Saturday, 2 July 2016

Basils Argie 15 build in Switzerland

This is another kit set we shipped out.

Basil is doing a very neat assembly job of our Argie 15 kit set.

Hi Roy

I have just painted the daggerboard case and glued the mast step.

I have a question.
Do you know where I can get the 6 meter mast and boom?
Can you supply this or you have a idea where i can order it?


We have supplied Basil with the information he requested and he should be able to source his mast and boom now.


Optimist kit builds in the USA

We shipped three of our CKD Boats cc Optimist kits to a sailing school in the USA.

This image is titled " Three on the floor"

The idea is that the children build the kits with assistance from a teacher, then learn how to sail what they have just built.

This image is titled " It Floats "

Next we hope to see the boats completed and with the builders ready to sail.


Friday, 1 July 2016

British Seagull 102 series runs again

This Seagull engine may be all of fifty nine years old (1957) today it was started and test run on the bench.

Check that four blade propellor, its turning well. This size engine has a clutch, so the drive to the prop shaft can be cut.

Checked it out, no bad exhaust smoke and rather good for a bench run.

JP, comments:

You know Roy there is something awesomely beautiful about those engines - a design led purely by function. So British, and so historical. Everyone should be forced to own one of these at some stage, it would ground quite a few people I know!!!


Four British Seagulls of various types and sizes are in stock and ready for your order and restoration!

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Series 102 British Seagull complete

With a new coil fitted this restoration can be said to be complete.

The size of this outboard is quite a challenge but it will push a decent sized work boat all day long with ease.

A new coil was imported and fitted today, the old one looks fine but one end wire was showing signs of turning green and broke easily.

The flywheel was cleaned with our bead blaster and is now back on the engine.

Ready to go!


Teepol Orange detergent

Teepol Orange, simply the best there is and since 1938.

No available again,

5ltr and 20ltr packs.


Sunday, 26 June 2016

Restoration of the British Seagull engines

This kind of restoration takes place while other work is in process, so it takes time.

The engine below will be about sixty years old? it has been stripped right down to the engine, then all parts were re plated or re painted as required.

Click on the images to enlarge them.

The engine in the picture is a series 102 version and is rated to 3.5 to 5 bhp, that is misleading, as I think they were using real horses to rate it against?

Check that large propellor to see what I mean.

This engine is a customers, we also have a similar engine in stock which will be for sale when its finished.

There is also a much smaller Seagull in process, this one is a family treasure and has to be ready for use in December.

The engine is still in many pieces but with the tank transfer applied today we are well on our way to completion.

The transfer will be sprayed with clear lacquer next.

Six clear coats and in three sessions

The 102 series British Seagull owner will soon have his restored engine :)

Fitting of a new coil is a specialialist job.

The old ones are now all at least 30 years old and liable to fail due to age .