ARTHUR ROBB 35 SLOOP 1962 CHEOY LEE BUILT, TEAK  

Price
AU $21,000 Negotiable
Length
35' 5" - 10.80m
Usage
Leisure, Cruising, Racing
Location
Sydney Region Palm Beach
Launch Year
1962
Hull Material
Timber ** planking on 75mm centres.

Description: Arthur Robb 35 Sloop 1962 Cheoy Lee built, teak
Classic mid-century blue-water cruiser/racer seeking new custodian/champion.

Nb. I can email the May21 survey for prospective buyers.

Region
New South Wales
Location
Sydney Region Palm Beach
Launch Year
1962
HIN
AU-WWAO35814C77
Rego
Jb933n
Rego Expiry
28/08/2022
Designer
Arthur Robb
Builder
Cheoy Lee Shipwrights (HK)
Length
35' 5" - 10.80m
Beam
30.4
Draft
1.4
Displacement
6.7
Keel / Ballast
2135kg in cast iron, with SS bolts
Hull Material
Timber ** planking on 75mm centres.
Deck Material
Fibreglass over plywood
Engine Make
Perkins
Engine
Engine has been removed in preparation for re-powering.
Horse Power
NA
Fuel Type
Diesel
Engine Hours
NA
Max Speed
6.5 knots
Cruise Speed
5.5 knots
Propulsion
16 inch 3 blade bronze propeller
Thrusters
NA
Genset
NA
Fuel
114 litre stainless steel tank
Water
360 litres in a copper tank
Accommodation
Galley, saloon, nav corner, separate head, 2x wardrobes and forward cabin.
Cabins
1
Berths
5
Galley
There is a great opportunity to redesign the galley to be more functional and reflective of how boat galleys are now. Utilising the teak materials used in the current galley would be a goal here.
Refrigeration
Large, teak shelved cool box
Freezer
NA
Stove
NA
Water Maker
NA
Hotwater System
NA
Toilet
1
Entertainment
NA
Dinghy
NA
Outboard
NA
Covers
Full canvas boat cover in 2 sections
Ground Tackle
NA
Safety Gear
6 x life jackets
Bilge Pumps
One automatic Rule bilge pump
Life Raft
NA
Epirb
NA
Life Jackets
6
Flares
NA
Fire Protection
4 x fire extinguishers and fire blanket
Electrics
Autohelm depth, speed and windspeed. Near new.
Electronics
As above
Sail Inventory
55.5 m2 of sail area. One serviceable main sail by North Sails. One brand new headsail (100%) by Doyle, with new sheets.
Mast / Rigging
Original aluminium mast, deck stepped on a large wooden post.
Original sikka spruce rolling reef boom.
Deck Gear
4 times large winches
Remarks
Marco Polo was commissioned in 1962 by Melbourne businessman Kenneth Syme to enter in the 1964 Sydney to Hobart race.

Syme & crew entered the 64 Sydney to Hobart, notching up a respectable 29th from 40 entries.

In May 2021, I found MP on Yachthub. I was traveling to Sydney (from Hobart), so why not check her out - https://www. Youtube. Com/watch?v=tswA8CAUXrw.
After inspections, sea trial & passing a marine survey, I purchased MP.

A lot transposed after the purachse, but I'll explain that later.

MP is an incredibly well built & original example of the classic mid-century blue water cruiser/racer. She's been a little neglected, but the incredible craftsmanship means that everything that counts is in good condition.

When I acquired MP, I focused on this prize and glossed over the TLC required to prepare her for a trip to Tasmania. I'm now putting her back on the market because I don't have the space in my life to spend in Sydney getting the boat ready.

I'm not Marco Polo's champion!

Bringing MP back is not a big restoration, but she requires some TLC and maintenance. Main replacements required are the engine (the Perkins has been removed), the rigging (needs to replace for insurance), some general plumbing work & hose replacements, as well as the galley cooker. The work required will be about functionality & cosmetic spit & polish.

MP's teak planking, cabin exterior & interior are in excellent condition. There is a plank near the bow that has moved a little (detail in survey), but everywhere else is straight & secure.

MP's ply/fiberglass decks & cabin tops are very solid & appear structurally sound.

Inside MP, almost everything is solid teak & her joinery is exceptional. The the galley bench tops are Formica on solid 20-25mm thick teak! With a modern engine installed, there is great scope to redesign the galley, utilising the teak cabinetry.

Her ipol frames & super structure appear in excellent condition. The area around the propellor shaft has soft timbers & requires remedial work before a new engine can be installed.

Before deciding that bringing MP back to Tasmania was going to be beyond me, Nanni Australia helped select a new engine. The Nanni N4.38hp is a great choice to re-power the boat.
I have done the hard yards in cleaning the bilge, preparing surfaces & painting the area with Norglass.
Ian at Mackenzie Marine (mackenziemarine. Com. Au) has a plan for replacing the current engine beds to suit the Nanni 38, pushing the engine back into the hull, freeing up space in the galley.

What is remarkable about MP is that everything original is there. She hasn't been mucked about with.

Syme ordered the boat in 62 with the options of an aluminium mast, pedestal steering & bronze pushpit. They're all there, as are a huge catalogue of bronze deck fittings.
She still sports her original flagpole & ipol tiller.
The head is enclosed, with original cabinetry & basin. The head has been replaced & MP now boasts a Baby Blake (still available - $14,000 new!). With its bronze & porcelain construction, these loos are sought after. MP's head is currently not functioning, but a new seal kit is easily sourced from the UK.

In September 2021, MP submerged on her mooring. The sinking occurred because of a cockup by me in not fully securing the galley sink to the hull fitting (following mechanical work) and that becoming a syphon in sloppy weather. Who'd buy a boat interstate in the middle of a global pandemic!
The salvage crew did a great job of drying her out & ensuring there was no long-term damage to the boat's interior.
The only significant casualty of the sinking was the oily old Perkins donk & that turned out to be more of a silver lining! That engine needed to go.
All her electricals did not go under and are in full working order.

MP deserves to be brought back to her best and is looking for her next custodian and champion.

She does require TLC & maintenance, but nothing immediate (apart from a new engine!). It can be the kind of work where you make a list and tick off those tasks over time.

What you will secure for your efforts is a beautifully built blue-water classic, ready to take you anywhere, &/or become a competitive classic racer.
Alternatively, fit a new engine & enjoy MP as she is. She is perfectly sailable.

MP's cockpit is huge & below each of the seats are lockers for storage.
She will be incredibly liveable. With 2m headroom, berths for 5, a separate head, a beautiful teak table, original lights, clock & barometer, plus huge windows & two openable skylights, it's a sensational living area.

MP is moored off Mackenzie Marine at Palm Beach. Gonsalve's Boatshed administers the mooring and can assist with an inspection.


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Chris Crerar


Kettering
TAS Australia


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