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We like to send you pictures from my fiberglass  Roberts 432 SY DASI.
The white one was from 2000 in Skagerak and the others was 2008 in
Minden / Weser & we have sailed now 28,000 Miles. Greetings Ulli Lanzke

ROBERTS 432 - STEEL, ALUMINUM OR FIBERGLASS

This design was drawn to replace the earlier Mauritius 43 and Norfolk 43 boat plans. These earlier designs were first drawn in 1969 and have been some of our most popular designs with over 2,000 examples currently in service throughout the world. There are now over 500 of the latest version Roberts 432 either already in service or being completed world wide. 

This is a design for long keel fans and you can build the Roberts 432 in FIBREGLASS or in STEEL or ALUMINUM with either a multi chine hull or a radius chine hull configuration. The regular aft cockpit version, or the centre cockpit/pilot house/poop stern version, offer several different accommodation possibilities which you could customize to build the long range cruising yacht to best suit your needs. We have  now added a STEEL or ALUMINUM kit or cutting files for this boat and you can see details of those on this link ... see   VOYAGER 432

 
L.O.D. 13.40 m 43'  11"
L.W.L. 11.6 m 38'    0"
BEAM 4.10 m 13'    6"
DRAFT 1.60 m 5'    3"
DRAFT 1.80 m 6'    0"
DISPL. FIBREGLASS or Aluminum 11,793 kg 26,000 lb
  Steel 13,539 kg 29,850 lb
BALLAST. 4,467 kg 9,000 lb
r432-08[1].jpg (14627 bytes) Roberts 432 Version A
boat plans & Full Size frame patterns for steel or fiberglass.

I remember when the builder of this boat contacted me a few years ago - this attractive R432 is currently cruising in the Mediterranean.

SEE the book BUILD YOUR OWN SAILBOAT for photos of this boat:

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Roberts 432 Version A
boat plans & Full Size frame patterns for steel or fiberglass.

Here we see the popular and well  proven long keel hull that is a feature of this design. The accommodation plan can be varied to suit your requirements.

Additional accommodation arrangements are shown in the Study boat plans on DOWNLOAD or on CD - YOU CHOOSE DOWNLOAD OR CD. . . package.

Roberts 432 Version A
boat plans & Full Size frame patterns for steel or fiberglass.

FROM - Mature customer - moving from sail to one of our Trawler Yachts.

I built Roberts-43 sailboat from your boat plans in 1977-81 in Alaska and sailed it approximately 10,000 nm before selling it.  Wonderful sea-boat...admired everywhere....C-Flex with balsa cored decks and cabin. Older now and into riding on the inside of the boat here in the Pacific Northwest.  David K. Parker

R432-Justice.jpg (27658 bytes) Roberts 432 Version A
boat plans & Full Size frame patterns for steel or fiberglass.

Frank Foster writes....I noticed your post to the "Justice" web site. Thought I would mention that I was the builder of the "Justice".  We met once at the Newport Boat Show while she was under construction. She is mostly Roberts 432 with an "R-45" layout. Regards Frank

Roberts 432 Version A
boat plans & Full Size frame patterns for steel or fiberglass.

This attractive interior is typical of many Roberts designs that are built by their owners.

 

Roberts 432 Version A
boat plans & Full Size frame patterns for steel or fiberglass.

Some builders go to great lengths to customize their boat - this dinette table is typical of some of these owner / builder features built into these boats.

 

Roberts 432 Version A
boat plans & Full Size frame patterns for steel or fiberglass.

Sailed by Kjell and Berit from their home in Sweden, this boat showed up in the Burnett River to clear for Australia after spending the summer in Australian waters. Their boat plans are to return home via the Suez Canal, alter the accommodation area below, fit some new sails and take off again. Another happy sailing couple fulfilling their dreams

This Roberts 43 sailed around the world from the UK.
I met the owner at a wonderful "Boat Jumble" in the UK.

LATER :  2006  Hi Bruce,  I was browsing through your website looking to see whether you designed the 43ft "Fisher/trawler" motor sailer we are about to have a look at when this jumped out at me! Thought you would like an update on Suleika, the yacht in the photo. She has just completed her second successful circumnavigation, 7 or 8 years I think, with her "new" owners, the folk who bought her from us in 1995.  We are now based in NZ and for several months Suleika was based in an adjacent marina berth, quite a coincidence.

I recall our encounter at the Beaulieu Boat Jumble, Hampshire England in 1995, hope you are doing well, best wishes  Sally Gillet.

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Roberts 432 Version B
boat plans & Full Size frame patterns for steel or fiberglass.

LEFT: This Roberts 43 Pilot House version was  built in about 1970 and is still going strong.
 
Hi folks,  I was looking through your website as I am considering  buying  another of your designs which was recently built here in Perth , a current model aft cockpit 43. After looking at many other options, I have come to the conclusion that the 43 ,value for money, safety and performance ,you can't beat it.

Its interesting to see that the photo you are using for the pilot house version is an original photo of a boat named "Mellisylou", shown in the early publiCATAMARANion of "Build for Less", built for a guy in Sydney in the mid 70's.

I owned the boat for 4 years and sold her in 94,after re-naming her "Pavanne" She has been sold 3 times since and I saw her yesterday at Fremantle Sailing Club. I'm tempted to buy her back . However and more to the point, she's stylish and the design looks as good to-day as it did when it was drawn probably 30 years ago. Good on you Bruce , you're a legend. Kind Regards,  Mike Capelle

 

This Pilot House R432 can be rigged as a cutter, sloop or ketch as well as a variety of other sail boat plans.

 

The study boat plans on DOWNLOAD or on CD have all this information in considerable detail.

 

Roberts 432 Version B

Dear Bruce,   We launched our Roberts 432  steel cutter in the summer and are very happy with her performance. She feels very solid, even in a blow, and is pretty forgiving with the couple of novices we are. She doesn't heal much which is great because we have a main of 12 ounce cloth which will take a real beating. We were impressed with the speed down wind, 8kts in 20 kts wind, awesome!

She is sitting in Vancouver BC waiting for spring when we'll depart on a journey around the world!  Thank you for such an excellent design, can't wait to hit "the big blue" !    Best wishes for a prosperous  upcoming year.
Building has been such a great experience for us both, now let the fun begin!
 
Best regards Bruce,
Sandy & Gena  CSV Dulcie-Darlene

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Roberts 432 Version B
boat plans & Full Size frame patterns for steel or fiberglass.

Here we see the popular and well  proven long keel hull that is a feature of this design.

The accommodation plan can be varied to suit your requirements - other version are shown in the Study boat plans on DOWNLOAD or on CD - YOU CHOOSE DOWNLOAD OR CD. . .
package.

Roberts 432 Version B
boat plans & Full Size frame patterns for steel or fiberglass.

Comfortable pilot and navigation seating is built in to this Roberts 432.

Roberts 432 Version B
boat plans & Full Size frame patterns for steel or fiberglass.

This diesel heating stove is well protected and represents well thought out installation.

 

Hi Bruce,  I love my M43 ketch and I wish the technology had been around 25 years ago to easily build a steel hull. I built it alone on shoestring in 12 years. Then I had to teach myself to sail. It is an easy boat to handle and given to no sudden or nasty tricks. A most forgiving design. Often on the bay , I meet other boats of the same size that are heeled strongly while the M43 remains adamantly upright. I'm making the same speed so I guess I'm doing something right.  The Mauritius 43is very forgiving and very stable. Only for a person who never skippered anything but a canoe God was she massive!  regards RF


Hello Bruce.  Just a short message regarding one of your completed designs.  My father, Charles Bonds, built a Norfolk 43 centre cockpit, flush deck, ketch rigged sailboat named KANGATOO from your designs in our backyard in Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto (Canada).  He started building it approximately in 1981 and launched it in 1989.  He set sail for Florida and retired there.  Unfortunately he passed away this year but he had many years of live aboard enjoyment.  The boat is up for sale now, but I thought you might like to see a couple of pictures.  Kelly Bonds

Bruce:
We have built your Offshore 44 design in steel are very happy with her.  She is a wonderful, comfortable and well sailing boat.  We want to enter a couple of low key races this year with her before we go off cruising.  One of the questions on the handicap form is the year that she was designed.  What year was she designed anyway?  We started construction in 1985, launched in 2002 and have been enjoying her ever since. 
For your enjoyment I have attached a photo of her taken last September in Tamales Bay, about 50 miles north of San Francisco.  Thanks for such a great boat. David and Rose Eberhard s/v
Valkyrie

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