Sunday, January 9, 2011

About this Blog

The purpose of this blog is to hold an overview and description of the popular yachts in South Africa. Main focus is on locally designed and built vessels, and vessels with a strong South African connection. Initially, we will focus on the classics (Miuras, RCODs, L26s etc) before moving to modern and larger designs. Designers such as Dudley Dix, Angelo Lavranos, Oswald Berckemeyer, Simonis, van de Stadt come to mind, but there are many others.

Credits and many thanks to Roy McBride as the co-instigator of this initiative, and the source of much of the material - especially photos. Roy has a great interest in boats, especially traditional ones, and is active in the industry where he supplies high quality kits for boat construction from leading designers. He is a fountain of knowledge on traditional boats and construction methods. For anyone interested in boats and cruising, you need to see his blog at - it is updated daily with interesting articles on all sorts of things!

Should you wish to see a specific boat featured, are able to supply (or add information) for a given design, or wish to correct any points made in this blog, please email to

Thank you!

Justin Phillips
Webmaster, HBYC and SA Yacht Blog