Originally Posted by richink
making some enquiries about a Roberts 39'10" built by Bentex engineering UK in 1984
(steel)....anybody know anything about this crowd or boat?? seems fitout & even length gets to be a lottery....thanks newboy Rich
Don't know if there were a number of these built by Bentex or if we are perhaps referring to the very same one of the exact same length and builder
I have never been on board the one I am familiar with but the hull build looks quite rough to me from the exterior (I am very familiar with steel boat builds) having some "hungry horse" looks in way of the plating over the frames and also the chines are not clean fair curves. It would need a lot of fairing if asthetics were important to one. I would compare it to a below average amateur build in that department which I found surprising seeing as it was apparantly built by an engineering company.
The deck hardware
, etc looks reasonably well thought out for a boat of its age but again gives the appearance of being by a slightly better than average rank amateur rather than a professional and experienced sail boat builder
. One example, the traveller is right across the middle of the cockpit
and mounted so high that it would be a toss up as to whether it would be easier to climb under it or over it. Not so good for a cruising boat but I don't know if others were built the same (should there be others from the same builder).
Have only seen photos of the interior
and based on that very limited exposure looks ok for a boat of its vintage (but photos often look better than reality). It may have been done by others.
Overall, the boat gives me the impression of being built by an engineering firm as a sideline or something new to try. But that is just an impression, I don't know that. It also does not, of course, mean that it is not seaworthy
or not good value for the money
. It is very difficult to build a steel boat that is not strong - something to look out for is that the plating thicknesses are as the designer
specified, as is common practice by inexperienced builders to add another mm to the plating thickness for no use whatsoever but at an enormous weight penalty.