Saturday, 27 November 2010

The Proteus 106 sailing catamaran by Angelo Lavranos

One of our Lavranos designed Proteus 106 kits being assembled in Caracas,Venezuela,this is the view from the stern.

Caracas in Venezuela, Erminio has been building his boat the right way up,this makes a lot of sense to me,you can see whats going on,get inside the boat and walk around,plus you do not have to turn the boat over later.

This is Ricks boat in Thailand,its boat number one of the design and not from one of our kits but from plans available from Angelo Lavranos at NZ$3600,Rick has added the boarding steps and and the cockpit awning,they are not in the kit we offer,we can supply the extra materials to do those additions  of course.

This design is a great package,for a 35ft yacht its got a whole mass of space inside,four sleeping cabins,two loos,galley,saloon and a large spacious bridge deck too.Our package is based on the materials list from Angelo,thats all the Stringer timbers,epoxies and glass cloth, around 130 sheets of plywoods and some removable MDF stations when the hull is sheathed over.We CNC  pre cut all those panels to size,thats the bulkheads,hull and deck skins,cockpit, a base price of R169,000 which is around U$24,000 its  very good value.Plans are extra and direct from Angelo Lavranos.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Tiki 38 boat kit

This kit was an event that just happened over time,Dan purchased the Tiki 38 plans from James Wharram,then came to CKD Boats cc to purchase his ockume marine plys,oregon timbers and epoxies,at the time I suggested we could look at doing at least the bulkhead shapes off plan? It went quite a lot further as Dan built the frames up,with input from himself,we then cut the lower and upper hull skins and cross beams,plus some other small parts.Prices on the timber materials list,epoxies,glass cloth, plywoods and CNC works are available on request at

Please note,we will only supply those who can proove they have paid for their plans.

A request for our kit pricing came in from Robert in the USA the same day I posted the blog on the design,this was my reply:

Dated November 27th 2010 and in Cape Town,South Africa,we can ship world wide.

I have a list of what was cut on a local Tiki 38,the decks were not done

using plywoods,they used Nida Core instead,we can supply that also, or the plywood required as in the design?

Plywoods,BS 1088 marine grade in Ockume veneers,sheet size is 2.44 x 1.22 mtrs (8'x 4')

9 mm x 41 sheets....................................R22,673

12 mm x 9 sheets....................................R 8,946

18mm x 5 sheets....................................R 4,970

Totals R36,589 or

about U$5227 at todays exchange rate?

Panels cut and CNC works on 55 sheets to make the panels listed

below.............R13,750 or about U$1965 ?

you can take all or any part of what we offer,epoxies sell at R85 a kg,you

will require possibly 150kgs?

We can also supply the glass cloth and timber parts?

This is what we can CNC cut at this time.

Lower bulkheads

Upper bulkheads

Lower hull panels

Upper hull panels

Cross beams

Mast beam

Engine well


Beam through the hulls/doublers? ( the name may be wrong?)



Thursday, 25 November 2010

Fluid Film make over test,the proof is in the pictures.

A 25 year old BMW control panel as found abandoned and with two days of rain soaking.
Left click the pictures for a closer view and more detail.
Fluid Film is ideal on metals and plastics,battery terminals,wire connections,rigging screw assemblies,winches and engines to stop corrosion and decay.

CKD Boats are stockists for Fluid Film products,now in Hout Bay and ready for the ARC Around the World Rally fleet,some of whom are already on the Hout Bay Marina.

The BMW (hatz) D35 twin cylinder 30hp motor with a ZF transmission.

Found abandoned and full of rain water,this BMW D35 30hp twin cylinder control panel, was in a very sorry state as I found it on the dock,dumped after a change of engine to a Volvo diesel. As a test I thought to proove just how good Fluid Film really is,its easy to apply,takes a little time and a small artist paint brush can help in application but just look at the results!

Not quite a new panel but Fluid Film was the answer this time.

Also perfect for classic cars like Jaguar,MG,Aston Martin,Sunbeam,Singer,Hillman,clean your engine and apply Fluid Film,it may collect a little dust but corrosion will stop.

Read more below,
Fluid Film products offer powerful corrosion protection for all metals and superior lubrication for all moving parts. They are long lasting, thixotropic liquids and gels that have been used for over 55 years in the highly corrosive marine environment of ships and offshore drilling rigs. More recently they have been introduced and successfully utilized in the lawn & garden, aviation and automobile industries, as well as providing an eco friendly solution for home maintenance. Facilities where they are used include government, commercial fishing, gas companies, farming, salt, power, and industrial plants.

Fluid Film is formulated from specially processed wool-wax, highly refined petroleum oils and selected agents to provide corrosion control, penetration, metal wetting and water displacement. These long lasting products contain no solvents, will not dry out and will penetrate to the base of all metals, providing corrosion protection from both natural and industrial atmospheres. Heavily corroded and/or frozen parts such as nuts, bolts, shafts, etc. that would normally be damaged during maintenance, can be salvaged by applying Fluid Film


Phone on 021 790 3859 Cape Town,South Africa,or we can post to your destination.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Rootes Group Hillman Imp genuine parts in Cape Town

Left click for a larger view.

The Rootes Group car company sold the Hillman Imp and also re badged it as a Commer Commercial,Singer and Sunbeam,all parts are basically interchangable across the models as long as we stay with the Mk1,Mk2 or Sport,some parts were the same across all models,these crank shaft skew gears to the distributor drive being a good example.We have stocks of various new and old parts but also suppliers who supply to order from the UK.

Note,the picture refuses to upload,I will try later............Roy  (just done that!)

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Lifes Grate,with a solid teak hand made grating under your feet.

These we can make to suit other areas such as shower trays,drainage areas to wet lockers etc.

It certainally is when you have a nice teak grating under your bare feet or docksiders,these are now about ten years old and have just had a service and a little TLC,they can go on for a very long time now,expensive to start off with but the cost is soon forgotton as the years move by.We can make to most templates and shapes.

A Hillman Imp Wills Ringed cylinder Head

This may well be the only one in South Africa,its certainally the first one I have had my hands on,it is the 180 series Sport  casting and  was imported recently by my good friend Eric,who was building a 998cc cylinder block,plans changed and we bought that off  him to use as the basis for a customers fast road/sprint car.

The Wills Rings (black) replace the normall gasket area around the edge of the cylinder bore,known on Imp engines to fail when under stress in competiton,the rings are metal tubes and gas filled,they are held in place in a groove 60 thou,deep in the face of the cylinder head,the water in the block is then controled by the blue paper gasket.

Monday, 22 November 2010

The 2010 ARC Around the World Rally,is on its way to the Hout Bay YC.

Left click the above pictures for a larger view.

With the first three of some twenty yachts here in Hout Bay already,things are going to be busy on the Hout Bay Yacht Club this festive season,the marina will be busy,we may still have free berths though,please phone the marina manager Alan Batley on 021 790 7095 (phone/fax) or 082 337 2208 on his cell phone.

The HBYC  marina section has been mega active finding and making new ways to host the fleet,some of which have required casting and laying extra mooring blocks and penants layed 30 meters from the marinas in question,those blocks will assist in adding extra lines to the larger boats.

News from Richards Bay,from the Zululand Observer.

All 20 boats have arrived safely in Richards Bay and make an impressive display at their moorings.

The Zululand Yacht Club is abuzz this week after 20 international yachts and crews were welcomed to Richards Bay. Ranging in size from 12 metres to 22 meters, they represent 12 different nations participating in the World ARC sailing rally. The last leg entailed a 1 340 nautical miles sail from La Reunion, described as ‘a particularly difficult leg’ with all crews ‘just pleased to have arrived’. The fleet is now well over halfway towards their goal of circumnavigating the world, having begun their epic voyage from the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia in January this year. During the visit crews hope to visit inland to some of the region’s excellent game reserves and enjoy the facilities at the Zululand Yacht Club. The next part of the rally is a free cruising period and so crews will decide when to leave Zululand to make the next rendezvous at Hout Bay Yacht Club, Cape Town, in January. The fleet will then sail across the South Atlantic to Brazil via St Helena. Event Manager Paul Tetlow from rally organisers World Cruising Club said, ‘We are delighted to be back in South Africa with our fourth round the world rally. ‘The welcome for the yachts has been superb - so warm and friendly - and I am sure it will be one of our best stopovers during the 15 month voyage.’

News from the start of this years ARC Rally that started on sunday 21st Novemeber 2010.

Dear Roy,

The 25th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) started in spectacular style on Sunday 21 November as 233 yachts from 26 nations sailed across the start line off Las Palmas de Gran Canaria heading for their final destination, 2,700 nautical miles away in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia.

BMW/Hatz diesel twin cylinder 30 hp,oil cooler assembly

This came off a BMW Marine engine,it has been proffesionally rebuilt with a new solid stainless endcap and works well, the filter is optional,the correct filter has a none return valve in it,the same type as used on a VW Golf diesel or an Alfa Sud engine.
Contact me for pricing and delivery at


The Cape Jaguar Club

Thanks to Hans Matter,Vice chairman of Crank Handle Club for this super photo!

The slogan with this picture that came in from Marius of the Cape Jaguar Club simply says, " Cant start them young enough" looks like he is right!

The Jaguar she is polishing is a 1946 Mk1V 3.5 liter model owned by JB.
I do not know who to credit the picture to,if anyone knows,please advise.


Sunday, 21 November 2010

The Hout Bay Rotary Classic Car show (we got rain again)

What can I say,November is summer in the cape,we now see more than 14 hours of sunshine a day,excepting this day we got rain,mind you this weather beats last year when we had such gales (unseasonal) that the entire event was cancelled.

Each year the Rotary Club of Hout Bay use the Kronendal School grounds to host some of the capes finest classic cars,the car clubs and cars are free entry,the visitors pay an entrance fee of R20,thats about U$2.85 so its not going to break the bank.Side shows are stalls and food sellers,the proceeds go to the local community charities via the Rotary Club.

The Kronendal Primary School and its sports fields is to the left of this picture.

The emblem of Rotary,the Hout Bay sector ran the Cars in the Bay again this year.

Hout Bay in finer weather.

Left click any of these pictures to enlarge them.

Well done to Rotary in Hout Bay,the organisation is really good year after year,the event is a highlight of local classic cars and the clubs repond,this year the Cape Jaguar Club looked to have the largest display,rain or shine we Cape Jaguar Club members not only turn up but we stay.

That sinking feeling in Hout Bay Harbour

We have boats that fail now and again,some fail through vandles stealing the sea cocks for the value of the bronze in them but this boat sank from old age and some loose planks it seems? Many of the old fishing boats are over fifty years old,a mate of mine owned Oceana Planet,it was sixty years old when he bought that a decade back.Most of the many wooden craft here are well manitained,this one sprung a plank according to what I hear.