G'day Indigo Moon,
We have owned and sailed 'Spirit of Sobraon' for the past 9 years, She is a GRP Spray Replica hull
. Not a Roberts, however in saying that the size and look of Blue Knight is very similar to her.
We are currently in Thailand
on our way around the world Circumnavigating East about via the North Pacific
and wouldn't consider any other boat to do the job.
We had the option of selling her last year and replacing her with a 53' Jeneau that was only two years old for very, very little money
and chose not to. The reason is that apart from the compliments we get on her looks she is safe, comfortable, easy to sail and very livable.
The design gets a lot of criticism from armchair and racer
types, however the truth is as a cruising sail boat we have held our own with most, with the benifit of not having to live like a camper.
On the Indonesian rally we were concerned due to our size and perceived slow speed that we would possibly be the last boat at each anchorage. This was the first time that we had sailed in company with a large group of other International cruising boats. Of the 104 boats that left Darwin, after a 450 mile passage
, we were the 18th boat to arrive in Kupang.
There are a number of badly built amateur Roberts boats that don't do the design a lot of favours, however Blue Knight looks very good. I would like to see her interior
We have a website Home Page: Spirit of Sobraon's Travel Log The...
that details a lot we have learnt along the way. Unfortunately we had a problem on the site and lost
a lot of our refit
pages although we are adding a lot whilst waiting out the monsoon season.
I have posted a video of us sailing down the east coast
. The weather
was crappy and we crossed the Wide Bay Bar at the same time as a 55 Schoning cat. We were parked in Mooloolaba 1.5 hrs before them. You know it's a rough day when a dolphin colides with you! We have heard a lot of talk about sailing with jib
and mizzen I don't agree. Sprays that have similar sailing properties as the original work better reefing both main and mizzen together.