|FROM THE DRAFTING
Design Close Up by Robert H. Perry
Without a doubt, Bruce Roberts is the king of the stock plan
designers. There are a number of reasons for this. Roberts'
designs are always beautifully presented by the draughtsman.
They are profusely detailed and leave very little for the
amateur builder's imagination. This is definitely a positive
statement. Lastly, Roberts' boat plans cover a wide variety of sizes
and types of yachts. There is something for everyone.
The Roberts 44 was intended as a fast cruising yacht that
could be built by an amateur. The lines reveal a relatively
short waterline of 32' 10", rather full ends, longish overhangs
and a gentle, sweeping sheer. The displacement to length ratio
of the yacht is 339.
The interior of the Roberts 44 will appeal to all of us who
have thought about living aboard at one time or another. The
designer has provided large open areas with careful attention to
the galley and after stateroom. Roberts has also been
considerate enough to provide two excellent sea berths. One is a
pilot berth in the main cabin, the other a quarter berth located
in the passageway. The forward head is quite large, and it seams
that a separate stall shower would be rather easy to design into
Having worked in an office which specialised in stock plan
designs myself, I am very aware of the quantity and complexity
of problems facing the home builder. I feel some designers have
exploited this market and have led many naive home builders down
the garden path into debt and frustration.
Indeed, the best way to avoid this pitfall is to deal with a
designer, like Roberts, who has extensive experience in this
field. He has established his credentials and gained a wide
following. Some home builders projects turn out "children" that
only a mother could love. It is therefore wise to choose stock
boat plans from a designer who has answered all the frequently asked
questions many times. The art-science of designing yachts for
amateur builders is as demanding, if not more demanding, as
designing yachts for the buyer of the finest custom yacht. Bruce
Roberts has my endorsement.