Global sailing kit

Crews sailing in Sir Chay Blyth’s BT Global Challenge 2000 – 2001 will be aboard yachts built from a kit of parts supplied by British Steel.

This new system of self-jigging ships has been launched by its processing and stockholding arm, British Steel Distribution. Designed for ship, boat and yacht builds, the system is based on the company’s plate profiling capability using advanced CNC laser and plasma cutting techniques coupled with the computer modelling facilities of J M Design.

The racing yachts are now being built in Plymouth by DML from close tolerance frames and plates in stainless and mild steel.

Design data, e-mailed from J M Design, is reprogrammed for use with laser profiling equipment and the 510 pieces which form the kit are nested and marked for flat pack delivery to DML, or elsewhere in the world.

Components are supplied fully developed with limber holes, stringers and slots. Jig parts and fitting details are also provided. Kits are designed with each yard’s requirements in mind. Where space is available the largest kit parts are possible. Where there is a minimal amount of space, or a limited handling facility, smaller kit pieces can be delivered in the correct build sequence. Automatic line and text marking ensures an efficient error free build.

J M Design’s Jim Moore says, `Builders are beginning to trust computers and recognise the benefits they bring – no marking out, no cutting and, in the case of self-jigging kits, no setting up of the parts supplied. As the boat shape and its quality are controlled by the kit not by individuals.’