Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Dudley Interviewed by CatamaranSite

 I was interviewed by Dierdre of CatamaranSite about my design work, more particularly about my catamaran designs. This forms part of their series of interviews with catamaran designers. Click on the image below to go to the interview.

We discussed my background, catamaran designs generally in the past, present and future, my radius chine plywood cat design series, as well as where my boats are built.

If you want to know more about my multihull or monohull designs after watching the video, go to out main website or our mobile website.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Didi 40cr2 Kit at Exocetus Marine

 A few months ago I posted about the comprehensive kit being developed for the Didi 40cr2 by Exocetus Marine in UK. They are building a boat at the same time as developing the kit, to check everything for proper fit and assembly. Since my previous post the build has progressed to hull turn-over stage.

See captions under photos for explanations.

Side panel glued to hull framing.

First layer of pre-formed radius skin panels being installed.

This is how the radius skin panels are supplied in the kit, pre-formed in the Exocetus workshop.

Inside view of the radiused portion of the hull.

Second layer of radius fitted. A jigsaw joint on the side panel can also be seen.

Hardwood keel shoe, also cut by CNC. This forms a tough and flat surface onto which the keel root is bolted, removing compressive loads from the softer okoume plywood skin.

The gloss epoxy in this photo shows the fairness of the radius chine plywood hull. In the background is a Dix 470 catamaran that is also available as a kit, being built in the workshop.

High-build epoxy primer.

Outside, ready for hull-turning.

A novel way to turn a hull. I've not seen it done this way before.

The keel shoe is visible in this photo.

Steel frame on which the stern was supported during turn-over.

Turn-over completed.

The kit that Exocetus Marine is developing includes all plywood components plus all solid timber structure, pre-shaped and ready for installation. Their instruction manual is also very detailed, with interactive PDF 3D drawings that allow the builder to view in various formats and to zoom in to see finer detail.

To see our full design range, go to our main website or our mobile website.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Dedication 27 Photo Session

I was lucky enough to be invited to participate in a shoot with powerboat photographer Thomas Spencer last week. This was on Kevin Agee's beautiful new "Dedication", prototype of our Dedication 27 design. Today we saw the photos for the first time and they include some great shots. Here are a few of them.

I am building the web page for this design and will put it online when ready. I am loading build sequence photos into the Dedication 27 album on my Flickr site.

See our other designs on our main website or our mobile website.