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Arthur Robb 56 ft Yawl 1956



Arthur Robb 56 ft Yawl 1956

Designer Arthur Robb
Builder Herbert Wood Ltd Norfolk
Date 1956
Length overall 55 ft 9 in / 17 m
Length deck 55 ft 9 in / 17 m
Length waterline 42 ft 0 in / 12.8 m
Beam 14 ft 1 in / 4.3 m
Draft 9 ft 10 in / 3 m
Displacement 20.3 Tonnes
Construction Carvel mahogany planking on rock elm frames
Engine Yanmar 55HP Diesel
Location Spain
Price EUR 185,000

These details are provisional and may be amended



Arthur Robb’s designs are notable by their balanced hull form, full forward graduating to lean aft; typically with a short doghouse forming the aft end of a low trunk cabin – ROB ROY matches this description perfectly!

In her current ownership ROB ROY has cruised and classic raced on both sides of the Atlantic eating up the miles, safely and effortlessly. The boat appears reassuringly original in feel, and honesty, almost hinting that the important things have not changed and her soul remains intact. It is probably the sign of a successful design that some boats look to be pressing forward even when tied to the dock - and ROB ROY has this in spades.


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VAT is unpaid on this yacht


Historical notes

- Custom designed and built for August Borenstein of NYC in 1956
- Owned at one time by family of Claude Worth
- Patron of the Rob Roy trophy at Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta, BVI
- Long racing history on US East Coast and Caribbean
- Famous for the celebrated “match races” against STORMY WEATHER in the 1980s
- Celebrated in 50s and 60s Miami-Nassau, Newport-Bermuda races vs FINISTERRE and others
- Perennial contender in her class in Antigua Race Week from the 1980s until 2003
- Ex flag ship of the KnickerbockerYacht Club (NYC) and the Coral Bay Yacht Club (St. John, VI)
- Transatlantic passage to the Azores and Ireland 2005
- Extensive cruising throughout Europe, the Baltic, the Mediterranean and Aegean 2005 to date



- Honduran mahogany planking bronze fastened onto Canadian rock elm frames
- Oak keel, stem, and stern timbers
- Teak decks,
- Teak deck house, trunk cabin and interior joinery
- Extensive use of Monel; ring frames, centreboard trunk
- Bronze centreboard


Accommodation and domestic equipment

Summary accommodation for 8 to 10 people
- Accessed from cockpit bridge deck by double doors, sliding hatch and steps down
- Hinged top chart table, bookshelf and seat to port
- Seat with Navigation and engine control instruments to stbd
- Doorway and steps down to lobby forward and alternative companionway steps stbd

- Off- white panels and deck head with contrasting teak framework and joinery
- Opening bronze framed port lights, overhead and reading lights, oil lamps
- Blue upholstery
- 1 x L shaped settee berth to port
- 1 x Pilot berth outboard
- Drop leaf table on centreline
- 1 x Settee berth to stbd
- 1 x Pilot berth outboard
- Stowage under and in lockers / drawers forward
- Cabin heater on stbd fwd bulkhead
- Bookshelves on bulkheads fore and aft to port

Opening doorway to galley athwartships
- 3 burner gas hob and oven
- Fridge
- Sink with hot and cold water
- Stowage, outboard, under and on bulkheads fore and aft

Fore cabin in off-white with contrasting varnished wood battens and joinery
- 2 x Berths make up a double
- Shelves
- Stowage under and in lockers above to stbd
- Hatchway to fore deck
- Access to chain locker

Coming aft through saloon passing main companionway steps through corridor aft
- Head compartment, with Wilcox-Crittendon skipper WC, hot and cold shower and sink
- Aft cabin
- 2 x Large quarter berths; usable as doubles
- Stowage under and aft near centreline by companionway up to doghouse


Rig, spars and sails

Yawl rigged
- Original Alaska Sitka spruce spars
- Spinnaker pole stowed stbd side deck fwd
- Monel chain plates
- Stainless steel standing rigging

Custom sails by David Bierig – all hank-on head sails and staysails
- Main,
- Mizzen
- #1, #2 and #3 Jibs
- #1staysail
- Mizzen staysail
- Additional #1and #4 jibs
- Storm staysail
- 1 x Reacher spinnaker
- 1 x New symmetrical spinnaker


Deck layout equipment and ground tackle

From bow
- Bow roller
- Pulpit and guardrail on stanchions to pushpit aft
- Fairleads and teak in bronze mooring cleats
- Maxwell electric anchor windlass
- 30 Kg Bruce main anchor on chain
- 20 Kg Bruce, 20 Kg Danforth and 35 Kg Luke anchor all with ropes and chain
- 25 Kg Kittinger anchor
- Booby hatch to fore cabin with side boxes
- Trunk cabin with port lights to the sides and varnished teak handrails fore and aft each side
- Skylight hinged forward
- 2 x Dorade vents each sided
- Main Mast with bronze spinnaker pole track and boom
- 4 x Halyard bronze and chromed winches on mast
- Butterfly skylight
- 3 x Dorade vents
- Sliding hatch to main companionway stbd
- Doghouse with port lights view fwd hand rails and spray screen on stainless steel frame
- Winch aft end of doghouse stbd
- Cockpit with seating aft and to sides
- 2 x Lewmar 65 3 speed primary winches on pedestals outside coamings - and cleats
- 2 x Barient 2 speed secondary winches also on pedestals
- Bronze main sheet traveller
- Teak helm wheel mounted on binnacle for steering compass
- Mizzen mast and boom
- 2 x Halyard winches
- Lazarette
- Highfield levers
- Mooring cleats and fairleads both sides aft


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Yanmar 55HP Diesel
- Hurst 3:1 gearbox and 22 inch three bladed MaxProp bronze propeller
- 8-D 12 V house battery
- 2 Grp 27 12 V starting batteries
- 1 Grp 27 12 V anchor windlass battery
- 1000 W inverter
- Marine grade charger
- 4 x 80 W solar panels
- 2 x 50 Gallon / 227 litre Monel water tanks
- 1x 70 Gallon / 318 litre Monel fuel tank
- 2 x 35 Gallon / c 160 litre auxiliary plastic fuel tanks
- 1 x 70 litre / 318 litre holding tank


Navigation, communications and electronics

- 1 x Danforth / White Constitution six inch main steering compass
- 2 x GPS
- Furuno radar
- Navtex
- Depth sounders
- VHF radio
- Icom SSB radio with tuner, antenna, etc
- Auto helm 2000 autopilot
- Aries vane self steering system
- Brass cased clock and barometer on mast in saloon



- Avon 10 man life raft in canister
- MOB rings, lights and markers
- Life sling system
- Flare gun with flares, etc
- Achilles inflatable dinghy with 4 HP Yamaha outboard
- 1 x 12 ft rowing dinghy, 2 sets of oars; one spruce, one cedar


Refit works

The current owner has carried out extensive refit works since acquiring the boat in 1996, generally between racing seasons. Thereby he has kept her in good racing and cruising order both structurally and cosmetically and details of the works can be provided on request.


These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as a general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.


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