BRUCE ROBERTS
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Bruce Roberts-Goodson
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SAILING CATAMARANS



POWER CATAMARANS


CRUISING SAILBOATS


Spray Sailboats


POWER BOAT PLANS


WORKBOATS &
 FISHERMAN



PASSAGE-MAKING TRAWLERS

BOATBUILDING BOOKS
BOAT BROKERAGE
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PIRATED BOAT PLANS

CUTTING FILES EXPLAINED
CANAL BOAT PLANS
GAFF RIG SAILBOATS
RADIUS CHINE CONST.

BOAT PLANS EXPLAINED
FERRIES & CREW BOATS
POWER KIT ASSEMBLY
TRAWLER BOAT PLANS
WOODEN BOATS
PLANS FOR OWNERS
SAIL KIT ASSEMBLY
TRAILER BOAT PLANS
STUDY BOAT PLANS
MOTOR SAILER PLANS
JUNK RIG SAILBOATS
400 PLANS

SEE LATEST LAUNCHINGS - NEW DESIGNS & COMMENTS FROM OUR EXISTING CUSTOMERS.

1. BUILD FROM BOAT PLANS AND FULL SIZE FRAME PATTERNS ... STOCK boat plans ... STEEL, ALUMINUM ... FIBERGLASS ... WOOD / EPOXY ... boat plans & Patterns are available at a low cost for you to build your own sailboat or powerboat. Over 35,000 individuals have completed their own boats from our boat plans and full size frame patterns.  All plans and patterns are available as a download to your computer or are sent as electronic files on a USB ready for you to have printed locally.


2. BUILD FROM BOAT PLANS AND CUTTING FILES using CUTTING FILES & boat plans ... If you want to build in steel or aluminum and you want to get your project off to a flying start then consider our Cutting files and   boat plans package.  We guarantee our cutting files will work with any CNC equipment.  All plans and cutting files are available as a download to your computer or are sent as electronic files on a USB ready for you to take to you local cutting shop.
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  CUTTING FILES EXPLAINED  


3. CUSTOM SERIES. SO YOU LIKE OUR KIT DESIGNS but you do NOT want to build in Steel or Aluminum boat plans!  These CUSTOM boat plans are designed for those that wish to build from FIBERGLASS OR WOOD/EPOXY boat plans rather than from our STEEL OR ALUMINUM boat plans and cutting files. These boat plans are more expensive but they offer you the opportunity to be involved in the design to ensure you get exactly the boat YOU want !  We have many available boat designs that can be CUSTOMIZED just for you.  For additional information contact EMAIL Bruce  


4. CUSTOM BOAT PLAN DESIGNS.  If you want something SPECIAL ...  then a FULL CUSTOM DESIGN boat plans may suit you. In a world where most things we own are standardized ... cars and even homes tend to be built in series so all look so similar ... this leaves your boat as one area where you can still have what YOU want.  For additional information contact EMAIL Bruce  

5. BOATBUILDING FROM STOCK BOAT PLANS SAILBOAT PLANS OR POWERBOAT PLANS

Boat plans & FULL SIZE boat plans with Frame & Stem Patterns. If you want your boat to have a professional appearance !!  Start with FULLY LOFTED BOAT PLANS AND FULL SIZE PATTERNS on DOWNLOAD or on USB Memory Stick. You can have additional copies printed locally so you ca have extra copies to send to the sail maker etc etc.

Over 35,000 Bruce Roberts designed boats are in service world-wide. You have 250 boat plans & BOAT Kits to choose from. Photos & letters from owners of hundreds of these boats are shown on this 500 + page web site. Bruce Roberts designed sailboat plans, power boat plans & boat plans for trawlers are used commercially & for private use; Boat plans for Fishing boats, Government Patrol Boats, Licensed world wide charter boats etc. Check through this web site & you will find hundreds of these boats.  Most Bruce Roberts boat plans are designed to meet Lloyds, USCG, EU CE-A ( Unlimited offshore ) & other Classification Society rules. These rules require extensive stability & other rigorous boat design calculations.

ALL the boat KITS & sail & powerboat plans and designs available as CUTTING FILES meet these commercial rules & specifications. The fact that more Bruce Roberts sail boats & power boats have crossed the major oceans & completed hundreds of circumnavigations; more than any those of any other single designer, means that you can build one of Bruce's designed boats from our boat plans and boat plans with cutting files with utmost confidence. Several Spray's sailboats and other sailboats and power boats built from Bruce Roberts boat plans have completed TWO or more complete circumnavigations ! 
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BOAT PLANS & FULL SIZE FRAME PATTERNS EXPLAINED.
Our chief designer ... Bruce Roberts-Goodson comments: Many people ask me what is the difference between
boat plans & FULL SIZE Frame, Stem and Deck beam patterns & Boat building CUTTING FILES and boat plans.

The boat plans are for you to build a boat from 'Scratch'. To be more specific ... Using the boat plans and a collection of appropriate materials you build the boat from "scratch" ... You  make the frames from the patterns supplied and then you make patterns for each subsequent part as you proceed to build the boat...See below for details of a typical plan & frame patterns.  Boat plans are different to KITS or cutting files. To learn more about KITS  CLICK ON:

 CUTTING FILES EXPLAINED   or  KIT ASSEMBLY EXPLAINED

STOCK BOAT PLANS:

To build a boat from scratch you need a set of suitable boat plans including full size patterns for the frames, deck beams and stem.   Below is listed what our own design office supplies in this regard. With the advent of modern computer yacht design we have been able to offer the complete boat plans on DOWNLOAD or on USB Memory Stick.  The benefit of receiving you boat plans and full size patterns in this way is that you can have as many prints made of each sheet as you may need.

For instance if you are looking for quotes on either having the hull built or to purchase some piece of equipment or quotes for mast and sails; all these suppliers want to see the boat plans. You will find that having the ability to have the boat plans printed locally will offer many advantages during the building program. Also on the DOWNLOAD or on USB Memory Stick. The designer can supply photos of similar boats under construction and other printed material that will assist you to better understand the boat plans and the boat building process in hand. As most printed boat plans cover many large sheets of paper. The USB or DOWNLOAD does SAVE a considerable amount in postage, (usually about $/€50 or 35)  to deliver printed boat plans from the designer to you. Also PRINTED boat plans have to get through customs and often get lost in the post. The DOWNLOAD or on USB Memory Stick is the best way for you to obtain your boat plans.
 

The boat plans as listed below are for you to build a boat from 'Scratch'. To be more specific; using the boat plans shown below and a collection of appropriate materials you build the boat from "scratch". You make the frames from the patterns supplied and then you make patterns for each subsequent part as you proceed to build the boat.

As mentioned earlier your boat plans can arrive either printed on paper or as printing files on a DOWNLOAD or on USB Memory Stick..  You should receive the latest updated version of your selected boat plan, this is only possible when you order your boat plans direct from the designer. You will receive many construction sheets, which include copious written notes as well as the detailed drawings necessary to build all parts of your boat.

Below is listed what we consider to be a complete set of boat plans and full size patterns to enable you to build your boat with the minimum time spent in doubt as to how and what to do next!

boat plans: Sheet 1A. (There may be several sheets covering various versions of the same design). These sheets cover the boats general arrangement drawings, profile and plan views of the hull, the deck and superstructure plus the deck plan.  In the case of sailboats, the sail plan and measurements is usually included on these sheets.

boat plans: Sheet 1AA. (There may be several sheets covering various versions of the same design). Boat Accommodation laid out and shown in plan and profile views. The several versions of the one design are shown on separate sheets. Also included is a list for all the materials needed to build the hull deck and superstructure. In the case where the boat can be constructed of a variety of materials, these are all listed to allow you to cost out the boat in each.

boat plans: Sheet 2. Boat Lines plan, show hull sections, profile including all water and buttock lines, plan view including all water lines and buttock lines. All frame spacing, stern or transom detail keel measurements, rudder and skeg should all be included and all dimensions are clearly shown.

boat plans: We call this sheet the key to full size patterns; it acts as a key when arranging the hull patterns and will enable you to readily understand just what the patterns contain. This sheet will help you to resist the temptation of trying to lay out the patterns on your living room floor.

boat plans: Sheet 4. On this sheet you are shown how to manufacture and assemble the frames, plus form up the stem and other parts of the basic framework. This sheet also shows how to set up all these items on a strong back or a system of bed-logs. The above forms the shape of your hull.

boat plans: Sheet 5. This sheet will show the installation of the stringers and deck shelf plus installing the plating in metal boats. In the case of radius chine boats additional information is supplied on installing these plates. Assuming you are building up-side-down, this sheet will show the turning over process.

boat plans: Sheet 6. Now the boat is upright and this sheet covers the inside of the hull, and shows the installation of the floor webs, bulkheads, engine beds, and all interior stiffeners for your boat.

boat plans: Sheet 7. This sheet may show detail of the various items not covered in sheet 6. Often it takes two or more sheets to cover webs, bulkheads,

boat plans: Sheet 8. This is the engineering sheet that covers the engine installation, locating and building the fuel and water tanks plus making the rudder. Also included are details on making the stern and rudder tubes plus propeller shaft detail. Stanchions swim platforms and similar items may also be on this sheet.

You may note that much of the above work can be completed before the deck and superstructure are in place. It is far easier to install the heavier items such as the engine before the ‘top’ goes on. Individual builders will have a preference in this regard.

boat plans: Sheet 9. This sheet shows details the forming and installation of deck beams, side decks, foredeck, aft deck, cockpit construction and all deck framing detail of your boat design.

boat plans: Sheet 10. Patterning and making the cabin sides cabin front etc. In the case of the cabin sides the measurements should be adequate to enable you to make up a plywood pattern and trial fit before cutting the actual cabin side plates.

boat plans: Sheet 11. This sheet covers such items as, deck fittings, additional rudder construction etc.

boat plans: Sheet 12.  Electrical schematics.
 
boat plans: Sheet 13.  Plumbing schematics.
 
boat plans: Sheet 14.  Exhaust systems.
 
boat plans: Sheet 15.  Tank construction.
 
boat plans: Sheet 15.  Anode sizes and placement.
 
boat plans: Sheets 16 to 23 ...Full size patterns,  A, B, C, D, E, F, G & H These are the pattern sheets that are laid together wall-paper fashion. The full   size patterns contain details of all frame shapes, stem, deck and cabin top cambers etc.
 
boat plans: Sheet 24.  DINGHY PLAN, including FULL SIZE patterns to enable you to build the BRUCE ROBERTS TENDER in either fiberglass or plywood is included with all boat plans.
 
boat plans: A 1400 Page e-book with STEP by STEP building instructions and PHOTOGRAPHS to show you how to BUILD YOUR BOAT
 
The price of the boat plans includes as much consultation with the designer as YOU feel necessary to help you successfully complete the project....the offer 'CALL BRUCE ANYTIME' is not made lightly. You can CALL BRUCE ANYTIME for advice on your boat building project.

 
For additional information you can always EMAIL Bruce  

Where Fiberglass is mentioned as a boat building material this means Balsa sandwich / Foam sandwich, Single skin fiberglass with FG ribs and stringers etc. All steel boat plans are readily adaptable to aluminum boat construction unless otherwise stated. Most wood epoxy boat designs can be built using either molded ply or strip plank or a combination of the two.  STEP BY STEP photos are available for most construction methods and individual designs.