Monday, 15 May 2017

KD 860 materials supply.

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

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 !


Friday, 12 May 2017

Superform Bending plywood, do you know about it?

Gavin came in his closed van to collect a few sheets of our Superform bending plywood.

Gavin was a past customer and knew that this was possible.

The sheets are 8mm thick and sized 1220mm wide and 2440mm long.

Superform bending plywood is imported into South Africa by CKD Boats c c

Its also waterproof to a certain extent.

Contact me for pack lot prices.


Thursday, 11 May 2017

Didi Mini Transat by Dix Design

One day Dudley Dix called me and asked would I be able to CNC a set of his Didi Mini Transat design bulkheads?

My reply was positive and we took it from there.

Royal Cape Yacht Club, that is Cape Towns Table Mountain in the background.

The bulkheads were followed later by the hull and deck skins, by then I was building two of these boats to orders from customers.

Check the finish, this is a 6mm thick hull skin only but as we used the best quality 6mm okoume marine plywood available, it was a five ply, the surface is stable and takes paints well.

Contact me for details on this and other Dix Design boats.


Sunday, 7 May 2017

Boat building materials

This Dix 43 aft cockpit pilot saloon yacht was built by Andre, he sourced quite a lot of the interior materials such as bending plywoods and exotic veneers from CKD Boats cc.

Click on the images to enlarge them

We send congratulations to Andre and on a job that looks really top class.

The boat is now on its first voyage, this one will be by road transport.

All the best Andre and have a good trip.


Saturday, 6 May 2017

Dix 43 in radius chine okoume marine plywood/epoxy

This yacht was built here in Cape Town, South Africa and by one person.

The hull build time was just six weeks, some help was given by others to set the 18mm thick bulkheads up.

The RCYC slip in Table Bay Harbour

Total time to do the hull and decks was around fourteen months, then the fitting out took place.

This is not one of our CNC boat kits but it does give you an idea what mainly one person can create given the time and effort.

The same yacht and on the HBYC marina in Hout Bay, South Africa.

The yacht at the V&A Waterfront in the Cape Town Harbour.

Back in Hout Bay.

The yacht has since been sold.


One of our Optimist kits has been built in Zurich.

Contact me for the builders contact information.


Hi Roy

Thank you for the optimist kit you sent me.

I have just finished the Alinghi "cult" Optimist. The boat is now for sale.

Please find attached some pictures.

Have a good day?

Friday, 28 April 2017

We have an export order to produce a Fireball kit.

Pricing will be done over the next few weeks, that will be the CNC plywood hull and deck panels, bulkheads, hardwood to framing etc.
North Sails and Harken deck gear will be offered by optional to the kit.

Licence fees may be liable.

Shipping the kits worldwide will be possible, it depends on where you are?

Contact me for more information and pricing.


Fireball (dinghy)

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Class symbol
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Crew2 (single trapeze)
Hull weight175 lb (79 kg)
LOA16 ft 2 in (4.93 m)
Beam4 ft 6 in (1.37 m)
Mast Length22.3 ft (6.8 m)
Mainsail area108 sq ft (10.0 m2).
Jib / Genoa area35 sq ft (3.3 m2).
Spinnaker area140 sq ft (13 m2).
Class is a member of World Sailing
Fireball dinghy under spinnaker
Originally designed by Peter Milne in 1962, the Fireball is a one-design high-performance sailing dinghy. The Fireball is sailed by a crew of two, and sports a single trapeze, symmetric spinnaker and chined hull. The class is strictly controlled, but has adapted to advances in building techniques. The hulls (plywood, FRP or composite) have a strict minimum weight limit of 175 lb (79 kg) (with correctors).
The Fireball is a highly competitive dinghy, with large fleets worldwide and state, national, continental and world championships held annually. Competitors of all ages help make this class enjoyable for everyone. The performance of the boat is very dependent on tuning as the Fireball's rig can be adjusted in numerous ways.

Friday, 7 April 2017

The Royal Cape One Design as a kit?

A mail today from a friend asked if we did the R.C.O.D ?

I told him about Justins blog.


The idea on the RCOD as a kit has been around for some while, it has yet to become an order.

I suggested to Justin to start the SA Yacht blog a few years back, we were discussing the state of the supply of keel boats, I told him that the RSA yachting industry was far greater than many would imagine, so he started the blog.

It gets a heck of a lot of views these days.

HBYC's Shosholoza (1) during Admirals Regatta 2006
Video clip of Shosholoza finishing last race in strong wind

We can move forward with this design if some orders are placed.

How easy can we make it.


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

The Toylander model kit

This model of the Toylander was created by the man who does our CNC work his name is Nigel.

We have discussed scale models of our various boat kits for some while,with new orders coming in,we needed to check out our Finger Joint systems on the Toylander Series Two we have on file,some joints were not meeting exactly,so Nigel came up with a great idea to re scale down to a 3mm MDF board,this means a 1/4 sized Toylander,

check the joints,find out where the finger joints fit before you build the real thing, so now we have our first toy scale kit!

This smaller scale model of the full sized Toylander kit can be used to get the feel of build in the reall thing full sized.

It  is small and light enough to post to most places.

CKD Boats cc are licenced to produce the full sized Toylander, terms apply and the buyer must first purchase the plans from Real Life Toys who are in Wales, UK.

Our scale kit shows you what our full sized Toylander is supplied as, we have added finger joints to enable a faster build, that should be easy to do in the period of one day.

Only CKD Boats cc offer this service, we can of course supply the scaled down kit as well.

Contact me for more details.


Saturday, 18 March 2017

B and G Network cockpit instruments for sale

Sold as a complete pack and with the specially made mounting case, or as a single unit.

Click on each image to enlarge it.

As transducers are not connected a zero reading will be seen.

The lights can be turned off if required.

Two speed transducers are available, one also has a water temperature sender in it.

The 'No Data ' read out is due to there not being a GPS receiver connected.

Contact me for pricing.

Postage world wide.


Friday, 17 March 2017

Superform bending plywood's orders

New stock will arrive at the end of next month, shipping willing.

Largely pre sold but there will be some packs that will be available.

Simply the best there is and it is EU aproved. so carries the CE stamp on each pack.

We are now past twenty years of importing bending plywoods, so if you want information on its use and where to buy it please contact me.


Monday, 13 March 2017

Wharram kit set for the Tiki 38

We were the suppliers of Dans materials list from the designers pages on the boat, little did we know that the Tiki 38 become quite a famous one.

The SV Luckyfish.

The Build

Builder’s Background

There are quite a few Wharram hotspots around the world, one of them is South Africa. Luckyfish was built in Cape Town by Dan Hardwicke. Dan had built a few boats before tackling the Tiki 38. His Dad was a Wharram man. They had a Hitia 14, Tiki 21, Tiki 26 and a Pahi 42 as well as various monohulls.

Dan and his mate Adrian originally planned to build two Tiki 38’s together, but Adrian couldn’t wait so bought the Tiki 38 Two Ticks instead. In 2008 Adrian did a complete refit of Two Ticks and Dan gained valuable experience that would be useful later when he started his own. The first ideas for the Luckyfish pod design and layout originated from Two Ticks rebuild. Adrian sailed his boat out to New Zealand and Dan started building in 2009. In Dan’s own words “I was quite clear on what I wanted and believe she is the best set up Tiki 38. Yes, you can change a Wharram design but I am not a fan of that. Get a different boat”.


In December 2009 Dan approached Roy McBride of CKD Boats to provide Okoume (Gaboon) ply, machined Oregon to the designers list and epoxies (Gurit 106, a German made clone of West System) for the build. Roy digitised the parts from Dan’s set of plans where possible and from dimensions offset from the framework, and provided CNC cut bulkheads and hull panels. This resulted in the build progressing very quickly. To anyone who can prove they have paid for a set of plans, Roy can supply BS1088 marine grade Okoume ply CNC cut: lower and upper bulkheads; lower and upper hull panels; cross beams; mast box; engine wells; stems and beam trunks. Roy can ship to anywhere in the world. The plywood is Dolphin Superply Marine Plywood, made to a high standard in China. The manufacturer meets the BS1088 standard using 100% African Okoume and phenol formaldehyde glue, passing the 72 hours boiling test. As a precaution, Dan tested the glues used in each sheet by boiling a sample in hot water. There were no failures. I met a Tiki 46 builder in Namibia using the same brand, testing his sheets the same way, with the same results.

Note, we now use and  supply similar quality okoume marine ply and from Spain.

We do not loan or hire out out CNC cut files, this applies to all of the many designs we have in stock,


Friday, 10 March 2017

North Sails head sail in white Dacron

Used very little and with a new bolt rope fitted.

The size is Luff 13mtrs Leech 10.8 mtrs Foot 5.6 mtrs.

Will suit a yacht sized around 37 feet?

In white dacron, no marks or stains, looks new?

North Sails sail bag is included.

Price is R8000 which is around U$620 plus shipping.

This North Sail is offered at less than half the cost of a new one.