Saturday, 6 September 2014

Wooden boats in Hout Bay

The view from this ply/epoxy Dix 43 shows a perfect day in Hout Bay and looking out towards the back of Cape Towns Table Mountain.

Click on the image for a larger view, the camera was a Canon G1X using the P setting and on an ISO100 setting.

The boats close by are both made from wood, the one just next to the Dix 43 is a Vertue and Carvel planked, she is coming up fifty years old very soon if not already there? It was built by Henry Vink.

The yellow power boat was built using strip plank cedar and epoxy, a very time consuming process but the end result and build came out with a good standard of finish.

The large white boat in the distance is Figaro V also built from wood but using veneers to cold mould the hull, built to win the Fastnet Race for Bill Snaith, he never got to the start line as he sadly passed away before the boat was finished.

The full story as far as I could find out can be read here:


Friday, 5 September 2014

Mirror Dinghy ISAF plaques arrive

As we are the licenced South African  Mirror dinghy kit suppliers, the required ISAF plaques were purchased.

We have ten, all spoken for as one boat was built to proove the CNC process and other kits are on order.

Prices on the various options on request, exports are a possibility.

This is the same set of kit set panels in the picture showing all the parts laid out.

The same Mirror and as the boat builder decided to paint it. We can offer part built to fully fitted out boats as well as our CNC kits, which is a world first and from South Africa!


Thursday, 4 September 2014

Traditional yachts on display in the Hout Bay Harbour

I was once asked where all our traditional type craft have gone to? The fact is if we just open our eyes and have a look around they are everywhere.

Open the picture by clicking on it.

A local version of the Flicka 20, moulded here once upon a time, we can supply the hull shapes in MDF if you should want to build your own?

Yacht Flee is the Flicka and is dwarfed by yacht Tara, a South African carvel planked traditional yacht.

The camera I used is the Canon G1X, taken at ISO100 film speed I am finding out this gives better colour than at a higher speed.


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Hout Bay Harbour today

Hout Bay has long been a tourist destination, some of those toursists arrive by yacht, they may well tie up right here.

You can rent a marina berth by the day, week or month, depends on what the club has and what you want, membership of the HBYC is a requirement, temporary membership is of course available.



Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Bombaloza scull hull skin panels

Myles collected his plys and epoxies yesterday, he admits to being a total novice boat builder, so his progress will be interesting.

One of the three 4mm Okoume marine ply we cut to make the Bombaloza scull kit

The very detailed builders guide tells you how to assemble the parts.

Sheet three, click on the images to enlarge them.


Monday, 1 September 2014

The Bombaloza scull builders jig

We have one here right now and also the 4mm  CNC cut marine plys to build the actual boat from.

Dave Hartwanger designed the Bomabloza Scull, plans are super detailed and over forty pages long, purchase your plans from Dave and the kit from CKD Boats cc.

Easy stuff!


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Bronze valve guides for the Hillman Imp

In stock now and we include the top oil control seals.

At  R750 a set they are less expensive than some I have seen and we still include the oil control seals.
About GBP 43.00 right now plus postage.


Hillman Imp timing chain

New and the correct size and quality, in stock now.

At R85 this is a good purchase, thats about GBP4.77 right now plus postage.