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.



Sleeps 5 in two cabins and the saloon
Double V berth in the forepeak cabin
Heads aft of the Forepeak cabin
Saloon with single berth to port
Aft facing bench seating to starboard 
L-shaped galley to starboard
Isotherm refrigerator with freezer
Force 10 four burner hob & oven
Double sink, with hot & cold pressurised water
Chart table to port
Portside passageway to aft cabin
Aft cabin with a large double berth
En-suite heads
Workshop/workbench next to the engine room 
Wheelhouse with helm position to starboard & seating to port
Ample stowage throughout

Internally from forward there is a chain locker and a two berth cabin. Aft of the forward cabin there is a heads to starboard, with a toilet wash basin and shower, there is a spacious locker to port.

Seating berths and chart space are to the port side of the saloon, a 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 the wheelhouse floor. A step down from aft end of the enclosed wheelhouse leads to the double cabin within the stern of the vessel, incorporating a second heads set to the 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.

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

Sails and spars

Rigging: Ketch rig • Stainless steel standing rigging (new 2005) • Running rigging removed & stored, in excellent condition • Aluminium spars (new 2005) • 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 • Mainsail by Saunders Sails (new 2007) • Mizzen sail by Saunders Sails (new 2007) • Genoa by Saunders Sails (new 2007)

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 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

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 & Southwest coast.

She offers great value as a Bermudan rigged auxiliary Ketch, of conventional long keel and multi-chine hull form.
Under the working rig of genoa, mizzen sail and mainsail she would carry about 900 sq ft of canvas.
The sails were new in 2007 and were used very lightly for 5 seasons and have been laundered, bagged & stored since 2012. They are made by Saunders Sails and are of real quality.

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


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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