Roberts 38 Offshore Yacht fully fitted out to cruise now

AU $99,000 Finance
38' 9" - 11.80m
Vessel Location
Manly QLD Insurance
Hull Material
Fibreglass/GRP Foam core construction heavily built for offshore cruising

Southern Sky is a cutter rig design vessel and has had only one owner. She is Australian registered and a proven Blue water cruising yacht.
She was recently surveyed on the 3rd July 2018 and to quote the survey report" Southern Sky can only be described as a superbly built version of this design. The vessel has been prepared to go to sea and has been correctly upgraded over the years to a standard rarely seen. The owners informed me that the vessel is currently insured for A$140,000 and I have no hesitation and placing on Southern Sky of Circa $140,000"
The Underwriters have approved the survey report which reflects the quality of Southern Sky.
Any person wanting to obtain a high quality vessel ready to safely cruise the oceans should consider looking at Southern Sky. You will not be disappointed.

This vessel was once again upgraded on 22nd December, 2017. The mast and boom were taken off the vessel and professionally repainted and all the head fittings were professionally replaced on the mast ie wind instruments (Simrad); a new TV aerial and VHF aerial.
The mast steps were taken off and checked for corrosion and professionally repainted.
The rigging was also inspected professionally.
Included on Southern Sky is a lot of modern equipment which is intended to ensure that she is always well prepared and constantly well maintained and only requires the personal touch of new owners to begin her offshore journey.

A 54HP Yanmar motor and gear box along with a 19" Eagle 4 bladed propeller was professionally installed 5 years ago and the motor has only been run in with 520 hours on the clock. The propeller is manufactured in SA and is quite unique in that it is modelled along the lines that are similar to what are on Supertankers.

Southern Sky is well founded and has many thousands of sea miles to her credit. She tracks well at sea and is easy to sail by having all the equipment going back into the cockpit. She has proven to be a safe, comfortable and quiet cruising yacht which will suit the most discerning purchaser.

AU $99,000    Finance    Insurance
Vessel Name
Southern Sky
38' 9" - 11.80m
11 tonne
Keel / Ballast
Vessel Location
Manly Qld
Rego Expiry
Bruce Roberts - over the years we have added many improvements to the hull and decks.
Owner builder
Hull Material
Fibreglass/GRP Foam core construction heavily built for offshore cruising
Decks Material
Klegecell Foam core fibreglass with 6 layers of fibreglass on outer skin and 6 layers on inner skin. This is a very solid, well constructed boat
Yanmar 54 HP naturally aspirated Diesel
Engine Make
Number Engines
Fuel Type
Engine Hours
Fuel Consumption
2.4litres per hour
Max Speed
7.5 knots
Cruise Speed
6.5 to 7 knots
PSS Shaft drive. New concept design 19" 4 bladed Eagle propeller which combined with Yanmar motor gives 7 knots.
200 litres in 2 stainless steel tanks plus 120 litres on quality made deck racks
180 litres in total between 2 tanks ( we have a top of the range water maker which we use when travelling on the vessel
RIB Conquest 2.6m Open Dinghy which sits upright on a special stainless steel rack forward of the mast.
Tohatsu 9.8HP has just been serviced 31/1/18
Black mainsail cover with lazy jacks;
Unique Main Dodger which has side curtains with clears which keeps the cockpit dry in heavy weather.
Cover over front to protect clears ; winch covers; Cover over dinghy. Covers over fuel drums on deck.
Removable cockpit cover
Seat cushions for cockpit (new January 2018)
Can sleep 6 persons but the boat is more suited to 2 people for long distance cruising.
* The interior has a high proportion of teak
* The vessel has recently had all bunk cushions replaced and most of the headliner
* Lee cloths for port and starboard bunks and security belt in galley for rough weather conditions
* Mesh covers to protect things from flying around in a seaway
* Many handholds throughout the cabins for support
* Lots of storage under all berths
2 person in forepeak; 1 in quarter berth; 2 in dinette and 1 on the pilot berth
Cold water shower in head and cold water shower on aft of boat
Full size electric marine toilet with holding tank and macerator
Pioneer radio with USB and Ipod capabilities. Internal and external speakers
Kogan Kaled 19" DVD TV fitted in the front berth with provision to install in dinette. New TV aerial fitted December 2017
No air conditioning but 5 high quality Turbo German fans throughout. Our vessel is well insulated.
Large storage cupboard and multiple cupboards for everyday items.
Specially built full length electrical cupboard which is wired up for the 2000 watt inverter or shore power when in a marina.
This can fit a toaster, kettle, breadmaker, breville etc as well as more storage for food.
Roden 2 burner gas stove
Pressure water
Danfoth refrigeration. Suitable for a couple. It is difficult to give dimensions due to the shape of the hull but we don't have storage problems and there is a small practical size freezer in the same compartment.
Roden 2 burner top and gas oven
Spectra Cape Horn Water Maker (World's best) 12 Volt system. 60 litres an hour. Hardly used.
Hot Water
Ground Tackle
Electric Muir Cheetah anchor winch with remote and 80 metres of 10mm chain on the capstan and an additional 40 metres of chain under the deck for spare.
Rocna 54 lb bow anchor
Fortress 37 anchor backup ( the holding power of the Fortress is extraordinary)
45 lb CQR for emergency backup.
This vessel carries considerable rope in the forward and back lockers.
The bow has been significantly reinforced with a very heavy stainless steel Samson post.
Safety Gear
MOB ring with light; MOB throwing horseshoe ring in self contained bag; Throwing ring independent; Fibreglass MOB danbouy
We also carry an extensive range of safety equipment under the seat of the dinghy ie fresh water container; life jackets (2) etc
2 Personal safety lines, Boson chair with independent tool bag. Jack lines port and starboard which go from cockpit to bow.
Mast steps going to top of the mast.
V sheet.
Bilge Pumps
2 Electric Rule bilge pumps ; Whaler manual hi capacity pump; Cockpit bilge pump
Life Raft
4 person Zodiac liferaft but not in survey
4 megahertz Epirb
Life Jackets
4 Life jackets ( 2 in dinghy and 2 in boat locker)
Standard packet of flares for coastal cruising in date
Fire Protection
3 fire extinguishers and 1 fire blanket
4 solar panels x 60 watt
Ampair Pacific 100 Wind Generator with Regulator ( quiet wind turbine)
450 Amp hour AGM batteries
Electronics / Navigation
It is important to note that all equipment necessary to sail the boat is in the cockpit.
Raymarine 12" chartplotter with depth sounder and radar
AIS unit linked into Standard Horizon radio and Raymarine plotter
Simrad wind instrument (new December 2017)
TMQ Auto Pilot with hydraulic ram and remote ( in cockpit)
Icom HF radio with Pactor Modem set up - this is in the chart room
Sail Inventory
Fully battened mainsail (Good condition) with sailcover and lazy jacks.
There is slab reefing on the main and 3 reefing points as well which goes back to the cockpit
150% genoa on Profurl (Good condition)
Staysail on profurl (Good condition)
100% genoa (brand new)
Yankee sail (brand new)
Storm trysail with a dedicated track on the mast (as new)
Storm jib (as new)
MPS (rarely used)
Mast / Rigging
Mast and boom were taken off the boat in December 2017 and professionally painted and serviced.
All mast steps taken off and checked for corrosion and found to be ok and repainted.
The wind instruments and VHF aerial were replaced as well as a number of halyards.
TV aerial was installed
We also spent the time on the slips doing her two yearly antifoul.
Our rigging is Dyform and is significantly stronger than standard rigging of most sailing boats.
It was fitted in May 2013 and does not need to be replaced until May 2023 (as per Pantanieus Insurance)

Spinnaker pole and sheets to secure pole when main and headsail are wing to wing
Deck Gear
The deck gear are Hutton Arco Winches and these are heavily geared to our specifications.
Because of this my wife is able to handle the primary winches in the harshest of wind conditions.
There are 5 winches in the cockpit and 2 on the mast for hauling up dinghy and halyards.
All the winches are 2 speed and we have 2 x 57:1 and 5 x 45:1 self tailing
Monitor windvane that would enable sailing by the wind with 3 blades and instructions plus a box of spare parts
Jack lines come with the vessel
Southern Sky has a unique deck configuration that allows our RIB to sit level right side up forward of the mast on stainless steel rails.
The 9HP motor can also be attached. This concept has serviced us well and enables all sorts of survival gear to be carried in a safe and waterproof environment underneath the dinghy seat. Whilst underway on long passages the dinghy is covered with a heavy duty waterproof cover. It is also easy for a husband and wife team to use the winch to lower the dinghy into the water when at anchor. It is quite unique to be able to do this on a 11.8 metre monohull.

On the aft deck there is an easy to attach bayonet fitting for the gas BBQ with its own cover; 2 full size external covered gas bottles, all underneath the solar panel tower and it is a pleasant place to sit and watch the world go by at the end of the day.

Since building Southern Sky we have travelled many thousands of sea miles and we have experienced our fair share of heavy weather sailing but at no time has she let us down. Her sea going qualities coupled with the cockpit design makes it a very safe boat to sail during rough conditions.
She is a vessel that has been continually looked after and many yachtspeople have commented on how well she looks and sails.

Southern Sky is now in a position for interested people who want to do Blue water cruising to come and have a look at her.
We think you would be pleasantly surprised at the amount and quality of equipment that is included with Southern Sky.

Ian and Lyn McClellan
City / Suburb

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