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Branson Boat Design Limited

LUXE-MOTOR 34 and 40ft Dutch barges


The Luxe-motor class is available at 34 and 40ft. A real little ship combining lots of accomodation within a small size. Easy of handling, lower running costs and reduced intial outlay are some of the benefits to this new design.

Designed specifically for the first time kit builder the Luxe-motor provides a straightforward introduction to 'steel kit' boat building. The structure has been kept simple with fewer parts; the plating sizes have been kept small for easier handling and the cost low. Smaller workshops can house this size of boat more easily. We have aimed at the person who may be familiar with steel fabrication or boat building in other materials but is hesitant to commit to a large costly 60 footer for a first project


The design itself has the character of a Luxe-motor but kept to only 12m (one of the most popular sizes for motor cruisers). Beam is high to provide realistic accommodation for a couple and two guests. The design is definitely a large 12m boat!


The rear wheelhouse was chosen for simpler and more cost efficient fitting out compared with an aft cabin design. The added benefit is a designated outside seating area to enjoy the waterways experience from.

The hull is a 'V' bottom with an additional chine, designed once again to provide good economical performance, along with responsiveness to helm and stopping. Only trim ballast is required.The hull and superstructure are set to Lloyds S.S.C rules and will meet category B of the R.C.D (Recreational Craft Directive). The most popular category that most builders of replica Dutch Barges go for is category C. If category C is satisfactory, then due to its size being below 12m it can be self certified by the builder. This will save the expense of using a notified body.(Category C is inshore).

Construction Drawings



Construction drawing showing how the steelwork is assembled are
included. Typically four large A0 asembly sheets along with individual
frame and detailing drawings.


Length- 10.2m (33.5ft)
Beam- 3.47m (11.4ft)
Draft- .76m (2.5ft)
Air draft*- 1.88m (6.2ft)
Displacement- 9 tonnes.

Steel scantlings:-

Keel- 12.5mm
Stem- 12.5mm
Engine beds- 6mm
Hull- 5/6mm
Deck- 5mm
Cabin sides- 4mm
Cabin roofs- 4mm


Piper Luxemotor 40


Interior sketch Luxemotor 34


Download: Luxemotor 34 brochure inside (JPG 646.5 kb)

Download: Lux motor 34 brochure outside (JPG 1.2 Mb)