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Robert Clark 45 ft Sloop 1957



Robert Clark 45 ft Sloop 1957

Designer Robert Clark
Builder Van Dam & Zn, Oude Wetering, Netherlands
Date 1957
Length overall 45 ft 3 in / 13.8 m
Length deck 45 ft 1 in / 13.73 m
Length waterline 32 ft 6 in / 9.9 m
Beam 10 ft 0 in / 3.06 m
Draft 7 ft 2 in / 2.18 m
Displacement 14 Tonnes
Construction Steel hull, timber deck and superstructure
Engine Lister LPWT4 55 HP Diesel
Location Netherlands
Price EUR 88,900

These details are provisional and may be amended



Robert Clark is on a shortlist of English naval architects who while not perhaps as iconic as Fife or Nicholson, nevertheless designed boats that were fast, beautiful to behold and winning. While Clark’s artistic temperament might have been at odds somewhat with the RORC Rating Rules, it did not stop him creating the likes of ORTAC, ERIVALE, LARA, JOCASTA and CAPRICE OF HUON – all of them race winners under the Rules.

CORABIA was part of the Dutch Admiral’s Cup Team in 1957, ‘61 and ’63. She embodies Clark’s thinking with her generous overhangs and turn of speed. This boat has benefitted from the care afforded by her current owner – and with her steel hull is a dependable classic cruiser as much as a winner of races.



CORABIA was built in 1957 for Mr Kars of Rotterdam to take part in the Dutch Admirals Cup Team; participating in 1957, 1961 and 1963. After the untimely death of her owner she was sold to the Royal Dutch Navy Yacht Club and owned by them for many years. She continued to participate in many regatta races and won several prizes. In the 80s and 90s under the ownership of Mr Jongerius she voyaged to Scotland, the Faroe Islands and as far as Iceland.

Since 2000 the current owner has had CORABIA restored professionally. Following the restoration she has sailed to Scandinavia and England several times. She has also raced successfully on the classic racing circuit with a number of firsts in recent years.



- Corten steel welded S bilge hull 3 mm plating on frames
- 7 Tons ballast encapsulated in long keel
- Steel and laminated deck frames
- Deck and coach roof of 12 mm Bruynzeel plywood
- Solid teak trunk cabin sides and toe rail
- Aluminium cockpit


Accommodation and domestic equipment

Summary 5 berths in 2 Cabins
- Standing headroom 6 ft 7 inches in the saloon
- Spacious light and airy with varnished teak joinery
- Off white deck head and bulkheads
- Varnished overhead grab rails
- Varnished pine sole

From the cockpit
- 2 quarter berths
- spacious chart table to port, 2 drawers and 1 locker under
- Wine cabinet with small table and drawers under
- Hanging locker to starboard

- Single berth to port, 4 drawers under, lockers outboard and bookshelf over
- Comfortable L shaped seating to starboard, lockers under and outboard
- Bookshelf

Galley forward to port
- Gimballed Taylors Ideal K paraffin 2 burner hob with 7litre stainless tank
- Stainless steel sink with pressurised cold water system
- Drawers and locker under for pots and pans
- Lockers outboard for cutlery and food

Head compartment accessed by sliding door
- Vacuum WC
- Porcelain corner washbasin (available but not installed)

Fore cabin
- Hanging locker to starboard
- Locker with 4 drawers under
- Vee berths 2.10 m and 1.95 m
- Isotherm ASU refrigeration box 2006 under
- Webasto diesel heating with outlets in main and fore cabin
- Bow locker with ample space for reserve lines


Rig, spars and sails

7/8th Fractional Bermudan sloop rig
- Keel stepped double spreader aluminium Mastermasten tapered mast
- Stainless steel wire standing rigging new 2006
- Twin lowers, diamond top stays
- Twin forestays and baby stay
- Hydraulic backstay tensioner refit 2015
- Running backstays
- Bronze and stainless steel turnbuckles
- 2 self tailing Hutton CMB 24 halyard winches 2007
- 4 halyard stoppers 2007
- Aluminium boom with mainsail track, reefing lines inside
- 1 Hutton 10 reefing winch 2007
- Aluminium spinnaker pole
- Pine Genoa pole (2005)
- Triple block mainsail sheet on traveller

- Hagoort Mainsail 43 m2 new 2007
- Hagoort 110 % Jib 29 m2 new 2007
- Hagoort orange storm jib 9 m2 unused
- Staysail 9m2 unused
- Nylon spinnaker 125 m2
- Nylon spinnaker 100 m2
- Several other headsails and mainsail in usable condition


Deck layout equipment and ground tackle

- Stainless steel pulpit and push-pit
- Stainless steel stanchions 2002
- Varnished teak seat across the push-pit
- Wide clear side decks
- 4 Bronze fairleads
- 2 bronze Meissner ST sheet winches new 2000
- 2 bronze Gibb sheet winches
- 2 Chinook silicon ventilation cowls with teak dorades on cabin roof
- 2 galvanized deck vents at the stem and on aft deck
- CQR Anchor
- Goiot manual anchor windlass with 50 m galvanised chain on nylon bow roller
- De Vries spray hood 2007
- Cockpit locker
- Tiller steering, overhauled 2013
- 3 mooring cleats on foredeck
- 2 mooring cleats on aft deck
- Large transparent Lewmar hatch over centre of saloon
- Transparent Lewmar hatch over fore cabin, opening forward and backward
- Grab rails on both sides of coach roof and doghouse roof
- Bronze framed fixed windows in trunk cabin and doghouse


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Lister LPWT-4 55 HP turbo Diesel 2001
- Hurth HBW 150, installed new 2002, < 700 hours, meticulously maintained
- Flexibly mounted on steel engine beds and stainless steel oilpan 2001
- Engine in soundproof lined solid plywood box
- Stern tube, shaft and Max Prop 20 inch feathering propeller, fitted 2001
- Morse Single lever controls under helm
- Completely rewired 2002
- Mastervolt switchboard with circuit breakers 2002
- 2 x 105 Ah 12 V domestic batteries 2011
- 1 x 60 Ah 12 V engine start battery 2015
- Victron 15A battery charger new 2008
- Tricolor LED masthead navigation / anchor lights new 2006
- Steaming light 2006
- Red and green navigation lights on pulpit
- 2 deck floodlights on spreaders new 2006
- 2 x GRP fresh water tanks under cabin sole totalling 66 gallons / 300 litres
- Stainless steel 100 Litre Diesel tank under cockpit sole


Navigation, communications and electronics

- Cassens & Plath steering compass
- Technautic Fluxgate Compass electronic compass 2007
- Valsat FX312 12 Channel GPS 2002
- Tecnautic Sonic Wind Airmar PB100 wind speed and direction 2007
- ICOM 601 VHF 2007
- Furuno NX-300 Navtex 2008
- VDO Ocean line log / speed, depth sounder, fuel gauge and voltmeter 2002
- VDO Radio with CD player
- Celmar 0-1 VHF antenna 2006



- Canister with signalling flares
- Plastimar 6 person life raft in canister 2002 new certificate 2007


Restoration and refit

- Total Restoration 2000-2002
- New and more powerful engine and gearbox installed 2001
- Completely rewired 2001
- Fresh water tanks glass pearl blasted and epoxied inside and out 2005
- Mast, boom, all standing and running rigging renewed 2006
- Substantial refits 2007 and 2015
- Steel has been replaced wherever necessary
- Hull below the waterline sandblasted and recoated inside and out
- Heavy 2 component epoxy primer coating applied to the bottom in 2001, 2004 and 2007
- Bronze framed windows in trunk cabin and doghouse overhauled meticulously 2009
- Electronics and navigation equipment now are state of the art


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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