Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Didi Mini Goes Cruising

The first boat to our Didi Mini design, drawn to the Mini 650 Rule, was built by CKD Boats of Cape Town for owner Mike O'Neill. She was named "Warlock" and never raced in anger. Mike is a superyacht captain and seldom in the same location as his little boat. Eventually he sold her and the new owner commissioned Fluid Yachts, based in the gorgeous town of Knysna, to transform her into a little fast cruiser. The photos below show "Warlock" in her original form and the transformed "iCandy".

Changes include a reworked interior with as many comforts as could be fitted into such a small hull, extension of the deck to the transom, swept-spreader rig for easier handling and a retro-fitted lifting keel to replace the 2m deep fixed keel.
"Warlock" with 2m fixed keel
"Warlock" had the old style Mk1 aft deck.
"iCandy" with lifting keel to access shallower anchorages.
"iCandy" with extended aft deck for a bigger cockpit.
"iCandy" with tall swept-spreader rig for easier control.
"iCandy" now has a retro-fitted aluminium lifting keel.
Keel-lifting tackle of "iCandy".
Looking aft from the massive forward double berth into the saloon.
The new lifting keel of "iCandy" is to our design and can be retro-fitted to any of the Didi Mini or Didi Cruise-Mini series designs. Keel-down draft is 2m, the same as the fixed keel, but it can lift to reduce draft to 1m, for access to shallow moorings or anchorages.

For more about our Didi Mini design series or our other designs, please visit our main website at http://dixdesign.com/ .