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Roberts 34

Brief details


mostly home built

Most Roberts 34s are home built, although some GRP versions were production built in South Africa. Because of the wide range of builders, interior layouts and finishes can vary considerably, as can details such as cockpit and coachroof layouts


33' 6"

Sail area

515 sq ft


24' 6"




10' 3"




5' 6"


4 - 6


5 tons approx




2 tons lead


20 - 35

Keel type

Fin and skeg (lead ballast on fin)

Roberts 34

The Roberts 34 is one of Bruce Roberts' older designs, but has a very impressive history of long distance passage-making, including Leslie Powles' "Solitaire", which has completed three circumnavigations including his last non-stop passage in 1997 from New Zealand to Lymington in England via Cape Horn (Powles had been refused permission to leave New Zealand as he did not have the right safety gear on board!). The design is aimed at home builders, and can be built in steel, aluminium, GRP or (as in the case of the white hulled example shown here) wood-epoxy


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Roberts 34

Photos below of a GRP version

Roberts 34
Roberts 34
Roberts 34

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