Precise tooling, moulds and fixtures, makes for an accurately reproduced yacht.
Quality assurance in build begins with attention to tooling.
A good friend and fellow toolmaker, Steve, kindly converted my CAD files and machined the moulds-plugs on his CNC milling machine.
The hull plug was machined from a stable, well seasoned slab of Australian rain forest hardwood, Crows Ash Teak. Who would have thought a race-winning IOM would lie within a 350 year old tree ( I counted the rings. ) felled 50 years ago!
The deck, stem, transom and internal mouldings plugs were machined from aluminium billets. Fittings positions and alignments were drilled from the CNC while the plug was in position.
Extra work was done using my own conventional machinery.
These plugs were finished, painted, polished and then from them, epoxy production moulds were made.
The keel, rudder and ballast moulds were CNC machined from aluminium and steel.
All final mouldings are assembled accurately within alignment fixtures to form the finished yacht.