Tuesday, 31 December 2013

A Giant In Hiding

This volume came to me by way of a Eamon who happened to find the book on a dump, thrown away as unwanted. Written by Lawrence G Green and published by Howard Timmins here in Cape Town in 1970.

Not only is this book in good condition, it has most of its paper cover as well, who would throw such a volume away?

My thanks to the Eamon who spent the time to Google the book and find my blog about Wylo, the boat is still here in Hout Bay and in the care of Henry as far as I know.


What a find, the book was well thought out and a lot of effort went into the publishing.
Inside and written in pencil are the words 1st Edition, was there ever a second?
Also To my 1st born with love from Dad, Durban Jan, 1996.


Monday, 30 December 2013

Jabsco raw water pump

One of these fits on the Perkins 4108 diesel, its a strong bit of kit and should never fail. Keep a spare impellor just in case though.

There should be a rubber plug or bung in that hole where the shaft is.

If you have taken this off your Perkins 4108 engine read the manual very carefully about refitting it, do it wrong and you will wreck the drive.
How easy is that, simple it seems?
Note, the steel plate and four studs would normally not be removed as they fit inside the engines timing cover plate. The actual Jabsco pump should be safe to remove, its the timing cover and mount plate that needs a special tool to get it lined up, all in the Perkins 4108 work shop manual but not in the user manual I have read?


Sunday, 29 December 2013

Inside the Hout Bay Yacht Club

I was passing and saw a HBYC club member on the clubs balcony, we started discussing a well known one design dinghy, after some time he suggested that rather than shout up and down at each other, why not come up and have a drink and a chat at a table?

What a good idea that was, just check out how nice the clubs bar area is, lots of space, plus the view from the full length windows cover the entire bay.

The one design dinghy? well its still under discussion, we have met with some top class officials, discussed the wants and whys, its now up to them and others to grant the licence for cutting and supply of kits!

Watch this space, I may surprise us all one day?


Saturday, 28 December 2013

Proteus 106 catamaran build details

The fact that this boat can be built the right way up makes a lot of sense to me, right away you can get a feel for what your building, its space and size in relation to yourself, its built about a half meter
off the factory floor.

This one is in Venezuela, we can ship kits world wide at a reasonable cost.

The bow assembly, all easy to manage when your working with a CNC prepared kit
from CKD Boats cc in Cape Town.

The plans do not call for internal glassing on the hull flats, only the joints where the bulkheads meet the hull skin, in this case the owner/builder has glassed it all, adding a little weight but a lot of strength.
This is the way I would build this boat, right away your seeing the boat and can establish the mass of living space this boat has.
This is the cockpit beam, as with the rest of the boats hull and decks, all panels are CNC cut for the builder.
Details inside the hull of the boat built in Thailand.
Again the boat that Rick had built in Thailand.
 A kit from us includes all the plys and epoxy plus the glass tapes and cloth, allow around R200,000(U$19,300 at this time) as a start price plus the plans, which are supplied direct from the boats designer Angelo Lavranos.
Pricing is subject to confirmation at the time of your order.


Building the Proteus 106 sailing catamaran

I have just been asked how easy this design is to build? that's a question that needs a little background information on, I have seen some remarkable results from normally desk bound types just because they applied themselves.

Here the side panels have been joined together with scarph joints, which in themselves are really easy to do.

This was the clamping table the panels were glued up on, the clamping is easy to make, threaded rod and cross clamps with nuts and washers will work fine also. The panels can be glued up on the boat also.

 Simply put this is really just an assembly job, our kit gives you around 130 sheets of CNC cut marine plys and some MDF sheets which are removable stations when the boat is built. I would not build this way up as its possible to build the right way up also.

Note, the first tow pictures are of our kit as sent to Erminio in Caracas, Venezuela, he built the right way up, the last two pictures are of Ricks boat in Thailand, that boat was built from plans and also as the transom section extended.


Friday, 27 December 2013

A picture of yacht Stormvogel

I have just been offered a really nice oil painting of the same boat, its on the market right now with offers on R20,000.

A precious Africana: Stormvogel
Winner of the Los Angeles-Hawaii Transpac Race 1967, winner overall
Oil painting by Peter Stut, 1961
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2008
Ermanno Traverso
Graeme Henry
H 700

max passariello
Van de Stadt

Thursday, 26 December 2013

A Christmas Day party on the HBYC marina

This was the scene and yesterday around 3pm, the boat on the left with the awnings up is from New Zealand, it looks like a pot luck gathering of all the cruisers that have arrived in the past two weeks!

Click on the picture to enlarge it.

We have visitors here from a number of countries which is always a good thing for the regular members as we get to see lots of new ideas on the visiting boats.


Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Artic Circle Hillman Imp

This is a Christmas Card with a difference, sent to me by Richard , an Imp Club member in the UK, while I am driving my own 1967 Singer Chamois down in South Africa and at around 26c another Imp Club member is out in the snow, it may be minus 20c up there?

So we at only 46c between the two cars  and maybe 10,000 miles?

Seasons Greetings to all my blog viewers and customers!




Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Perkins 4108 marine engine rebuild

The Perkins 4108M diesel engine is one of the classic diesel engines, it was in production some thirty years and is found world wide, did I once read they use the same engine in London taxies and ice cream vans?

We now have a spare engine which will be rebuilt using the spares kit seen in the picture above, with new pistons, liners and bearings we will have a near new engine.

 We can offer it as a short motor or with a refurbished cylinder head, with serviced injectors and high pressure fuel pump, you can then remove the other parts from your own engine and fit them on the rebuilt engine.

Click on the images for a larger view.

This is a Perkins 4108M, its running and has done around 1900 hrs since new, it uses no oil between services and has been found to be very reliable. Suitable for yachts around 35ft to 50ft and also for work boats and power craft, the rated HP being between 45 to 50hp depending on the boats hull form and engine speed used.

The two black pipes on the right of the engine and supported by the stainless steel springs, are the supply and return to the boats calorifier and hot water system, run the engine for twenty minutes and you can have a nice hot shower with clean fresh water!

Prices will depend on what you want, we can even offer the heat exchanger system and also a Borg Warner Velvet Drive gear box, plus your existing Perkins 4108M may be taken in part exchange?
The engine is in the Cape Town area which is South Africa, we can deliver country wide.

Work will start on this project early in 2014.


Monday, 23 December 2013

Superform bending plywoods in stock.

New stocks arrived by ship a day or so back, due to the seasonal recess we have placed the consignment in stock until we re open January 13th 2014, prices are available now and we can book your order pending delivery next month.

Now in a Cape Town store, spare stocks to back up our customers needs, selling as pack sizes to the trade, or as smaller orders to retail buyers.

We import in three thicknesses, 3mm, 5mm and 8mm with the grain going in either direction.

We can supply in bundles right now 3mm x 150 sheets, 5mm x 95 sheets and 8mm x 55 sheets, prices on request.

 Forget the rest, buy the best, Superform is not only CE approoved, its also waterproof and the most flexible bending plywood on the market.


Monday, 16 December 2013

Hout Bay YC marina for sale

One of the larger ones on the Hout Bay Yacht Clubs marina, well serviced, its even got a tap right at the head of the dock.

Electricity is supplied via a box close by, 220volts and 10amps. Refuse bins are serviced by the marina staff daily and the marina is secure.


Vacant right now but we expect the seasonal cruisers to arrive soon, in fact three have just arrived with the nice break in the weather. The marina is number 80, it can take a yacht to 16meters long x 4.5 meters wide.

Proof that a 45ft yacht can fit with space to spare.

The blue skies and sunshine are a normal sight but we can have some overcast days but less than the sunshine!

Now rented by a visiting yacht based in Spain, the yacht was built in Cape Town though.

For rentals contact Alan the marina manager 27 21 (021) 790 7095 at the marina office. To discuss
purchase contact myself or Alan.

Check the link below for more information on where the marina is and HBYC information


Saturday, 14 December 2013

1966 Singer Chamois stainless steel body trims for sale

These date to circa 1966 and were imported from an Imp Club member specially to apply to the
Singer Chamois Sport I no longer have. At forty seven years old, they must be quite a rare item to find theses days?

I was told they are are full set, please have a good look and ensure this is correct. They are in good condition excepting two of the longer ones. The bundle on the left is an oddments lot which is included
with the offer. I do not have the trims to the sport engine cover but suspect they will be easier to find ?

Imported from the UK to RSA they cost me around R2000, that's about GBP115 right now which is what I expect to get for them plus any postage fee, they fit in the cardboard shipping tube easy enough.
Who wants them?
Seems its myself, I have decided to fit them to my own 1967 Singer Chamois and now require those sport engine cover trims, does anyone have them for me?

Friday, 13 December 2013

Hillman Imp, disc brakes to a 12"steel rim

Normally we have fitted these kits to the larger 13"rim,steel or alloy but the person wanting  the 1971
Hillman Imp Deluxe wants to keep the ride original, so series 80 road tires will be used.

The screw driver end marks a small bump that these rims have, it may or may not foul the Ford Fiesta caliper, we recommend you grind two to three mm off that bump to be sure.

There can be some part of the bump left in place, just grind half of it off.

You can just see the Ford Fiesta caliper in the lower slots.
With these standard rims, at least the slots allow some air cooling, which will not be as effective with the Imps standard 8" drums all round.

Kit plates ex our UK supplier now in stock, Cape Town.

How easy is that!


Thursday, 12 December 2013

Hout Bay Yacht Club, the circumnavigators return

This is the second HBYC members boat that has done a circumnavigation to return this year, the other being Fast Forward, the Southwell 62 design in alloy.


This is The Road, a Lavranos 40ft in GRP, Taffy and his wife Shirley are closing the loop by re entering the port of Hout Bay two mornings ago, they spent twelve years on the trip.

Now safe and back in Hout Bay Harbour, the lull in the wind was not to last but we soon had them tied up in a nice safe marina berth, being the first of the cruising yachts to arrive in this season.
Shirley is ready with the bow line, makes a nice change to see a boat well prepared for arrival, then again they are now rather well experienced, welcome home both!
Note, The Road (royal order of ancient druids) has fittings and equipment supplied by CKD Boats cc, cockpit table in teak, plastic teak decking (supplied in Trinidad) and a Watchmate AIS 850 supplied before they got to Singapore where it rose to new fame in the very busy shipping roads.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Daveys peddle boat by Dix Design

We are in discussion with Davey re the supply of materials required to build a new design by Dudley Dix, this one could well become our next kit boat offering?


From the Dix Design Blog:

For as long as man has been on this gorgeous blue planet of ours he has sought to find adventure wherever he can. There have always been those who simply have to see what is over that next hill. When we all know what is over that next hill then the adventure becomes going over that next hill in some way that has never been done before. It has probably not been done that way before because it is just too big a challenge for most people to consider trying.

That insurmountable challenge is the best of reasons for some people to try it anyway, to prove that it actually can be done and to prove themselves to themselves. In the process of succeeding they also prove themselves to the rest of mankind. Some of mankind thinks it exceedingly silly to do these things and will be eternally critical of those who try. They have no adventurous spirit themselves and would never attempt anything that they consider the least bit risky or dangerous. Some of them become bureaucrats to control others or they encourage bureaucrats to stop the adventurers from being adventurous, a misguided attempt to protect them from themselves.

I have written here before about one such adventurous person, Anthony Steward. He is the only person to have sailed around the world in an open boat. I am fortunate that Anthony selected my TLC 19 hull as the basis for his open boat voyage. Everyone thought that he was crazy in his quest but he was permitted to do it. That is how it should be.

Still an incomplete design, the openings and windows will be designed in later, Dudley mentions he may also do this as an open pulling boat, this type of boat has become very popular by others recently.


Monday, 9 December 2013

Jaguar 3.8S type tubeless wire wheels in Cape Town

I have been involved with Jaguars for over three decades, our own car has just found a new owner and will do the next Southern Africa round tour rally, this rally takes place over 26 days and is quite a serious event but for older and classic cars. Pre 1966 is the class our Jaguar has been entered in.


The car has low road mileage wire wheels, the correct curly hub pattern, not the later flat hub type.
The rally organisers suggest two spares be carried, they were brought in specially for the car from MWS, in Manchester, England where I bought the original wheels from.

The clutch is a Hillman Imp Mk2 flywheel and pressure plate, it will be rebuilt as a spare for stock.

Just like my original ones but with some noticeable updates, one is that blue tag, each wheel now has its own ID.

The packing lable gives you 24 hours from time of delivery to inspect each wheel in case a claim is wanted.

This is the major change, they are now tubeless and banded over the spokes with what was once a liquid, now semi solid, its going to be forced tighter to the spoke heads when the tire is pumped up with air.

The cost to the wheels was one thing, local handling and RSA Vat at 14% added R920 on the two rims, still that was better than the UKs 20% Vat!

These rims have been sprayed and given what looks like a clear coat lacquer finish, we can do that to the cars own wheels if the owner wants.

How nice are these wheels!


Thursday, 5 December 2013

Hillman Imp Deluxe rear suspension fitting

The rear springs require compressing before we can connect  the shock absorbers.

This car is now sold, the process will still take some months but we are well on the way to the next stage and turning the car back the right way up.

The pictures will enlarge if you click on them.

The engine bay has been re painted to its original paint shade and before it was sprayed with a black tar covering, I think it looks a lot nicer now?



Machining front discs brakes to suit the Hillman Imp

The kits we bring in have been a regular item and from the same supplier in the UK.

We use local Ford calipers and purchase new imported discs and brake pads.

The caliper has been refurbished by a specialist company, the new brake disc will be bored to take the Imps 4" PCD stud centers. In this case the 239mm diameter Ford KA disc is too large for the Imps standard 12"steel rim, we need to have the disc cut down to a diameter of 220mm only.

This brake needs no servo, the change to a 0.070" brake cylinder is recommended but the original 0.065 cylinder on the standard Imp works quite well, the client will be given the option, which will cost around GBP50 so about R800 or so.

Working with new off the shelf parts is such a pleasure!

He has already supplied the silicone brake fluid he wants, a good idea on any classic car, there will be no degrade in the fluid as the years goes by.

How easy is that.