DUDLEY DIX YACHT DESIGN
Radius Chine Plywood Boatbuilding Lessons
A Didi Mini hull was built in 8 days, from building stocks to coated hull skin, in the "TLY BUILDING COURSE - September 2005"
The course was a great success, with 10 students coming from all over Europe and working on a "Didi Mini pre-cut kit" supplied by TLY.
The course program:
Day 1: assembling building stock and setting up bulkheads
Day 2: completion of bulkheads - fitting first stringer
Day 3: completion of stringers - fitting hull bottom panels
Day 4: hull side panels - first layer of strips in the radius area
Day 5: second layer of strips in the radius area - filling
Day 6: continue filling - rudders
Day 7: coating
Day 8: turning the hull (only demonstrative, the hull needs more filling and coating)
Claudio of TLY taught students how to do quality wooden boat building , explaining the "Radius Chine Method" for plywood and showing them his "woodworker's secrets".
Leo of NAUTIKIT ensured that the course properly followed the methods intended by Dudley Dix, as set out in the Didi Mini plans and Building Guide. He also taught the correct use of epoxy glues and resins. NAUTIKIT supplied resins for the course (SP Systems - SP106 multi-purpose resin).
The TLY kit includes:
building stocks to assemble in a few minutes
hull, deck and cabin panels
TLY also supplies the "Didi 26 Kit" with the same features as the Didi Mini.
TLY is located near VENICE, Italy, and specialises in classic wood boat restoration and new wood boat construction. They also cut the Didi Mini and Didi 26 Kits with their own CNC cutting machine.
The next course will build a Didi 26 trailer sailer. Contact TLY or Nautikit for more details.
Via Vespucci 27 - c/o Marina del Faro
30013 CAVALLINO TREPORTI (VE) - ITALY
Phone/fax +39041968997 mob:+393483529994
Italian agent for Dudley Dix Yacht Design
SP Systems - advanced composite materials
Stoppani - quality yacht paints & varnishes
Joubert - marine plywood BS1088 certified
Leo Giammanco of Nautikit teaches students all about
epoxy materials and their proper use.
Completion of framework and start of hull panels.
Completion of hull skin, fitting bow cap and sanding radius area.
Fairing radius area and removing hull from building stocks.
The coated hull, turning the hull, Italian TV station filming the
final day and the end of course party.
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This page was updated 16 September 2005
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