Bruce Roberts 38 Masthead Sloop for sale

Portsmouth, United Kingdom

£36,000 GBP

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Bruce Roberts 38 Masthead Sloop
Used sail boat for sale
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Name of boat
Maid of Ditchling
Year of manufacture
Length overall
11.66 metres
3.70 metres
1.90 metres
Full keel
Portsmouth, United Kingdom


1 x BMC 4 cylinder


Number of cabins

About this Bruce Roberts 38 Masthead Sloop

This custom built sailing yacht is an ocean going craft lovingly restored in the last year with around £25,000 being spent to bring her to her current condition. Originally built by David Lowles of Newhaven, as a custom order in tri diagonal cold moulded plywood sheathed in resin, she has been fitted with teak decks, has been fully rewired, a full engine overhaul and total refurbishment of the interior. A survey was instigated by the current owners following her refit at the end of August 2018 and the valued her at £36,000. One of the unique features of this yachts design is the slightly convex foredeck area which makes for easier access when heeled over. This yacht has to be viewed to fully appreciate the work that the current owner has carried out to bring this classic Bruce Roberts design up to current outstanding condition. True sailers will appreciate the classic design features and usability of of this very capable sailing sloop.  

She is now ready to take her new owners on many adventures and given her great sea keeping and ease of handling these could be local or much, further afield.

Early viewing by appointment is recommended.

General background information

David Lowles - a Master Shipwright of Newhaven - used the Bruce Roberts' design principle ref. BR16 - for all scantlings and basic construction. Fundamentally, the build uses Iroko laminated frames with triple diagonal marine ply, with resin bonding and a GRP sheath to the whole of the external hull surface.' All lamination used the Airodax 2 part adhesive. The 3-ton keel was integrally formed with the hull construction. The flush   laid deck was prepared with a teak covering to a heavy duty marine ply. Much of the internal joinery is also in marine ply with the Galley and navigation station finished with laminated surfaces and hardwood trim. It is understood the Cockpit housing was conceived by the builder with the purpose of providing a safe, comfortable environment for Skipper and crew. The concept includes generous glazed areas to both forward and sides, a deep sole to allow full height standing under the canopy and boom - and a helm with classic 'destroyer ship's wheel'. 'The vessel  is of a general heavy-duty construction, built for comfortable ocean passage-making.

Accommodations Details

Once onboard, the construction of the craft is clearly one of considerble strength by use the triple-diagonal marine ply applied to the heavy-duty frame running fore and aft. Resin bonded and with a GRP sheath to the hull exterior surface, this combination clearly indicates a vessel built for long-distance sailing.

The Wheelhouse is particularly well planned with the U-form seating under the Cockpit housing. The seat backs are all in the style of the decking. The helm position is central with a generously sized 'ship's wheel' - see photos. The glazed forward and side elements provide both excellant vision as well as protection. Within the back-rests are a number of 'lift-out' panels, offering both stowage of gear as well as access service the rudder stock and steerage elements, etc.

The accommodation entry/exit steps - at the fore part of the Cockpit - are angled and lead below to the L-shaped Galley. The Galley has a deep sink with hot & cold water supply and draining board adjacent to a generous work-top surface. A Taylor 2-burner gas hob and oven is adjacent. Gas bottle located topsides with cut-off valve. The generous beam allows for 'purpose-made' fittings fastened to the internal structure of the hull. The Galley has a large work-top area with useful hand-rail.

The aft bulkheadhas, at the lower level, the access panel to the engine and stern spaces. From the Galley, forward, a passageway is set slightly to Starboard where sail bins, etc. are located. ToPort, is a U-shaped table and seating for up to 6 persons.

Forward - again to Port - is the Heads compartment with sea toilet, hand-basin and shower facility. Foreward, is the Forecabin across the width of the vessel. Traditional single berths to Port and Starboard, each have purpose shaped mattresses. An infill mattress is provided at a size offering a good double berth in the Fore-peak.

The Forecabin has a deck-head hatch for light, ventilation and emergency escape if needed. To Starboard there are a number of open-fronted stowage spaces accommodating loose gear, equipment, clothing, etc.

The exposed interior hull sides are painted white as are the deck-heads throughout.

Navigation, Electrical, Safety Equipment, Sails & rig

Navigation Equipment

The following navigation aides are included:

- Sestral Major magnetic steering compass (fitted at the binnacle)

- Sestral Navigator magnetic steering compass at the navigation desk below.

- Koden 16m Radar unit (1997)

- Icom M59 VHF radio (1997)

- Garmin 75 GPS (1996) (includes log and speed)

- Spaceage graphic sounder with alarms

- Autohelm 6000 auto-pilot

- Wind & direction indicators

- Hydrovane wind steering system controlling the rudder.

- Barometer, Sextant, hand-held lead and line.

....other items the Owner may include.


2 x 12v batteries charged by engine alternator with one battery dedicated to engine start. Further charging is by the installed Ampair wind generator rigged aft, clear of the Cockpit and boom. Switchboard located below in accommodation spaces.

Safety Equipment

Navigation lights to Code with switches at the switchboard. The inventory of personal aids include:

- 4-man liferaft with hydrostatic release

- 2 life jackets with harnesses

- 2 x horseshoe shaped lifebouys

- 1 x fire extinguisher

- 1 x fire blanket

- 1 x first aid box and contents

- 1 x hand-held flood/searchlight

- 2 x manual bilge pumps

Radar reflector and emergency VHF aerial

Sails & Rig

Anodised aluminium mast and spars with stainless steel standing rigging. A furling headsail is fitted, with control at the Cockpit winches: hauling of the Main and Foresail at the mast with manual winch. Mainsail has standard 'slide-in' foot to the boom. The sheets are lead directly to the Cockpit manual winches and cleats. The Mainsail has a cover when secured.

Deck & General

Stainless steel (s/s) stanchions are fitted from Fore to Aft, Starboard & Port, with twin s/s wires, fastened forward to the s/s Pulpit and aft to the matching Pushpit. The Pulpit is arranged with fore-deck roller and guides for the chain, warp and Bruce anchor. The chain and warp is directed to the anchor winch and capstan. The teak laid decks have a metal upstand to the length of the hull, both Port & Starboard . Any water taken onboard is quickly removed by the cut-outs in the upstand. Winches, handles and cleats are located at the fore part of the Cockpit structure. A number of fairleads and cleats are also fitted on the deck - fore and aft - for fenders, warps, etc.

The boom extends slightly aft of the Cockpit canopy and is fitted with the tackle for the setting of the angle of the sail to wind.


Engine: BMC 4-cylinder diesel

Drive Type: Shaft Drive

Engine Year: 1981 - Fully overhauled 2018

Battery System: 12V

The BMC 35 hp 4-cyl marinised diesel engine has 1.5 ltr capacity, driving through a matching gear-box to stainless steel shaft and 3-bladed propeller. The Morse-like controls are adjacent to the helm in the Cockpit, with the engine located under the Cockpit, with access adjacent to the Galley.

Disclaimer Notice.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


  • Hot water
  • Vhf
  • Navigation center
  • Autopilot - plus a windvane system
  • Battened mainsail
  • Radar
  • Teak cockpit
  • Gps
  • Log speedometer
  • Generator - Ampair wind generator rigged aft, clear of the Cockpit and boom.
  • Depthsounder
  • Compass - 1 at helm and 1 at navigation desk
  • Marine head
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Steering wheel
  • Microwave oven
  • Oven
  • Teak sidedecks
  • Genoa
  • Mainsail cover
  • Wind speed and direction

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Broker/Dealer Information

Imperial International Yacht Brokers - Head Office

Mr Michael Miller
Harefield House
Harbridge Court
BH24 3QG
United Kingdom
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