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Old 05-07-2020, 04:42   #1
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Consider buying a Bruce Roberts

I was abord a Bruce Robertson recently. The owner bought it from the builder who build it all by himself. It is a 43 with a longer aft end, so 45 feet. GRP and lead keel. Finished in 2010 after 18 years, and everything seems so well made, really impressing, and only high quality products.
I am considering buying it, but isnt that a really risky business? I can never be sure that everything is made just the right way, and maybe it will be impossible to sell ever again?
Another thing is that it has furling mast, i dont like that at all, but maybe it can be rebuild into a conventional mast?
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Old 05-07-2020, 05:30   #2
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Re: Consider buying a Bruce Roberts

I built a Bruce-Roberts, the first 43 ft trawler. I've assumed it has low resale value, but that's a problem for my heirs, not me. Someone will get a rough but study miniature ship.

You can find disasterous problems in professionally built boats, too.

The bigger question might be whether you want to take on a project at this point. I don't mean that the boat is in project condition, but that you are already thinking about re-rigging, which is a big job and expensive. Are you ready for that, or would a boat that is closer to your dreams as is be a better choice?
Never let anything mechanical know that you are in a hurry.
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Old 06-07-2020, 03:10   #3
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Re: Consider buying a Bruce Roberts

Couple of recent posts about Bruce Roberts yachts, suggest you review this one.
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