worker removed both ends.

When the ends were off the tank was straightened, then the ends were re attached.

Four days work, that is just the tank!

Easy, no but just look at the result.

A special British Seagull transfer will be fitted to it next.

This is the condition that this engine was in when it arrived from Pretoria, South Africa.

This picture shows the same engine and some months later, stripped and restored and ready to be sent back to its owner in Pretoria.


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Basils Argie 15 gets a power upgrade

Hi Roy

Now Argie 15 equipped with electric engine and swimming ladder.

To protect the hull, I added 1,5 mm inox profiles to the runners.

Have a good day,


Monday, 15 May 2017

KD 860 plans and materials supply.

One KD 860 we did supply materials to is the one in the picture.

With permission from the designer, we can also supply the plans and the building instructions, we then pay the designer his plans fee.

This KD 860 was made longer so would really be named a KD 100.

The boat was built here in South Africa.


The KD 860 design as a kit set

We are about to do a KD 860 bulkhead set and export it to the customer.

The design fee and plans can be purchased onl line from the Bernd Kholer K Designs web site.

Please note, the pictures are from the K Design web pages and are representative only.

Contact me for details on shipping a flat pack of pre cut bulkheads to you.


Saturday, 13 May 2017

The Toy sized Toylander kit

Sized to fit in a large padded envelope and posted to you world wide.

A licence fee to Real Life Toys is payable and will be included with the bill of sale.

The first Toylander kit we cut was full sized !