Thursday, 20 August 2015

Yacht window trims made to order

This would depend on the supply of a drawing or an exact template by whoever wants them?

Click on the images to enlarge them.

What started out as an idea was expanded to the point where the trims were fabricated, painted with epoxies and polyurethane top coats. The boats cabin top has six windows, making the 6mm five ply okoume marine ply trims was a full weeks work due to the many stages.

Setting out takes most time, then the cutting has to be done , Power tools and hand tools, then hand finishing and drilling the screw holes, countersinks etc. This can more easily be done faster and cheaper on the CNC machine we use.

Fitted today, they look like they should have been there all along?

Easy, well sort of but the idea did take some time.

They can be now be made on the CNC machine we use and posted to you world wide.


Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Mariquita news

Another picture of the boats rebuild.

The wood is African Mahogany, Khaya is the name normally used.

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Dear Roy,

do you still have one of the copies of the Book of the Traditional Boat Association you wrote about in your blog?
In case yes, would you mind to airmail one to me, please?

We have a signed copy in stock, one will be posted soon.


Saturday, 15 August 2015

Mariquita is being restored again.

It was myself that was first invited to restore this boat by Mike Daly, I had the premises and right in town too.

I did a written breakdown of what such work would entail, Mike gave the job to Eric Bongers and as you know it was he who did that restoration.

The boat was taken to Europe a few years back, a second and more complete restoration was discussed and from what the image shows it is happening.

Nice story or what!


Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Boat window cover trims

This job has been on the things to do list some time, when it started the idea was to do them in alloy and then have anodised?

The alloy would require a CNC shop, plus the high cost to materials and out works, then a workshop drawing or template?

Click on the picture to enlarge it.

The setting out takes three times longer than the actual cutting out, as once the bench jig is set up the Makita router soon cuts the shapes quickly.

The 6mm okoume plywood is a five ply, so its quite strong and once it has the special and very thin epoxy saturation applied it will gain in strength.

With Intergard epoxy primer then Interthane 990 white PU top coats sprayed on the epoxy, the trims will last at least as long as the boat they will be fitted to.

How easy was this? well a whole lot easier than I expected (smiles)

The day went well and final sizing, radius of the edges and corners, plus drilling the screw holes went ahead much to my joy.

The picture shows the starboard window trims dry fitted with just two screws each, the idea being to see how they fitted and of course how they look (more smiles)

A week later and we had perfect fitting weather and fitted the first four of six today.

We can make to your size given the dimensions or the correct templates, we supply the screws and the right fastening sealant also if required.


Monday, 10 August 2015

Hillman Imp Californian seen at the Bay Harbour Market

The car is now part restored and very driveable.

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The car dates back to February 3rd 1967 when it came off the Rootes Scotland Car Co assembly line.

It is thought that as few as 55 to 60 are left world wide?

My Sunday driver and a lot of fun, the car attracts favourable comments where ever I take it.


Friday, 7 August 2015

Hard dodger to suit a medium sized boat

In this case the boat is a Dix 43 and as the center cockpit version.

The kit evolved and we have now sent at least two offshore.

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We supply just about everything, even the special glass and the correct silicone glazing sealant.

The best way to stay dry and wind free is with the best protection that the hard dodger can give.


Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Maxprop two blade classic for sale

Now on the market and in the Cape Town, South Africa area, we can ship world wide.

The 24" maxprop has had very low hours on it and is in fine condition.

The price is only R20,000 which is around U$1575.

Suitable for a larger yacht and gives you great control in both forwards and reverse.

The original Max-Prop was designed in the early 70’s for the high tech race boat market. Since proving itself in the racing arena, the Classic Max-Prop has earned its way into the mainstream market as the leader in low drag propellers. Today you will find the Classic Max-Prop on a wide range of vessels from 25 foot daysailer to 100 foot race boat. With over 30 years of proven performance and unequalled reliability the two blade Classic is a great choice for a lighter vessels.

Simply the best and I know this has my own yacht has the Maxprop 18 " classic and it works equally well in forwards and reverse.


Sunday, 2 August 2015

A lazy day in the Hout Bay Harbour

I was called to the Hout Bay Boat Yard to discuss a 24" twin blade Maxprop on a classic yacht.

While I was there I took this picture of the yacht She, its a classic in its own right.

The design is ( i think) by Buchanan and was built in the far east in solid teak, even the plywood on the decks is teak.

The boat is featured in the book Cape Town's Traditional Boat Association, which was compiled and published by TBA member Colin Davies, pages 22 & 23 and with pictures of the previous owner the late Brian Bradfield.

Brian sold the boat to a guy who then had it fully rebuilt, it was re launched in October 2010 at the RCYC.

There are two more copies of that book for sale, R135 each and as a donation to the NSRI and Hout Bays Station 8.

Check the seals having a rest!

Nice winter weather.


Saturday, 1 August 2015

Winter boat projects in Hout Bay

As long as you can accept that any deck related projects may take weeks rather than days due to the cold and often wet weather, winter is in many ways a nicer time to work outside on your boat?

Click on the image to enlarge it, the camera was Canon's G1X digital

After some fifteen years since this Dix 43' was launched, the bare teak cover planks that fitted onto the Genoa and Staysail sheet winch base was removed and a new 12mm okoume marine ply cover board fitted ready to accept a clean painted surface when applied.

This saves trying to clean the old teak, varnishing around winches was never wanted, as its a hard job to do. The application of the Intergard epoxy primer was done in two stages and with an epoxy spot filler in between coats.

Six coats were applied in total, the use of a small foam roller works well in these smaller areas. You will still need to hand sand with wet and dry paper and clean water prior to the spray application of Interthane 990 white top coats.

This was a three week job.

The the three Interthane 990 finish coats were applied after a session with 180 grit water paper.
Masking the work takes time, as any over spray will damage the exposed areas.

With paints being mixed the chance to paint some head liner trim was in effect for free.

With the masked areas being free of the paper protection, the job is done and in a few days the Interhane 990 PU top coat will be ready to accept the Lewmar 58 & 44 sheet winches.

This is what they will look like when fitted as the starboard side of the boat has had the same upgrade.

Easy, sometimes, this is of course if you can find a supplier of the International Paints now?


Saturday, 25 July 2015

A Bombaloza Scull on the Berg River?

News is in that they have been discussing the Bombaloza Scull at a Berg River meeting?

This lad may just be in training for the day he is big enough to have a go himself!

With the very detailed plans (44 pages?)  cost starting at just R500 you can start easy enough by cutting it out yourself, CKD Boats cc can supply the CNC kit which does get you on the water that much faster.

The kit is three sheets of okoume marine play for the hull and one sheet of pine ply for the builders jig (re usable) we offer the epoxy, glass tape , fumed silica and micro balloons to make the fillers and epoxy fillets too.


Friday, 24 July 2015

Inside a Furuno 1800 radar

This one carries a lable 1987, so its all of twenty eight years old!

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I had a look inside the display today to see if there was any visual reason why the display goes off or in some case does not work? When the set is powered up its just perfect and as a 24 mile radar and with its variable zone alarm its a nice bit of gear to have.

The PCB is perfect, almost new I would say.

I found nothing obviously wrong, then again I am not a marine electical technical guy, still having a look does no harm.

I have the zone alarm un pluged, that is the multi plug lying loose.

Next I will eye ball the radome transmitter and see if there are any wires loose, the large multi cable carries eleven function wires, so that is not impossible.

Nice when it works!


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Cape Henry 21 building in Seattle, USA.

Its always nice to receive news and pictures from our customers, they give a good feedback on what our kit has become and how well it assembles.

We shipped the Cape Henry 21 plywood kit to Fred, then later we also sent him the 1" thick profiled drop steel keel, made here in Cape Town, even with shipping it was seen to be good value.

Fred in Seattle is building a Cape Henry 21 by Dudley Dix.

Words below by Fred,

Scheduled to exhibit 'Evangelina' at Port Townsend's Wooden Boat Festival; 2nd wknd. in Sept. She might float in as a 'convertible', ha ha.
Your cnc cutting is very precise. I determined scarf overlaps and skin panel sections via Dudley's Mylars.

Fred just happens to have a very complete wood working shop, in his case that is what he does but most work with just the basic tools many of which are to be found in the average home.


Sunday, 19 July 2015

K Designs

We looked at this design group a while back, so why not again as they are very well known.

At K-designs, we design fast water craft. We have been consulting in this industry for over 30 years and we sell multi-hull construction plans for home builders and professionals alike.   New  designs are developed on a regular base . Almost all boats are extreme light weight wood/glass/epoxy composite constructions. 
We designed also several wing in ground effect crafts. These hybrids, between aircraft and very fast ships, are versatile, fast and efficient. We believe they will play an important role in mass transport in the future. The technology to build them is already here. Click on the appropriate link to find more information on the craft you are interested in.

We are asked to supply a kit to the KD 860 catamaran and will work on the numbers for the customer next week.


Saturday, 18 July 2015

Progress report on wooden boat repairs

A week and a bit more I posted that a fishing boat was under repair.

Today we can see the excellence of the new structure, all built either off the boats own decks or the floating punt along side.

The wood used in Keruing, either that or Balau, the Keruing steams well but the Balau does not.

A class repair and on a boat that will by now be at least sixty years young.

Side planks next week and they will require a steam tube session to make the required bends.


Friday, 17 July 2015

Sunshine break in Hout Bay's winter

Today we have rain, lots of it and up to 50mm predicted?

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The yacht is a Dix 43 in a wood/epoxy build, some upgrades were done to the primary winches in the cockpit, the mainsail cover also.

The helmsman with suitable experience can sail this yacht by himself (or her) ,  the mainsail will need a man forward to reef it but with that done, the yacht has all the sail controls in the spacious cockpit.

The as new Lewmar sheet winches are sized 58:1  and 44:1 ratio, giving  an easy job when handling the headsails. They are both alloy and self tailing, the forward winch controls either the Staysail or the Harken series three head sail furler, a jamber backs up the black Sampson braid control line when the Staysail is in use.

The rig is a Cutter but the inner forestay can be unhooked and lashed down to one side, meaning that even in lighter airs the Genoa will tack easily.

The break in the winter rains allowed a little sun tanning but not today as its pouring with rain!