|Dear Bruce, We have never met, but a number of years ago I
purchased a set of boat plans for the Waverunner 45 through your Maryland site. I have been
around boats and the water all my life, with my parents, and then on into my own family.
My wife and I planned to retire early, and being an advocate of Robert Beebe on long range
cruising, we would like to leave our great lakes, cruise down the east coast to the keys,
and island hop down to Venezuela, and then head back home. Taking our time, stopping and
enjoying places we found interesting.
step, we started looking for a boat to take us Long Range Cruising at an economical rate.
So quite by accident we bumped into (literally) a couple on board a Waverunner 45 in the
Port Severn locks on the Trent System, and the upshot of this is that we were invited
onboard for a look-see. It was obvious that this was the boat we had been looking for, and
it was our first introduction to Bruce Roberts Designs.
This particular boat had been constructed down on
the east coast somewhere in Maine. To this day I cannot remember the vessels name or the
owners, both of which I had on their ships card, and lost somehow. I could kick myself
many times over as I would have liked to contact the owners many times over the years for
advice. All I can remember is that the vessels name started with a V--------- and sounded
I believe something like "Velcro". This boat had been constructed of glass over
foam by the yard for the hull and decks, with the owner finishing her off, including
mechanicals & interior. The only departure from your boat plans was to extend the sedan
roof over the rear cockpit for sun protection during southern cruising.
Well needless to say, I ordered study boat plans from
you, then later the full size boat plans, to begin building the sedan version using the West
System. After building a suitable strongback I began construction and carried on
accordingly. Our boat was built using kiln dried
B.C. fir, clear, for all frames, stringers, keel , deck, house, and sedan beams. The hull
is 3 layers of 1/4"mahoghany as per plan; all decks & sedan top 1/2"
mahogany ply. Sedan roof, deck house, and all areas of fwd trunk cabin fully insulated
for heat/cold (3" waterproof glass insulated with vapour barrier). The entire hull was
given 2 layers of 10oz glass cloth, and all deck areas, fwd trunk, and upper sedan bridge
have 1 layer 10oz glass cloth. All inside joints/corners are epoxy filleted, & all
outside edges well radiused. I can say with all honesty, From the photos you will see the beautiful lines you designed into her.
Wherever we pull in, boaters are always coming
over to look her over and ask questions, She is greatly admired as a vessel departed from
the norm with very graceful lines. There are 5 photos to view at the above site, and she
is built to your boat plans. With the tankage
near capacity she will cruise along very comfortably @ 2300 giving us a true speed
8.2kts as per g.p.s. I estimate that we are burning approx 2.5 to 3.0 gph. At present I
have no means for an exact measure such as a floscan meter, but I believe I am fairly
close. There is a bowthruster fwd with a 7" tunnel with an electric drive, which to
date has been more than sufficient for our needs. We have no ballast aboard, and at
present sit a few inches above blueprint W.L.(Chines at the after end are approx 1/2"
above water at rest) Cruising Geo Bay and the North Channel this past summer she behaves
very well and takes heavy seas with no fuss and little movement. I just wanted to write you and let you know how
very well pleased my wife and I are with the boat as a whole and her performance.