Monday, 23 January 2017

Black Cat the Didi 38 arrives in Rio do Janerio, Brasil.

This is Black Cats third Cape 2 Rio race.

Photo by Alec Smith, he has a large folder on all the yachts in this years race, they are for sale.

Click on the image to enlarge it

Well done to the six crew members who did this crossing.

How hard can it be?

Well they ended up with two blown head gaskets and on a twin cylinder diesel engine, so the last week or so they had no electric power.


This was the boat that Dudley Dix built for himself, he designed it also.


Didi 38 & Didi 40
Radius chine plywood cruiser racers
Didi 38 radius chine plywood boat plans
Read about our experiences on a Didi 38 in the MTN Cape to Rio 2000 Race. It was rather different from what all competitors expected. Click here
Affordable Performance
This one was for me! For the first time in my professional design career I was the client. I drew her to be the type of boat that I enjoy - light, responsive, fast and fun.

She also had to be quick to build for only one or two people and fit a terminally ill wallet.

Launched in 1995, I have crossed the South Atlantic three times on her and experienced a run of nearly 250 miles in 24 hours and a top speed of nearly 22 knots.

~ More conservative version, with masthead rig and shallower keel. More info.

~ Plywood bulkhead kits. More info.

~ 40ft Cruiser Didi 40cr, with greater space and comfort. More info.

~ Advice, tips and build photos in Builders'

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