Roy Mc Bride
Member of
The Institute of Carpenters
Since 1968

Welcome to CKD Boats

We offer a wide range of products and services in the marine industry.

CKD Boats specialise in developing Kit boats and supply CNC cut designs from as small as the Optimist Dinghy to as big as a 43ft Dix Design yacht and larger. The kits consist of either the basic materials to assemble just the hull and deck or a full package from the building materials right through to the mast, rigging and sails etc.

While timber and veneer prices remain fairly stable, the price of resin continues to soar. We envisage timber and Kit boat building will become more popular over the next couple of years.

The Optimist Sailing Dinghy is one of the most exciting self-build boats on the market, it is not too big and fairly simple to construct when in the kit form. This makes it a great family project to undertake. Once it is built it can be officially measured to fall into a world Optimist "class", this will allow the boat to sail in any optimist regatta in your country.

KD 860 - Offshore Catamaran Paper jet 14 The Optimist Dinghy

Offshore Catamaran

DD Paper Jet 14

The Optimist Dinghy

Please take a look at some of the work we have done in previous projects. From the restoration of a 'Tumlaren' called "Astra" to a new construction of a 38ft motor-sailer/power boat. 

AISWatchMate 850 Transponder


AISWatchMate 850 Transponder

The AISWatchMate 850 Transponder incorporates a built-in GPS receiver and patch antenna with the award winning AISWatchMate collision avoidance display.

Using the Universal Shipborne Automatic Identification System (AIS) the AISWatchMate 850 Transponder transmits your AIS data and displays data from all AIS equipped vessels in your vicinity. Audible warning alarms are sounded if a potentially dangerous situation exists. The alarm sounds whenever a vessel is detected that will come dangerously close even though it may still be many miles away. You are alerted immediately with the closest point of approach (CPA) and the time until CPA. Unique and customizable alarm and intelligent filter settings help to eliminate false alarms. Other vessels and alarms are displayed in a prioritized order assisting you to safely navigate in crowded shipping areas.

The AISWatchMate 850 is a fully self-contained Class B AIS transponder with GPS receiver and GPS patch antenna. It can be interfaced to other on-board electronics and will provide complete AIS output. However, it can be used totally stand-alone and it is not necessary to connect it to any other device.

WatchMate Vision AIS Transponder

WatchMate Vision AIS Transponder

Winner of the NMMA Innovation Award, the WatchMate Vision AIS Transponder offers the best in collision avoidance systems while also providing new ways to view AIS on mobile devices.

WatchMate Vision is a clever, dedicated safety instrument for any leisure or work boat skipper wanting to make accurate safety decisions using integrated AIS, GPS and NMEA 2000 information. The Vision Class B AIS transponder brings a new dimension to AIS information by the intuitive way it eliminates unwanted alarms and removes clutter from the display. It shows and prioritizes only the targets that have a current collision risk while allowing the user to customize the powerful features to their current situation (Offshore, Coastal, Harbor or Anchored).

The easiest way to integrate AIS with mobile devices. Visionís safety data can also be used wirelessly with mobile devices running a variety of apps. But unlike other marine products with WiFi, the WatchMate Vision can securely connect up to 5 other devices simultaneously. You can have a wireless connection to your laptop, smartphone and tablet - all simultaneously! And for even larger networks, you can wirelessly connect the WatchMate Vision to an external WiFi router for unlimited expansion capability.

AIS WatchMate In Action

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The Wood Shop stocks a wide variety of timbers suitable for the Marine Trade. We also source and machine a large amount of timber for the domestic trade such as materials for furniture, flooring and decking.   more info

The Glue Shop supplies a selection of adhesives, all extensively used in our workshop and supplied with our Kit Boats. Advise on all our supplied products is freely available.
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In our Plywood Shop we can supply a varied range of waterproof plywood at both WBP (waterproof and boil proof) and Ockume Marine Grade stamped BS1880. Also in stock is a wide range of waterproof bendable plywood.
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In our Veneer Shop we stock Proflex 3000 with a FormicaTM backed flexible veneer, ideal for laminating to radius, curved and flat surfaces. This product is firmer than our standard flexible 'Craft Paper' backed veneers. We also sell Twin Veneer Laminate, which is both firmer and more flexible than the 'craft paper' veneers.
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