Thursday, 14 December 2017

Sails by North Sails in Cape Town

We have long had an agreement to sell North Sails with our boat kits, from a small dinghy to a large yacht.

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This is an Optimist sail, one that we shipped with an Optimist kit to Zurich in Switzerland.

The buyer has the option to buy the North Sail with the boat kit order, or at a later stage when the boat has been built if that suits better.


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Packing and shipping our kit orders

We have shipped World wide, it is to some thirty four countries now.

The orders are processed then either packed between two sheets of packing plywood and steel band strapped for full security or we make a crate and pack the order in that, still with the steel band straps of course.

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This is a multi kit order and to Zurich in Switzerland, in the order was an Argie 15 and two Optimists.

With these kits we also supplied the North Sails and Harken deck equipment plus selected meranti wood cut and machined to size.

Okoume marine plywood CNC shaped to size, the kit is for one of the Optimists.

An Optimist panel before loading.

 Each Optimist kit we sell is sold with a fourteen page printed  A4 sized builders guide, with pictures, plus the class measurement forms.

Another Optimist being packed, check the solid sides to the crate we shipped in.


Friday, 8 December 2017

Kits in split orders?

From time to time we get asked can we cut and deliver our boat kits in split order parts, say a multihull design?

In many case we can do this but the buyer must be aware that our okoume marine ply suppliers could change to another brand and then you will have more than one make of plywood in your boat.

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Right now we can offer quality Joubert plywood from France.

This is a top brand and well worth buying in total to cover your needs.

Buyers choice of course.


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Retro 29 building in South Africa

This is an unusual shot of an unusual classic styled yacht.

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Mike is now going to fit the boats keel box.


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

An Optimist dinghy kit packed for export

Export or national we pack our kits well.

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Check the wedge shaped block on the lower left hand side, that is a laminated mast step, prepared down to the correct size and not the over sized dimentions in the plans.

This was being prepared to send to New York, USA. Once the lid has been screwed down we steel band strap the pack for full security.

Each shipment is fumigated, insurance can be included in your order.

We included the building stocks and with this order the machined meranti wood as well.

Other extras are Harken deck gear and a North Sail.

Each kit sold includes a 14 page builders manual which has lots of pictures in it, plus all the class measurments as well.


Monday, 4 December 2017

The DS 15 sport boat

This was a reply to my idea that a client may like the Dix Design DS15 boat.

This DS 15 was built using one of our kits.

A DS 15 that was built using a CNC kit.

Click the links to see the various options.


The Didi Sport 15 may do what John wants. We have info about it on our website at for computers and for smartphones. Both have links to build and sailing photos and there is a sailing video at .

This is a very fast hull shape.

All images are from the Dix Design website.

 If required, a study pack can be ordered from our pricelist at

 Roy, the white boat was built from a kit that you supplied, the blue one was built from a kit cut in USA. The current issue of Wooden Boat has a review of this design.


Dudley Dix
Dudley Dix Yacht Design
1340-1272 N Great Neck Rd #343
Virginia Beach, VA 23454, USA
Tel (757)962-9273

Thursday, 30 November 2017

The Dix Design Didi 38 hull turning event

I was there to lend a hand that day.

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The boat had been built upside down, using the scaffold tower we had ropes and man power to turn the hull the right way up.

This day was the spark that ignited my own desire to build by the same method, I later built a Dix 43 .
The boat was later named Black Cat and became a very well known ocean racer, the South Atlantic Ocean has been crossed four times now, plus she won her class in the race to St Helena and what is named The Governor's Cup race.

One correction, Black Cat has crossed the South Atlantic 6 times, in 1996, 2000 and 2017.
From Dudley Dix.

You are in some of the other pics in my big box of photos. 

This is the one that I have used over the years because it shows the boat best. 

The people in it, from left, are Dick de Kroon, my Moms cousin, Brian Alcock and Sean Collins. You can see my head just above Sean at the transom.

This whole series of designs has proven very successful and just keeps going. I now have pressure from various people for Didi monohull designs from 50-65ft and a cat of 65ft.

Navigator bulkheads done by CNC

Anyone  having seen what the plans look like you will understand the time saved in using this kit?

This is one of the okoume marine plywood panels we include in our Navigator kit set, there are five ply sheets in all.

The plans show the frames made from lots of sections of wood battens that you have to join up to make the required shapes.

I have to say " how easy is this now "


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Navigator small boat details

Wilhelm built his John Welsford Navigator design from a kit we made specially for him, he in turn created a wonderful yacht with a fine finish.

Wilhelms attention to detail has made for a super smart looking yacht.

The teak transom was veneered with some solid teak slats we had, we still have some I think?

This is pre decking, check how well the inside of the boat was painted, best to do it this way as you can see what you are doing.

The boat was originally fitted with an electric drive motor.

Since then the yacht has sold and we serviced a British Seagull outboard for the new owner.

The Seagull outboard will look correct when used on the Navigator, we have some in stock and for sale.


J Welsford Navigator kits

Below is the first sail in a Navigator we cut as a kit set.

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Included are the frames, transom, lower hull panel, stem, dagger board case, seats risers, the only part we do not cut are the hull skin panels.

We have the plans in stock,

Hi Roy

Herewith some pictures of my Navigator, Jacqui.

I recently went for my first sail and launched her at Gordons Bay. We had a
lovely day with light winds at first, but increasing to just over 20 knots.
The boat proved very seaworthy. She handles the wind, choppy seas with white
horses and a two meter swell with ease. Our maximum boat speed was 8,03
knots and we covered 31,3 km in the 4 hours 52 minutes at sea. We sailed 4,2
nautical miles into the bay.



Friday, 24 November 2017

The C44 by Concept Trailers


C44 ( camper for four)

The C44 Mini Camper is part of a whole concept in trailer design, whereby it can be detached from its chassis so that a load box or flatbed can be attached thus making it a versatile, multi-use chassis. (Subject to local legislation and trailer regulations.)

The C44 Mini Camper itself is unique in the fact that having the footprint the size of a double bed, it has permanent sleeping capacity for up to four adults in two double bunks. As well as this there are separate lockers for a stove and fridge of the owner’s choice with washing up facility. There is also a full length hanging locker and chest of drawers and ample storage for tent and camping gear.

A separate self bailing locker is incorporated in the nose cone for safe gas storage.

The possibility also exists whereby the camper could be attached to a more robust chassis for off road use.

Accommodation – Overnight or Short stay

The C44 Mini Camper is quickly and easily setup for overnight stops or short stays.

Simply lift the top from the rear of the camper and deploy the side and rear flaps to allow access to the fully enclosed and ventilated top double bunk.

The lower double bunk is accessed by dropping the rear tailgate into position and deploying the awning and flaps for another fully enclosed and ventilated sleeping area.

Accommodation – Long stays

For longer stays the C44 Mini Camper is deployed in the same way as for overnight or short stays, but with the side and rear surround tent being erected. This would allow for additional camping beds to be set up if required, as well as retaining the two double bunks.

The tent covers an area of 5.05 x 3.48 metres or 17.5 sq metres.

This allows ample room for a sleeping area on the one side with a galley and living area on the other.


Other options available are separate Composting toilet and shower enclosures

 Please contact me for further information on this exciting new camper trailer that you can assemble yourself.


Thursday, 23 November 2017

Micro trailer camper by Concept Trailers in South Africa

The new Concept Trailer design offers a lot more than the normal teardrop camper, as in two full sized double beds for a start.

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We now have the trial plan set, various options are possible, a small car can tow this with some ease as the special Deluxe Light plywood we will CNC cut the design from is half the weight of marine plywood.

CKD Boats cc will supply the plywood shell kit, plans are from Concept Trailers and can be sold as part of the kit purchase process.

Built up trailer campers can be supplied.

How easy is that!


Friday, 17 November 2017

Teardrop camper trailers

We have looked at this idea before, a new design may be available soon.

To date we have a design, its local so for RSA residents there will be no need to buy plan in an overseas currency.

The kit will include all of the CNC cut body panels, we can further offer the epoxy required to bond the shell together with.

Delivery country or World wide should not be a problem,

Please check in now and again to see what we can offer.


Sunday, 12 November 2017

Retro 29 boat building in Hout Bay,South Africa

Progress on the Retro 29 kit we supplied is taking place here in the village where I live.

Hi Dudley and Roy,

Just a few pics of recent work. I found a great way of lining up bulkheads by using a straightedge across the building stocks to position the uprights accurately before adding the bulkhead.

 I get it centred with the correct distance off first bulkhead and then adjust to get it perpendicular by measuring diagonally from a distant centrepoint to each end of the straight edge. 

Not sure if I’m explaining myself well but anyway it works for me! The laser level has made things a lot easier too.

I’ve got three more bulkheads to go and am loving the whole building process so far.



Thanks to John Maarschalk for the use of his image.

This is Hout Bay

Saturday, 11 November 2017

The next British Seagull restoration

That one is stripped already and will be on my bench on Monday, the customer is based in England, UK, his yacht is here in Hout Bay.

Parts are in the post from our British Seagull suppliers in Kent, South East England.

Progress pictures as I proceed.

The picture posted now is of a much larger 102  series Seagull outboard of about 5hp? next to it is a 2hp motor but not the one I will assemble next week.

We have a 102 series motor for sale, also the 2hp unit.