Stainless Boatworks is the Australian agent for Dudley Dix Designs.
Just a quick browse of the testimonials on the Dudley Dix Designs website clearly shows the large number of satisfied amateur boat builders around the world.
In the words of Dudley Dix “I have a strong reputation for designing practical concepts, probably arising out of my own boat building experiences and a dislike for things which are over-complicated. I have a wide range of designs drawn primarily with the amateur builder in mind but suitable also for professional custom builders. These are mostly for plywood or steel, the materials most often chosen by amateur builders. I also have designs suited for GRP production either as custom one-off boats or for series building from a mould, in sizes from 8ft to over 60ft.”
Whether you buy plans or a full kit the Dudley Dix Design is going to be your path to an enjoyable satisfying project.
Buying through Stainless Boatworks gets you the best of both worlds. You deal with an Australian shipwright of many years experience who is currently building a Cape Henry 21 and you still access all the wealth of knowledge that comes with the Dudley Dix Design.
Stainless Boatworks can supply:
- Dudley Dix Designs plans or kits
- Stainless fittings
- Resin and/or glass
Contact us to discuss how we can help you through your boat building project.
My Cape Henry 21
This Cape Henry 21 is for my own use, and I have made a few modifications to the plans. Most of these come from fitting a diesel engine in place of an outboard motor in the well. The engine is a fairly tight fit, but I have made access hatches to be able to service the engine easily, as well as access to the stern gland and seacock.
Forward of the transom is a partial bulkhead so that I can hide the exhaust gooseneck, and have somewhere to mount the engine controls. This gives a small aft deck where I can mount a mainsheet track, and most importantly, a BBQ!
Instead of the sunken well, I have decked over the foredeck, and installed an anchor well. In hindsight, I might not do this again, but my original thoughts were to install an anchor winch, seeing as I have the charging capabilities with the diesel.
No structural modifications have been made, and I recommend you do not attempt any modifications without first consulting Dudley.
See the images below of my Cape Henry 21
See the article by Dudley Dix on my Cape Henry 21.