DIX 470 CATAMARAN PROJECT
Building a Dudley Dix 470 Catamaran.
Build a boat, ok but what type?
The path to Dix
In 2009 I decided to learn to sail. Properly this time with tuition. I looked up
the RYA and the various levels of training they provide. This was in August.
By October I had my Day Skipper ticket. By June the following year I had
my Coastal ticket, all thanks to the Poros Yachting Academy in Greece. My
thoughts now turned to building a boat, but what kind?
Over a period of about a year I considered steel, aluminium, wood, ply,
fibreglass (don't like fiberglass), Ferro concrete! Plans from many sources.
Metal boatbuilding is too noisy, fibreglass (did I say I don't like fiberglass).
So it was to be wood. I never considered a Cat, my instructor in Poros said
Cats are the spawn of Beelzebub, or something along those lines. In May I
had almost settled on a DIX Vickers 45 AC cold moulded, but while
perusing the Dix site I had a look at the next one in the list below the
Vickers, the Dix 470. The more I read about the 470 and its big sister the
550 the more I liked it. This will be a challenge, this will float my boat, as
they say. The sleek lines of the 470 appealed to me, unlike the square
cabin lines of Lagoons for example. I ordered the study pack in May and
then the full set of plans in June. While waiting for the plans I went into an
Ebay frenzy selling up all my model aircraft and equipment, clearing the
decks for some seriously big bits of wood. The next and probably ultimate
project had begun. ?
The Photo Diary
documents the build
DH550 Hull #1, "Wild Vanilla"