We like to send you pictures from my fiberglass
Roberts 43 SY DASI.
The white one was
from 2000 in Skagerak and the others was 2008 in
Weser & we have
sailed now 28,000 Miles. Greetings Ulli Lanzke
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ROBERTS 43 -
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This design has appealed to many serious
cruising sailors, and is a timeless example of a well
found cruising yacht. There are countless numbers of this design
throughout the world and ever since we first designed
her in the late seventies it has been a favourite with
If you are
in the market for boat plans for a cruising boat that is
strong, safe, comfortable, good to live aboard then this
design deserves your serious consideration. Good
cruising designs don't date. This is one of them.
can be built as either a Cutter, Sloop or Ketch rig and
has a low profile aft cockpit or Centre cockpit
33 - 60 hp
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Sailed by Kjell and Berit from their
home in Sweden, this boat showed up in the Burnett River to clear for Australia
after spending the summer in Australian waters. Their boat plans are to return home via the
Suez Canal, alter the accommodation area below, fit some new sails and take off again.
Another happy sailing couple fulfilling their dreams
This Roberts 43 sailed around the world
from the UK.
I met the owner at a wonderful "Boat Jumble" in the UK.
LATER : 2006
Hi Bruce, I was browsing
through your website looking to see whether you designed the 43ft
"Fisher/trawler" motor sailer we are about to have a look at when this jumped
out at me! Thought you would like an update on Suleika, the yacht in the photo.
She has just completed her second successful circumnavigation,
7 or 8 years I think, with her "new" owners, the folk who bought her from us in
1995. We are now based in NZ and for several months Suleika was based in an
adjacent marina berth, quite a coincidence.
I recall our encounter at the Beaulieu Boat Jumble, Hampshire England in
1995, hope you are doing well, best wishes Sally Gillet.
LEFT: This Roberts 43 Pilot House version was built in about
1970 and is still going strong.
Hi folks, I was looking through
your website as I am considering buying another of your designs which was
recently built here in Perth , a current model aft cockpit 43. After looking at many other
options, I have come to the conclusion that the 43 ,value for money, safety and
performance ,you can't beat it.
Its interesting to see that the photo you are using for
the pilot house version is an original photo of a boat named "Mellisylou", shown
in the early publicaton of "Build for Less", built for a guy in Sydney in the
I owned the boat for 4 years and
sold her in 94,after re-naming her "Pavanne" She has been sold 3 times since and
I saw her yesterday at Fremantle Sailing Club. I'm tempted to buy her back . However and
more to the point, she's stylish and the design looks as good to-day as it did when it was
drawn probably 30 years ago. Good on you Bruce , you're a legend. Kind Regards, Mike
This Pilot House R43
can be rigged as a cutter, sloop or ketch as well as a variety of other sail
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I love my M43 ketch and I wish the technology had been around 25 years ago to
easily build a steel hull. I built it alone on shoestring in 12 years. Then I had to teach
myself to sail. It is an easy boat to handle and given to no sudden or nasty tricks. A
most forgiving design. Often on the bay , I meet other boats of the same size that are
heeled strongly while the M43 remains adamantly upright. I'm making the same speed so I
guess I'm doing something right. The Mauritius 43is very forgiving and very
for a person who never skippered anything but a canoe God was she massive! regards
Hello Bruce. Just a short message
regarding one of your completed designs. My father, Charles Bonds, built a Norfolk
43 centre cockpit, flush deck, ketch rigged sailboat named KANGATOO from your designs in
our backyard in Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto (Canada). He started building it
approximately in 1981 and launched it in 1989. He set sail for Florida and retired
there. Unfortunately he passed away this year but he had many years of live-aboard
enjoyment. The boat is up for sale now, but I thought you might like to see a couple
of pictures. Kelly Bonds
FROM THE DRAFTING
Design Close Up by Robert H. Perry
Without a doubt, Bruce Roberts is the king of the stock plan
designers. There are a number of reasons for this. Roberts'
designs are always beautifully presented by the draughtsman.
They are profusely detailed and leave very little for the
amateur builder's imagination. This is definitely a positive
statement. Lastly, Roberts' boat plans cover a wide variety of sizes
and types of yachts. There is something for everyone.
The Roberts 44 was intended as a fast cruising yacht that
could be built by an amateur. The lines reveal a relatively
short waterline of 32' 10", rather full ends, longish overhangs
and a gentle, sweeping sheer. The displacement to length ratio
of the yacht is 339.
The interior of the Roberts 44 will appeal to all of us who
have thought about living aboard at one time or another. The
designer has provided large open areas with careful attention to
the galley and after stateroom. Roberts has also been
considerate enough to provide two excellent sea berths. One is a
pilot berth in the main cabin, the other a quarter berth located
in the passageway. The forward head is quite large, and it seams
that a separate stall shower would be rather easy to design into
Having worked in an office which specialised in stock plan
designs myself, I am very aware of the quantity and complexity
of problems facing the home builder. I feel some designers have
exploited this market and have led many naive home builders down
the garden path into debt and frustration.
Indeed, the best way to avoid this pitfall is to deal with a
designer, like Roberts, who has extensive experience in this
field. He has established his credentials and gained a wide
following. Some home builders projects turn out "children" that
only a mother could love. It is therefore wise to choose stock
boat plans from a designer who has answered all the frequently asked
questions many times. The art-science of designing yachts for
amateur builders is as demanding, if not more demanding, as
designing yachts for the buyer of the finest custom yacht. Bruce
Roberts has my endorsement.