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Arthur Robb Ketch - SOLD

  • Designer: Arthur C. Robb
  • Builder: ABC Boatyard Ltd
  • Year: 1959
  • Location Hants
  • Length on deck: 50'
  • Beam: 13'6"
  • Draft: 5'9"
  • Tonnage(TM): 27.5T disp


REF: 3049

Full Specification

Arthur Robb ketch built by ABC Boatyard Ltd in 1959 with later refitting by the Berthon Boat Company Ltd

Immaculate classic motorsailor rebuilt at Berthon in 1968 and 1979. With excellent volume below, all the comforts of home, exceptionally sea-kindly motion and good performance under both sail and power.


Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:

Ekki 6″ x 12″ x 8″ stem and centreline members, Opepe 5″ x 15″ keel

Long external lead ballast keel

Resorcinol-laminated iroko frames.

Iroko floors and beam shelf.

Iroko stringers, Iroko & Opepe deck beams with laminated Iroko knees.

Planked below waterline in Opepe 1 3/16” , Iroko above, bronze screw fastened.

Hull is Cascover sheathed. Cascover sheathing is amodern version of worm protection to the underwater surfaces of a wooden hul and involves applying woven n ylon sheet to the prepared bare wood using a rescorcinol glue. The result is total worm protection with the often over-looked advantage of the enormous additional strength of the nylon cloth which can give extraordinary protection in case of collision with underwater obstruction or flotsam.

3 x Watertight bulkheads

Teak laid deck over a ply sub deck – redesigned and rebuilt by Berthon in 1968.

Teak superstructure: – redesigned and rebuilt by Berthon in 1968.

Teak external trim: – redesigned and rebuilt by Berthon in 1968.

Teak interior joinery with teak sole boards. The interior was redesigned and rebuilt by Berthon in 1979.

New anodes fitted in Spring 2011.

Detailed insurance survey winter 2010. Skin fittings were removed and sections of the hull sheathing were inspected.

Stern gear and rudder in phosphor bronze.

Bathing platform and ladder, boarding gates, manual davits.



Lister HRWM 4 cylinder 50hp  diesel engine completely overhauled 1998.

Lister LH5 3:1 reduction gearbox.  Approx 50 hours per year since gearbox and transmission were renewed.

27″ diameter 3-bladed propeller.

Racor fuel and water separator.

Cruising speed 7 ½ knots, maximum 8.2.



24 volts circuits. – 2 separate banks of 2 x 12v batteries, approx 200 amp hours each.

Batteries renewed approx 3 years ago

Heart interface charging system.

24/30 amps Alternator on main engine.

Engel shore charging automatic, with ring main at 220v.

Vetus gas detector.

3 x whale bilge pumps.

24 volt Automatic pumps in engine and forward compartments.



Fuel:                2 x 90 gallons stainless steel tanks – range 1000 miles at cruising speed.

Fresh water:    2 x 98 gallons galvanised tanks.


Grey/Blackwater holding tanks;  Holding tank and macerator pump fitted in the forward heads/shower, sited under the starboard bunk in forward cabin, unused to date.


12v water pressure system.

20 gallon calorifier in engine room off the main engine with 220 volt immersion heater.




Description of layout from forwards:

V berth guest cabin with loads of storage and with heads and shower to starboard.

The main saloon has seating port and starboard with large central teak table and lots of space for relaxing.

The chart table is on the port side facing aft opposite the L’ shaped galley with generous work surfaces.

The aft cabin is accessed from the doghouse and has a large double berth with separate en-suite heads and shower. Berth is central, large and accessible from both sides. Custom mattress splits

down the middle and slats beneath are easily removed to gain access to emergency steering.


Domestic Equipment:


Lockimp gas 3-burner hob (replaced approximately 2 years ago).

Bosch HMG 2000 oven and grill.


2 x Parr manual W/Cs.

2 x Showers.



JVC stereo/CD player.




Bermudian ketch rig on Sitka Spruce spars, deck stepped with steel supports beneath, fabricated by Berthon in 1968.

Stainless steel standing rigging and terylene running rigging by Ocean Rigging (2011).

Self-tacking furling genoa.

Detachable inner cutter stay.

Roller reefing on main and mizzen.



2 x Lewmar 44 S/T manual primaries.

1 x Lewmar 40 S/T manual halyard/main.

2 x Manual halyard/main.

1 x Lewmar 16 S/T manual halyard/mizzen.



2 x Furling genoas (1 giant 2 years old by Sanders, 1 standard 6 years old).

1 x Staysail (on boom).

1 x Mainsail,

1 mizzen staysail – Sanders.

1 x Storm jib.

1 x Mizzen – Sanders.


Ground tackle

CQR and Fisherman anchors

Francis electric anchor windlass with control at helm.


Deck equipment

Sail covers on main and mizzen.

Sprayhood over centre cockpit, solid doghouse in Teak.

Cockpit cushions in white with blue piping.

Windscreen wiper system at helm position.

Overall winter cover in blue canvas with wooden supports.

Sanders covers for brightwork.

Sanders cockpit cover.

GRP solid dinghy


Safety Equipment:


2 Lifebuoys with lights.


Navigation Equipment:

• Clock and barometer.

• Rigel binnacle compass.

• Robertson AP 300X autopilot with remote.

• 2 x Skanti VHF DSC.

• B&G Hercules/Hornet log/depth/wind speed/angle sailing instrumentation.

• Raymarine chart plotter.

• Raytheon R20XX radar.

• B&G Lokata.


These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.


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