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.

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.

Aries Vane Gears

 There are around 8000 of the mark three Aries Vane Gears out there, they share the same gear sets as the later lift up Aries too.

There is a shortage and need to find a supplier who can make the gears to an Imperial ( inches) size?

I now have samples made and if there is enough interest in them I can consider making sets in either bronze or stainless steel, they could also be fabricated in sections in alloy?

Wednesday, 28 December 2022

Aries Vane Gear cleaning service

 Over the years, well decades the Aries Vane Gear becomes stained with salt and grime from its many miles steering your yacht.

When an Aries Vane Gear comes in to me for new bearings I can offer a cleaning  service of the various metal parts.

Tuesday, 27 December 2022

Aries vane gear model three down tube bearings

 Made in the UK originally

in PTFE which is a really slippy plastic, I now make them here in South Africa with a Durban made product named Vesconite High Lube.

The Vesconite will outlast the PTFE and be very Slippy in service also.

Check the web site at www.vesconite.com 

Argie 15 sailing built by Jaap.


The Aries mark three vane gear

 What does the Aries mark three vane gear look like?

This picture shows the Mk3 version, there may be others with some slightly changed fittings, the hinge assembly on the water paddle being one, the air vane clamp may be another.

Genuine Aries vane gears ( there are copies) should have the words Aries Cowes I . O .W in the main frame assembly.

This Aries was cleaned and restored by myself, it was then packed into a shipping container and sent by courier to its new owner.

Aries Vane Gear stainless steel cross shaft bearings

 The early Aries Vane Gears were made to Imperial sizes, so the measurements were in inches.

The stainless steel cross shaft that supports the swing arm measures 1" ( one inch ) I have made a set of standard Vesconite  bushes to suit that, this will require the bronze or stainless steel gear machining out also.