Written for those who are
interested in building in
Steel & Aluminum. The benefits and
disadvantages of the different metals are explained in detail. Discusses the right
tools and equipment and welding techniques and how they apply to various metals. The
differences between the various hull shapes is explained in detail plus selecting
the correct engine(s) and equipment. Other subjects include electrolytic protection,
building skegs. keels and pilot houses, in fact everything you need to know about metal
boats is covered between the pages of this book.
NEW chapters on building from a KIT ... many kit assembly photos etc etc. Special
offer available for those that already have purchased the previous Metal Boats book ...
contact Bruce for details
SEE LINKS BELOW FOR ALL TYPES OF
METAL BOAT PLANS
STEEL & ALUMINUM POWER BOAT
PLANS & CUTTING FILES.
STEEL & ALUMINUM SAILBOAT
PLANS & CUTTING FILES
Comments from Brian Fox who is building a Centennial
You are to be congratulated for the content of your book Metal Boats, it provides an
excellent reference book which covers many areas of interest to the amateur builder which
other marine writers with their "how and what to do books" have neglected, I am
very satisfied with my purchase of it. I have also enjoyed tremendously your book about
Joshua Slocums "Spray"; again, there is plenty of useful information for
"Spray" owners and builders to think about....BRIAN FOX
Greetings from Reno Nevada. I just received your CATAMARANalog today, thank you for your
I read and thoroughly enjoyed your book "Metal Boats" and like
the idea of steel construction. My wife and I are contemplating having a boat built.
Initially it would be used in Lake Tahoe as a weekend hideout but ultimately for coastal
travel and passagemaking. Yours Carl Staub.
JUST FINISHED YOUR "COMPLETE GUIDE TO METAL BOATS" I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN.
WE HAVE A FAMILY RUN METAL FAB. WORK SHOP IN DONEGAL AND DO A LOT OF PLATE ROLLING AND
FORMING ETC. WE ALWAYS KEEP A BOAT OF SOME SORT FOR PLEASURE. I AM VERY VERY INTERESTED IN
BUILDING ONE OF YOUR SAIL BOATS APPROX 10M.
ALL THE BEST NOEL
Ive received your book Metal boats and study plane of Spray 28 and Tom Tumb 26. That book
is a goldmine for metal boat builders. Well I decide for the Tom Tumb. Thanks for one of
the best and educating internet sites on the web. Best regards from north of Sweden
Bruce, Your book "Metal Boats" is packed to the brim with very useable
information. I would recommend it to anyone building a boat in ANY
material.Thanks for your time ..Scott A.Ochocki
As The "Complete Guide to METAL BOATS"
... I thought this a good time to write an 'Author's review'. Over the
past few months I have received hundreds of emails from customers expressing
favourable comment on my book. When an author writes a book much of the
content is usually 'researched' material ... In this case most of what you
read in MB came out of my personal knowledge in designing and building metal boats. I personally find MB a great
reference for the the researched material and the many pieces of information that
occasionally 'slips ones mind' If you are planning to build or own a metal boat I can
recommend this book without reservation. MB will NOT teach you how to weld but it WILL
teach a welder how to build and maintain a metal boat. Regards, Bruce Roberts-Goodson
. Why Metal
. Getting Started
. The materials
. Hull shapes and Choosing design
. Tools and Safety Equipment
. Welding Equipment and welding
. Starting Construction - all materials
. Plating the hull
. Decks and superstructure
. Painting a metal boat
. Engineering for metal boats
. Corrosion prevention
. Metal boat interiors
. Electrical systems for metal boats
. Appendages, fittings and alterations
. Sail designs for metal
. Powerboat designs for metal
. BIG chapter on building from a KIT
Appendices: 1, 2, 3,
| Very thorough. Covers all the angles.
After acquiring a pretty vast library of boat building
literature- this is still the most used to reference back to. It is definitely tailored to
their processes but these too should be used as models of how the boat plans should be done
An excellent update to an already great book!
I waited with interest for the new edition as was
advertised on www.bruceroberts.com website, and talked with the folks at Bruce Roberts who
explained that the whole book was being updated. They were quite helpful, and quite
The book explains the "mysteries" and answers most questions regarding
building a metal boat whether building from scratch and boat plans or from a computer cut kit.
It explains the differences in the various materials with no great bias and plainly spells
out the pluses & minuses of each. Welding techniques and materials are outlined as are
methods for fitting out and installing systems.
Mr. Roberts-Goodson's writing style is down-to-earth, explaining items in plain English
which makes it very easy to understand. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone
considering building or buying a metal boat. Additionally metal boats owners would enjoy
this book and would use it as a resource for repair and maintenance.