Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Didi Mini Mk3 Launch in Netherlands

Ronald Groenewoud is in Enschede, Netherlands. He has been building his Didi Mini Mk3 for the past three years and launched her today. (Mobile web page for this design). This is a radius chine plywood boat, built from our plans.

From his photos it seems that he has done a great job of building her. I don't have info on the boat or the builder to write a story, so will rely on Ronald's photos to tell that story for me.
Hull completed. It is built over permanent plywood bulkheads.
Deck stringers added, ready to receive the 6mm plywood deck skins.
Completed hull and deck, finished to a beautiful standard.
Pouring encapsulated foam flotation required by the Mini 650 Class Rules.
Fabricated aluminium keel.
Pouring the lead ballast bulb in halves, to be joined over the keel.
Ready to leave the workshop. Tight fit, with some plaster removed from both
sides of the opening to let it squeeze through.
Custom road trailer, ready and waiting.
Loaded and ready to go.
Launched with a travel-lift.
Afloat.
Waiting for her rig. Maybe tomorrow?
Ronald built his boat single-handed, as he is likely to sail it most of the time. Congratulations Ronald, looks like you have built a good boat. Ronald has a Dutch-language blog but the photos look the same in any language. :-)

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Didi 40cr Build in Ukraine

There is a Didi 40cr project that has been going on quietly and without any fuss in Eastern Europe. My communications with them are via my translation program, which is good but sometimes a bit confusing in its results. I hope that my reporting here has no unforgivable errors.

Their boat is now nearing completion and I have received the first photos that I have seen of her. The hull was built in a private boatyard in Kherson, near to the mouth of the Dnieper River where it enters the Black Sea. After that is was moved for fitting out and completion at the Ilyichevsk Shipyard in Odessa.
Didi 40cr nearly ready to get wet.
There are three experienced sailors associated with the project, who plan to campaign it next year in the Rolex Middlesea Race. Owner is Sergey Mashtakov and he has with him Eugene Kobozev as skipper and Sergey Ivchenko doing tactics. Sergey Ivchenko bought the plans from us and built the hull. No doubt the rest of the racing crew will be from their normal sailing circle in Ukraine.
Deck finishes and hardware going on.
She is being equipped to a good standard, with Selden rig, hardware by Barton and Andersen, Raymarine instrumentation and power by Mitsubishi.
Interior fitting out.
Launch will be about the end of this month, in Ukraine. I look forward to more info and pics when she is sailing.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Update on Wide Stern Versions of Didi 40 and Didi 40cr

In February I posted about the wide stern version of the Didi 40cr being built in Australia. Read that earlier post. Amateur builder David Edmiston sent me an update photo with the deck and cockpit nearing completion.
Wider stern at deck level, with T-cockpit.
The underbody of the hull is unchanged, with the topsides more flared to give the wider deck. This allows a broader T-shape cockpit that will work with either tiller or a larger wheel than can fit into the original format.

A plywood Didi 40 being built in India uses this same hull with a different deck and longer cockpit. That boat will be used as the plug for moulds, from which series-built sandwich GRP boats will be produced. The builder is XS-Marines in Mumbai.
Plywood hull being skinned with jigsaw-jointed panels.
Stern view of the Didi 40 wide stern version.
The boats on this post are essentially updated versions of the Didi 38 "Black Cat", the boat that kicked off our radius chine plywood design range.

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