Saturday, 25 February 2017

Half a ship aground in Llandudno, South Africa

This half ship was in one piece when it lost the tow and went ashore.

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Picture taken by R Mc Bride using a Canon FT film camera and a tele lens.

At the time the forward half of the ship was sunk in front of the stern section.
As the years went by the stern section also sank, so the ship is down there now and in tow halves!


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

4 Schippers, swopping beers in mid atlantic

This was a test of how good we were with our navigation, it was circa 1989 and with both yachts on their was to Salvador, Bahia, Brasil.

We had not left the Island of St Helena together though!

Picture by Roy McBride using a Canon FT film camera, click on the image to enlarge it.

I sent the image to one of my crew on the yacht Ocean Cloud and asked did he remember the incident?

Hi Roy,

How could I forget?

 Not many people in the world would have done anything like that but it was fun and tested our navigation to the limits to find a drifting needle in a wet haystack with only a magnet a VHF and a,satellite to help.

We had (i think) heard the 4 Schippers talking on their VHF radio to someone, we then called them and Dick Schippers asked did we have any cold beers on board as his fridge had packed up.

We did have a six pack for them and made a swop by way of a soft water bucket on a heaving line!

Great moments we will never forget.

They were a Durban, South Africa boat, we had sailed from Cape Town, also in South Africa.

Dick had radar on board which helped us find each other but its amazing just how hard it was to find each other, even with the fine weather we had that day.

The navigation on our yacht was by a Walker 412 Sat Nav, we got a fix position every six hours or so only, so dead reckoning on a paper chart was the order of the day.

This is a Walker 402, an earlier version of the 412, it still works, well it would if they switched the sat's back on!


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Fishing trawler ' Iris ' drying out at Looe in Cornwall.

This picture was taken by Robert Henry McBride circa 1964 and while on a family visit to Cornwall.

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Given that the event was only fifty plus years back its more than possible the the ' Iris ' of Looe in Cornwall is still afloat?


A schooner arrives at the RCYC in 1976

This image is on a slide, my late father Robert Henry McBride to the picture.

The vessel is flying a yellow Q flag so she has just arrived but from where?

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Can anyone say what the vessels name is/

She looks to have an aft chine, so is she made from steel?

Check out all of the RCOD in a row on the trots!


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

An Argie 15 boat for sale In Zurich, Switzerland

Hi Roy

The Argie 15 is now ready for sailing. 

Thank you for your help an advice  during the building process.

I would like to sell it.

Please find attached some pictures I made yesterday.

CKD Boats cc of Cape Town, South Africa supplied Basil with the Argie 15 kit, the North Sails and also the Ronstan deck gear package, we can and do ship World wide.

Kind regards,

Monday, 13 February 2017

The Skrowl 900 as a kit set.

We have been asked to quote on this design.

It looks interesting! my thanks to Google for the use of the pictures.

I would say this hard chine design will offer a very large interior.

Plans would be from the designer, we would then supply the kit.

The radius bow can easily be laminated and formed using our Superform (tm) bending plyswood, its waterproof.

Contact me for kit  pricing.


Thursday, 9 February 2017

An Argie 10 kit ready to ship.

It will leave tomorrow, today was a possible but as President Zuma is giving his State of The Nation address in the city tonight, many roads have already been closed.

There will be some crowds expected so that Cape Town City is in a lock down this evening, I may add this happens each year!

The grey patches are tapes to hold parts in the plywood sheet.

There is also a carton of epoxy and other materials, that and the plys which we will steel band strap between some pine packing plys will be collected Friday morning.

Friday, the kit has been collected and is now on a 1000 miles trip to the customer, we expect delivery will be made next monday.

Note, we do not mark the transport up at all, we do charge for the packing materials and steel band strapping, this is costed out close to our cost.


The CKD Boats trade flyer

We have supplied this flyer with samples of flexible veneers and Superform bonding plywoods for some years now.

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Please contact me for trade prices and retail outlets in South Africa.


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Tikki 38 built from our kit

This kit started out as a request for us to supply the materials.

As that materials list grew so did the boat, CNC work was also done on the bulkheads and related boat parts.

The boat was built and finished to a very high standard.

The size and space in these boats is quite remarkable.

We were told last year that the boat sailed from South Africa and was by then in the West Indies.

Which is exactly what the boat was built for!


The Bombaloza Scull as a kit

You can car top this design easy enough.

Where else can one get a kit to build your own Bombaloza scull.

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The panel on the floor is the 18mm  pine ply builders jig. There are then three 4mm okoume marine plywood panels that form the hull of the scull.

At under R7000 with Vat.  We supply the epoxy and glass tapes, filler powders also, this is an excellent buy,.

Plans are R600 which is payable to the designer.

Light enough for one person, there is a double scull also.

Build one from one of our CNC cut kits and then get yourself out onto the water!

An inquiry yesterday sold a set of plans to the West coast USA.


Thank You for such a fast response to my inquiry. I have received a PDF of the plans, and construction details from Dave.

- Josef


The Dixi Dinghy and Argie 10

The Dixi Dinghy is our smallest and lowest priced sail boat as it can be cut from just two sheets of 6mm plywood.

Leslie Koen with his Dixi Dinghy in Namibia. He named her "Red John" after the bad guy in the TV show "The Mentalist".

We can offer the sails from North Sails, plus a Ronstan deck gear kit  as well.

Two great dinghies, these little boats offer lots of fun for the whole family.

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.

The Argie 10 requires three sheets of 6mm plywood so is quite a lot larger than the Dixi Dingy.

This beautiful Argie 10 was built by Desmore Kaempffer in Namibia, as a yacht tender. She was a first time boat building project. The results speak for themselves.

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 profile when viewed from above is similar in shape with both designs.

Either one can be the ideal quality time project for a youngster with Dad's assistance or Dad with Junior's help.

Build as a school project which actually has some use after achieving your passing grade.
Practical winter project, build one for fishing on your local pond, as junior's "my boat" or as a tender to your big boat.

Built-in flotation compartments and a simple sail plan make them great for learning to sail, whatever your age.

We can supply you with the plans or a plywood kit cut to size on a CNC machine, we also offer epoxy, glass tapes and filler powders ex stock.


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Skiffie Worlds

  • Skiffie Worlds are fact approaching; please take the time to ensure that your Skiff measures up and complies with the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association rules and regulations, this is essential...

We have the permission to sell plans and cut CNC kits to this design.

An ideal class for team building, either at club level or company level.


The Optimist sailing dinghy from a kit?

Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 7:28 AM
Subject: Oppie is sailing.

Dear Roy and team,
We launched the Oppie recently and she sails very well. Here are some pictures as promised.

Best of luck for the new year.

This has been one of our favorites, we have shipped them to the East and West coast of the USA, Spain, Switzerland,Australia and quite a few places in between!

Priced at a low R5500 (plus vat in South Africa only)  or U$325 plus shipping they are very cost effective.

The Optimist in this picture was built from a CKD Boats cc kit, we probably supplied the North Sail as well.

We supply a fourteen page builders guide with many pictures as part of each kit.

The boat was built for the grandson but I do not think it is he who is sailing it, rather his dad, the son can be seen with his PDF on and sitting low down in the hull of the boat, check the first picture.

The Optimist can easily be carried in the back of  an LDV or even on the roof of a car with suitable racks and tie down straps.

This Optimist was later shipped out to Austalia.


The story behind The JoLon Imp

There is now a book about the JoLon Imp adventure, Terence Tracey wrote it and named it 'No way back ' which will be a reminder that the day they started out from Pretoria it was discovered that the gearbox had no reverse!

That small Nokia cell phone was our link across Africa and the 14,000 kms they had to drive.

Terence Tracey on a visit to see me recently.

You can buy his very well written and presented book from book stores across South Africa.

In the UK The Imp Club are selling them.


The JoLon Imp adventure

Those who know about Hillman Imps may also know about two guys who drove from Pretoria, South Africa to Coventry, England in 2013?

They took thirty nine days, crossed through three continents and made the special event in Coventry with just six hours remaining.

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While Terence and Geoff were driving I was sending them information on servicing the car as and when they required advice, we used cell phones and via SMS mostly.

I  was also working in the background with Richard who is an Imp Club member to find out if David Shepherd would sign a limited edition of his painting of an elephant and Hillman Imp.

David agreed and some fourteen copies were signed by David.

I have copy number one, I also have this sample copy, its unsigned but does still have a high value to myself.

The last morning of the Hillman Imp Club event was a breakfast, The guys were presented with their own copies of David Shepherds painting print.

It was a remarkable event, some 14,000 kilometers driven across Africa, Asia and Europe in a car that was nearly fifty years old.

Left to right, Richard, Terence, Geoff and Graham, the Imp Clubs Chairman.