This blog will take you along the different steps of building a 23 foot dropkeel sailboat. The DIDI 23 is one of the available designs for the amateur builder designed by Dudley Dix. The boat is built as a radius chine trailer sailer from plywood with bulb dropkeel.
I am 64, married, have two adult children and working as engineer for rf techniques at a physical research centre of the Helmholtz Association. I live close to the Elbe river in a suburb of Hamburg, Germany.
Currently it is too cold for painting on the ship. That is a good opportunity to finish the remaining lead Ballast. The first two slabs were already casted in December 2012. Altogether now are 140 kg casted. That is about one half of the Ballast required.
The ballast bulb is made of slabs for easy handling