Archive for August, 2009

Cape Times (Career Times) – Keith Nelder on Becoming a Boatbuilder

August 27, 2009

This article featuring Boatbuilding Academy Programme Director, Keith Nelder appeared in the August 24th edition of the Career Times supplement in the Cape Times.


Our CEO’s Date with Destiny

August 25, 2009

The following article appeared in the latest, September issue of Destiny magazine, South Africa’s premier women’s publication. It features our CEO, Veda Raubenheimer, and her thoughts on the boating industry as well as personal tips for success.

Click below to read on!

New Vessel Finance Option Available

August 18, 2009

Hi to all South African Boatbuilders,

We’re pleased to provide you with details of a fantastic new vessel financing option provided by Steve Slatter Insurance Brokers. Please see below a message from Steve:


I’m delighted to advise that as part of our ongoing efforts to improve our service, we have obtained an exclusive agreement from a major South African Finance House to arrange finance on vessels whilst under construction with a repayment period of up to 60 months after launch.

Each finance arrangement will be negotiated separately and is subject to the following conditions:

a) Insurance coverage of the factory is placed via our office and the financial interest of the Finance House noted on the policy in respect of those vessels subject to a finance arrangement

b) Our office effects a contract performance guarantee in respect of the vessel subject to finance

c) Our office place the launch and sailing risk, noting the interests of the Finance House.

d) Each finance arrangement is subject to normal financial security scrutiny by the Finance House in question

The benefits of this finance agreement to your company is as follows:

1) An aid to finalise more vessel sales.

2) Enhanced cash flow – Payments will be made at pre agreed stages during the construction period

3) No cost – The vessel owners will pay all finance costs.

4) The finance could be arranged on behalf of a foreign bank who would repay the entire loan once the vessel reaches a pre agreed destination (e.g. USA ). The foreign banks have shown extreme reluctance to finance vessels whilst under construction in SA.

For more information, please contact Steve on +27 31 562 8320 or or visit their website


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Becoming a Boat Builder

August 11, 2009

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The Boat Building Academy at False Bay College in Cape Town offers a three year full-time boat building programme. The courses include fiberglass lamination, inboard engine maintenance, marine joinery, shop safety and seamanship. There is a compulsory in-service work experience component each year, during which students are trained in a real work environment.

Minimum Admission Requirements:

•    Grade 9 – preference given to Grade 12 applicants
•    Two personal references from schools or employers
•    A handwritten motivation – “Why I Want To Be A Boat Builder”
•    Individual interview
•    Numeracy and communication assessment

The qualification is a Small Craft Construction NQF Level 4.

Q & A with Fabian Baatjies, Boat Builder

How do I train to become a Boat Builder?

•    I attended the Academy full-time to gain the theory aspect of boatbuilding and was then placed at a company to gain the practical experience needed to become the best! In boat building you need to learn a wide range of skills like boat design, lamination, joinery, plumbing, electrical, metalwork, engine maintenance, boating safety and seamanship to name but a few. You work with a whole range of materials such as wood, fiberglass, metals, plastics and much more!

What skills and personality traits are needed?

•    The drive and motivation to become someone important in life. It’s a good platform from which to start. You need to be an ‘all-rounder’ who enjoys working with your hands and thinking on your feet. You need to be able to work in a team and have a passion for boating. Problem solving abilities and an appreciation of excellent workmanship is also important.

What has been the highlight of your career?

•    Getting the Student of the Year Award at the South African Boating Awards Dinner.

What about your job gets you smiling in the morning?

•    The fact that I’m proud of the work I do. Building boats that can sail around the world, take people on fishing trips and ferry people where they need to go. Boats that allow people to safely enjoy the beautiful oceans, rivers, lagoons and lakes that we have here in South Africa.
And the worst moment?

•    It hasn’t happened yet and I hope it never does.

What can I expect to earn?

•    The sky is the limit. You can expect to start at around R6,000 pm but with the right attitude and hard work you can greatly increase your earnings.

What is the market like in terms of jobs and competition?

•    There are jobs for everyone, but the competition is fierce. This qualification opens up many employment options. You can specialise in any of the boat building areas such as marine joinery, boat design, rigging, deck fitting, metalwork, engine maintenance, systems and much more.

Be sure to visit us on our Open Days on the 4th and 5th of September 2009. Click here for more information.

A Message From Cruising World

August 6, 2009

Cruising World

I don’t know about you, but I feel the need for fun. After the year we’ve all been having, I think we are ready for a reason to celebrate and I’ve got just the thing – it’s Cruising World’s 35th anniversary.

We mark our 35th year this October at the Annapolis Boat Show, and we will invite our subscribers to join us there to see the best that the sailing industry has to offer in 2009 — all of the latest and greatest boats, gear and equipment. Our October special anniversary issue will include a formal invitation to every Cruising World reader to head for Annapolis. New products and new boats will be showcased in a 35th Anniversary Boat Show Showcase, and promoted online and in our e-mail newsletters the month before the show. The 35th Anniversary celebration will continue online at with 35 days of prizes and product give-aways, culminating in a grand prize contest for a bareboat charter with Sunsail – who is also celebrating their 35th anniversary!

The Annapolis show is a critical part of everyone’s marketing calendar — which is why Murray and Barbara Davis launched Cruising World there 35 years ago. We invite you to join us in our October issue, and to meet our readers in Annapolis to celebrate this happy milestone.

Every full page display ad earns a free 1/2 page in our Boat Show showcase, every paid 1/2 page display ad earns a free 1/4 in the showcase. Click here for all the details, or call your Cruising World sales manager to work up your individual 35th Anniversary package.

Help us celebrate our 35th and we’ll help you make Annapolis 2009 a success!

Best Regards,

Sally Helme, Publisher


Cruising World’s October Issue Closes August 10th


Please contact Robert Shone on (021) 418 6134 or for more information