Friday, 5 December 2014

Mirror Dinghy foils ex stock

These are here now and for sale to any Mirror Dinghy sailor who needs them.  We can normally CNC a set to order in the same week we  receive payment.

With the Mirror Worlds due here in the cape January 2015 we will then have some precut stocks of both foils and rudders with delivery either same day or over night by our couriers.


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Mirror Dinghy plaque number boards are ready

We have nine Dinghy Mirror kits pre sold but but availiable for purchase from the buyer. Today weprepared the obeche wood transom plaque number boards.

Click on the image for a larger image.

Time to prepare more for the 2014 season has run out, more will be available next year.


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Ship scrapping in the water?

These pictures ask a question, at which point does the team find it has no place to stand before the ship sinks????

Seen here and in the Hout Bay Harbour an ex SA Navy patrol ship meets her end, click on the picture for a larger image to understand whats being done.

The boat is being cut down, how far is down I ask, as each kilo of steel that is removed will raise the boat by a similar amount?? Check the waterline and see how much the boat has risen this far!

Check the sparks, someone is inside and using a torch to cut the decks off.

Eventually they will have a long flat dish, each kg cut off makes the dish smaller but it will then float that much higher, when do they stop is my question!

Watch this blog for what I hope is the answer.


A week or so later and we may be seeing the answer?

Lifting the bow with a crane, more and more material can be cut away.

The boat has been reduced in length and right back to a water tight bulkhead.

Soon it will just be a small segment they can lift and remove with the crane?

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Hillman Imp Californian (1967) body and paint works

This car is back with me and I have decided to give it a total rebuild, only four and a half months into the program I am already planing on spraying some pale grey body primer this week.

Applying the paint is of course the easy part!

The car was a rare exp,ort and used to carry Mozambique licence plates, the original engine is still with the car and not only that , the original pistons and bearings are still in the engine! When I rebuilt the engine about seven years back I did fit new pistons rings. The engine runs a genuine Sunbeam Sport series 180 cylinder head, sport camshaft and sport twin Stromberg 125 CD carburators.

The engine is running in this shot, check the yellow fan on the left.

Imp Sport engines all came with an oil cooler but not this type and not in this position.

The special air cleaner has two oval filters in it, one per carburetor and works well drawing its clean air from as high as possible.

The car came off the Rootes production line on February 3rd 1967, said to be one of only fifty five to sixty cars of this model known to the Imp Club in the UK, its now quite a rare car to find.


Monday, 1 December 2014

The new dinghy launch ramp at the HBYC in Hout Bay Harbour

Sometimes its the simple things that make life far easier and smooth out the way we can do things.

This very simple concrete ramp was placed by club members to assist the development sailing group.

Right away the ramp was in use and we now see the sailors move their dinghies from the HBYC club boat park with a wheeled dolly and then self launch, retrieval is team work and we have many willing helpers doing the Lotto supported program here in Hout Bay.