Friday, 8 March 2013

B&G Network T2 12 Volt hydraulic ram for sale wanted

I am still looking for a T2 B&G self steering ram, that or a similar size and possibly
by a company like Lecomble & Schmitt  who also make good quality rams.

Found on the internet but also in the UK with an 8kg weight the postage will be high?

This is what I need to match specifications wise.

Anyone got one to sell?

Email me at jean.mcb (at)  (replace the(at) for @ )


Thursday, 7 March 2013

Loss of any connections

Folks, the new server seems to have probelms, this has caused us to loose both email and our website connections. We are told friday or Saturday may be a possible day for the service to resume?

If thats not bad enough, the new Hotmail address will not let me log in either!

So if anyone has been sending mails to me for the past week, I have not yet seen them.

Normal service will be resumed eventually?

We can still take orders on 27-21-7903859, which is also our fax line as well.


Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Killer Whales off Llandudno in South Africa?

Heading North, Llandudno is part of a larger coast line and before Camps Bay and Cape Town proper.

I have posted rare species seen close to our waters and shoreline before, the white Antartic bird and the Leopard Seal being two of them.

The year we saw the whales was 1979, either February or March, it was a Sunday and I was with my wife Jean, daughter Lorna and a number of others on a steel yacht around 55 feet long. I think we had the mainsail up and the engine was powering us in the direction of Sandy Bay.

An ex HBYC flag officer, Tony Page, was the skipper that day, Simone Notman will have been aboard too. We saw movement in the water off the starboard side of the boat and not that far off either.

We soon saw it was an Orca or killer whale with a calf, Tony sensibly turned the helm to port steering away and headed back to what he saw as safer waters.

Lorna was at her Camps Primary School the next day, monday being the day the pupils were invited to say what they had seen or had done over the weekend?  Lorna told of the sighting of killer whales, the teacher decided this was impossible in our waters and told her so.

What that teacher did not know is that I had a home super 8 cine camera with me and filmed the whole event!

Note, the pictures I have used are not from the cine film I took.

The killer whale (Orcinus orca), also referred to as the orca whale or orca, and less commonly as the blackfish, is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family. Killer whales are found in all oceans, from the frigid Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas. Killer whales as a species have a diverse diet, although individual populations often specialize in particular types of prey. Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals such as sea lions, seals, walruses, and even large whales. Killer whales are regarded as apex predators, lacking natural predators.

Thanks to Wikipedia for the info above.

I still have that reel of Super 8 film does anyone know how I can convert it to a CD?
There is another with me dressed in Sudan's national costume and with a turban on my head, riding a Camel but thats another story!


Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Roys Hotmail account

Hello folks, I have been using Jeans own Hotmail account to send replies and quotes to customers while the normal email server is down.

So that you can connect with me direct I have now opened my own Hotmail account.

Use this when the normal email address does not work?

 ckdboatscc at

Please remove the at and add in @ to use the above address!

Please send a mail or two to try if it works?

The hotmail account refused to open the next day, so for now please use this one.

Email me at jean.mcb (at) (replace the(at) for @ )


Monday, 4 March 2013

Email server is down

We have no emails today, the server has been changed and some glitches have seen that we can neither send or receive emails right now.

You can I hope, hold on a while or phone on 27 21 790-3859, thats a fax line too.


The 1995 BOC yacht race, HBYC or RCYC as hosts?

In my previous blog on this subject, I left out the specific cash sum of money asked for by the RCYC up front on purpose, I was not at the meeting when the money was asked for, at first it was a rumour, then a published fact.

This blog is about the reason that Mark Schrader, who was  then working for the  BOC group, asked the HBYC to come up with an offer on what they could do for the race should the HBYC be successfull in their bid.

Click on the scanned copy so that you can read it better.

There are two sides to the tale, I now have the archive file from the HBYC which includes a collection of news prints. The fact was that the RCYC asked up front for a donation of R65,000 (some say R60,000) as a payment to fund the event in Cape Town and the RCYC Small Craft Basin.

The BOC group had already moved the start of the race in the USA for similar reasons and now were considering other South African ports over Cape Town for the same reason.
Mark is toasting John Martin's attempt to secure a sponser for the next event.

Both of Cape Towns daily newspapers carried the story, it was an event of  great importance to those involved.
Many did not know what a battle royal was going between each club, for sure the HBYC was holding an upper hand for a great deal of time.

In the end it was the RCYC who won the prize.


 Hout Bay from the Chapmans Peak Driveway.

Its now 2013 and Cape Town has had the Volvo Ocean Race for a number of years now.

Those boats are too large to fit in the Small Craft basin in the Cape Town Harbour and in the past hve been berthed at the V&A Waterfront. The news now is that as Cape Town refused to pay for the 2014 fleet to visit here, so we will not see them at all in the next race.

They do two stops in Brasil, then next Dubai, who will pay lots to host them I understand? Brasil is of course cash rich and wants to promote both the next Olympics and also the next Fifa World Cup series, both events will be held in Rio de Janerio.

Times change.

Cape Henry 21 boat roll over jig

This was taken from the Dudley Dix blog, its a customer of Dudley who had made up a clever turning jig to roll his hull over with.

Today's post is a good follow-on to my post of yesterday about building boats in exotic places. It is also in South America but in Brazil rather than Colombia.

Today I received a link from Eugênio Herkenhoff in Vitoria, Brazil. He has been building a Cape Henry 21 for awhile and sending me occasional feedback and photos of his progress. Eugênio is a professional builder but this video shows that he is very different from the professional boatbuilders you will find in most other places.

Eugênio has a very small workshop and it is in a very built-up part of the city. I have seen workshops like this in Rio de Janeiro as well, so they must be common in Brazil. All sorts of businesses operate out of these small facilities, supplying custom woodwork, metalwork, plumbing, electrical etc. But there is only so much that can be done inside the building. In the video at Voiles et Voiliers magazine it is described as "a boat in the streets". That is where Eugênio builds his boats. The video is narrated in French but you can get the gist of it without understanding the language.

The graphics were done by the boat builder, very well done I must say.


Jig-Saw joints

For years we have supplied larger panels such as bulkheads, with a three stepped scarph, they are then glued and positioned with a two small dowel pegs, which when fitted ensure a pefect joint.

Dudley Dix @ is now also introducing the jig-saw joint as well.

Click on the image for a larger view.

The joint requires very little work and also ensures your joints are perfect.

Dudley now offers this system on large and small boats, the Didi 40cr and DS15 being two such designs.

How nice is that!