Saturday, 18 April 2015

Building your own boat from a kit?

We have sold many boat kits and to many different designs, one was the Dix Design Cape Cutter 19 which we shipped down to Picton In New Zealand.

The customer was Ian who has a number of boats behind him but none as large and on a start to finish basis as the Cape Cutter 19.

We no longer cut that design but we can offer the Cape Henry 21 which is the same design scaled up  some 10% which makes it 30% larger.

We also supplied Ian with the mast and spars plus the steel plate drop keel.

\Ian sure made a nice job of his build, it takes time but as he said, one hour a day, possibly two or three and I will get there, which he did!

Thanks to Justin for helping out with the pictures.

You can read Justins review on the Cape Cutter 19 and the Cape Henry 21 at the link below.


Friday, 17 April 2015

Hillman Imp Californian, Stromberg carburetors, a rebuild

This takes time and some past working on them to get an understanding of what needs doing to them before they will work correctly.

The engine is the cars original block, with matching numbers and the original crank bearings and pistons, it is quite a rare find, the car came off the Rootes Car Co, Scotlland , production line February 3rd 1967.

The engine was fitted with the series Sport 180 cylinder head and Stromberg carburetor some years back.

The engine is running in this picture.


Goat Island Skiff

Or GIS for short is a very popular sailing skiff.

We sent Johnny the plans and kit some time back, seems he will soon be sailing as he has asked for pricing on the Lug sail also.

Mail in from Johnny reads below.

Am making good progress. Mast is made, tiller & center board & rudder all made up but still to be epoxied/glassed.

I reckon I need 3 packs (epoxy and hardener = 1 pack) and 1 packet micro balloons.

Simple to Build Modern Performance - Sails rings around most "character boats"
Light enough to handle on land by yourself
Easy to follow plans - step by step instructions.  96 page manual.

Length - 15'6" (4.73m)
Beam - 5ft (1.52m)
Hull Weight - 128lbs (57kg) - Gaboon (Okoume) Ply
Sail Area - Lug 105 sq ft (9.75 sq metres)

For purchasers of the plan there is a new birdsmouth mast option .