WHY KIT BOATS?
NEWS & ARTICLES
Roy Mc Bride
The Institute of Carpenters
Welcome to CKD BoatsWe offer a wide range of products and services in the marine industry.
CKD Boats specialise in developing Kit boats and supply CNC cut designs from as small as the Optimist Dinghy to as big as a 43ft Dix Design yacht and larger. The kits consist of either the basic materials to assemble just the hull and deck or a full package from the building materials right through to the mast, rigging and sails etc.
While timber and veneer prices remain fairly stable, the price of resin continues to soar. We envisage timber and Kit boat building will become more popular over the next couple of years.
The Optimist Sailing Dinghy is one of the most exciting self-build boats on the market, it is not too big and fairly simple to construct when in the kit form. This makes it a great family project to undertake. Once it is built it can be officially measured to fall into a world Optimist "class", this will allow the boat to sail in any optimist regatta in your country.
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The Optimist Dinghy
Please take a look at some of the work we have done in previous projects.
From the restoration of a 'Tumlaren' called "Astra" to a new construction of a 38ft motor-sailer/power boat.
Argie 15ft Sailing DinghyThis design is one of our larger sailing dinghies designed by the world famous yacht designer Dudley Dix, suitable for overnight and inshore sea sailing in fair conditions. It is large enough to carry a decent payload of equipment and a nice outboard for motor sailing.
Reports from Dudley Dix himself prove that this little boat has been a very popular design. Selling so many sets of plans for both this and its smaller sister, the Argie 10, that he has now lost count!
What the kit includes:
TRIKA 540The TRIKA 540 is a versatile super-fun boat for one or two. It was designed from the ground up for efficiency, speed and easy handling. It is not a retrofitted kayak but specifically created for excellent performance both under sail and while paddling.
In its basic form it is stable and very fast two person kayak, small enough to be paddled by one person yet long enough to take two on a camping trip!
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