Friday, 3 April 2009
Note the two loop teak grab rails,these can be supplied as an extra,I am considering either painting them white or coating with a twin pack polyacrethane clear coating to try and remove the maintainace factor,single loop grab rails will be fitted on the back edge of the side panels.
Sigma Coatings etch primer,this is just one coat,more need to be applied,its a great surface to sand and does not clog the finishing paper at all.
This is a pre laminated five segment beam,once glued and screwed in place and epoxy fillet is applied all round,this adds some detail finish but also stiffens the aft edge of the roof as well,looks good too.
Its amazing what a nice spray job does to your plywood/epoxy works,as long as you did the preperation ok,not a great deal more is required prior to the top coats,which in this case will be International Paints 990 Interthane,a paint we have stayed with for over a decade now.
The addition of the rear laminated beam has done two things,its a great hand hold right across the cockpit,it will stop water dripping down too but it has also stiffened the entire roof up to the extent that its quite solid when you walk on it,this was always the idea of course.
Thursday, 2 April 2009
We continue to enjoy requests to supply our fabricated Imp steel inlet and exhaust manifolds,one was posted off to Denmark yesterday,with another still on its way to the USA,we now have one full inlet and exhaust in stock for despatch right away,priced at R5100 or around Pounds 370 and less for Euros,its a well priced item,note,surface delivery can take a long time when posting by air should be within ten days?
Build whats in the picture below and you will sail like this,it will take you a while though?
A traditional construction by Luke Powel.
Having done one close resemblence to this construction I can highly recomend that you never try it,its a serious way of working yourself into the ground!Our kits are designed to be strong and fast to build,your sailing so much faster with far less outlay.
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
Our customers come in all sizes,some have barely a doller to spare,some have a little more,this customer bought one of our Optimist kits,I can just imagine it hanging off the back of her mother ship,now in the Mediterainian,the Optimist will be built in Cape Town!
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
The picture in the previous blog of the Didi 38 build in North Africa came in on saturday,this came in today (tuesday) but from the opposite direction,being Picton on South Island,New Zealand,I have suspected for some years now that Cape Town is really the center of the world,this helps proove my theory?
Some words from Ian himself:
Just a couple of piccies to prove that there is some progress, despite chipping away for only a while in the evenings. We could sit in the workshop and brew a cuppa or some soup on the single burner camping gas stove with its single ring too! No electrical circuits and batteries etc for me, I don't think, just kerosene - especially now that you get the stuff that doesn't smell or taint your beer!
Monday, 30 March 2009
This kit went by sea to North Africa,given the area has little by way of yachting equipment,we sent a lot more than the basic boat hull and deck kit,we sent lots of fittings,even the Yanmar diesel engine.The regions cold winter slowed things down,it snows there too!it looks as if thats behind them now and the next stage will be the laminated keel support frames followed by the hull skin panels.