Bruce Roberts 34 (Misty Blue II)

A rare blue water cruiser and live-aboard with exceptionally strong, one-piece hand laid up hull (done using C-Flex technology – see below), new mast, rigging, sails and multiple upgrades to safely take you south or around the world.

Robers 34 design has been built as a production boat in many parts of the world and sailed in the singlehanded Trans-Atlantic races and many circumnavigations. It is also the design of choice of English Yachtsman Leslie Powles who has  completed three circumnavigations in his Roberts 34 ‘Solitaire’, as well as a non stop journey from NZ to England via Cape Horn.

We refitted this boat to go from Toronto to Bahamas and finally to Australia where most of our family moved some time ago. For the last two seasons we were doing some trial trips on Lake Ontario to test all the systems and very happy with refit done on her. Unfortunately, we have to re-think this plan now and need a bigger boat because there are two more people who want to participate in the adventure and this boat is ideal for a crew of two or three. Five will be too much.

Why Bruce Roberts 34

  • Legendary performance of Bruce Roberts design
  • Excellent performance numbers. For example: Motion Comfort is 33 and Capsize Ratio 1.74 make her an excellent choice for safe and comfortable ocean crossings
  • Bruce Roberts 34 sailboats are used by many as a live-aboard take you anywhere boat for cruising Bahamas, Florida Keys and many ocean crossings
  • She is nicely equipped and already re-fitted for off-shore voyages
    I hope you did your home work and know how much it costs to prepare any boat for off-shore. For 32′ to 36′ boat (new or used) a normal figure is between $50,000 to $70,000 depending on the boat manufacturer.
L.O.A. 10.20 m 33′   6″
L.W.L. 7.47 m 24′   6″
BEAM 3.12 m 10′   3″
DRAFT   1.68 m 5′   6″
SAIL AREA 47.82 sq m 515 sq ft
DISPLACEMENT 5,488 kg 12,100 lb
AUX. PWR Westerbeke diesel 21 hp

Why we selected this particular boat

  • Very strong body because hull is hand laid with solid fiberglass using C-Flex technology – it is a high strength (67,000 p.s.i. tensile) material, which contains fiberglass rods and continuous fiberglass rovings. Such hulls are getting close to steel construction in strength without the weight and corrosion problems.
  • Semi-full keel encapsulated into solid fiberglass as part of the hull so it will not fall-out in the middle of the ocean creating several 6″ holes in your hull. This gives you performance of a fin keel and strength of a full keel hull
  • Heavy displacement gives you cruising comfort and enough enclosed storage space for several week long non-stop passage for 2-3 people
  • Rudder supported and protected by a massive skeg
  • Heavy duty rudder system with wheel to chain to rack & pinion connection (not flimsy cables)

What was done to prepare this boat for cruising

Hull and Deck

  • Bottom is treated with epoxy, 5 coats of Interprotect and Interlux Micron CSC antifouling paint
  • New Interlux paint on hull (2011)
  • KiwiGrip anti-slip deck coating (2012)
  • Replaced hand rails to all around stainless still tubing – much safer than a standard wire
  • Installed a new stronger off-shore rated main hatch
  • Added two solar vents to keep cabins dry

Mast and rigging

  • All new Klako mast and boom, new Andersen winches and over-sized standing rigging installed in 2005 – this part of the upgrade alone was over $35,000
  • All rigging and hardware attachment points were reinforced with new backing plates for heavy weather
  • Fully battened main sail with lazy jacks and MackPack (2012) for easy main sail handling by a shorthanded crew.
  • Installed a new over-sized rigid boom vang (2012)
  • New Genoa sail (2011) on Profurl furling (2005) and new Harken furling leads (2012) for smooth Genoa handling
  • Rigged a removable forestay and all running rigging and hardware for the storm jib so we can safely hove-to in heavy winds
  • Rigged lines and blocks for asymmetrical spinnaker (very easy to handle)

Mooring and Anchorage

  • Over-sized 35LB Bruce (2010) and #22 Danforth anchors
  • Electrical windlass with 200′ of 5/8″ rode and 25′ chain
  • Mooring cleats were replaced and backing reinforced
  • New 10″ and 15″ fenders (2012)
  • Number of mooring lines

Engine and fuel system

  • Dependable and economical Westerbeke diesel engine (true marine edition) – regularly and properly serviced (recent oil analysis is available on request)
  • Closed circuit cooling system for salt water operation
  • Hurh automatic gearbox
  • Engine exhaust system installed in 2005
  • New engine’s electrical wiring and cooling hoses replaced in 2011 to marine grade
  • Over-sized Racor water separator and fuel filter to keep engine running smoothly
  • Over-sized water strainer for cooling water
  • All seacocks were replaced to new (2011)

Propeller and rudder

  • New Campbell Sailer propeller (2012) – was custom made for this boat
  • New cutless bearing, stuffing box and flexible coupling (all 2012) to reduce vibration and protect the gear box – will not need a replacement for at least 10-15 years
  • Ruder was removed, opened, its cage reinforced with 4″ wide stainless steel plate welded between 3 arms, plywood core removed, replaced with structural closed cell foam and reinforced with West System epoxy and Dynel fiberglass cloth

     

If you are interested in this boat, call or email for more details or to schedule a visit:
416-275-8495 or forceanboats@gmail.com

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