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Builders with whom we have worked

HOUT BAY YACHTS

Brian Alcock, who owned Hout Bay Yachts, was my first customer. We were friends from our university days and he commissioned the Pratique 35 design when he wanted to build a new boat for family cruising. After cruising he returned to Cape Town and started Hout Bay Yachts about 1985.

Under Brian's hand, Hout Bay Yachts became one of the most competent and accomplished steel boatbuilding yards in South Africa. He ran it with a small but capable staff on the mountainside above Hout Bay, the village where I lived and worked. He commissioned most of the traditional steel designs that I drew, from the Hout Bay 30 through to the Hout Bay 50. Hout Bay Yachts built 22 boats, all of them to our designs.

These photographs show some of the many boats built by Hout Bay Yachts during our long association. Unfortunately, bad health caused Brian to close Hout Bay Yachts, so the yard is no longer available to build boats.

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Hout Bay 30

Hout Bay 30 steel cruiser

"Anne M" is the prototype of the Hout Bay 30. She has
done many miles of distance cruising since launch.


Hout Bay 40

Hout Bay 40 steel cruiser

"Pharoahs", prototype of the Hout Bay 40, is now
named "Adventure" and based in Annapolis.


Vickers 45AC

Vickers 45AC steel cruiser

"Tantalus" is a Vickers 45AC, built for a British couple
living in South Africa. She spent a few years in charter
and is now based in USA.


Hout Bay 50

Dix 57 Radius chine steel cruiser

Hout Bay 50 "Cape Rose". She is now world cruising.


Dix 57

Dix 57 Radius chine steel cruiser

Hout Bay Yachts built the Dix 57 "Majulie II". She is now world cruising.


"Ancilla II"

Ancilla 11 steel cruiser

Hout Bay Yachts built "Ancilla II" for South African owners. She is now based on Chesapeake Bay and does sail charters on the USA East Coast and in the Caribbean.


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