Robert Tucker R383 Steel Cutter

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£30,000.00 Reduced

11.50m (37'9")



Underwater profile
Long keel


1 x Diesel 55hp, Perkins 4.108 (1980)

Isle of Wight - Viewing by Appointment Only

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Extra Details

Designer Robert Tucker
Builder Chris Garner
Lying Isle of Wight - Viewing by Appointment Only
Last survey 13/07/1996


Engine 1 x Diesel 55hp
Engine make and model Perkins 4.108 (1980)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) Fixed 3 blade
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded

The engine was in commission when she was brought ashore and was found starting and running well by a surveyor who inspected her in 1996. Thanks to a large inspection hatch in the cockpit sole and a strong point on the coachroof the engine is very easily accessed and removed if necessary.


LOA 11.50m (37'9")
LWL 9.70m (31'10")
Beam 3.50m (11'6")
Draft Max 1.70m (5'7")
Displacement 8,000kg (17,640.0lbs)
Headroom 1.80m (5'11")
Storage Ashore


Cutter rigged Aluminium spars (unknown year) with galvanised standing rigging (1986)


Mainsail - Slab (unknown year)
Headsail - (unknown year)

The rig is off and on deck so can be easily inspected. She is cutter rigged, there is a main, genoa, staysail and yankee, 55 sq metres in all and the sails have been stored off the boat and so are believed to be in good condition although they are old.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine


Construction Steel
Underwater profile Long keel
Finish Paint finish

Plumbing in for holding tank but tank not yet fitted


Total # of berths 7
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 3
Cabin(s) 3
Handbasin 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)
Cooker tick
Sink tick
Icebox tick
Manual water system tick
Pressurised water system tick

The forecabin is either 2 singles or a large double using an infill. The bunk boards are hinged to provide access to huge lockers below. Aft cabin has a good sized double and the saloon 3 singles, all of which are longer than average. A nice timber table attaches to the jack post in the saloon and the heads are new and all plumbed in, as is the galley which has a Taylors parafin stove. Both the heads and galley have new Lewmar opening roof hatches

2 burner paraffin cooker

Nav Equipment

Navigation lights tick

Deck Gear

Warps tick
Fenders tick
Davits tick

2 halyard winches
4 sheet winches
Manual windlass
3 anchors
(CQR, Danforth, Fishermans)
30.00m (98'5") of chain
30.00m (98'5") of warp
windvane self-steering system
Approx lengths of chain and warp

Safety Equipment

1 bilge pumps (1 manual / 0 Electric)

Broker's Comments

Robert Tucker was best known for his hard chine plywood and steel designs and I was very surprised to know how many well known boats came from his drawing board. The R383 was an adapted version of his original R38 and was a popular build. They have circumnavigated, cruised up in the Arctic Circle and several have crossed the Atlantic.

This particular boat was built by Chris Garner, a steel boatbuilder of Havant who built her for himself initially. The current owners planned to refit her for long term, long distance cruising but unfortunately their plans had to change and she is now ashore awaiting a new owner to take her sailing. The forecabin, heads, galley and saloon have been refitted with the carpentry work completed to a very high standard. There is still work to be done but she is well on her way - viewing is a must!

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Robert Tucker R383 Steel Cutter has been personally photographed and viewed by Corinne Gillard of Boatshed IOW. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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Geoffey Johnston
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How long since the boat was last in active use ?
What condition are the sails / rigging / spars ?
* To what extent are the interior surfaces of the hull and deck insulated ?
Geoffrey Johnston
2018-02-09 10:39:22
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