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TAD ROBERTS RECIEVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Aluminum Tug Cruiser, T-Cup; a new design

T-Cup A 25’ Aluminum Power Cruiser LOA = 25’3” LWL = 24’0” Beam = 8’6” Draft = 2’7” Displacement to DWL = 6500 lbs Power = Yanmar 3Y30 Diesel Cruising Speed = 6.5-7 Knots Construction Plans and patterns = $750.00 T-Cup is a family cruiser in the “Tug-type” style. This boat is far closer to a real tug than any of the production fiberglass[.....]

Sheerline Problems

Many think the sheer is the most important line on any boat. Get it right and all else is forgiven, get it wrong and nothing else matters. To some extent this is true, this one line in 3D space, must be attractive when viewed from any angle. If it’s filled with humps[.....]

Boats Should Look Like Boats

Concept of the day…..department of How Come? Why oh why can we not have heavy displacement cruisers that look like boats? The two boats shown here have almost the same accommodation, despite my sketch (above) being only 44′ x 14′ compared to the Nordhavn (below), at 55′ x 18′. Both have a separate pilothouse with[.....]

Tad Roberts facebook page

I have a facebook page where I post daily boat stuff, you might find something of interest……

Berry Point 26 Launched and Running

I’m very pleased with the little movie of the Berry Point running along. Her owner builder was the instigator in the creation of this design starting in 2006 on the Wooden Boat Forum. Perfect Powerboat Thread from WoodenBoat Forum

Fire in the Bay

We had a fire in the Bay today. These pictures show how important the first few minutes are. In the first couple of photos the fire is just getting going, been smoking for about 10 minutes, then caught and flared up. Don Mayrand and crew from the shipyard arrived about 15-20 minutes in. Their scow[.....]

Electric Launch

I designed the Electric Launch for Barefoot Wooden Boats in the fall of 2005. She was built at the Shipyard School by students Amie and Jason under the direction of instructor Al Brunt over the 05-06 winter and launched in April of 2006. Dimensions are 15′ length overall, 4′6″ beam, and a draft[.....]

Modern Schooner Design

It’s been quite a while since I thought of this boat. I made the drawing 13 years ago (2001) and still haven’t seen anyone use this arrangement. It’s based on the old fishing schooners with main cabin in a trunk aft of the mainmast. This is a big boat, 160′ on deck[.....]

Boats designed around Old Engines

The 1889 built tug Valerie K in the Johnston Straits. The story of two engines and five boats. My friend Bill Page has a couple of old marine engines that should be busy pushing boats around. But which boats? The first engine is a Hundested type B/L, 39 HP single cylinder hot-bulb diesel[.....]

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