Alpha Spray

Vessel Name

Alpha Spray

Vessel Type

Sailing Yacht

Vessel Price


Short Description


Bruce Roberts Spray 38, 1990

Designed by Bruce Roberts, hull professionally built in Worcester, England by Roger Apperley of Watercraft, Diglis.  An iconic cruising and liveaboard vessel, fitted out to a very high standard by the present owner.  

A long keeled, multi chine Bermudan rigged auxiliary Ketch.  Under the working rig of genoa, mizzen sail and mainsail she would carry about 900 sq ft of canvas.  6 cylinder Perkins diesel auxiliary engine and PRM hydraulically operated gearbox and will deliver up to 120hp.  

Wonderfully seaworthy with spacious accommodation.



1 double berth aft cabin

2 single berths bow cabin

Holding tank under sole in bow cabin

1 large  fold down single berth in port passageway


Very well appointed galley, comprising double sink, central mixer tap, pressurised hot and cold. Colour cream.

4 burner and oven, gimballed Force 10 gas cooker with spacious storage under and opposite, full set of crockery and cutlery,

Cookware included.

 The gas is supplied by 2 propane gas cylinders housed in lockers on deck aft of wheelhouse.

Isotherm Fridge.  Separate Freezer compartment/storage. Practical dining area immediately next to galley.


4 heavy duty 12 volt batteries under port side saloon seat and isolator switches nearby.


5 bespoke freshwater tanks are located under sole total capacity 350 gallons.

1 holding tank is located under sole in bow cabin.


Paloma water heater is secured to bulkhead in saloon.


Seating berths and chart space/table are opposite the galley, the displays for the Hawk battery charger

the Aerogen and Solara panels being located conveniently there also.


Domestic radio/cassette player fitted in saloon - speakers throughout.

Interior night sailing red lights

Interior lighting

Navigation lights

Sealand vacuum type toilets x 2

Large amount valuable storage space throughout

Shore power enabled




Construction & Build

Professionally built by Roger Apperley of Watercraft, Diglis, Worcester, UK in 1990 • Interior fit out completed professionally between 1990 & 2005, launched in 2005 • Designed by Bruce Roberts • Steel construction • Multi chine • Teak laid decks • Teak capping rail • Wheel steering • Long keel with lead ballast (keel stripped and re primed in 2016) • Hull professionally spray foam insulated before fitting out, thus avoiding condensation build up • Gebo hatches x 5 Gebo fixed windows x 10 Gebo opening windows x 3

Sails and spars

Rigging: Bermudan ketch rig • Stainless steel standing rigging (new 2005) • Running rigging removed & stored, in excellent condition • Aluminium Selden main mast with stainless steel standing rigging (fitted by Allspars new 2005) • Aluminium Selden mizzen mast with stainless steel standing rigging (Allspars) Deck Steeped masts • Selden rod kicker (new 2005) • Single spreader main & mizzen masts • Inner removable forestay • 2 x Harken #16 two speed mast winches • Harken #32 two speed mast winch • Harken #8 single speed mizzen mast winch • Furlex roller furling gear • Sails: All sails in as new condition and stored on board with all cleaned warps and ropes • Battened mainsail with lazyjacks and zipped cover by Saunders Sails (new 2007) • Battened mizzen sail with lazyjacks and zipped cover by Saunders Sails (new 2007) • Furlex roller furling genoa by Saunders Sails (new 2007) Storm jib

Gear and safety

Ground Tackle: 35 lbs CQR primary anchor • 35 lbs CQR secondary anchor • Gypsies x 2 • Both anchors have 50 meters of 12mm chain • 15 meters of multibraid warp x 2 • Lofrans electric anchor windlass (foot controls on deck & control unit in the wheel house) • Double aluminium bow rollers • Deck Gear: Harken #46 self-tailing, two speed genoa winches • Lewmar main & mizzen travellers • Stainless steel pulpit • Stainless steel pushpit • Gebo deck hatches x 5 (all hatches were new in 2005) • Gebo fixed windows x 10 • Gebo opening windows x 3 • Stainless steel davits • Stainless steel boarding ladder • Stainless steel mooring cleats • Aluminium fairleads • Teak grab bars • Teak laid decks • Teak laid aft cockpit • Safety Equipment: Electric bilge pump • Manual bilge pump • Navigation Lights • Tricolour masthead light • Red night sailing lights internally • Gas alarm • Equipment: John Franklin telescopic heavy duty aluminium beaching legs (stored under saloon seating) • Canvas lazybag with lazyjacks for both the mizzen & mainsail • Four inch brass ships clock & barometer • Various fenders & warps • Boat hook Available for sale by separate negotitation: Wetline 2.60 inflatable hard bottomed Rib • Evinrude outboard engine • Suzuki outboard engine •


Mechanics: Perkins 6354 120hp Diesel engine (reconditioned in 2000) • PRM hydraulically operated gearbox • Shaft driven • Three blade fixed pitch bronze propeller • Single lever morse control • Lancing Marine oil, temperature & volt meter • Water, fuel & holding tank gauges • Honda generator • Tankage: 5 X polypropylene fresh water tanks (volume unknown but sufficient for long term cruising) • Polypropylene fuel tank & single steel suction tank within the keel (volume unknown but sufficient for long term cruising) • Holding tank made of polypropylene • Water System: Hot & cold pressurised water • Water system refitted with new hoses etc throughout in 2015 • Water heated from gas fired water heater • Electrics: 12V heavy duty gel batteries x 4 • Electronic devices: Hawk 3 mains battery charger • Charging from engine alternator • EDMC alternator management system • Aero 6 gen wind generator • 3 x solara SM225M solar panels • Sunsaver duo SR425 monitor • Morning star remote meter • 240V shorepower system, with internal ringmain fitted with 240V RCBO • Shorepower cable


Navigation Aids: Garmin GPS Map 4008 chartplotter • Garmin Radar • Garmin GMI 10 (NMEA 2000 compatibility) • GWS 10 Wind speed • Vetus echo sounder/depth • Vetus electronic log/speed • Vetus hydraulic autopilot AUTOP46 • Vetus rudder position • Icom IC M601 DSC, VHF radio transceiver


LOA: 42'0" (12.80m) • Draft: 1.70m • Keel: Long ID no.: 1011155

General Comments

Owners Comments:

The Bruce Roberts Spray 38 is an iconic cruising and liveaboard vessel.

Many Sprays have circumnavigated or completed long distance voyages and a number of these vessels are featured in Bruce Roberts book "Spray.  The Ultimate Cruising Boat".  They are noted not just for seaworthiness but also the spacious and roomy interior for living aboard in comfort.

This boat has the distinction of being a relatively rare professionally built hull  fitted out to a very high standard by the present owner as a personal project to be enjoyed by his close family  and friends.

Her hull was built in Worcester, England by Roger Apperley of Watercraft, Diglis. Worcester.  There are photographs of the build available to view.

The current owner has maintained her well and since her commissioning in 2005 has enjoyed many pleasant times on the River Tamar.

She offers great value as a Bermudian rigged auxiliary Ketch of conventional long keel and multi-chine hull form.

Under the working rig of genoa, mizzensail and mainsail she would carry about 900 sq ft of canvas.

The 6 cylinder Perkins diesel auxiliary engine  and PRM hydraulically operated gearbox and  will deliver up to 120 hp.

Internally from forward there is a chain locker, two berth cabin. WC and wash /shower compartment to starboard, spacious locker to port.

 Seating berths and chart space are to the port side of saloon, spacious dinette and galley area to starboard.

A step up leads to the enclosed wheelhouse with controls set to starboard, seating area to port and the engine is under this wheelhouse floor.  A step down from aft end of enclosed wheelhouse leads to the double cabin within stern of vessel, incorporating a second WC and wash compartment set to starboard side.

 A passageway which incorporates a large single fold down berth, to the port side of the engine room, leads back to the double cabin and the passageway on the starboard side provides a utility and workshop area.  The engine compartment itself is accessed from both these passageways.


The company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel / equipment. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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