The Steel Construction of "jj-boat"
Make a budget.
Decide the layout. Aft/Centre cockpit. Pilot cabin.
Chose a designer and model that will fit everything you want in to it
I spent a long time thinking about what I wanted. I choose a Dix 43 Pilot cabin,
The Steel Boat Company are very helpful and could build a hull for you e mail or their Web site
 
  
 

Why a Dix 43. I liked the modern design, shape, a beamy aft and I can do what I like inside.

There is one radius along it's length, so you don't have to have to buy an expensive kit (£16000). I changed the length of the pilot cabin and the layout inside, with the designers permission. Just buy the steel and have round hoops bent for the frames, cut out what you want. The same with the steel hull have it bent into tubes and cut out the sizes you want (steel and bending £2500). The rest is straight lines. I am using ply instead of steel for the deck as it will end up as a teak deck.

 
Find some where to build it, buy a Welder, Plasma Cutter and heavy metal working tools.
Lofting. Just make up a large table, paint it white, get a long thick pull out ruler and a set of trammel's.

Lofting table base

 

Lofting table

 

Setting out frames

 

Adam welding the first frame

 

Welding frames with hoop in the background

 

Set out the building platform

 

Sam positioning the first frame

 

Me having fun

 

jj-boat taking shape

 

First stringers in place



First plate

 


Keel base in place

 


What a great climbing frame

 


Nearly all plated

 


Great name "jj-boat"
Joshua - Joseph - Ben (where is he) - Oliver - Adam - Tom

 


Fantastic welding in the keel

 


Last few welds

 


Sarah & Adam cleaning up after the sand blasting

 


The sand blaster Luke.

 


Inside nearly panted

I have to say thank you to all those's that helped with the steel work.

Adam & Sarah
Andras
Angi
Dean
Des & Gerard
Gerard
Greg
Justin & Emma
Malcolm
Marcia & Mike
Sam
Steve
Neal
Simon
Thomas
Tony
Tony
Veronica

Thanks for your help

If I missed you let me know