Friday, 26 February 2021

Julian Godwin dinghy

Back in 2005 a cruising yacht from New Zealand came into the marina at Hout Bay, South Africa.


The yachts tender was really different and I asked the owner who had designed it?


The name given was Julian Godwin of New Zealand, I was able to make contact with Julian via a good friend who lives down there and searched out Julian for me.


This brought a letter and a set of plans some weeks later from Julian which gave me permission to use his plans and also create a CNC plywood kit and sell the plans.



 

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Dedication 27 power fishing boat



This is the new design offering from Dudley Dix.


Just released for the sale of plans!

The plans cost U$500 plus postal shipping costs.


At this time Dudley tells me he has the plans ready but not the DFX panel cut files so right now I cannot price the kit.




Please contact me if you would like a kit price when I have it.

Roy


 

Thursday, 7 January 2021

St Ayles Skiff storage idea

 

The Hout Bay YC in South Africa have a new club house on the marina, this is in addition to where the old club house is.




The St Ayles Skiff they buily now has a new home which makes things really easy for launching.

I am told that a second St Ayles Skiff is planed so that they can develop team rowing.

Sunday, 3 January 2021

The Eureka Canoe

 We have done the Eureka Canoe which was designed by Mike Storer for some time, either as a plans set only or as plans and a CNC cut plywood kit



The canoe is really a right sized boat for those wanting a car top type boat, you can take a passenger in the Eureka Canoe or just yourself.

Please supply your email address and I will forward you the PDF on this design.


Roy

Thursday, 24 December 2020

Jig Saw joints in our kits

 Depending on the designer, some of our kits have what is know as a jig saw joint when two plywood panels need to be joined together, the Argie 15 is one such design. The kit we shipped to South Island in New Zealand has those joints and assembly times are quick and accurate.





Seen above the panels have been laid out in the order that they will be glued up in


The workshop floor has a sheet of industrial grade black plastic laid on it, then the epoxy coated panels are matched to each other, a second plastic sheet covers the panels and weights are positioned over the joints.



When the epoxy has fully cured the excess will be power sanded off.


Note the black plastic sheeting and a selection of weights in the form of whatever was to hand on the day.

My thanks to Ian the builder of this Argie 15 kit for his pictures.


Roy




Monday, 16 November 2020

Toylandering

 The Toylander Mk2 at ten years old came back from the grandchildren for a repaint and a service.



The service included a rotary control pot ( knob) to the 12volt DC motor, now the driver can control the speed and when stopping is required the pot is just turned to the off position.


I have also fitted LED lights in the front of the Toylander .



The light fittings really finish the job off, they were not expensive either.


With the new coats of yellow twin pack K2 paint sprayed on the Toylander is ready for another ten years of service!


Plans from Real Life Toys in Wales, the body kit we can supply.


Roy

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Didi 26 drop keel foil

 The drop keel foil is made from Iroko which is laminated to the required width.


Shaping the Didi 26 drop keel is done after the CNC machine has marked the foil and top shape out.



Pricing on application.


Roy

Didi Mini Transat rudders

 We have the required profiles in our CNC machine, rudders can be supplied as laminated blanks for home finishing and completion or as shaped and glassed , with an epoxy primer finish.


Laminated blanks which have been CNC cut to the required profile.


The blanks are sprayed black to show the depth of the grooves as the shaping is done.




We use clear oregon pine as the core material.

Glassed with 460 gram biaxial cloth to the designers lay up, epoxy resin is used to bond the cloth with.


Contact me on pricing, shipping World wide can normally be done.


Roy

Sadler 26 rudder made

 A new ( old stock ) Sadler 26 yacht was ready to launch , there was no rudder supplied with the hull and deck moulds, we made a rudder for that boat.



Contact with the Sadler 26 association in the UK found that even they do not have a set of drawings to enable them to remake a new rudder. We used a rudder on a local Sadler 26 and took the profiles from that, you can see the black lines they are the shape we had to machine to.





French made okoume marine plywood is used.


Please contact me for pricing.

Rudder manufacturing in Cape Town

We have made a number of rudders, from an Optimist, to a Mirror, to Didi Mini Transat, Holiday 23, Didi 26, Sadler 26, Etap 34 also an Irwin 51 which is pictured here.



We were sub contractors to the company who removed the old and damaged rudder.



 Painted in etch primer, underneath the paint is biaxial glass cloth and epoxy resin.



460 gram biaxial glass cloth with thin epoxy resin sealed and covered the okoume marine plywood new rudder.


A cut out box was made to enable the rudder to be swung to one side and enable removal.



We use marine plywoods and imported from France.



Prices on application.

Roy

Monday, 19 October 2020

The St Ayles Skiff kit build In Hout Bay


 The Hout Bay Yacht Club found interest in the creation of a rowing section, first they needed a boat, they chose the internationally accepted St Ayles Skiff and ordered a kit from CKD Boats.

The pictures were taken three days back..


A mixed crew, its worked really well for the HBYC rowing club group.


The team also made the oars, sizes and shapes are all in the plans.


Rowing is really good exercise.




Please contact me for St Ayles Skiff supply and pricing.

Sunday, 18 October 2020

The Argie 15 by Dix Design

 Some pictures to show what the boat looks like as a kit set.



Note, this is an Argie 15 when assembled, the picture is from the Dix Design web site.



This shows the panels we cut to make the Argie 15 plywood kit set.



The Argie 15 plywoods now use Jigsaw joints which speeds up assembly.



When required we can also supply selected and machined Meranti hardwood to the lists on the designers plans.



We pride ourselves in our packing, we use a 13mm plywood and secure with steel band strapping, there is an Argie 15 kit in the plywood crate, it is on its way right now and to Picton via Nelson, in New Zealand.


Please contact me for pricing.


Roy

Picaroon 2 sail boat kit, a design by Sam S Rabl

 The plans I have give the list of materials, wood and plywood, which is six sheets, the shapes that the plywood is cut to for bulkheads, also the rudder.



There are two versions of the Picaroon, the first one had flat sides and flat bottom sections, the Picaroon 2 has the rounded hull shapes, the drawings I hold show both versions.


The design dates to around 1925 and has been built in many parts of the World.

Ply woods are six sheets, we can CNC cut to size and shape, also do the transverse fames to either and in suitably thick plywood.


This is a project that we would need a customer for that we can work with to product kit number one, we can expand the plywood stations with the lumber listed by the designer Sam Rabl.

Contact me for further information.

Roy



Saturday, 17 October 2020

Argie 15 kit build

 This is one of our best selling kits, it is a right sized boat to take family and friends out in,



We also/ supplied the North Sails and Ronstan deck gear to this Argie 15 kit



Contact me for the PDF file on this design with prices and some video links in it.


rOY





Friday, 16 October 2020

Mirror Dinghy CNC cut plywood kits

 Back in 2014 CKD Boats was the first company in the World to cut a Mirror Dinghy kit on a CNC machine.


The first kit was assembled by Peter who is a professional boat builder, that is he bending down and inspecting  the plays.

We were granted permission to cut the kits by the Mirror Asscociation and paid for the ISAF license which then gave us the kit serial numbers for the ten kits that we cut.



Peter said that this was the best fitting kit that he has ever worked on.


The dagger board foils are included as is the rudder.

We can look at cutting more but will need an order of at least three boats to make the license purchase possible?


We use imported French made okoume marine plywood.

Price wise allow R17,000 per kit.

That price indication is about U$1050 or Pounds 850,  both subject to checking on imported ply prices.

Shipping Worldwide is possible.

Right now we can no longer offer Mirror Dinghy repair panels, once we have renewed the ISAF license we can re offer that service.

Please contact me for more information.

Roy