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1998 Bruce Roberts 45 ketch

  • Builder/Designer Bruce Roberts
  • Hull material: Fiberglass


  • LOA: 45'
  • Beam: 14'
  • Displacement: 28,000
  • Draft: 5'5"
  • Bridge Clearance: 51'

    Engine: Perkins HP: 50

  • Engine Model: 4-108
  • Hours: 520
  • Cruising Speed: 6.5
  • Max Speed: 7.5


  • Fuel: 132 gal.
  • Water: 170 gal.
  • Holding: 53 gal.


  • A generous layout, spacious and comfortable. 2 Cabin
  • Interior (described fore to aft)
  • 2 Anchor lockers
  • V-Berth with 2 berths over 53 gallon Holding tank with Tankwatch Indicator
  • Head with electric Sealand Masterflush toilet, Vanity and Cabinets portside
  • Hanging locker across from head
  • Main Salon with 2 Settees with storage behind and under, a Pilot berth port and cabinets starboard, storage and water tanks in bilge. Folding leaf Dining Table Galley to starboard
  • Navigation Station to port With Chest Refrigerator under
  • Companionway ladder with Battery box and Battery Switches under.
  • Countertop and Cabinets and upright refrigerator to starboard, workshop to starboard
  • Engine compartment with Air Conditioner and Water Heater under Cockpit with access doors on both sides
  • Aft Cabin with Hanging Locker starboard, Double berth aft, Lockers, Shower and Vanity port
  • Lazarette with Generator to starboard, fuel tank and storage to port.


  • Engine is 50 hp. PERKINS with 520 original hours, Borg –Warner Velvet Drive with 2.9 to 1 reduction. Power is transmitted through a BORG-WARNER VELVET DRIVE 2.9 to 1 reduction gear and 1" AQUAMET-22 drive shaft driving a BAUMAN SAILPROP 16" x 13" propeller (prop and shaft new July 2005). This combination gives remarkable performance under power.
  • A 5kw PHASOR diesel generator supplies auxiliary 120-volt power with independent fuel supply, exhaust system, and battery.
  • Climate control by CRUISAIR 18,000 BTU reverse cycle marine air conditioner/heater installed new in 2004.
  • Engine: Perkins 4-108 with approximately 500 hours
  • Transmission: Velvet Drive 1.91 to 1
  • Phasor Diesel 5 KW Generator Z400-B with approximately 200 hours
  • Propeller: 3 Blade Bowman Sailprop with teflon packing
  • Hydrovane Self Steering Vane VX2A


  • Batteries are four Interstate 6-volt golf cart batteries, one 12V emergency backup Series 27 for engine starting, and one Series 24 for generator starting. Batteries are easily accessible for service contained in a strong, well secured, ventilated battery box and are controlled by three marine battery switches and BLUE SEAS circuit breakers. Main circuits lead to an enclosed panel with a main breaker and individual breakers for branch circuits. 100-amp alternator with 2 spares. There is a Link 2000R battery monitoring system with digital readout of volts, amps, and amp hours used for two battery banks.
  • 120-volt power is brought aboard with two 30-amp shore power cords into a watertight box holding the receptacles. Galvanic isolation is installed in the entrance wiring and wiring leads to a watertight box that keeps all 120-volt wiring separate from 12-volt. The box contains two double pole double throw main breakers, branch breakers, and a generator transfer switch.
  • Phasor 5 KW Generator
  • PUR Powersurvivor 35 Water Desalinator
  • Galvanic isolation on AC system
  • Freedom 20 2000Watt Inverter/100 amp Battery Charger
  • Link 2000R Interface Computerized Battery Monitor Serial
  • Heart Interface Ideal 3 Stage Regulator
  • Separate Electrical Panels for DC and AC systems
  • 4 Battery Banks
  • Three Battery Switch System
  • All Interior Lights are Halogen
  • Spreader Lights on both masts and a Fordeck light on Mainmast
  • Navigation lights can be controlled from either the cockpit or down below
  • Six 12 Volt Hella Cabin fans
  • Jensen MDC 9645 W Marine AM/FM CASSETTE/CD Stereo with Speakers
  • Marine Booster Antenna for Television and FM
  • 18,000 BTU Reverse cycle Air Conditioner and Heater (new in 2004)
  • Lightning Ground for both Masts, Shrouds and Stays

    Electronics & Instrumentation

  • Instrumentation is complete with alarms and is recessed in a box with a flush LEXAN cover forward of the helm. Besides the primary standard fuel filters, the system is equipped with a RACOR centrifuge type water separator and fuel vacuum gage to indicate if the filters need attention.
  • ACR 406 MHZ EPIRB 2000
  • Furuno Marine Radar 2000 model 821/841
  • Icom VHF Marine Transceiver IC-M127
  • Icom Single Side Band Transceiver IC-M710
  • Icom Single Side Band Transceiver Automatic Antenna Tuner
  • AT-130/AT-130
  • Raytheon 7000+ autopilot
  • Raytheon 2000 Tillerpilot 2000 for attachment to the Hydrovane
  • VDO Depth Sounder
  • VDO Speed Log

    Deck & Rigging


  • Tough 2" x 3 1/2" laminated oak and mahogany deck beams span most of the hull athwartships uninterrupted. Two layers of 1/2" Simpson marine fir plywood is epoxy laminated and fastened and bonded to the deck beams and deck shelf with 3-M 5200. The cabin top is epoxy laminated with 3 layers of marine plywood. Beams are also fastened and bonded to bulkheads wherever possible. Both beams and plywood are sealed below in epoxy. Polypropylene cloth laid with epoxy covers the plywood decking, faired with epoxy, and spray painted with IMRON


  • The finest production hull to deck join is flimsy in comparison to the hull to deck join on SPRING FEVER. Six 1" x 6" scarfed white oak planks are laminated on next to the inner skin and fiberglassed in place with several layers. This creates a 4.5" x 5.5" thick deck shelf which receives the inset laminated oak and mahogany beams which provide compressive strength. The deck shelf is fastened and bonded to the beams directly and by the sub-deck. The entire deck extends over the shelf. The 1.5" deck covering boards are bedded and fastened over the fiberglass deck and through to the deck beams and deck shelf with 3/8 hot galvanized bolts. A 1 1/2" x 4" mahogany rub rail is fastened along the entire length of the hull and laminated around the stern.


  • Chainplates are fabricated of 1/2" type 316 stainless steel plate formed around and bolted through the deck shelf and hull. They continue to extend down the outside of the hull about two feet with eight 316 stainless steel bolts secured inside over aluminum backing plates. All standing rigging as well as both masts are bonded to grounding plates. There is no leaking or hidden corrosion as with chainplates passing through decks.


  • Type 316 stainless steel is specified for all deck fittings and hardware whenever it is available. Many fittings are custom fabricated of this material including the stemhead and anchor roller, the deck light frames, port light rings, 32" stanchions, 316 stainless steel solid top handrail, drain covers, etc. All stock hardware is generally the finest quality available. Cowl vents are 4" brass and set in chromed bronze deck plates mounted on Dorade boxes. Winches are BARIENT and LEWMAR self tailing two. There are LEWMAR rope clutches and traveler hardware and blocks, CHERUBINI bronze and aluminum opening ports.


  • Painted aluminum spars are highly engineered with internal halyards, integral mainsail track, separate storm sail track, integral spinnaker pole ring, integral wiring channels, external reefing (three reefs for main, two for mizzen).
  • The ketch rig is spread out with a wide base making a relatively lightly loaded rig. Both masts are well supported with single spreaders. The mizzen has swept back spreaders with forward and aft lowers.
  • All rigging wire is highly corrosion resistant grade 316 stainless steel, terminals are STAYLOCK reusable fittings top and bottom, chrome plated bronze turnbuckles and toggles are MERRIMAN
  • All halyards, sheets, and reefing lines lead to the cockpit to self-tailing winches or rope clutches. There are topping lifts, spare halyards, and a spinnaker halyard rigged. They are made of low stretch color-coded braid.
  • Roller jib and furling is top of the line PRO-FURL.
  • Aluminum Masts with internal halyards
  • All standing rigging is grade 316 SS with Stalock Terminals on each end
  • Forespar telescoping reaching pole
  • Profurl furler for Jib Sail
  • Lazyjacks on Main and Mizzen Masts
  • Steps to the top of Both Masts
  • All sails in good shape
  • Storm Jib and Storm Trysail
  • Storm Trysail Track on Mainmast
  • Removable boom for staysail.
  • All Halyards and Sheets Lead to Cockpit Winches


  • Galley stove is FORCE TEN propane three burner with oven. Installation is according to A.B.Y.C. standards with thermal shut-offs and remote solenoid tank shut-off. A special airtight box with direct venting overboard was fabricated for the tanks. Stock plastic tank containers were found to contain rivets with hollow centers and therefore not entirely air tight. This box is contained in the cockpit, which is completely isolated from the rest of the boat.
  • Force 10 three Burner Propane Stove with oven
  • 2 10 lb. Aluminum Propane Tanks in Vented Locker with remote on/off solenoid
  • 120 volt A.C. Refrigerator/freezer
  • 12 volt DC Refrigerator
  • Large, deep stainless sink
  • Water Fixer Ultraviolet Water Sterilizer Model 1000
  • Electric Pressure Water system with water heater
  • Foot Pump for fresh water at galley sink
  • Microwave

    Ground Tackle

  • Anchor windless is an IDEAL Y3C in chrome over bronze with foot switch and overload protection. This windlass is powerful enough to handle the ground tackle of a 55-foot vessel.
  • Ideal Windlass Y3C 12v Reversible (Serial #: FZ83)
  • Primary rode: 3/8 BBB Chain, 250ft, 45 lb. CQR Anchor
  • Secondary rode: 40' 3/8 chain, 250 ft 5/8" 3 strand nylon, 44 lb. Bruce Anchor


  • Bilge pumps consist of one 12V RULE 3500 and one RULE 400 gallon per hour submersibles, and one EDSON 30 gallon per minute hand diaphragm pump. There is a bilge high water alarm and pump counter for the 400-gpm pump to keep track of pump cycles. All bilge pump outlets have high loops in the discharge lines (to prevent water entering when heeling) and exit directly overboard near the sheerline
  • 400 GPH Electric Bilge Pump with automatic switch
  • 3500 GPH Electric Bilge Pump with automatic switch and Alarm for High Water
  • Edson 30 GPM Manual pump

    Safety Gear

  • Fire extinguishers consist of one FIREBOY automatic halon 1301 model 35CG 200 cubic foot rating in the engine, one 20 lb., one 15 lb. and one 3 lb. dry powder types serving the forward and aft cabins for a total of four Coast Guard approved fire extinguishers.
  • 2000 Switlik Offshore 6 Man Life Raft with inflatable floor, and Hydrostatic Release
  • 6 Offshore Life Jackets with Lights and Whistles
  • Flare Kit
  • 3 Mounted Hand Fire Extinguishers
  • Automatic Halon Fire extinguisher in Engine Compartment
  • Lifesling


  • 9 ft Livingston Fiberglass Catamaran, 2000 Model
  • 1999 Honda 8hp. 4 stroke Outboard Motor BF8AXSA
  • 1 Red Honda Gasoline Container


  • This boat has been used as a livaboard, well cared for, and sailed infrequently in Galveston Bay except for a 3-month cruise from Galveston to the Exumas in the Bahamas and back in the spring of 2001 where the bluewater quality of the boat was proven.
  • Force 10 Propane Barbecue Grill
  • Two Deck boxes Aft
  • Many Spares including Engine water pumps, Fuel pumps, Fuel and Oil Filters, gaskets, Alternators, Regulator, light bulbs and fixtures
  • Manuals and Instruction Booklets for everything on board.

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