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WOOD/EPOXY  BOATBUILDING NEWS  WOOD/EPOXY BOAT BUILDING TECHNIQUES:

Hi fellow boat builder, this is the start of our on line - BOAT BUILDING NEWS - which will be updated on a regular basis. We can only share with you a fraction of the information included in our printed BOAT BUILDING newsletters that are included FREE with our DESIGN CATAMARANALOG. If you would would like the whole package please refer to our on line order form. You can email us regarding specific boatbuilding questions and we will be pleased to give you a prompt reply. In the meantime ...good boat building ....from us all at Bruce Roberts. Suggestion! Let this and other pages of this site DOWNLOAD or on CD - YOU CHOOSE DOWNLOAD OR CD. . . into your hard disk and view at leisure. The complete site only totals about 8 meg. Later we will be dividing this NEWSLETTER into STEEL, Fiberglass, Wood / Epoxy etc. Please email me your comments on our site....criticisms as well as other comments please.


MOLDED PLYWOOD OR VENEER

This method of construction can be used to build several of our designs, and boat plans are available based on this technique. From full size patterns supplied with the boat plans , station frames are marked and cut out of scrap timber and plywood. Stringer positions are marked and notched. The frames are erected on a prepared strongback and the stringers, keelson and stem are added.Very little fairing off is necessary as the stringers go in at the correct angle and allow the plywood or veneer strips to be added glued and nailed to the stringers.

The plywood or veneer strips are applied diagonally and sometimes vertically and fore and aft as shown in the boat plans. To ensure a good bond between the layers, staples are used to pressurize the glue while this hardens. If silicon bronze or stainless steel staples are used they may be left in the hull.


See complete list of Sail & Powerboat plans for building in wood

1. NEW VOYAGER sailboats are now available as WOOD EPOXY or FIBERGLASS boat plans and patterns see THIS LINK

2. NEW EURO AND TRAWLER YACHT powerboats are available as WOOD EPOXY or FIBERGLASS boat plans and patterns see THIS LINK

SEE NEW CUSTOM SERIES - Sail & Powerboats

WOOD/EPOXY boat plans:
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CUSTOM WOOD / EPOXY boat plans   boat plans  - WHAT YOU RECEIVE   WOOD EPOXY BUILDING NEWS
NEW C655 (WOOD EPOXY PLAN)


We have just received the following letter together with an order for another of our books (Metal Boats). The following comments are about our BOATBUILDING book.

Dear Bruce, Last week I received your book "BOATBUILDING" (this is my second copy, the first was eaten by the termites). Your descriptions of the boatbuilding process as so complete and graphic that I must give you my heartiest congratulations.
Signed Nick Eigsti

 

ROBERTS 434  WOOD EPOXY

Hi Bruce, 
Here is an update on my boat construction of your ROBERTS 434.  The more I get into this project the more I am admiring your skills as a navel architect.  I just realized that the engine can be made to easily be pulled up thru the cockpit floor without damaging the rest of the vessel.  Fantastic!  When I attended the Chicago boat show last winter, I did not see that at all on the factory models; in fact the engine compartment was so compact, I pitied the mechanic that had to work on it.  ... Have a Spiffy Good Day!   Earl

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WOOD / EPOXY CENTENNIAL SPRAY 38

Diagonal veneers added after strip planking is completed.

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Hull upright ... pattern has been made for ballast keel & this will be installed at later stage.

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Interior framing added as per boat plans.

 

Hi Bruce,  

Just thought we'd update you with the progress of our CS38. As of today the 30th of May, we're past halfway through planking the first diagonal layer on the hull. We completed fairing the fore and aft strip planking early last week. We have a small web page up showing progress (of course it IS about 3 weeks out of date, but there's a lag in getting film out of the camera!): Regards,   Rob McGill & Nina Morissette  

MORE INFO CS38


See complete list of Sail & Powerboat plans for building in wood

 

 

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“BOUNDER”
Ketch Rigged SPRAY 45 Wood /Epoxy

LENGTH:
Overall 52’…On deck  46’  
BEAM
20’-0
DRAUGHT
Cruise  5’6”
DISPLACEMENT:
Empty 20 tons  Loaded 22 tons

CONSTRUCTION:
West System, using double strip plank and epoxy resin,
  and covered with a heavy epoxy/fiberglass skin. Outside ballast keel of five tons

Centennial Spray 45
NEW VERSION 'B' boat plans and patterns available for wood/epoxy construction

MORE INFO CS45
MORE INFO CS38
MORE INFO CS36
MORE INFO CS34



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Roberts 470

This Wood/Epoxy sailboat was built in Turkey and is currently operating as a charter boat in that area.  The operation has been sufficiently successful to enable a second vessel to be ordered from the same builders.
Study boat plans Available

MORE INFO Roberts 470

 

ROBERTS 532
This molded veneer Wood/Epoxy hull was built in Brazil where good timber is still relatively plentiful. Many Bruce Roberts designs are available for use where this method of construction can be used.
MORE INFO


BUILDING TIP: When installing veneers or other material that requires temporary staples, one of the most onerous jobs is removing the staples. Many methods have been tried but this one successfully used by Russ Stevenson works well....buy some narrow THIN packaging METAL tape and this can be used underneath the staples....easy to remove when the glue has set...simply give a hefty tug on one end of the tape and the staples come out without a whimper...make sure to wear goggles as staples may fly in all directions.

 

SPRAY 28  MORE INFO
This boat is being built by Phoenician Yachts
This and several other Spray designs can be built in sheet plywood  as well as the many CENTENNIAL Spray strip plank versions.

See complete list of Sail & Powerboat plans for building in wood

 

Dan Aadland:

Building of his Spray  27 in Wood Epoxy

The lifelong desire to sail has prompted my present (major) project, a Spray 27 cutter designed by Bruce Roberts. This is the second smallest of his Spray series and the larger of the two trailerable ones. A multi-chine plywood design, the cutter can be built with either marconi or gaff rigs and in either pilot house or conventional sailboat configuration. Luckily, decisions on those two matters need not be made until bulkheads are installed, so I have a while yet to decide.

I made two modifiCATAMARANions. First, the Sprays have a conventional transom which turns to vertical for the upper one foot. I kept the taper of the transom all the way aft, which will increase cockpit (or lazarette) space and overall length (to about 28'). The shape is more pleasing to my eye. Secondly, I am building the hull with a modified stitch-and-glue or, more accurately, epoxy chine method. I’ve built the hull over the same temporary frames specified but eliminating the chine logs and instead edge-gluing the plywood panels with filled epoxy. The hull is roughed in and when fibreglasses will be turned over with the temporary frames still supporting it. At that point the fillets of filled epoxy will be installed inside as the chines. This modifiCATAMARANion was done with the blessings of Mr. Roberts himself, incidentally.

A Spring ‘99 Update: I completed the planking, built up the keel with fir, and built a steel ballast box to be later filled with lead and thickened resin.  This ballast box, still empty, was fitted into place and the wooden keel laminated up around it.   Then I removed it to be bolted in position later with the hull upright.  I also loCATAMARANed an old-but-good Yanmar 8h.p. diesel, the old horizontal cylinder model, and purchased it for later installation.

  A stern view of the hull, now covered with 6 oz. fiberglass cloth set in epoxy resin.  (Much sanding and fairing remains before it will be ready for paint.)   To turn the hull we had, naturally, a party.  Two heavy Polly ropes were run from the ends of the trusses on each side of our pole shed, under the hull (but over the building form), then to cable-type “come-along's.”  To protect the hull we padded the area with tires and also put foam pipe insulation over the ropes.  Then we cranked on the come-alongs until the hull lifted off the form. We lifted the hull until it went over gently onto the ropes.  Then everyone quickly skidded the building form forward out of the way.  Then we pushed the hull back onto the concrete building platform and blocked it.

  Final positioning of the hull was easy, and with this nice old-fashioned straight keel design, the hull ended up dead level with the waterline (as shown by the marks on the temporary frames still inside).  Emily and I posed in front of our sailboat to be, then she posed me by the stern.  We’re tentatively planing to name the boat Sjo Hest, “sea horse” in Norwegian, a marriage of our Scandinavian heritage and our preoccupation with the world of horses.  Hopefully it will take us over the waters of Puget Sound and the Sea of Cortez. Watch this space for more on the building of Dan Aadland's Spray 27

MORE INFO Spray 27

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Setting up the frames

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Here the ballast keel section is being welded

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Ballast keel in position, then being removed after completing lamination of the wooden sections.

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Hull ready for turn-over

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Dan and Emily Aadland

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