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BRUCE ROBERTS 38 - Masthead Sloop

BRUCE ROBERTS 38 - Masthead Sloop Sailing Boats for sale in Newhaven, East Sussex at Boatshop24.co.uk
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Category:Sailing Boats
Manufacturer:BRUCE ROBERTS 38
Model:Masthead Sloop
Mooring Country:United Kingdom
Year built:1981
Sales status:available
LOA:11.66 m/38 ft
Length:11.66 m/38 ft
Width:3.43 m/11 ft
Draft:1.7 m/6 ft
Mainsail:true sqm
Genoa:true sqm
Category:long keel
Engine manufacturer:bmc 4-cyl
No. of engines:1
Material hull:grp sheathed triple diagonal hardwood
No. of cabins:3
No. of berths:4
WC & bathrooms:true

GREATLY REDUCED FOR AN URGENT SALE! Built in 1981 to a Bruce Roberts' design, with a 3-ton long keel. The construction is by triple-diagonal marine ply, resin bonded with a GRP sheath to the hull exterior surface. (See Owner's Comments). Masthead Sloop rigged with stainless steel standing rigging and 'quality value' running rigging. Teak-laid working deck from fore to aft, in traditional form. Helm and seating under the fixed Cockpit cover with glazed forward and side elements (see picture) giving excellant vision all round. Lying close to the Broker. (Main picture taken May 2014)
The following navigation aides are included:

- Sestral Major magnetic steering compass (fitted at the binnacle)

- Sestral Navigator magnetic steering compass at the navigation desk below.

- Koden 16m Radar unit (1997)

- Icom M59 VHF radio (1997)

- Garmin 75 GPS (1996) (includes log and speed)

- Spaceage graphic sounder with alarms

- Autohelm 6000 auto-pilot

- Wind & direction indicators

- Hydrovane wind steering system controlling the rudder.

- Barometer, Sextant, hand-held lead and line.

....other items the Owner may include.


2 x 12v batteries charged by engine alternator with one battery dedicated to engine start. Further charging is by the installed Ampair wind generator rigged aft, clear of the Cockpit and boom. Switchboard located below in accommodation spaces.
The BMC 35 hp 4- cyl marinised diesel engine has 1.5 ltr capacity, driving through a matching gear-box to stainless steel shaft and 3-bladed propeller. The Morse-like controls are adjacent to the helm in the Cockpit, with the engine located under the Cockpit, with access adjacent to the Galley.
Navigation lights to Code with switches at the switchboard. The inventory of personal aids include:

- 4-man liferaft with hydrostatic release (in need of service)

- 2 life-jackets with harnesses

- 2 x horsehoe-shaped lifebouys

- 1 x fire extinguisher

- 1 x fire blanket

- 1 x first aid box and contents

- 1 x hand-held flood/searchlight

- 2 x manual bilge pumps

Radar reflector and emergency VHF aerial

Sails and Rig
Anodised aluminium mast and spars with stainless steel standing rigging. A furling headsail is fitted, with control at the Cockpit winches: hauling of the Main and Foresail at the mast with manual winch. Mainsail has standard 'slide-in' foot to the boom. The sheets are lead directly to the Cockpit manual winches and cleats. The Mainsail has a cover when secured.
Once onboard, the construction of the craft is clearly one of considerble strength by use the triple-diagonal marine ply applied to the heavy-duty frame running fore and aft. Resin bonded and with a GRP sheath to the hull exterior surface, this combination clearly indicates a vessel built for long-distance sailing. The Wheelhouse is particularly well planned with the U-form seating under the Cockpit housing. The seat backs are all in the style of the decking. The helm position is central with a generously sized 'ship's wheel' - see photos. The glazed forward and side elements provide both excellant vision as well as protection. Within the back-rests are a number of 'lift-out' panels, offering both stowage of gear as well as access service the rudder stock and steerage elements, etc. The accommodation entry/exit steps - at the fore part of the Cockpit - are angled and lead below to the L-shaped Galley. The Galley has a deep sink with hot & cold water supply and draining board adjacent to a generous work-top surface. A Taylor 2-burner gas hob and oven is adjacent. Gas bottle located topsides with cut-off valve. The generous beam allows for 'purpose-made' fittings fastened to the internal structure of the hull. The Galley has a large work-top area with useful hand-rail. The aft bulkhead has, at the lower level, the access panel to the engine and stern spaces.

From the Galley, forward, a passageway is set slightly to Starboard where sail bins, etc. are located. To Port, is a U-shaped table and seating for up to 6 persons. Forward - again to Port - is the Heads compartment with sea toilet, hand-basin and shower facility. Foreward, is the Forecabin across the width of the vessel. Traditional single berths to Port and Starboard, each have purpose shaped mattresses. An equally made mattress is provided at a size offering a good double berth in the Fore-peak. The Forecabin has a deck-head hatch for light, ventilation and emergency escape if needed. To Starboard there are a number of open-fronted stowage spaces accommodating loose gear, equipment, clothing, etc. The exposed interior hull sides are painted white as are the deck-heads throughout.
Stainless steel (s/s) stanchions are fitted from Fore to Aft, Starboard & Port, with twin s/s wires, fastened forward to the s/s Pulpit and aft to the matching Pushpit. The Pulpit is arranged with fore-deck roller and guides for the chain, warp and Bruce anchor. The chain and warp is directed to the anchor winch and capstan. The teak-laid decks have a metal upstand to the length of the hull, both Port & Starboard . Any water taken onboard is quickly removed by the cut-outs in the upstand. Winches, handles and cleats are located at the fore part of the Cockpit structure. A number of fair-leads and cleats are also fitted on the deck - fore and aft - for fenders, warps, etc.

The boom extends slightly aft of the Cockpit canopy and is fitted with the tackle for the setting of the angle of the sail to wind.
Owner Comments
David Lowles - a Master Shipwright of Newhaven - used the Bruce Roberts' design principle ref. BR16 - for all scantlings and basic construction. Fundamentally, the build uses Iroko laminated frames with triple diagonal marine ply, with resin bonding and a GRP sheath to the whole of the external hull surface.' All lamination used the Airodax 2-part adhesive. The 3-ton keel was integrally formed with the hull construction. The flush-laid deck was prepared with a teak covering to a heavy duty marine ply. Much of the internal joinery is also in marine ply with the Galley and navigation station finished with laminated surfaces and hardwood trim. It is understood the Cockpit housing was concieved by the builder with the purpose of providing a safe, comfortable environment for Skipper and crew. The concept includes generous glazed areas to both forward and sides, a deep sole to allow full height standing under the canopy and boom - and a helm with classic 'destroyer ship's wheel'.

'The vessel has many personal features of both owner and - and builder - and is of a general heavy-duty construction, built for comfortable passage-making. As present owner, I have brought the vessel ashore, regularly over the past 19 year, for full service and preparation for summer sailing schedules of up to 4 months from her home port. My change of occupation has made it necessary to offer her for sale as my time is often far away for long periods from the UK. I have, however, had a professional shipwright regularly visit and note any requirement which has then been carried out. Without regular use, however, I have decided to offer her to a new owner who, hopefully will find an opportunities to use this excellant craft for 'family afloat adventures'.
Broker Comments
'This is clearly a well-built craft capable of offering good accommodation and the potential of distance passage-making. Some up-dating required in terms of navigation units but certainly to be put on a list of craft if thinking of 'passage-making' . Brought ashore (May 2014) The hull was re-painted in 2010. The owner of the craft is currently out of the UK, however, his Shipwright attends the craft on a regular basis and ensures the vessel is maintained in good order. Known and close to the Broker.
ModelMasthead SloopWind instrumenttrue
Drive typeshaft driveHull typedisplacement
Waterline length8.38 metersWinch5
  • Other
  • Navigation lights
  • Tri-Sail
  • Fenders
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