Thursday 30 November 2023

Twin Optimist dinghy kit packing

 Great care is taken with any order we pack, done to a shipping requirement standard we are sure the order will arrive in the same condition as packed.


plastic sheeting went over the parts we 

see, then soft packings and cardboard to

hold the parts in place, when the plywood 

lid was screwed into place, 16mm steel

band strapping secured the crate as well.

We offer the freight and shipping cost at the net cost to ourselves, packing we charge for materials and labour,

Wednesday 22 November 2023

Optimist double order for export being packed

 Two Optimist kits will be packed for shipping by sea next week.

The test pack layout shows me how high the final packing crate is to be?

We make the crate strongly and with a good quality 12mm thick WBP plywood, which can be reused in the clients workshops at a later date.

Tuesday 14 November 2023

 We have been making and shipping the well known Optimist dinghy design and as a plywood CNC kit set for nearly two decades.

We can also supply Optiparts such a mast and boom, floats, mast lock etc etc

Shipping World wide is often done, this twin pack of meranti wood will be shipped to Switzerland soon.

This is  a double Harken deck gear set, both to be shipped out with the two Optimist kits we are working on now.

Each order can be designed to your requirements.

Wednesday 25 October 2023

Dixi Dinghy plywood kit transport

 The Dixi dinghy is our smallest kit, when the parts are cut from the 2500 x 1220mm xx 6mm okoume plywood it easily fits in a mid sized car.

 This car is a VW Polo TSi as we can see its got place to spare, an Argie 10 will fit easily also!

Contact me for pricing.

Monday 9 October 2023

Optimist North Sail racing

We have a very nice North Sail, used ( I was told ) in International Racing, was it Barcelona?

 It  would suit a builder of one of our Optimist kit sets, priced at less than half of a new sail and just U$100.00 or R2000.00 in South Africa.

This sail has been used very lightly and shows no marks or related damage.

We can ship a kit and this sail to most places ?

This North Sail has since been sold and with another two Optimist Dinghy to a builder we have supplied before in Zurich, Switzerland.

Sunday 8 October 2023

The Wood Epoxy Optimist dinghy kit

 We started making the Optimist as a plywood kit quite a while back, since when they have sold to places like New York, San Francisco, Zurich and a good few other destinations.

We have sent a number of them to the same builder in Zurich, more may be on the way soon, this is one of that builders work and from one of our plywood kits.

With each kit we supply is a detailed builders guide, a building jig to our own design, options can be Optiparts, Harken deck gear, North Sail,  etc etc.

Floats can either red or grey, supplied by Optiparts. We can also supply the Optiparts masts sets and related parts.

At this time we use imported French made marine plywood , its light weight and stronger than some other makes?

We started production of our Optimist wood epoxy dinghy kits back in 2004, so next year will be the second decade of production for us.

Please contact me for pricing and delivery.

Tuesday 19 September 2023

Proteus 106 plywood kit set packing.

 We are shipping a Proteus 106 kit set to a professional boat builder in Italy, he will do the assembly for his client who resides in Germany.

We have supplied the correct standard of pine wood packing crates, steel band strapped they are very secure.

Packing and shipping can be arranged here so that you the customer does not have to worry about such details, we can ship to most places in the World.

Sarita was a Proteus 106 built from a kit we supplied, in this picture she has been launched and awaits the fitting of her mast.

This is Sarita with her mast fitted and returning to harbour.

We have recent quotes from North Sails, Sparcraft and Harken, please ask if you require them.

Paper Jet 14 for sale

 A Paper Jet 14 dinghy was built from a CKD Boats kit set, its build was a feature over three issues of Sailing magazine.

The builder was also in the  process of building a Dix 43 and has since sailed off to venture to new places, his Paper Jet 14 is now for sale.


The dinghy is in Port Owen , South Africa.

Please contact me for the contact details of the dinghy's owner and I will put you in touch.

Built to the very highest of standards!

Saturday 12 August 2023

Explorer 18 design by Dudley Dix

 Dudley is offering plans to his Explorer 18 day boat now.

 The plywood sections can be CNC cut by CKD Boats and shipped World wide.

We can offer in both Okoume marine and Far East hardwood plywood.

The marine ply option uses 14 sheets of 9mm and 1 sheet of 4mm okoume plywood, total price is U$2073 or Rands 39,385 ex Cape Town, shipping is possible and at our cost.

Plans are U$300.00 which is Rands 6000 at todays R.O.E


Friday 21 July 2023

Lavranos Designed Proteus 106 design kit, a revised price!

 With the South African to U$ dollar rate being weak on the SA side a new price and using all imported plywood's, shows that even with the extras plys for the Mini Keels that are now supplied over the standard kit, there has been very little change in the total pricing.

The price price and on the 143 sheets of plywood in the kit is now, is  U$20,930.00, note MDF may be supplied instead of plywood for the removable stations?  

With another kit now sold and to the EU, we are told it will be fitted with electric drive motors and batteries as alternative power.

French made marine ply is used in the kit.

A new PDF and pricing is available, please contact me for a copy.

Plans are not included and must be purchased from Angelo Lavranos, the designer.


Sunday 16 April 2023

Aries wind Vane self steering, air vane

 As a part of the manufacture of parts suitable for the Aries Wind Vane self steering gear I am now producing the plywood Air Vanes in imported marine plywood.

The ply is special in that it is a five veneer ply and stronger than the original three ply build.

Now being CNC cut and shaped to a pattern taken from one that Nick Franklin of Aries in Cowes I.O.W supplied me with.

In stock now, as are the Vesconite Hi Lube bushes.

Monday 20 February 2023

Aries Vane Gear bush kit

 They can now be supplied as a made to order kit using special Vesconite Hi Lube material, the Vesconite will far outlast any other product on the market?

Please contact me on pricing, I can ship Worldwide using Fedex.

Thursday 2 February 2023

Hillman Imp new parts

 I have been producing a range of new parts for the Hillman Imp for some years now.

Please supply your email address if you would like a copy of the last PDF that I produced on parts available.

There are also recycled original parts such as this transaxle clutch fork, a later version.

Delivery by Fedex is working well as they are very quick to deliver and cost effective too.

An indication is from last week, an Imp saloon rear side window glazing rubber, Cape Town, South Africa to Budapest, Hungary in just five days! 

Tuesday 31 January 2023

Aries Vane Gear servicing

 For many years I have been servicing Aries Vane Gears.

This one has been serviced and has new Vesconite Hi Lube bearings fitted, Vesconite is ultra had wearing and not likely to wear out.

The owner of this one wishes to sell it, please contact me for the contact details or pricing on a Vesconiite bearing kit.

Friday 20 January 2023

St Ayles Skiff in kit sets

 The St Ayles Skiff we cut and supplied to the Hout Bay Yacht Club is in regular use, a second craft is now being considered?

Shiping locally or World wide is possible.