Monday, 22 September 2014

Hout Bay marina access control system

Thats it the orange dinghy, while they change the normal walkway finger that the bridge fits onto we have to access the dinghy, then move along the rope and climb onto the dock on the other side.

To be honest I decided not to bother but the system will work and is under the watchfull eyes of the 24 hour security staff that the club employs.

Well done to the marina staff and the specialists they employ to this kind of work, it requires a great deal of planing and work, that blue float system was constructed for this job alone.

Normal service may be back tomorrow?


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Racing Mirror Dinghy kits

We are about to cut an order of ten Mirror dingies, all pre sold as far as I know, they will be cut to meet the  In ternational Mirror wooden boat specification 2013, which is under consideration for some changes due to the fact that in most countries 5mm okoume plywood does not exist, or if it does its made to special order?

Kit set number one, this went together very well and Peter, the boat builder commented on how good the ply panel fit was.

Our plywood panels are a mix of 6mm and 4mm  okoume marine plywood to BS 1088 standards (stamped as such) we are making the timber list required as light as possible by cutting much of the internal wood in obeche, this is a very light timber which is grown in Africa.

Kits available on request.


Saturday, 20 September 2014

Who designed the 1967 Hillman Californian Coupe?

This was a question I posted on The ImpClub forum last week, the answer took a few days to appear but then lots of info  came in, plus a super picture of the designer and the man who assisted with the aerodynamic styling.

It turns out that the designer was a very tallented man named Ron Wisdom, seen on the left below, thats Richard Sozanski center and Bob Saward to the right.

Hi Roy

Att is a photo Of Ron Wisdom (L) yours truly and Bob Saward (R) so now you have the stylist of the Coupe, Husky ,  Van and Asp  ( Ron) and the stylist of the saloon Bob .

An amazing photo and reply to my question!

I asked where and when the picture above was taken?

Roy, it was at the NEC cannot remember which show ,( with this year's show I shall be on my 25th NEC show ,)

Ah that was the Going Imp Places stand ,England .Scotland, France and of course Australia.See pics.

My car seen at the Killarney circuit some years ago. The car is now in the process of a full restoration, it seems there are no more than sixty or so left world wide?


Thursday, 18 September 2014

Steel band packing your plywood kit orders

Some may wonder why we have to include a packing charge when the kit you have bought is shipped by road or sea? in this case we used a sheet of pine 9mm ply top and bottom, the five steel bands then can be made very tight to secure the package, which weighs in at 160 kgs.

The kit set is the DS 15 Sport boat and its some fifteen sheets of plyswoods, to keep the pack safe we use 16mm x 0.5mm steel banding and a special American made crimping tool, thats a new roll of 250 meters of steel banding in the case on the floor.

There will be very little change if anything from R4000 for the tools and banding you see in the pictures?

Made in the USA and we were told the best made.

Jims kit was collected today and will travel by road to his home on the East Coast of South Africa, he will have his kit order in a few days time.

Larger and or export orders can also be packed in a steel banded 16mm chip board crate, the extra expense is worth it.


About twenty five hours after the order was collected, this mail came in.

All arrived safely. Many thanks, Jim

The Phantom dinghy ply kit

We have just cut one, a new design to myself.

Seven panels in all, you will need to buy the plans first.

Lots of smaller pieces I note, the CNC machine really saves you time when we cut those out.

Pricing on request,


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Dix Design DS 15 sport boat

This is a sort of mini Didi Mini Transat, scaled down to just 15 feet its going to be a real flyer.

Some pictures of the eleven panels we CNC cut to this design.

You could cut this out with a power jig saw but would you want to?

The acuracy of the CNC machine is so good that we are basically offering a one design that really does not need to be measured.


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tididi, Andrews yacht is so elegant!

Seen here in a pre roof fastening picture, Andrews Hartley 37 yacht looks so nice and its not even finished yet.

Check the fancy light fittings, they look to work really well.

PS. I have attached the latest picture. That is the first layer of the top in place just to check for proper fit. Still to be glued in place.

CKD Boats cc supplied much of the okoume marine plywood used in the hull skin and decking of this boat.


Toylander on the move

The works Toylander is now in a new home, a nice family with two sons, one about five and the other is two.

The yellow Toylander is now five years old, the top quality okoume marine plywood and epoxies with 2k auto grade top coats really do pay off over time. The Hillman Californian is now forty seven years old, same again, top quality paints pay off.

Toylander as loaded and soon to be on its way.



Sunday, 14 September 2014

Dix Design DS Sport 15 kit panels

We have had the first set of DS15 sport boat panels cut and they will be shipped to Jim the owner builder this week. Jim has already shaped and glassed the rudder and foil blanks we sent him a while back.

A file picture from the Dix Design web site.

Pictures of the various panels will be posted in the morning!

Now about to be built in South Africa,


Fitting out is the nice part of car restoration

When these cars arrive the years of rust and old paint jobs have to be removed entirely before we can even think of a repaint and then refitting.

New Lucas horns? no they are now about 48 years old but cleaned up well in the bead blasting cabinet.

Type Lucas 6H and model TPAR 545 and TPAR 512.

They are a matched pair with a hi and a low tone, making a very strong sound, later Imps came out with just the one horn to save money, thats how mean Chrysler became in the quest for a higher profit.

Mounted in their box, the original rubber grommet and Lucas colour coded wire, its purple with a black tracer, are fitted and the horns are ready for use again.


Friday, 12 September 2014

Hillman Californian Coupe, fitting out begins

This car was not an expected return to my ownership, its a long story but it now seems the car while having been sold was never transfered licence wise so in legal terms was mine all along? and has been some twenty years or so now.

Click on the picture to enlarge it.

So I bought the car back, paid the unpaid four years licence fee (ouch!) and started on this 1967 Imp Caliornians restoration.

I have since found out just 2600 or so were made, of those maybe 55 to 60 are left? this one came off the Rootes Car Co assembly line at the Linwood factory in Scotland February 3rd 1967 and was an export model sent to Mozambique.

RCO stands for Right Hand Drive, Coupe and Export, the number 108 is for the cars original White paint job.

 The car has its original engine, the Vin plate and all numbers match, the engine is still on its original 875cc bore pistons also.

Easy work? well the above front end took me three weeks and at this stage I am far from finshed!

It may be for sale.


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Disaster in Hout Bay Harbour

Yet another fishing boat sinks in the fishing harbour, the reasons are many, one reason it seems is the lack of a fishing quota to go out and catch fish?

Click on the image to enlarge it.

The boat is the Barbra, its been tied along side for some years and has not fished as long as I can remember, the part owner has been trying to raise the boat but is way underfunded.


Yesterday and they were still trying to get the boat upright.

They have a small air pump and have managed to get the front of the boat floating.

The block and tackle gear is a good idea but without floats and more power they have made little progress.


Monday, 8 September 2014

The Hillman Imp cooling fan assembly

Now a design that's over fifty years old, once the early Mk1 problems were sorted out, the fan assembly works fine, as long as its kept clean.

I was asked the other day was that the petrol tank filler cap? the reply was No, the petrol tank is at the other end of the car.

Check that huge Lucas generator, all it puts out is a bout 20amps at 12v dc, enough for normal service of course.


Saturday, 6 September 2014

Wooden boats in Hout Bay

The view from this ply/epoxy Dix 43 shows a perfect day in Hout Bay and looking out towards the back of Cape Towns Table Mountain.

Click on the image for a larger view, the camera was a Canon G1X using the P setting and on an ISO100 setting.

The boats close by are both made from wood, the one just next to the Dix 43 is a Vertue and Carvel planked, she is coming up fifty years old very soon if not already there? It was built by Henry Vink.

The yellow power boat was built using strip plank cedar and epoxy, a very time consuming process but the end result and build came out with a good standard of finish.

The large white boat in the distance is Figaro V also built from wood but using veneers to cold mould the hull, built to win the Fastnet Race for Bill Snaith, he never got to the start line as he sadly passed away before the boat was finished.

The full story as far as I could find out can be read here:


Friday, 5 September 2014

Mirror Dinghy ISAF plaques arrive

As we are the licenced South African  Mirror dinghy kit suppliers, the required ISAF plaques were purchased.

We have ten, all spoken for as one boat was built to proove the CNC process and other kits are on order.

Prices on the various options on request, exports are a possibility.

This is the same set of kit set panels in the picture showing all the parts laid out.

The same Mirror and as the boat builder decided to paint it. We can offer part built to fully fitted out boats as well as our CNC kits, which is a world first and from South Africa!