Friday, March 27, 2015

Cape Cutter 19 Launch in Cape Town

Nick Kulenkampff, of Cape Town, bought plans from us in November 2013 for the Cape Cutter 19, to be built in lapstrake plywood. I only received one question from him and that was on choice of plywood for the build. A few days ago I received another email from him, with launch photos attached. He launched his boat, named "Mimi", at Royal Cape Yacht Club, in February.

In his email, Nick said "thank you for a beautiful design and also for a set of plans that were spot on. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire process." From the photos it appears that he made a pretty good job of the build, which was also quicker than most at about 15 months.

This boat is available in GRP from Cape Cutter Yachts in UK. It is the smaller sister to our popular Cape Henry 21 design.

Here are some of Nick's build photos, with explanations
Making bulkheads. These are cut from full-size Mylar patterns, included in the plans.
Transom, laminated from multiple layers of plywood.
Bulkheads and transom set up on building stocks.
Bottom skin going on. Plenty of clamps needed.
Bilge panel gong on. Keel deadwood and wood bilge keels fitted. This bilge keel is to protect the hull when aground, serving purely as a support to keep the hull skin clear of pebbles.
Forward bottom panel. Fitting this panel is the most difficult part of the build, due to the amount of twist in the panel. The twist is what forms the fine bow for good performance.
Hull epoxy-coated, primed and ready for paint.
Building the cockpit. Nick's work is very neat.
Interior, looking forward, built  before fitting the deck.
Interior, looking aft. Painting in progress.
Deck stringers glued into pre-cut slots
Painted and brightwork being done. Almost ready to get wet.
This view shows why these little boats are so quick. That fine bow works vvery well.
Launch day. The yellow boat below the bow is "Black Cat", the Didi 38 that I built.
Afloat and waiting for her rig to be set up.
Thank you, Nick, for the set of photos. She looks good and I am sure you will have many good times sailing her.

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