'Roma of Rhu' is a classic 34 foot mahogany carvel sloop, built by the Prior's yard at Burnham on Crouch in the 1960s. She is in fair and sailable condition but would benefit from a little tlc. She has an excellent, well-maintained Beta marine Diesel engine and a Refleks stove. Her sails are elderly but viable. We have owned her for over 16 years and have sailed her extensively up and down the West Coast of Scotland, where she is well known. Work pressures make the maintenance of a timber classic yacht impossible and she is being sold with some regret. She seeks a loving home, Roma is lying afloat only 15 mins drive from Stornoway airport, which has regular flights to various parts of Scotland and to Manchester.
From the board of Alan Buchanan, ‘Roma’ is a true classic sailing cruiser and a delight to sail. Alan Buchanan, in a career spanning 50 years, had more than 2,000 designs to his credit. The ‘Saxon’ replaced the ‘Yeoman MK2’ class in 1960. A sea-kindly and comfortable cruiser racer from an era of classics, fairly easy for one competent person to handle.
‘Roma of Rhu’ is now in her fourth ownership and has been based on the West Coast of Scotland for over 20 years. We bought her from Kilmelford Yard, south of Oban, in 2001 and have used her regularly for cruising all-year-round, from Mull-of-Kintyre to Orkney and including most of the Inner and Outer Hebrides. She has been a wonderful boat to sail and, provided she is not over-canvased, is surprisingly easy to handle. She has a roller reefing headsail and slab-reefed main (old but still useable). Sails have been regularly valeted and repaired as necessary, by Saturn sails in Oban.
Like many timber construction boats of this era, replacements and improvements have been made along the way, during refits and annual maintenance routines. Structural work and some refits and painting have been carried out by Kilmelford Yard by the current and previous owners. Her original timber mast and boom were changed to lighter, easier-to-maintain aluminium ones in a previous ownership.
The accommodation is based on what was found to be a most popular layout, with a forward cabin containing anchor locker, ‘pipe’ berths port and starboard, a separate heads compartment (the original Baby Blake was cracked and has been changed for a more modern version) with small sink, to port, and hanging space starboard. There are two saloon berths, a very small galley located to port, on coming ‘down below’, a chart table and instruments to starboard, a quarter berth and sail stowage. She has proved ideal for two people to sail and live aboard for several weeks at a time. We fitted the Refleks stove –currently in need of a service- to facilitate (comfortable!) winter sailing. Technically, she can sleep five- but stowage of personal gear might be a problem and the cockpit is small to seat more than 2/3 adults, when tacking.
Pressure of work for both of us, and the time required for upkeep of a wooden boat, plus the inclement weather of our location force this sale. She is offered for sale with some regret, as we have loved sailing her. We hope she will go to someone who will have as much fun and eager exploration, maybe of Scotland, in her as we have. Reluctantly we have turned to ‘glass’! She is realistically priced, taking into account that she could use a little tlc.
|Tax Status:||Tax Exempt|
|Location:||Stornoway Hebrides UK [ Map ]|
|Vessel type:||Classic Mahogany Carvel Sloop|
|Builder:||RJ Prior & Son, Burnham-on-Crouch, to Lloyds s|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||Marine 32 HP Diesel 1996|
|Length over all:||10.36m|
|Length at waterline:||26' 6"|
|Displacement:||8 metric tons|
|Fuel capacity:||10 Gallons|
|Water capacity:||5 Gallons|
- Beta 32 HP diesel engine with Hurth gearbox installed 2000. Has been regularly serviced and maintained.
- Standard stern gear; 25mm shaft with Stopello seal, fixed 3 blade bronze propeller 15"x10" RH Aquapoise 55. Replaced c 2015.
- Max speed under engine 6 knots; cruising speed 5 knots.
- Approx 10 Gallons Diesel SS tank.
- Carvel mahogany and teak planking on hardwood frames.
- Epoxy-painted ply deck, panelled in some sections with ‘Treadmaster’.
- Teak toe rail.
- Ply coach-roof with varnished teak cabin sides.
- Lead ballast keel.
- Galvanised strap floors.
- Keel bolts drawn and inspected 2000 and replaced where necessary.
- Hull finished in white gloss paint with decks coated in cream buff and ‘Treadmaster’ panels.
- Interior white and varnished wood.
- Sole boards of solid teak with varnished finish.
- Timber structure is visible and either varnished or painted out in white gloss.
- PLASTIMO Neptune 2000 gas cooker (old but functional), 2 burner + grill and oven with gimbals and fiddles. Worktop and stowage to aft.
- Small stainless steel sink with FW & SW supply via Gusher hand pump.
- Quarter berth runs aft of the chart table under the cockpit seat.
- Full size chart table to starboard, with all navigation instruments positioned for easy use at sea.
- Stowage above below chart table for charts, publications etc and also canned food!
- Main saloon typical of a small classic yacht.
- Bulkheads and lockers white gloss painted with trims finished in varnished timber.
- Off centre folding table, mounted to port.
- REFLEX diesel heater (type 66MK) mounted forward on the port side saloon. Needs servicing.
- Heads compartment to port.
- Jabsco manual marine toilet.
- Small corner-mounted sink with FW supply.
- Two cupboards with stowage below.
- Full length hanging locker to starboard.
- Forepeak offers two narrow single berths, both with stowage provided above and below.
DECK EQUIPMENT AND GROUND TACKLE
- 35lb CQR on 55m short link 8mm chain.
- 20kg Danforth anchor.
- 15m spare chain with 20m nylon rode.
- Windlass –needs reconditioning
- Mooring warps and fenders.
- Full, serviceable custom-made winter cover with s/s standoff rails for use ashore.
(CRADLE- may be available at extra cost)
- Masthead sloop rig
- Keel stepped Aluminium mast with single set of spreaders. Boom and spinnaker pole.
- Stainless steel standing rigging. Date unknown but pre-2000.
- Furlex reefing system on new forestay for the Genoa 2000
- Slab boom reefing mainsail.
- Primary winches: Lewmar 43 two speed.
- Mainsail in useable condition but date unknown.
- Genoa; Saturn . Date unknown but in fair condition.
- Hatch-mounted Steering compass.
- Autohelm Log, Depth instruments.
- Clipper Wind and speed indicator.
- Autohelm 2000 Tiller Pilot.
- XM DSC VHF RADIO.
- NASA Navtex receiver.
- Standard Horizon CP300 plotter with rail mounted antenna.
- Goodmans radio gazette.
- Plastimo 4 person life raft on stainless steel cradle. Service was due May 2014.
- Rule 2000 12v electric bilge pump with automatic air operated switch.
- Whale gusher manual bilge pump.
- Mast -mounted radar reflector.
- 1x stainless steel boarding ladder.
- Various lifejackets and harnesses.
- 2x 1kg fire extinguishers.
- 1x fire blanket.
- Bulkhead-mounted first aid kit.
Indicated location is approximate general area only.