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The Barn Getting Started Adding The Frames Bilge Boards Turning Billy Cabin Cockpit Cabin Top Finishing The Launch 

The Barn

I moved into my workshop on the 25th November 2005. The barn measures 16’x 23’ with metal rising doors giving me easy access for delivery of materials and manoeuvrability, when the boat gets bigger. I anticipate the workshop will just give me enough room to work in. I have tried to organise it so I can lay out and cut 8x4 sheets of ply. I will cut everything out before planning the ply accurately down to the line. Lack of space and the thought of manhandling large sheets of 9mm ply around a partly built boat, on my own, fill me with dread. I only hope the panels and frames fit at the time of assembly. I spent most of December building benches and generally fitting out the barn. The unfinished frame in the foreground is the base for the basket mould. I added eight wheels so I could push it around the barn. The frame was also at least high enough off the ground to allow holes to be drilled for screws, under the hull. The frame was also a perfect platform to cut my sheets of ply. With the aid of angled frames, I used the mould to strengthen and anchor the weak and fragile hull in position, after wiring it together. This allowed me to clamber over the hull, to epoxy the wired joints and fit the supporting bulkheads. The concept came from Paul Hadley’s Lynx 14 web page He struggled with a flimsy hull and wished he’d made a frame. The Plans I bought sample plans so I knew what to expect when the full set arrived. Initially I made a cardboard model as suggested by Selway Fisher. It was definitely a good idea. The plans told me how many sheets of ply are required to build the boat; there seemed more than I would need. So, I drew up cutting sheets. This simply consisted of sheets of tracing paper, with 8’x4’ rectangles drawn the same scale as the plans. I simply traced every item, making the best use of the plywood. Remember, the ply is 6mm, 9mm and 12mm, the trick is not to muddle them. Incidentally the number of sheets was correct.

My Barn Workshop

by Ken Lewis

Building a Lynx 16