Wednesday, December 1, 2021

CC19 Dayboat, Family Daysailer & Camp-Cruiser

 I designed the Cape Cutter 19 in 2000, as a little GRP production trailer-sailer for Cape Cutter Yachts. A few years later I added a plywood version for amateur builders, now with nearly 90 plywood boats in 28 countries. Since then I have been asked a few times for an open day-sailer version. Here it is, the CC19 Dayboat.

This is more than a basic day-sailer though, the cockpit is proportioned for up to 6 people to sleep comfortably on airbeds on the cockpit sole and seats, as a camp-cruiser. That space also means that a family of 6 or more can all sail together for day-sailing and picnic cruises rather than taking turns.

Gaff rig of CC19 Dayboat
The Cape Cutter 19 has a great reputation for surprising speed in light to moderate breeze and seaworthiness in strong winds and big seas. Those same characteristics are passed on to this version. In line with that seaworthiness, the cockpit is above waterline and self-draining, with any water from a boarding wave exiting via two routes, through the engine well and the centreboard casing. The 16 independent buoyancy compartments under the cockpit and seating further increase the safety.

Deck & cockpit layout 

 The forward seats fold down to add floor space when needed. Under the foredeck is a small lockable cuddy for safe and dry storage. At the other end, the outboard engine sits in a well, with a dam around it to contain oil spills. The motor is covered by a hinged hatch over the top and a door in front. The motor sits just ahead of the balanced transom-hung rudder, for quick helm response when motoring in tight spaces.

The sail plan is the same as the Cape Cutter 19 and should be sailed the same way. There are three headsails, Genoa, Yankee and staysail/jib. The Genoa should be used with the main in light to moderate breeze for best speed. For those who prefer a true cutter rig, use the Yankee along with the staysail and mainsail. For strong winds use the staysail as a working jib along with the mainsail, reefed as needed for the wind strength.

The mast is stepped in a tabernacle for easy raising/lowering and the bowsprit folds aft. The main forestay goes to the stemhead, with the staysail either hanked or on a furler. The Genoa or Yankee can be on a soft furler or top-down furler.

Section through centreboard casing
The centreboard is glass-sheathed plywood, ballasted with a lead insert. Primary ballast is internal, in the bilge and glassed over to secure it in place. My client for this design chose to keep the solid ballast of the Cape Cutter 19 rather than change to less effective water ballast.

This boat can be built from plans, which include full-size Mylar patterns of the bulkheads, backbone and transom. We also offer Mylar skin patterns as an optional extra. A plywood CNC kit comprising bulkheads, backbone and all skin panels can also be supplied.

See more of this and our other designs on our main website or our mobile website.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Hout Bay 40 Gaff Schooner for Sale

 "Mirage" is a steel Hout Bay 40 that was built by a commercial yard in the Moscow Region of Russia. Her owner went cruising in her and found aspects of her build that did not meet his requirements, so he had her interior rebuilt and her exterior refinished in Antalya, Turkey. She is now a nicely finished yacht that will grace any marina. Along with that, she is strong, capable of cruising to the toughest sailing destinations.

Since this photo was taken she has had a foretopmast added, although the additional sails are not yet in her wardrobe.
Strong welded steel hull, with Awlgrip and Jotun finishes

Her interior is afrormosia  with iroko trim. rebuilt to a custom layout to suit her owner's cruising needs. She has an open saloon with loose table with folding leaves, which can be stowed in the galley or set up loose in the saloon. A new owner may prefer to secure the table permanently in the saloon.

The centre island galley unit houses the 38Kw diesel engine, with excellent access.

Perkins 38Kw motor with 100 hours use.

Counter-top cooker has removable fiddles that are not in place in this photo.


The navigation station can also be used as two seats or converts to a settee berth.

Starboard quarter berth, matching berth in port aft cabin.

One of the two heads compartments.

Cockpit with awning.

Foredeck, with windlass, bitts and bowsprit. Bulwarks all around make a safe deck at sea.
For more information on this boat, visit her brokerage page at

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

DH550 Cruising Cat for Sale

 The DH550 fast cruising catamaran "Friends Forever" is looking for a new owner. This boat is well-proven, with crossings of both the South and North Atlantic Oceans, as well as cruising the Caribbean and the Med. She is currently in Portugal, fully equipped and ready for long-distance cruising or crewed charter service. Email Dudley Dix for more.