Saturday, 2 May 2009

Jean and our dog

Druma has grown up with our boat and has a facination for looking at water,mind you,our local waters are so full of sea life its not long before a Dolphin,Seal or Whale arrives to check us out.

Friday, 1 May 2009

Rosemary Smith visits New Zealand

Contact the Imp Club at

This was back in 1997,many thanks to Brian Baylis For supplying the picture,Brian is The Imp Clubs representitive down there.

May Day means yet another public holiday

Emu says,thats too many hols man!

With the four public holidays we had in April,Easter,Freedom Day,Voting Day,plus this one at the start of May,its just about shut down the country!

Thursday, 30 April 2009

The Hubble Telescope top pictures

My thanks to Susan Boyle in Rome,Italy for supplying this picture.

This is just one of the top ten chosen since it was deployed.

The Perfect Storm, a small region in the Swan Nebula, 5,500 light years away, described as 'a bubbly ocean of hydrogen and small amounts of oxygen, sulphur and other elements'.

This sounds like no Heinekens or Klipdrift brandy and cokes to me?

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Hard Dodger kit,made and painted

We have just the none slip to do on the roof top now,the area will be a good firm place to be able to stand or kneel on to check out the main sail and lazy jacks.We have used International Paints white Intergard epoxy primer and top coating in polyurethane Interthane.While this size is intended for a yacht or boat around 43ft,it can be re sized up or down to also suit from around 30ft to 60ft?,the two 'wings' would not normaly be supplied,they fit a center cockpit yacht that they fit into.

Proteus 106 catamaran build in Venezuela

A picture of the Venezuelan flag.

Our customer,Erminio, in Caracas has just sent some news and pictures of his Proteus 106 kit he purchased from us,its interesting to note that Erminio has laid his hulls up the right way up,he has already put in place the cross panel to join them together,plating the hull will be quite easy this way and he will not have to bring in a crane to turn the finished assembly over either.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

As happy as a pig in water?

The saying above sounds wrong but this fellow prooves it right in this case!

Monday, 27 April 2009

Samuel Morse says

Looking at Google this morning I note they have a morse code signal posted.
It being the aniversary of Samuel Morses birth which was on 27th April 1791,some 218 years ago.


Original Samuel Morse telegraph on the sea voyage home in 1832, Morse encountered Charles Thomas Jackson of Boston who was well schooled in electromagnetism. Witnessing various experiments with Jackson's electromagnet, Morse developed the concept of a single wire telegraph, and The Gallery of the Louvre was set aside. The original Morse telegraph, submitted with his patent application, is part of the collections of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution.[4] In time the Morse code would become the primary language of telegraphy in the world, and is still the standard for rhythmic transmission of data.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

The Dixi Dinghy kit

The national flag of Thailand.

The Dixi dinghy is on the left,we also do the Argie 10 on the right.

We have comfirmation of a new export order,this time to Thailand,this make Thailand our country twenty four (24) we have recieved orders from.
One of our smaller sized kits but still a great performer and really well laid out on as little plywood sheets as is possible by Dudley Dix of Dix Design USA.We can supply part or a full kit,including a set of laminated clear oregon pine spars,Ronstan deck package which will include the access hatch covers to the closed air tight seat areas and a sail from North Sails.

Dudley says:

The first of the two designs, the DIXI DINGHY, was commissioned as a sailing yacht tender for very simple construction in stitch and glue plywood. As a rowing/powered boat, all hull panels can be cut from two sheets of 6mm (1/4") plywood, including forming bouyancy compartments fore and aft. Additional plywood is required to make up the rudder and daggerboard. The rig is free standing, supported at keel and bow thwart and is easily stepped. The mast is in two interlocking pieces and the sail is sleeve luffed and loose footed. All rig parts stow within the hull.
As a sailing fun boat she is highly manoeuvreable and nippy with an adult or two children. As a tender she will comfortably carry four adults and gear in calm water. Load capacity will vary with water conditions.