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Marine Concepts Rob Roy 23, 1987, Bismarck, North Dakota, $7,500, Price reduced 10/16/18 to $6,500, SOLD 11/24/18

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Marine Concepts Rob Roy 23, 1987

  • $6,500

    Fiberglass canoe-yawl pocket cruiser, designed by Ted Brewer, built by Marine Concepts (builder of the Sea Pearl 21) in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

  • LOA (including bowsprit and bumkin): 27'
  • LOD: 22' 8"
  • LWL: 21'
  • Beam: 6'10"
  • Draft: 1'7" board up/4'8" board down
  • Displacement: 2800 lbs
  • Ballast: 900 lbs
  • Sail area: 255 square feet
  • Bridge clearance: 31'

    Hull/Deck: Fiberglass with end-grain balsa core, solid glass in high-stress areas, in very good condition with little chips/crazing.

  • Painted dark green topsides with bone white deck.
  • Stub keel with lead ballast. Aluminum centerboard, raised via pennant in cockpit.
  • Aluminum pop-up spade rudder, sheathed in fiberglass.

    Rig: Yawl-rigged on aluminum spars. CDI flexible furler for jib .

  • Mainsail has 2 reefing points.
  • Center boom sheeting to traveler on bridge deck.
  • Mizzen reefs by rolling around mast, sheets to end of bumkin.
  • New Tanbark (red) sails by FX Sails.
  • Off-shore quality.
  • Tiller steered.


  • Two deep aft lockers for storage into canoe stern. Teak grate covered outboard well aft. Battery storage under cockpit sole. Two fuel lockers open to cockpit. Traveler on bridgedeck.


  • Designed for cruising for two. From companionway, opposing settees that drop to large double berth. Mid-cabin, sink with bronze hand pump to starboard. Forward, Simpson-Lawrence marine toilet , plumbed to vented flexible holding tank with deck pump-out. Ventilation via four opening bronze ports, forward hatch. Storage in deep bins at foot of each settee; under cabin sole (teak/holly laminated wood)

    Bilge pumps:

  • One manual Whale Gusher located in deepest part of bilge under cockpit sole; manual handle at helm.


  • Danforth with nylon rode


  • Bulkhead compass and clinometer in cockpit.


  • Running and cabin lights; new (2018) Group 24 battery.

    Additional equipment:

  • New 2018 Raymarine i40 Bi-Data instrumentation (Depth/Knotmeter/Water Temp).
  • Cockpit Bimini. Sail covers. Forespar Tiller Extension.


  • The Rob Roy 23 was designed as a pocket cruiser for two for coastal cruising. Approximately 90 were built between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s. Construction quality is outstanding with solid teak used on deck for the full rub and toe rails, hand rails and companionway, bowsprit and bumkin; and below for compression mast support and cabin bulkheads/trim. Deck cleats/chocks and opening ports are solid bronze.


  • New (2014) Tohatsu 6hp, 4-cycle outboard with high-thrust prop and 6-amp charging alternator with approximately 6 hours. In fixed outboard well in aft cockpit. New 3-gallon Tohatsu tank.


  • 1987 tandem-axel Shoreline trailer with surge brakes. Galvanized frame and fenders with only light surface rust. Tires show significant wear and could stand to be replaced but are still good enough for a long trip.

    This boat was sold to a previous owner in 2008 for $15,000 but has seen much neglect by that owner. I have renovated the boat in an attempt to return her to her past glory, which required painting the boat. I hate to see classic designs like this neglected and so took on the project. There is no hull or topside damage to the fiberglass, but the rudder required significant repair, which was done professionally by Gibbons Fiberglass Repair.


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