Dix's Doings

Newsletter of DUDLEY DIX YACHT DESIGN

August 2003

IN THIS ISSUE

Spreading into far corners

Southampton Boat Show

Didi 26 launched in Sweden

Didi Mini kit boat project

Hout Bay junior sailors win Didi Mini kit

Canting keel for Didi Mini

Sanderson 34 for production GRP

Cape Cutter 19 changes ownership

Cape Henry 21 plywood gaffer

Cold moulded timber Vickers 45AC

Full size patterns

MENU

Home
Overview
Email
Designs
Materials
Articles
Testimonials
Bookstore
Magazines

PRICES

ORDERS
Fax/Mail
Credit Card

LINKS
Boat Sites
Communities
General

TRANSLATE

Spreading into far corners

Our designs are spreading far and wide. By May this year we had boats being built in 60 countries on all continents aside from Antarctica. We have a Cape Cutter 19 being built inside the Arctic Circle, so maybe the Antarctic Circle will be next.


Southampton Boat Show

Dudley will be at the Southampton Boat Show for a few days. He will be on the Cape Cutter 19 stand, under the banner of Honor Marine, the afternoon of Friday 19th September until the end of the show on Sunday 22nd. Feel free to visit for a chat if you are there at the time.


Didi 26 launched in Sweden

The first Didi 26 to get wet belongs to owner builder, Ake Unander, who lives in the land of snow, reindeer and the midnight sun. He launched his yellow Didi 26 "Butterfly" in June and is very happy with performance and handling.


Didi Mini kit boat project

The first of the two Didi Minis built by CKD Boats in Cape Town is nearing completion and will be launched about the end of August. This one, owned by Warlock racing, has a fixed keel. Her sistership is "Running with Scissors" and has a Canting keel.

We have a section of our website that is dedicated to this project, with over 70 photographs of the construction process. This is a great resource for builders of the Didi Mini and others of our radius chine plywood design range, who can reference the photographs throughout their own projects.


Hout Bay junior sailors win Didi Mini kit

Mike O'Neill, owner of Warlock racing, put up a complete plywood kit for a Didi Mini in a competition that was open only to young South African Sailors. Entrants were required to provide to Mike a "business plan" showing their program and intentions for completing and campaigning their boat. The kit was won by two junior sailors from Hout Bay, Ruben Donne and Shane Elliott. The competition was also supported by donations of product from North Sails, CKD Boats and ourselves.


Canting keel for Didi Mini

In June we introduced a canting keel design for the Didi Mini. Both the fixed and canting keels now form part of the stock plan design. The canting keel can also be retro-fitted to boats that started construction for the fixed keel.


Sanderson 34 for production GRP

Sanderson Marine in Cape Town are starting tooling for the Sanderson 34, as a grp production boat. This is a development of the Cruiser Racer 33, with modifications to stern, keel and rig.


Cape Cutter 19 changes ownership

The Cape Cutter 19 has proven to be a very successful little cruiser, with 60 GRP boats sold in two years. Until now they have been built in South Africa and shipped to UK in containers. Cape Cutter Yachts has been bought by Honor Marine in UK and the 19 will be built in their UK plant from early in 2004. As part of this process, the plywood kits for the 19 have been withdrawn and will no longer be available. Plans will still be available for one-off construction by amateurs.


Cape Henry 21 plywood gaffer

Frans Walschots in Australia commissioned a bigger sister to the Cape Cutter 19. She is the Cape Henry 21 and a larger version of the same concept as the 19. She is currently available as plans and a kit of all plywood components for hull, deck and bulkheads will soon be available. Her kit will be the replacement for the withdrawn Cape Cutter 19 kit.


Cold moulded timber Vickers 45AC

Earlier this year we introduced a cold moulded timber version of the Vickers 45AC. The hull is skinned with three diagonal veneers over strip plank. Deck and superstructure are plywood. The first boat is to be built by Kristoffer Ravndal in Norway.


Full Size patterns

Since our last newsletter we have introduced full size panel patterns for the Argie 10, Argie 15 and 20ft workboat. We are also able to supply full size bulkhead patterns for all of our Didi radius chine plywood designs.


Read earlier newsletters : November 1997 : August 1998 : January 1999 : May 1999 : September 1999 : January 2000 : February 2000 : July 2000 : November 2000 : December 2000 : August 2001 : March 2002 : December 2002

OUR CONTACT DETAILS

Click here to contact us by whatever method suits you.

Sign on as a follower of our blog for latest news

Dudley Dix Yacht Design Blog


Please note that this has replaced our newsletter mailing list

Web design by Dix Design