Category Archives: Dix 43 project

A flag for Waratah

Now it’s official. Last week I received the registration and flag certificate from the authorities in Germany. Waratah will sail under German flag, and her home port is Hamburg, the place where I was born.

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In the water!

We had a few very busy weeks making everything ready for launch. Lots of electrical equipment and the batteries had to be installed, lots of rework had to be done, stainless steel work, painting of the deck etc. etc. The … Continue reading

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A good week

We made a lot of progress this week. All the hatches and leaking dorade vents are done, the main sliding hatch is watertight now. The rudder gland packing is in, the anodes are on, and the hull has the first … Continue reading

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Fighting the leaks

Around all the hatches the rust in the gaps between the hatch frames and the deck has been converted, and primer applied. Today the fairing can start. The weather is still dry, so we will continue over the weekend. Found … Continue reading

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Getting started

Had a productive day yesterday. First I took all of the old exhaust hose and ductings out. Then refitted my water heater, which was installed and connected the wrong way. Placed all stanchion posts, and prepared everything to commission my … Continue reading

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Durban again

I am in Durban again since Sunday to finish Waratah. Got started by going through the list of works with my local contractor. The list is quite big, with most of it rework. Sloppy paint jobs, wrong welds on the … Continue reading

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Year of the Tiger

I just came back home from a relaxing week, camping out at Dianshan Lake. Away from the fireworks and noise of the city, that marked the coming of the new year of the Tiger. I did a bit of sailing … Continue reading

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Another Dix43

Heads-up for another Dix43 project underway. Brian Russell is building an aluminium Dix43 in the pilothouse version. Here is his site and blog.

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Update on ‘Waratah’

Well, what’s the news? Not much really. Waratah is still high and dry in Durban. The boat builder never answered my emails anymore, so the chances he will honour his contractual obligations are close to zero. I did not expect … Continue reading

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Waratah in Durban.

August 5 was the big day. ‘Waratah’ was skidded out of the shed, and loaded onto the big special truck from Murray Transport in Durban. Unfortunately we suffered a bit of damage to the hull during the process, which had … Continue reading

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‘Waratah’, the next chapter.

From now on I will only post in the main blog section, and not on the dedicated pages about the building of ‘Waratah’ anymore. I arrived in South Africa last Monday, July 27. ‘Waratah’ is mostly completed now, and we … Continue reading

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The final stages (2)

And some more pics of ‘Waratah’. One of the stainless steel support for the bow rollers, the others of the interior which show some of the lighting system. We used as much as possible 24V LED units, for their low … Continue reading

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The final stages (1)

The interior and systems of ‘Waratah’ finally start to take real shape now. Here a few impressions of how calorifier and fuel filters are arranged around the engine. Shots from the galley, with refrigerating system, ice box, and water manifolds, … Continue reading

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Fuel filters.

An important part of creating a reliable fuel system, is the choice of the right primary fuel filters. This is the first filter (or set of filters) we meet in the fuel system, going from the tank to the engine. … Continue reading

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Long overdue update on ‘Waratah’.

I had so much trouble with my internet connection, and the Great Firewall of China in the past few weeks. It made it impossible for me to update my blog properly. Finally a chance to post an update and pictures. … Continue reading

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