Saturday, 28 July 2012

Yacht Falkungen, a Dragon class dated 1955, has its teak decks restored.

This is a rare yacht in South Africa, I know of one more in False Bay?

Did this boat sail in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia for Denmark, as yet I can find no reference, does anyone know?

I am told the boat did sail in the 1956 Olympics, if this is correct the boat came second to Sweden with Ole Bernsten as skipper, the UK came third.

The boat has been in an extended dry storage and has dried out to an extent where the cold moulded planks are showing through the topsides paints.

The boat was moved to the HBYC new boat park, which was re surfaced and now such a nice place to work. The cover came recently when the restoration began some weeks back.

The boat normally has a grey canvas deck cover on.

The name plate tells us all, click on any picture to enlarge it.

The teak decks and mahogany coach roof have been stripped right back.

Very traditional and quite similar to the 1934 Tumlaren I restored named Astra.

The open cockpit suggests its a wet boat in any kind of breeze over say 15 knots?

Thats Will checking out his progress this far, he and his assitant have spent some weeks stripping the boat down, they are now moving forwards and have the teak decks caulked with Dow Corning 813 black silicone.


Friday, 27 July 2012

Teak deck deck caulking on Falkungen

There are many ideas on how to lay teak decks and the actual deck caulk itself can be just as varied. My own experiance will say you glue the new teak down with the same Dow-Corning black silicone that you will use to caulk the grooves between the teak slats.

The boat is a Dragon class yacht made for ( i think) the Olympics, she was built in 1955. The decks were stripped of the old caulking and Dow-Corning 813 black silicone has been applied with a mastic gun. I would prefer it that the excess is tooled of and then placed in another area, this ensures that there are no gaps underneath and saves quite a lot of product too, there will be no slumping or shrinkage.

Dow-Corning 813 has a remarkable tollerance to  exposure, it will accept heat to 150c and cold as low as minus 50c, its so good they have used it down in Antartica! Its also UV stable, you can glue in windows with no form of fastners, the UV will not break down the bond. Unlike some other products no primers will be required.

Available in white, stone, brown colours too.

Available in boxes of 12 tubes of 310ml and per order.

Note, there will be another blog on this boat and progress tommorrow, then on as the work proceeds, right up to launch day and sailing in Hout Bay and on to Chapmans Bay.


Thursday, 26 July 2012

Pangaea visits Hout Bay Harbour

Pangaea made a very short over night stop in our harbour a day ago, they arrived at 3am the night before  and from Nambia on the last leg of what was a four year trip.

This is a big sailing boat, at some 115 feet long its as large a yacht as we have seen in Hout Bay, or was Blue Leopard larger I wonder?

A winters day morning brings a welcome visitor.

The boat was built in Brasil, its an alloy construction and made to very high standards, the masts are carbon.

This is a very large dive platform!

Re they sponsers names, the boat is named Pangaea.

The web address is check it out for more info on the boat and where it has been. The boat left quite soon after I took the pictures and went around to the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town Harbour.

The crew had just woken I think, they were friendly and gave me some basic information on the boat, I would have enjoyed talking longer and looking over this boat. The guy in the white tee shirt may well be Mike Horn?

More pictures of the boat will be posted later.


Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Packing the Cape Henry 21 drop keel plate

The order we are shipping out in the next few days also includes the drop keel plate, local engineers are known for their quality and also their pricing.

The 16mm thick  MDF packers are there to stop the steel plate from moving, they are screwed together, then to the sides of the packing case, they are not screwed down to the plys in the kit below.

The top is brought in for the final closure of the crate.

With the lid screwed down with 40mm long posidrive screws, the crate is then steel banded with 6 x 16mm wide steel bands, they are tightened and crimped into place with the special tools you can see on the top of the crate. Lables are then stuck on with the delivery address, plus our own address for ease of knowing where the crate came from.

Shipping to the USA will follow soon.


Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Cape Henry 21 yacht kit packing

This now follows a well tested routine, prooven and perfected over the years. The 16mm chipboard box has been part assembled, the joints are glued and screwed for security, one end can be left off, this speeds the loading of the plywood sheets. We finish off with the lid being screwed down then we apply six steel bands around the box.

Open ended and ready to load, the crate is on a dolly with castors so we can move it out for loading with a Hyster.

Charles and Nigel with a first panel

This Cape Henry 21 kit will be uplifted today and soon be off to its owner in Seattle, USA by sea.

Lifting in pairs works well, as one panel supports another.

The various shapes and bulkheads are easy to see, they will only fit in one place when cut free from the French marine grade plys.

Seen here, Nigel is feeding the two sheets in while the other guys assist by lifting the other end up a little.

The stack is building up now, we supply the required 36 sheets of 9mm thick plys with each order.

The last sheets are about to be packed, a sheet of packing ply will be placed over the last panels for protection.

Thats a load of 36 sheets of French made BS1088 marine plys in one stack, we allow an end gap in the packing box of 10mm, the space on top allows us room to pack the boats steel drop keel in the same order as well.

We apply for insurance on the customers behalf, the packing materials and insurance are then charged to the customer at our cost, the same with the cost to sea freight, we make nothing on this part of the service.


Monday, 23 July 2012

A friends gun collection

This is a new one for my blog, guns are not quite my thing but with all the history thats handed down, model,and maker to buyers its quite a story.


One of the collection as mentioned bellow, I will post the picture of them all later.

The largest far right Belgium by Dreprez for the Victorian market in Calcutta this would been for the wealthy...a center fired bullet

Middle and far left again Belgium pin fire, a early invention where the hammer struck a pin on the rim of the bullet, not very successful made for the middle class...

The center one with the norm handle., was mad by a knife making company in Birmingham Unwin and Rogers it is a black powder percussion single shot, and then it has a knife blade, and if that fails it has a cut throat razor - when London was rough!

To the right a 4 barreled sharps pepperbox 1859 American civil war era a carry gun if you could afford it, maybe 8$ - 10$ at the time only the rich...USA Philadelphia

Far left revolver civil war era Allen And Weelock 1859 USA Worcester Mass

This was a time of invention., not specifically the gun, but the bullet then the gun that could fire it So there was a transition from black powder to finding a bullet, that was quick to load and fire.

Bottom left USA Plant tit fire, the bullet loaded from the front, 1860 again not very successful made by Eagle Arms New York Cival war era.

Back to black power a revolving 5 shot pepper box, Allen and Thurber Worcester USA used a secondary weapon - a multi shot gun used during the 1849 gold rush and Cival war

Far right Scottish revolver Mortimer and sons Edinburgh a single action, pull the trigger fire!
But a mover in the right direction a bullet that worked,,,

The first double single action revolver beaumont Adams London., 1856-1880 pull the trigger fire, or cock the hammer and fire...but it was still only a black powder, but the first .45 bullet made around London bridge - the purpose was it could stop a crazed person running at you with a sword?

These were favored by British officers serve ring in India...

But the search for the bullet carried on? That could be loaded, fired and reloaded quickly

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Brian at Bay Harbour Market

Brian trades in the canvas covered area on the right as you walk down the main entrance walkway.

Known as Brianvinyl on his email address, its a great call and Brian has a good selection of LPs from all decades, he has CDs and Tee shirts as well.

If Brian has not got a record your searching for, ask him to try and find it for you, it may take a week or so but he normally does find it eventually!


The Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay

Worth a visit when your in Hout Bay, the stalls are varied, there is a large variety of food and refreshments, plus live music and the place is heated in the winter months!

Bay Harbour is located at:
31 Harbour Road
Hout Bay
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

The Bay Harbour Market uses the gound floor of the main building with the glazed panels above, plus the tented area in front.

Art and crafts are inside and outside, its quite a vibe when you enter and walk around.

Pictures by R McBride using a Canon G11 digital camera.

The parking and market are well controled with proper security, while its not a requirement, you may find its a nice thing to tip the parking attendents.


Wilhelms Argie 15 kit plys

We have another Argie 15 kit cut and ready for collection, just the weather is against us right now, we do live in a place where the winter brings our rains.

The base kit is some six sheets of 6mm marine plys,  with this boat having the optional side seats we add in two more sheets. The plys are a quality French made panel made to and marked BS1088,the worlds leading standard in quality control.

We can supply the plans and ply panels only, or as in this kit the wood, epoxy, PVA glue, glass tapes and screws.