Bruce Roberts Voyager 388

Great steel long keel cutter
£75,000.00 Reduced
  • Boat REF#  ·  332163
  • Length  ·  13.10m
  • Year  ·  2013
  • Construction  ·  Steel
  • Underwater profile  ·  Long Keel
  • Sleeping berths  ·  6
  • Engine  ·  1 x diesel 60hp, Beta 60 (2019)
  • Lying  ·  Gosport
Boatshed Portsmouth
Boatshed Portsmouth
Samantha Cassell

Extra Details

Designer Bruce Roberts
Builder Microdat Leeds. Tim Wright Chichester 2018
Lying Gosport
Fuel capacity 297.0 ltr (65.3 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 297.0 ltr (65.3 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 60.0 ltr (13.2 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 01/02/2022


Engine 1 x diesel 60hp
Engine make and model Beta 60 (2019)
Engine Hours engine1= 40.5
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Prop(s) featherstream 4 blade 19×13" (Rope Cutters)
Fuel consumption (approx) 2.0 ltr (0.4 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 7 knots
Engine spares

The 240/110V ac shore power is by way of Victron Energy isolation transformer (galvanic protection and safety).

Battery charge from Engine 120Amp alternator to all three battery banks is via Sterling Power alternator-battery charger and Voltage sensitive relay.

Domestic AGM battery bank = 12V 300Ah

Windlass AGM battery bank =12v 260Ah

Eng Start AGM battery = 12V 105Ah


Length 13.10m
LWL 10.20m
Beam 4.30m
Draft Min 1.88m
Draft Max 1.88m
Displacement 14,000kg (30,870.0lbs)
Headroom 1.95m
Storage Ashore


Cutter rigged Z Spars Aluminium spars () with Stainless Steel standing rigging (2022)


Reefing mainsail Crusader - Slab (2022) Stack Pack, Fully Battened, Lazy Jacks, 3 Reefs
Headsail Crusader - Furling (2022)
Other sails Stay Sail (2022)

Electrical Systems

12 volt battery, 240 shore power voltage, 3 batteries charged by: engine, wind generator, solar panels, shore power


Construction Steel
Underwater profile Long Keel
Finish Paint finish

Noted by the 2022 survey the hull plates had a nominal thickness of 5.0 mm. The skeg sides, keel sides & keel bottom were built from nominal 6.0 mm steel plate. The steel plates were welded with flush seams and run from end to end. The weld seams were dressed flush.
The steel plating is protected with two coats of Jotamastic 87 aluminium primer (red), applied inside and out in September 2018.
The living quarters were insulated with 25 to 30 mm of spray foam insulation, applied by Foamseal in July 2019. This foam was only applied to areas above the waterline.
One coat of Jotamastic 90 (grey) primer was applied to the inside bulkheads (where there was no insulation), engine bearers and forward bilges in August 2019.
One coat of Jotamastic 90 (grey) primer 1 coat applied to exterior in August 2020.
Two coats of Hardtop AX Pure white and sky blue paint were applied in September 2020.
The topsides were finished with a number of coats of mid-blue paint. I was informed by the Owner that this paint was Hardtop AX.

The hull frames were constructed from flat steel bar which was 100 mm moulded x 5 mm sided. These were connected to the inside surfaces of the hull plate by staggered intermittent fillet welds. The frames were spaced at typically 550 mm intervals.
Beneath the sole boards, the hull was also seen to be reinforced with steel floors. These were constructed from 5 mm thick steel plate, connected to the inside surfaces of the hull plate by staggered intermittent fillet welds. The floor plating was of various depths, with holes cut through for drainage and the routing of cabling and hoses.
The hull stringers (longitudinals) were constructed from flat bar, 50 mm moulded x 5 mm sided. The stringers below the waterline were spaced at 350 mm intervals. The stringers above the waterline were spaced at 200 mm intervals. These were joined to the inside surfaces of the hull plating by staggered intermittent fillet welds.
Owner stated that the keel ballast was made up of galvanised steel shot, encapsulated in epoxy resin.
The deck surfaces, cockpit sides and coachroofs are finished with white paint.


Total # of berths 6
No. of single berths 6
Cabin(s) 2
Sink 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Electric)

Fitted with a ‘Wallas Spartan 50 Air Twin’ diesel powered heating system.

3 burner propane Stove


Cabin heating
Pressurised water system
Hot water system

Fitted with a ‘Wallas Spartan 50 Air Twin’ diesel powered heating system.

3 burner propane Stove

Deck Gear

Sail cover
Swim Platform
Swim Ladder
Instrument Covers

2 halyard winches
4 sheet winches
Electric Lofrans windlass (with remote control)
1 anchors
60.00m of chain
Seago Airfloor dinghy (2022)
2.5hp outboard, Short shaft (2004)
The windlass a Lofrans Leopard is controlled by a pair of up / down buttons on the foredeck, or by an LCD control panel, mounted on the sliding hatch binnacle.

Nav Equipment

VHF DSC radio
Chart plotter
AIS Receiver
Depth sounder
Radar Reflector

Plastimo Olympic 135 compass
Raymarine autopilot
Standard Horizon GX2400GPS/E, VHF/DSC
Raymarine Hybrid Touch E70482 colour chart plotter
Second Raymarine Hybrid Touch E70482 colour chart plotter
Three Raymarine multi-function display screens

Safety Equipment

Carbon Monoxide detector
Life jackets
Life buoys
Safety harnesses
Emergency steering

3 bilge pumps (1 manual / 2 electric)

Broker's Comments

This wonderful yacht comes to the market seen to be a very well built and very well specified example of a Bruce Roberts Voyager 388 cutter rigged, long fin keel cruising yacht constructed from welded steel plate. Hull plating welded 2013. The welding of the superstructure was completed in September 2018.
I was introduced to this striking vessel ashore allowing me to appreciate the depths of her hull and overall size. She is smart and modern looking with a confident presence of seaworthiness and stability.
Boarding her from the swim platform was very easy opening out onto a spacious uncluttered aft deck with equally uncluttered side decks. Her layout is of center cockpit style/deck saloon with a good sized cockpit tent. She has a nice wide companionway for access into a large upper saloon area which is home to your main operating panels and nav station with a pilot berth to starboard.
Inside she was designed with an open plan feel, light and airey with lots of head room. She is 6 single berths for serious cruising. Her galley sits to portside in the main saloon with the electric heads to starboard with forward cabin twin in the bow and another twin in the aft.

Note from the owner:

My yacht is an all steel long keel cutter with fully battened slab reef main and roller fore (Crusader) sails. Deep centre cockpit and substantial deck stepped mast, the interior configured for easy maintenance and flexible accommodation.

All usual navigational facilities by way of fully networked Raymarine instruments, plotters, and Radar etc.

I designed her with ample battery power backed by solar wind and alternator charging support electronics, domestic power and electric windlass.

The interior simple open layout over three cabins provides 6 single berths with potential to create doubles if desired.
Pressure hot and cold water, electric toilet, LPG 3 burner oven/hob, diesel heating, fridge with easy good access to engine and critical services.

Launched in 2022 she was conceived and built for a return trans-Atlantic voyage to Belize City, regrettably only the build half of the plan has been realised and the return voyage is no longer possible.

To date she has sailed to the Isle of Wight and Solent, accumulated 40 engine hours and is effectively a new hull and equipment ready for extended sailing or longer passages.

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

This Bruce Roberts Voyager 388 has been personally photographed and viewed by Samantha Cassell of Boatshed Portsmouth. Click here for contact details.

Owners FAQ's

How long have you owned the boat for?

since 2013

Why are you selling her?

change of circumstances

Where have you sailed her?

The Solent

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