Thursday, 13 May 2021

The St Ayles Skiff build in Hout Bay

 The building of a St Ayles Skiff in Hout Bay has opened up a new membership class for the HBYC , a rowing section.

The new marina club house even has a dedicated lift for the skiff to enable an easy launch and retrieve.

The club members did all of the building and painting  works.

Contact me for the plywood kit pricing.


Monday, 10 May 2021

The Argie 15 kit build by Ian in New Zealand.

 Ian has in the past built a Cape Cutter 19 kit that we supplied, he has now started the Argie 15 kit build and is well on his way to being ready to fit the decks.

This build will be for use as a power boat, so the normal Dagger Board case has not been fitted, that will keep the boat dry while under power.

This is a very near build, the attention to  detail shows.

The compartments in the hull are many, they will be fitted with water tight screw in covers so that they can be accessed and used.

When Ian has the decks fitted I will update this blog page.


Saturday, 27 February 2021

The Argie dinghy by Dudley Dix

 Our Argie dinghy is a well known favorite and we have shipped them as far as Wales and New Zealand.

We offer the plans only at U$55 plus print and postage cost, or the CNC cut kit.

The kit can be in genuine okoume marine plywood which right now is made in France, or to save cost it can be ut in WBP plywoods from Malaysia.

The boat in the pictures is being built right now and in New Zealand.

Assembly work and pictures were done by Ian .

Contact me for a price and PDF showing the options.

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.



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.


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.


Monday, 16 November 2020


 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.