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Bruce Roberts-Goodson

Illustrated Custom Boatbuilding.
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NEW ! SUPER STUDY BOAT PLANS ... Delivered by DOWNLOAD to your computer or by USB memory stick.  The study plans have lists of materials & equipment etc & these will be useful in costing out the complete boat. Each STUDY PLAN contains ALL the construction drawings for each material - STEEL, ALUMINUM, FIBERGLASS & WOOD EPOXY as applicable to the particular boat plan - with up to 25 sheets per plan!  Lists of materials - Technical information - Numerous construction drawings are all included. You can view & print the drawings in full or in sections. BUILDING PHOTOS are included in the study plan package. PLUS you receive a FREE (value 79.95) e-book BUILD YOUR OWN BOAT. NEW UPDATED VERSIONS - STUDY PLAN WR38-A+B..  us$79.75 - 47.00 - €58.75  


SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER: COMPLETE BOAT PLANS & FULL SIZE FRAME PATTERNS ... Delivered by DOWNLOAD to your computer plus we will send you a USB Memory stick with many extra drawings and photos.  The plans have all the information you need to build your own boat.. Each plan contains all the construction drawings for FIBERGLASS,  STEEL OR ALUMINUM construction, plus bonus drawings covering electrical, plumbing and engineering, everything you need to build your boat. Plus you will receive a DETAIL FOLIO showing how to make many of your own boat fittings, lists of materials and equipment are all included plus all technical information, numerous construction drawings and written building instructions are all included. You can view & print the drawings in full or in sections. BUILDING PHOTOS are included in the plan package. PLUS you receive a FREE (value 79.95) e-book BUILD YOUR OWN POWER BOAT .. Only available at this price if you order off this page .... COMPLETE PLANS & PATTERNS WR38   598 - $895 - €815

Waverunner 38                     
Planing or Semi-Displacement hull - Steel, Aluminum or Fiberglass

Over 300 examples of this design are already in service around the world and it was chosen as a production hull by one U.K. builder. You can choose between either a semi-displacement hull or planing hull. There are two versions. the A version has an aft deck while the B version includes an aft cabin. boat plans and full size patterns are available to build this boat in either fibreglass, steel or aluminium.

L.O.D. 11.90 m 38'  11"
L.W.L. 10.50 m 34'    6"
BEAM 4.04 m 13'    3"
DRAFT 1.07 m 3'    6"

140  to   600 hp



The forward cabin has a queen sized bed, closets and shelves. The galley is fitted with a sink, a 2-burner stove and microwave. There is a separate toilet and a shower room. The spacious saloon also incorporates the lower helm position, settees on both sides with plenty of room underneath for storage.  The aft section and fly bridge have seatings all around for outdoor entertainment and fishing. It is also equipped with swim n rinse shower head for quickly rinsing off after a swim in the ocean.  Dinghy davits are on the fly bridge to keep the dinghy from obstructing the aft section of the lower level.  Nothing is complete without a state-of-the-art stereo system to entertain and relax.


Waverunner 38 A Aft cockpit version
The Launching of MY Bethany

Hi,  I would like to share with you some pictures of the MY Bethany, a 38 ft. waverunner that was built from the boat plans I bought from you, specifically the Waverunner 38A Aft cockpit version, semi-displacement steel hull, twin engine. I started building the boat in September, 2007 and after over a year, finally we launched it into the sea yesterday, Nov. 16, 2008. The interiors are not fully done yet and we will continue working on it while it is in the water.
My sister, who sailed from Vancouver, Canada to Davao, Philippines (where we live) with her husband, in their sailboat, the "Wiskun", has written articles about the launching; SEE BELOW

MY Bethany finally got introduced to her natural home – the sea. She is not quite finished but what is left to be done is mainly finishing the interior and installing the deck rails. MY Bethany – named after the first grandchild of Boboy and Gene Bangayan , is a 38 foot motor yacht, Bruce Roberts design.   

It has the following hardware:

Electricals, instrumentation, navigation and indoor lights, wet exhaust system, pumps and plumbing, anchoring, exterior, deck and interior hardware, windows, Lewmar hatches and ventilation parts and supplies, and including the above (except engines), are all from USA and Canada. All others, including engines, alternator, batteries, propellers and shafts are either purchased or fabriCATAMARANed locally. Diesel and water tanks are also fabriCATAMARANed, each with a capacity of 200 gallons approximately.   

  • Seastar hydraulic steering system
  • Twin engine dual stations (lower deck and fly bridge)
  • 2 x  185hp Deutz Marine inboard engines
  • Quick electric windlass and 16 kg. bruce anchor
  • 7Kw Mase marine diesel generator
  • Coolmate marine air conditioner – seawater cooled
  • Raymarine Radar and GPS
  • Waeco Refrigeration
  • Rigid inflatable Westmarine dinghy

Waverunner 38 A  Aft cockpit version


Bruce,  Please see attached the pictures of the boat in action. I will send pictures in more than one email because the size of the files. 

We put on the water last month (April) and the boat works very well, and it is very beautiful. We bought from you the plant of WR38, but the owner asked us to stretch to 14m. So, we have a WR38 with 14 meters. Of course, we put all the drive train (engine, etc) more back on the boat. The cruise speed is 9-10 knots @ 2000rpm (Mercedes Benz 6 cylinders 210hp).  Regards,  Fabio Ely - Poa - RS - Brazil



Waverunner 38 B
Aft cabin version

Over 200 of this version have already been completed and are currently in service world-wide

Waverunner 38 B
Aft cabin version

Aft cabin version and one of the possible layouts that can be arranged for this versatile family cruising powerboat


Waverunner 38 B
Aft cabin version

Here we see one of several Waverunner 38's that were built by Budge Marine in UK.

Several of these WR38's are used in the charter business in Ireland and elsewhere.

Waverunner 38 B
Aft cabin version


Waverunner 38

Command station in the salon, there is another similar station located on the Fly-bridge.

Waverunner 38 B
Aft cabin version

Salon in another WR 38 - note the two comfortable chairs - We do favour this type of arrangement.

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