My take on Roberts designs is that there are a lot on the market, simply because there were and are a lot built. Kinda like thumbing through the classifieds for a used Holden Commodore or Ford Falcon. Without being an expert, or even an armchair expert on these designs specifically, I have read many reports an articles from happy owners/ builders and others who had an opinion, and I can`t recall
one which was overly damning. Sure, they have a reputation as being a good allrounder, but not really excelling at anything, but (ahem), at the risk of being `called` I believe ALL good cruising yachts should be just that. A good blend of comfort, space, stability and sea-keeping, while at the same time being nimble and slippery enough to actually get to one`s destination
, without having to take long service
leave to cut through 500nm. (For those of us who haven`t the fortune yet of retirement). Also, I will stand corrected if this is not true, but unless BR`s `spray` design differs greatly, I believe it was actually a fellow by the name of Slocombe, who came up with the first `spray`, and by ether good design or good luck, or perhaps even a combination, stumbled across something very close to the best long distance cruising hull
design, which is still admired and emulated by boat builders and marine
engineers today, even with the current
benefits of C.A.D. and other modern design methods.
For mine, a reputation like BR`s doesn`t happen by accident
, nor does so many years of success in the industry.