Castoff, I owned and cruised a Rob Roy 23 for four years in San Diego
and Mobile Bay. She was a great boat; the modified sharpie hull
has rounder bilges than the Nimble boats and didn't pound all that much in rougher waters. She also has a tad more interior
room than the Nimble 20 (which is pretty much the same boat; Ted Brewer designed both, the RR first and then the Nimble after he parted ways with the RR's builder) due to the RR's centerboard
trunk being below the cabin sole
As much as I loved the RR, though, I couldn't recommend her as a live-aboard
or longer term cruiser, the storage
space was too limited. We once packed her for a 10-day cruise
from Mobile to Lake Pontchartrain and she was full beyond the limit, it was like a Chinese puzzle every night, moving stuff off the bunks and into the cockpit
to be able to sleep. And the "sitting room only" of the RR cabin
got old after a few days, although that can be a personal preference (as Uffa Fox said, "If you want to stand up, go on deck").
After the Pontchartrain experience (and we never got there; the rudder
stock parted our first night out, a weak point of the RR design; we sailed the boat over 30 miles home steering
with just the sails
, a strong point of the RR design) we decided to move up to a larger boat and bought our current
32' Lazyjack schooner.
The Rob Roy was terrific for daysailing and weekending but as you say, was more "camping in" particularly as compared to our current
boat which we've spent upwards of a month at a time on with no problems.
There's at least one Rob Roy currently for sale
, listed on the sailingtexas.com website, if you are still interested (although I gather from your postings above that you've also concluded the RR and Nimbles are too confined for live-aboard
purposes. I've no connection to the sailingtexas boat, just happened to see the listing).