Saturday, 10 January 2015

Hout Bay YC marina members

Seen here yesterday is John and Athol on the far side of the marina.

As you can see we have really nice weather right now.

Both yachts in the pictures are wooden classics designed by Wm Garden.


Thursday, 8 January 2015

Black Cat to win the 2014/15 Governors Cup Race ??

Well I really do hope so.

This is the startling news just in, it turns out that the yacht Avanti used her motor to get in front the the Dix Design Black Cat.

Black Cat on her way to winning the 2014 Governor’s CupPicture taken just after they rounded Cape Point on Saturday 27 December 2014

There is still an outside chance that two yachts and some 500 miles away can still win but this seems unlikly?

Read more on the story on the FBYC web site.

Better still read about the event at the link here

A Trevor Wilkins photo, taken at the island and when Black Cat was finishing.

The name Black Cat came from a sponsership that the boat got over twenty years back, I note the sponsers are still being rewarded for their support!

Well done to the Black Cat team for winning fairly.

She took the first across the line and handicap award, so did a clean sweep and will have been awarded the Governors Cup !

Hillman Imps in South Africa ?

There are some and I know of most of them, some pictures of others exist but I have no idea where they are now?

One picture shows three and all with CL plates, they were some place in Stellenbosch, I wonder where they are now?

This car has been in our family for around twenty two (22) years, it may be longer? I have now removed all the sports parts such as lower competition road springs, front disc brakes, 13" road wheels and tires, sports exhaust but left the twin Stromberg 125 CD carburetors on. I also rebuilt the cars engine for the new owner.

Having now sold our 1967 Singer Chamois I am looking for another Imp related challenge, do you know where an Imp based car my be hiden and for sale in Southern Africa?

Cars like the Hillman Imp can be prepared to a very high standard to your order, finding them right now is the issue.

There is a classic Mini Cooper looking for a new home if anyone is interested?


Monday, 5 January 2015

Optimist kit pricing in January 2015

Another enquiry just in was for the next smallest kit we offer, the Optimist dinghy, prices are as follows:

We can supply as follows:

The jig to build in is made from MDF or Chipboard, its reusable if your careful.  R800.00

The plys and CNC work are R4875.00 .

Plans are free and we supply a 14 page builders guide with pictures.

We can also offer epoxy at R285.00 per 1.65 kg pack, you will need two of those, micro balloons at R40.00 a pack, fumed silica at R40.00 a pack and 50mm glass tape at R12.00 per meter, you need 20 meters?

Vat applies to the above prices. (no vat for those outside South Africa)

You will have to source the required meranti wood list from you local timber merchant, we can supply the cutting list.



Dix Design Dixie Dinghy

Starting the new year off with a request for a price on one of our smaller boat kits seems like a good idea for me. The Dixi Dinghy is just two sheets of plywood, we have nothing smaller that I can remember?

Multi-purpose, they can be rowed, motored or sailed and are light enough for one person to lift on and off the family car or yacht.
Simple stitch and glue construction, they can be built with the minimum of tools, no previous boatbuilding experience and in very little space.
Step-by-step instructions included in plywood plans.

The Dixi is on the left and the Argie 10 on the right, both are really great projects to build.

Price wise and including the plans, CNC work, epoxy and glass tapes we have a price of R4139.00 which includes Vat of 14% for local customers.