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1984 Bruce Roberts 34

10 November, 2012 by EVAN

About this Sailboat:

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.

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 wants 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.

Equipment on Board:

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-fin keel encapsulated into solid fiberglass as part of the hull so
it will not fall-out in the middle of the ocean leaving 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 crusing
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)
We replaced hand rails to all around stainless still tubing – much safer
than a wire
We 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 oversized standing
rigging installed in 2005 – this part of the upgrade alone rigging coasted
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 handling by a shorthanded crew.
We installed a new rigid boom vang (oversized)
Genoa sail (2011) on Profurl furling (2005) and new Harken furling leads
for smooth genoa handling
We 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 bocks for asymmetrical spinnaker (very easy to handle)

Mooring and Anchorage

Oversized 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″ fenders
Number of mooring lines

Engine and fuel system

Dependable and economical Westerbeke diesel engine (true marine edition)
– regularly and properly serviced
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
Oversized Racor water separator and fuel filter to keep engine running
Oversized water strainer for cooling water
All seacocks were replaced (2011)

Propeller and rudder
New Campbell Sailer propeller (2012) – was custom made for this boat
… – send me email for a complete list

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