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Robb Lion 35

Brief details



Designed by Arthur C Robb in 1950, the Lion design was a top-class racer in her day, winning several major races - one yacht twice winning the Sydney-Hobart. Lions were built in many yards: in England larch on oak was a common hull material, whilst a substantial number of all-teak Lions were built by Cheoy Lee in Hong Kong. Prices for these boats can be highly variable, much depending on construction and condition.


35' 2"

Sail area

480 sq ft main and working jib


24' 0"




8' 9"




4' 8" or 5' 7"




14,200 lbs


usually originally inboard petrol


5,600 lbs


typically 12- 30

Keel type

Long keel with iron ballast

Robb Lion 35

Arthur Cecil (Arthur C.) Robb (1908-1969) was born in New Zealand but worked mainly in England, both as a yard manager at a boatbuilders in Scotland, and as a naval architect. During World War II he was a Reserve Officer in the British Royal Navy, attaining the rank of Lieutenant-Commander, and worked on the design of the airborne lifeboat.

The Lion is one of his most famous yacht designs, around 150 having been built throughout the world. With long overhangs and a graceful sheerline, coupled with a long low coachroof terminating in a small doghouse, she really is a very elegant yacht. Two different versions were built, one being shallower draught at 4' 8", whilst this yacht is the deeper version at nominally 5' 6"

Originally designed as a fractional sloop, with diamond spreaders supporting the upper mast, yawl rigged versions were also built. As many of the original hollow wooden masts will by now have been replaced with alloy masts, rigs will often have been altered, as the stronger material renders the diamond spreaders unnecessary. Similarly, the original engines would typically have been petrol inboards, though almost all will by now have been re-engined with small diesels.

Robb Lion 35

Robb Lion 35

She has a two-berth forecabin, with the heads compartment dividing this from the saloon. Aft of the saloon is a step up to the doghouse, in which there is one quarterberth to starboard, and to port a seat where a crew can sit in shelter with a good view around, yet be near the cockpit


The engine is installed under the raised floor of the doghouse


Left: The anchor windlass and chain pipe on this yacht are unusually installed at the forward end of the coachroof (probably to keep weight aft). The box also forms a Dorade ventilator.

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The yacht illustrated had been laid up ashore for several years under an overall cover, and had been rerigged with alloy spars

Owners photograph when in commission

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