2013 Bruce Roberts Custom Steel Trawler
How do you select the perfect yacht to navigate the loop? The basic requirements are less than 50’ in LOA, less than 19 feet bridge clearance, and less than that a 5 ft. draft. But, there’s more. Based on the experience of a couple who have done the loop in a 44’ Bruce Roberts steel trawler, below you will find why their comments about their experience.
FORWARD is a perfect boat for the loop because:
—two can do it! This boat is easy to operate, and a decent skipper with another person will be confident of docking, locking thru, or underway. The electronic shifting allows for seamlessly switching from the fly bridge to downstairs helm.
—she’s very economical...I measure 2-3 gallons per hour, running at 7.5k./hr. With two fuel tanks, that gives you 60 hrs. of running. The 450 nautical mile range twice the range needed for the loop, but…
want more range? There are two more tanks aft of the current fuel tanks, clean, but not hooked up to the motor that would allow you to double your range.
--Sight gauges on the tank give perfect reading of fuel. You can never run out of fuel because of a malfunctioning electronic gauge.
—she’s safe...really safe. With the prop protected be the keel, you can run aground and not damage the running gear. Shaft and prop are both protected. And the keel has a 3/4” bottom, so if you hit a rock, you will not damage or “hole” the boat. In Canada, there are countless rocks in the Trent Severn, and the North Chanel is very rocky. Any looper who says they have never run aground is either a liar or looped in a canoe.
---The hull is constructed of 1/4’’ steel, and again, you don’t have to worry about “holing” the boat.
There are spacious walk-around decks which come in handy when in a chamber, locking thru. Just toss out the round ball fenders and hang onto the line. All decks have aggressive grit, so there is no likelihood of slipping.
The instruments, like radar, chart plotter, depth sounder (with sidescan) are plenty sufficient.
—cosmetically, she gets lots of attention. People see her as “something different.” She is a character boat! When we were transiting the Intracoastal, I’ll bet we got 25 or more waving hands, thumbs up, or hats off as we passed by. If you enjoy attention, this boat will bring it on.
—repairs are easy and economical. Perkins are the workhorse of diesels. Parts are easy to find and relatively inexpensive. Likewise for the gen set. There’s no need to call the factory to come and make repairs. We have made most of the repairs unlikely because we have rebuilt the engine’s water pump, electrical system (inverter/charger) and many other components. Stand-up headroom in the engine compartment.
—cosmetic repairs: Unlike fiberglass, a steel hull is easily re-painted in less than a day. Roll and tip. The two-part epoxy is readily available at Sherwin Williams. The bottom is professionally scrubbed monthly. And I’m told the anti-fouling paint looks fine.
--As for the cabin house, again, two part epoxy from SH. The deck shows rust streaks occasionally, but the spray Ospho knocks it down.
As for the interior, Douglas Fir was used on the arched beams, floor and cabinets.
Whether cosmetic or mechanical, everything is accessible, because that’s the way she was built. Most likely, you can do it yourself.
—comfort is important on any boat, and I’d rate FORWARD as above average. Spacious bathroom, and great shower. Lots of storage for clothing. The galley is excellent for meal prep with aconventional oven, and a cook top that will serve as a heater for the cabin. No propane to worry about. The aft stateroom has a queen size bed. Other seating is closed cell foam rubber with professionally sewn covers.
--There’s a TV that runs off the antennae on the bridge. Local stations only. But DVD’s are also possible. There are Bose speakers for the sound system.
—dogs! We travelled with two large dogs, and hence needed to get to shore. The davits allowed us to carry a small dinghy, which is easy to lower thanks to a solid swim platform.
—the best place on the boat is the flybridge. We spent 99% of our time on the bridge, because it is so comfortable and open to viewing everything. The two side bunks have great storage and are long enough for napping or overnight sleeping. The canvas Bimini was replaced by a hard-top last year.
—cost is reasonable...I put $330K into her, and more recent improvements would move that up another $50K. So, finding a boat or this soundness, safety, economy, and aesthetics at a figure south of $200K is a good deal. There are a lot of “plastic” options out there, but this girl is the one you want to take to the dance.
- Bruce Roberts
- Custom Steel Trawler
- Ft Myers, FL, US
- Available for sale in U.S. waters:
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Dimensions & Weight
- 44 ft - 13.41 meter
- 13 ft - 3.96 meter
- Draft - max:
- 4 ft 5 in - 1.35 meter
- Bridge Clearance:
- 18 ft - 5.49 meter
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- 9 MPH
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- 135 (Individual), 135 (combined)
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- 11 MPH
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- 90 gallons - 4 tank(s)
- Fresh Water Tank:
- 40 gallons - 2 tank(s)
- Holding Tank:
- 40 gallons - 2 tank(s)
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Motor: 6-354 Perkins
Bow thruster: Sidepower
Instruments: Simrad broadband radar, sonar structure scan, chart plotter (NSE 12 ) and NSS 7 upper touch screen.
Auto Pilot: Simrad AP 24
GenSet: Westerbeek 7.5Kw.
Lewmar winch, 150 ft, 3/8 chain
Davits off stern with swim platform
Windows: Diamond SeaGlaze
Task lighting: Imtra
Hull: Robert Bruce design; 9/32 steel with 2 part epoxy barrier coat (renewed in 2018) bottom and top sides.
Cabin house: Composit two ply marine plywood, coated with fiberglass And two part epoxy paint Non-skid decks.
Hatches: New interior and new covers.
VHF: Standard Horizon (Up and down)
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The interior is a white bead-board. Douglass fir makes up the flooring, arched beams, and cabinet framing. Other cabinets are made of maple by a master cabinet maker. All of the cabin housing was built by a master shipwright from New Zealand. Starting in the aft cabin there is a full queen sized spring and mattress. Maple side stands, and LED light for reading and rope lighting for ambiance.
The bathroom is full sized, complete with shower, cabinets and vanity. The saloon is approx 14 x 10 and has built in seating and a chart table. Access to the motor well is via two hatches, and affords stand up working space.
Forward of the saloon is the galley with a double sink, two burner stove (diesel fuel), and a full sized Whirlpool refrig. Forward of the galley is a two bunk sleeping area, and open storage to port.
The instruments (Simrad), radar, sidescan , chart plotter were installed by an electrical engineer at Marine Repair Services. He also installed a Blue Seas Systems panel and ran all wiring. The Side-Power bow thruster is a SE100/185T (24 volt) with remote controller used on the flybridge. The heavy duty Lewmar winch retrieves a 150 feet of 3/8’’ chain with foot pedals on the deck and another control on the dash. There is on 8D starting battery, a dedicated instrument battery, a dedicated battery for bow thruster and winch, and 6 6volt batteries for domestic uses.
Owners installed a Marine Aqua Drive, which dampens vibration (and extended the prop beyond the dead rise of the keel.) They put a new four blade prop on, and kept the three blade as a spare. Appreciation comes with the prop and shaft being protected in the full length keel.
The toilet is electric, with macerator (new).
The flybridge provides excellent sight lines for driving the boat, as well as entertaining. Two bunks with attractive cushions are perfect for napping or travel. The bridge has a wheel and full instrumentation. A hard-top Bimini was added in 2017.
The hull is 44 feet and constructed of 9/32” steel, coated with an epoxy barrier and coated with anti-fouling paint in 2017 and scrubbed monthly. The bridge surround is aluminum. Two part Acrolon paint is used on the top sides. Decks have a non-slip paint and surround the entire cabinhouse.
This boat is sturdy and hardy: she traveled the Great American Loop with comfort and safety in all conditions, including rock and countless locks, where boats take a beating. Plus she invariably attracts interest because of here beautiful shear, and salty appearance.Engines
Motor: 6-354 Perkins
Estimating 1,500 hrs on engine
The Perkins 6-354 is naturally aspirated, uses 2-3 gallons per hour doing 1700 rpms (7.5 knots). WOT is 2200 and gets the full displacement hull up to about 9.5 k. There are four 90 gal.tanks, cleaned. Two are currently set up for use with sight gauges.Tankage
There are four diesel tanks aboard. Each of these four tanks has a 90 gal. fuel capacity. 360 gal total diesel fuel capacity. The fuel is has currently been cleaned. Sight gauges and three stage filtering.
There is one black water and one gray water tank. Each of these two tanks has a 40 gal. capacity. There are also two fresh water tanks; each with a 40 gal. capacity. 80 gal. total fresh water capacity.Disclaimer
The keel was laid in 1987, but the hull was never finished. The current owner purchased the hull from the shipyard in 2003 and completed the hull in 2004. The topsides were started in 2005, but never completed until 2013 because of the economic recession.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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