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Dudley Dix Yacht Design


Born 1949, I began my professional life as a Quantity Surveyor but retrained for yacht design through Westlawn. I have designed professionally since winning the 1979 Cruising World Design Competition as an amateur.

I don't lock myself up in theory but regularly test my own concepts by building them. During the '70s I began with designing and making surfboards for myself and friends. A unrehabilitated beachbum at heart, I continue to surf regularly.

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.

My designs are carefully detailed so that builders seldom need to ask questions. Buying a set of plans also includes for backup support throughout construction, via email, fax. telephone or letter. If you have a question, it will be answered.

We have moved from South Africa to USA. In future you will find us living in Virginia Beach, on the Southern side of the mouth of Chesapeake Bay.

NB: List of materials, where provided, are approximate and intended for calculation of approximate costs. We offer no guarantees of accuracy.

Dinghies & Canoes
Lynnhaven 16 - Plywood Touring Canoe
Dixi Dinghy 8/Argie 10
Sentinel Challenger 13
Paper Jet 14
Argie 15
Plywood Monohull Sailboats
Cape Cutter 19
Cape Henry 21
Didi Mini
Didi Mini Mk3
Didi Cruise Mini
Didi 23
GRP Monohull Sailboats
Piepowder 16
TLC 19/Windy 580
Cape Cutter 19
Multihull Sailboats
Oppikat
Threefold 6
Power Boats
Fishing 20