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CKD BOATS

CKD Boats is situated in Cape Town, owned and operated by Englishman Roy McBride. They specialise in supplying plywood kits and building our radius chine plywood designs. They are also suppliers of conventional and exotic timbers and plywoods suitable for all types of construction in the marine environment.

They can undertake both new boat construction and repairs to tired or damaged craft. They did an excellent rebuild of the classic Knud Reimers designed Tumlaren "Astra" in 1999, which is a great advertisement for their skills.

They have built a Dix 43 Pilot to a very high standard, launching her in January 2000. They supply CNC cut kits for our plywood dinghies, our Didi range of plywood designs and the lapstrake plywood Cape Henry 21. The have also done extensive reconstruction work to a Didi 34 that was damaged in a high speed collision with a reef.

Click here to see the Didi Mini built by CKD Boats for Mike O'Neill.

CONTACT INFO:
Postal Address: 9 Westford Road, Northshore, Hout Bay, 7806, South Africa
Tel/Fax: +27-21-790-3859
Email Roy McBride
Website http://www.ckdboats.com/
Blog http://ckdboats.blogspot.com/

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Custom version of Dix 43 Pilot

Dix 43 Pilot

Dix 43 Pilot

Dix 43 Pilot

Dix 43 Pilot

Commercial Lumber built this version of our radius chine steel Dix 43 but using our radius chine plywood method. The result, a strong and well finished cruiser with good performance characteristics and a fine advertisement for the abilities of Roy McBride and his team.
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Plywood kits cut by CNC machine

Didi 38 plywood kits

Didi 38 plywood kits

Commercial Lumber supply plywood kits cut by CNC router. The upper photo shows a sheet from the kit of the Cape Cutter 19. The lower photo shows a sheet from a Didi 38 kit, being readied for shipment to Johnston Atoll, on the other side of the world, in the Pacific Ocean.

The parts are held in place within the sheet by tabs that are cut by the builder to free the parts prior to assembly. This protects the parts during handling and shipping, so that edge damage is on the sheet rather than the component. It is also easier to handle a stack of plywood sheets than a host of different parts.

The parts also have pre-cut scarphs for easy assembly, using a stepped scarph and dowel jigging system developed by the CNC company. This simplifies assembly and improves accuracy.

See the Didi Mini Project for construction photos of two Didi Minis from pre-cut kits at CKD Boats.


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This page was updated 8 September 2014

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