Wednesday, 23 December 2009

A dinghy for Christmas!

Why not put a dinghy on your Christmas list? If you have been thinking of getting another dinghy for the coming season why not buy it for Christmas. Either treat yourself to your new tender or get the family to chip in some money each to buy the dinghy for you? Waking up on Christmas day to find a dinghy in the garden or if its an inflatable, under the tree, would be fantastic!

New dinghies are expensive so it need not necessarily be brand new. Buying second hand is quite acceptable for a Christmas present - especially an expensive one! So sow the seed with the family who are probably tearing their hair out trying to think of what to buy you for Christmas!

If you decide that a replacement dinghy is on the list, then why not visit my site at - to see what is listed right now on ebay for sale. If you are in America and reading this blog then visit - to find dinghies listed all over the USA.

I hope you get a dinghy for Christmas and enjoy using your new tender this coming season.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Going to start building again

I made the decision today it was time to start building dinghies again. I have had a few people asking for a dinghy for themselves, so I said I would start taking orders. I need gelcoat, layup resin and more chopped strand mat. I seem to have plenty of tissue cloth and polish.

So first task is to re polish the mould. Thats the hard, time consuming part of this job. The polish needs to be applied, then you wait before buffing up to a shine. I have tried a power buffer, but I prefer using my own hands. Thats why I say its hard work!

Will try and post some photos as I go through each stage of building the dinghy. I always intend to do this but I get so involved in the whole process I keep forgetting to stop and take a photo. I am determined to take photos this time!

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

fibreglass dinghy mould

I have decided to start building new fibreglass dinghies from my mould again. I took a break for the winter and now that the weather is warmer and heating the workshop will not be too bad, I think I will start building dinghies! The decision was taken when I got a phone call yesterday from a boat owner asking for a dinghy. He had noticed my advert at one of the nearby marinas. I told him I did not have a dinghy ready but probably would have in about 3 weeks. So he may well be my first customer this year!

My first job is going to be polishing the dinghy mould. I really need it to be like glass! I found last year that if any area was not shiny it caused the shell to stick slightly. So extra special care is going to be required this year. Several extra layers of polish should do the trick!

I will let you know how it goes.