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RADIUS CHINE STEEL BOAT CONSTRUCTION

  BOAT KIT Cutting Files Explained

POWERBOAT KITS

BALLAST - Which is best - worst?

POWERBOAT METAL KIT ASSEMBLY  
photos and diagrams
Voyager 495 SAILBOAT METAL KIT ASSEMBLY   
8 pages of step-by-step kit assembly pictures
SPRAY SAILBOAT METAL BOAT KITS SAILBOAT METAL KITS
SPRAY SAILBOAT METAL KIT ASSEMBLY    
24 great assembly pictures
SAILBOAT METAL KIT ASSEMBLY  
16 detailed construction photographs
FRAMELESS STEEL construction 

Metal Boat INSULATION  - Which type is best ?

TRAWLER PASSAGEMAKING POWERBOATS TRAWLER YACHT METAL KITS

BOAT BUILDING SITES - Finding & Choosing

MARINE BOATBUILDING BOOKSHOP
WAVERUNNER 44 ASSEMBLY PHOTOS  WAVERUNNER 85 ASSEMBLY PHOTOS

Photos of Boat Interiors
We have grouped some of the interior photographs and also provided some text on building interiors.

CUSTOMER'S TIPS ON USING BRUCE ROBERTS BENDING JIG

Dear bruce just a little note to pass on a tip for anyone using your suggested the boatbuilding bending jig. The trick I have found is to be systematic and   methodical (good words hope I've spelt them right). Once you have mounted the flat bar in the jig snug up the jack and then pump the jack a set number of times (I found three or four to be about right), then release the jack and move the work piece along four inches then snug the jack up again and pump the set amount as before,do this the full length of your radius then check it on the full size pattern, if you feel that it is about half way to the correct profile then go back along it placing the jack in-between the positions  you used on the first pass and pump the jack the same amount if you think that it is more than half way or less than half way you can adjust the amount of pumps to suit .I messed about for long enough with my jig till I found this way of working it. Now I'm getting on like a head sail in a force four. Hope this helps someone.
                                Yours   FRANKIE   McGOVERN ..... Glasgow Scotland

Hi Bruce,  Thought I would e-mail you a couple of pictures of the Voyager TRAWLER YACHT 43. Things are going pretty well, and should be setting side shell later this week. Will be setting keel and rudder tomorrow. Altogether we have about 60 hours in at this point, not bad considering we only have had 1 man working steady on it!!
Rumour has it there is a 57' possibly looking for a construction site from Colorado. We are having so much fun we'd love to build some more!!! Could you add us to your Metal Boat newsletter as a West Coast assembly company??? It would be great if you could. Well, Bye for now,   Bart Samaduroff, President, HME Inc.

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TY 43 Spray chine forward, works well and keeps fore-deck dry!
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   Below we see the reverse transom version of the Voyager 495

This view shows optional transom steps. Windows can be cut in kit or later.

NEW ASSEMBLING V495 KIT 8 pages of detailed assembly pictures.


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Roberts 390 Builders: Dick and Judy Frank
To those who couldn't witness the event - all went well with the launching of CORAZON de Acero.

THIS BOAT NOW AVAILABLE AS A CUT TO SIZE KIT 
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We can offer Custom Steel or Aluminium CUT-TO-SIZE KITS or part-BUILT or COMPLETE BOATS. Ask about our 'PROJECT MANAGEMENT' arrangements for boats built overseas at affordable prices....Email for more details.


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Hi Bruce, Here is one of Your R370 near the Adriatic coast (Croatia). Since You were so nice to re-send me the "METAL BOATS" book, I decided to Thank You with the picture I really like. She has a registered top speed of 12 kts and has been built in Zagreb,Croatia eight years ago. Best regards, J. Palcic


Spray 45  - Mother of Perl

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"Bruce, I and two Estonian master mariners motored Mother of Perl to
Vastervik, Sweden for sails and rigging and sailed her back to Tallinn
in the end of October. A truly great hull in every respect. We also
barely touched the steering and this was going straight downwind under
sail. With a little experience, I know that I could balance this boat
on any point of sail. Fantastic! I'll let you know more about our
adventures with Mother of Perl as we travel this next few years on
both sides of the Atlantic and hopefully Pacific.... Regards Ben Smith"

Roberts 370 D
Multi Chine Steel "HIGH TENSILE" was built by Charlie and Jimmy Brandt. Charlie writes: High Tensile is finally a sailboat. She was launched in May 1997. She sails unbelievably well, ten times better than I ever imagined. Her performance under sail is great even with her 26,000 displacement. In 15 to 18 knots (of wind) our speed is 9.1 knots. Thank you for a for a great design and a truly wonderful fulfilling experience. High Tensile is a sight to see and a joy to sail.......Enjoy the photos. Charlie Brandt
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NEW BOOK


Written for those interested in owning, building, maintaining or repairing a
Steel, Aluminium or Copper-Nickel sail or powerboat.
You will find out why you should choose a metal boat. The benefits and disadvantages of the different metals are explained in considerable detail. You will learn how to build a steel, aluminium or copper-nickel sail or powerboat. Selecting the right tools and equipment. Welding techniques and how they apply to various metals are fully covered. The differences between the various hull shapes is explained in detail. Advice is given on selecting the correct engine(s) and equipment. Other subjects include electrolytic protection, building skegs, keels and pilot houses, everything you want to know about metal boats is covered between the pages of this book....Great value at 
Australia $65.00 + postage
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