Thursday, October 25, 2012

2013 Calendar

Last year we published our first calendar, featuring boats that have been built to our designs. We received orders for that 2012 calendar through to about mid-year, so it was a popular item.

Since then we have been collecting photos for the 2013 calendar and it is now ready. We have the first stocks arriving within 24 hours and will be ready to start shipping orders immediately.

Cover, featuring an aluminium Dix 38 Pilot built in Italy.

We are featuring one boat per month, with photos generously supplied by their owners. All are beautiful photos, some in exotic places. Some are owner-built, others professionally built. Each is interesting in its own way.

August shows the plywood Challenger 13
of Jonas Klimantavicius in Lithuania

A calendar would make a nice present for yourself or your favourite person who loves boats. And in good time for the festive season too. We will ship to you in good time to go under the Christmas tree or to hang on the wall by 1st January 2013.

You can order direct from us or go to the publishers,, to preview the calendar. In case you don't have Dudley's book, "Shaped by Wind & Wave", both sites also have links to buy the book.

To see our range of designs, go to .

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Time to Buy a Boat

I recently spent a week in Louisville, Kentucky, for IBEX 2012 . The tone at the convention was pretty upbeat and the exhibitors were very positive after the show about the number of visitors and quality of enquiries that they received. In confirmation of other industry indicators, the boating industry seems to be slowly coming out of the lengthy recession that has plagued us all for the last few years.

My Paper Jet displayed at IBEX 2012.

Now is a good time to be in the market to buy a boat, before prices start to go up again. That applies as much to used boats as to new ones. There are many boats that owners have put up for sale, for economic or other reasons. There are some very good deals available to those who want to to take advantage of this market.

We have some quality boats listed in the brokerage section of our website. They are generally boats that have been well loved by their owners and have proven themselves through extensive cruising to faraway places. They have been well maintained and are extensively equipped, ready to go wherever your dreams would like to take you. The available boats range from the classic fast cruiser Shearwaters to the very modern and eye-catching Dix 61.

Go to our brokerage section to see the listings. If you are interested in any of these boats, please contact me by email and I will connect you with the seller. We don't offer full brokerage service, so your dealings will be directly with the seller. The benefit to you is reduced brokerage fees, so lower purchase cost.

Please visit our website to see our full range of designs.