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43.3' Bruce Roberts Pilothouse Performance Cruiser Steel Hull Cutter Liveaboard

1998 Bruce Roberts 434-D

  • Make: Bruce Roberts
  • Model: 434-D
  • Type: Cutter
  • Year: 1998
  • Location: Fort Walton Beach, Florida, United States


Custom Bruce Roberts 434 D Pilothouse Cutter

Length 43.3’, Breadth 13.5’ depth 6.5’

Net tonnage; 42 thousand pounds

Gross tonnage 46 Thousand pounds

Mast height above waterline is 60’

Draft 6.5’

Design type “Pilothouse Performance Cruiser”, knife blade 8,000 lb. keel with reinforced skeg rudder

U.S. Coast Guard Documented steel-hull blue water performance cruiser. Expertly built in Lindhurst N.Y.1998 Currently located in Niceville Florida in the western panhandle of the state, on the inner coastal waterway.

The Bruce Roberts designs are well known for their circumnavigating abilities, as they were designed to face the harshest seas. The 434-D Pilothouse cutter rig was designed to take on anything including Australian waters, the Northern passage, Cape Horn, or the Antartic. S/V “Hawk” will get you there and back. My friends like to call her “The Hell-N-Back boat” because it will get you there and back.

S/V “Hawk” is located in beautiful Niceville Florida in a live aboard marina, only a 20 minute sail or motor to famous Destin Florida where the waters are emerald and the sands are like powdered sugar. Slip fee where "Hawk" resides now is only $514.00 per month in Boggy Bayou where the water is brackish and barnacles are almost non-existent. If you purchase the boat you will be invited to stay right here at the same rate if you want to relocate here. You can enjoy the last slip on the dock for an unobstructed view and beautiful sundowns. Due to the large deck around the cockpit Hawk is a natural gathering place for the friendly helpful residents of the marina.

"Hawk" rides and feels like a trawler under motor power, and sails like a dream. She’s fast with a hull speed of 11-12K and easily achieves 10k using her motor for power. She is very rock-solid stable, doesn’t even move when you jump onboard, turns on a dime and backs up predictably compared to full-keel designs. Three or four foot waves are hardly noticeable. If you’re looking for a coastal cruising bay-sailing"water-lilly" this is not the boat for you. However, it is an EXCELLENT live aboard something akin to a two bedroom two bath apartment."Hawk" is not a beginners sailboat, however she handles like a 24' o'Day due to the knife-blade keel and skeg rudder combination.Additionally, this vessel is set up for single sailor sailing. All running rigging goes aft to the cockpit. There is a remote switch for the new Lewmar V3 anchor windlass, and a new iCom GPS enabled VHF radio with a remote “Commandmic” on the binnacle. This 43’ vessel really is easier to handle than most any smaller boat I have ever captained.

This fine well-built example was lovingly crafted by an expert builder who took his time with the welding and the installation of interior substructures, systems that make this not just a boat, but an “environment”. Over the years “Hawk” became somewhat famous, since the previous owner sailed through the Bahamas and south Florida for several years and many adventures. He was an avid ecologist/environmentalist/diver and tailored this vessel to suit his adventuresome missions. He added many expensive pieces of equipment as he upgraded “Hawk’s” capabilities. Most surprising to me was the discovery of a massive stainless steel retractable 6-step 7-foot hinged dive ladder installed on the sugar scoop stern, and a fresh hot and cold water shower to greet you after a salty dive.

S/V “Hawk” has many-many attributes and top of the line equipment installed. Manuals exist on most systems. “Hawk” includes more equipment than I have ever seen on a sailboat actually.

Equipment list

  • Low hour Westerbeke 55C Diesel motor Easy access to all components and professionally installed sound insulation
  • Low hour Onan/Cummins 5000W diesel generator with major soundproofing. It can energize anything you might want to power including a small Mig-welded if need be!
  • Mako 3-stage electric Scuba Tank Compressor
  • C-Tronix autopilot
  • Hydraulic steering
  • New Lewmar V3 1000 W anchor windlass
  • New Sunbrella on Genoa
  • New LED lights inside and out
  • New iCom IC-M424G VHF GPS enabled radio
  • New iCom HM-195B/SW remote “Commandmic” on binnacle
  • iCom IC-M710 Ham Radio with DSC Multimode PACTOR-controllerand isolated antenna on the rear stay
  • (Two) 100 gallon fuel tanks
  • (Two) 100 gallon fresh water tanks.
  • Dickenson Newport diesel heater. The gravity fed fuel tank for this unit is located in the forward head and can be replenished by the built in electric pump slaved off the main fuel tanks.
  • Fresh drinking water filter system. No water maker as of yet.
  • Supplemental powered sea water pump in sink for major crossings
  • Salt water wash down on deck and anchor locker
  • Large deep DC powered refrigerator/freezer/cooler
  • Fresh water shower on sugar scoop stern for showering after diving
  • Two A/C/Heater systems front and rear with ducting throughout Main is 16,000 BTU’s and rear is 9000 BTU’s Heating is electrical on those units.
  • Shipmate LP gas three-burner gimbaled stainless steel stove with oven
  • Recent haul out with extensive restoration effort/investment
  • DC Electrical System professionally gone through and rewired where needed
  • New bottom job with 5 coats of tie-coat and layers of Sea Hawk antifouling ablative paint
  • Prop Speed antifouling treatment
  • New zincs
  • Rigging is in excellent shape featuring over-strength 3/16th’s stainless steel rigging with a massive aluminum mast/boom combination. Change plates are welded to the sides and stainless steel toe rails for easy inspection.
  • Spin-Tech Triumph 2000 roller furling
  • “Hawk” features; Large stateroom with bunkbeds, sleeping space for two more on the settees. That’s 6 people comfortably!
  • Forward head has flexible sink shower head for sit-down showers and Johnson sump-pump system on both showers. Both heads are manual. Captains quarters feature a queen size bed and a full size head as well as a stand-up walk-in shower.

  • A huge galley with laminated wood countertop. Tiled countertop and microwave oven. Plenty of storage closets and shelves.
  • The pilothouse saloon has a lower helm with a large teak Edison wheel and a full compliment of navigation instruments and a powerful C-Tronix autopilot steering system, as well as duel hydraulic steering for pilot house and external helm. There is a remote control for the auto helm on the binnacle but it is currently inop as of this writing.
  • 7’ headroom in pilothouse can seat 8 as it is configured now. it has an L shaped settee and removable dining table on a horizontal swivel. A 6’6” settee on the starboard side.
  • Storage lockers either side of engine compartment, multiple cosets with shelves and hanging clothes closet.
  • Easy access the pilot house in the unlikely event a re-power is ever needed and easy maintenance access for both as well as all pumps, through hulls, and systems.
  • Motor has unknown hours but was represented as having approximately 1000 hours (or less) on it. It runs like a new motor starting instantly, even without using the pre-heater. Burns no oil and obviously has incredible compression. It runs like a new motor. It is fuel efficient and powerful.
  • Hawk can achieve 10K in trawler mode due to its incredible efficient knife blade hull/keel/skeg rudder design.
  • The aft Captains’ Quarters has a queen berth with stowage underneath and closet space at the foot of bed. A/C and DC lighting and plug-in’s everywhere. The rear head features a full size manual marine head, and a huge stand-up walk-in shower with convenient fold-down teak seat.
  • In the hallway leading to aft cabin there are closets and access to the hot water heater system and drive shaft.
  • The galley has a massive DC cold plate refrigeration system (currently inop). The massive cooler is highly insulated as can be seen in the photos. 40’lbs of ice will last a week in there.
  • The stove is a three burner stainless steel stove/oven combination on gimbals.
  • The sink has hot and cold running water, a water spout connected to a filter system for drinking water, as well as a powered salt water spigot to use while cruising.
  • There is a powerful Oster microwave installed as well.
  • Two ac/heater units installed forward cabin is a 16000 BTU unit and a 9000 BTU unit in the Captain’s quarters.
  • Hot water electric heater with approximately 10 gallon capacity and a walk in shower in the captains quarters as well as a full size toilet. The forward head has a sit-down shower head with a pull-out showered emanating from the sink spigot. Johnson pumps installed in both shower rooms.

It is obvious this vessel was built by a genius builder/engineer who took his time and spent a lot of money on the finest equipment available for a blue-water performance cruiser.

The weld-work is second to none. We hauled it out recently last March 2018 and hired a certified marine surveyor to survey it from the waterline down. He made some recommendations and we spent over $9,000.00 eliminating potential problems, rust issues, and had the repairs professionally welded patching several small holes in the anchor-locker area, and strengthened the skeg rudder attachment to insure many years of worry free traveling.

It has always had a thick epoxy barrier covering the entire exterior and epoxy painted inside throughout. It is also foam insulated throughout most of the boat covered with wood wainscoting for superior temperature control. While hauled-out we raised the painted water line 6” in anticipation of being heavily laden one day for an international crossing. We then coated it with five layers of tie-coat and SeaHawk bottom paint from the water line down.

The sails are in great shape and the genoa recently had new Sunbrella sewn on to upgrade the UV protection. The Spin-Tech Triumph 2000 roller furling is virtually fool-proof and very substantial. The battened main has a stack-pack and lazy jacks for ease of use. The hank-on cutter sail is new.

Hawk is fully wired from bow to stern, most within plastic conduit for protection A/C and DC wiring feature many convenient outlets.

The C-Tronix AP9000 autopilot functions beautifully with the duel hydraulic steering and with the skeg rudder maneuvering in reverse and docking is vastly superior to full-keel vessels.

While on the hard recently, a crack was detected near the rear of the skeg attachment to the hull, so that area was beefed up with welded doubling plates by a certified marine welder to insure it’s indefinite structural integrity for decades to come.

There is a thick epoxy barrier coat on the outer hull extending to the toe rails. During the haul out two coats of Seahawk “Tie-coat” and three layers of external ablative antifouling Seahawk bottom paint were applied and the waterline was raised 6 inches in anticipation of being loaded for international destinations.

Research shows that Bruce Roberts 434-D’s average over $100,000.00 sales price. This example is not perfect (yet) but is in very good shape with most all systems functioning properly. We are asking $75,000.00 (Or best reasonable offer), or will trade even for a Trimaran or Catamaran of equal value in Thailand (no project boats will be considered). Just in time for a summertime journey anywhere in the world. You will never ever find another boat as well equipped and practical as this boat. If your goal is open sea adventure, "Hawk" can take you anywhere in the world right now! Call Lee @ 407-406-4329

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