Robert's Offshore 44
East Fremantle, 6158, WA


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Listing ID 12049 Length 44 Feet
Condition Used Type Sail
Make Bruce Roberts Year 1987
Model Offshore 44 Engine Make Kubota (Nanni Diesel)
Engine Type Diesel Number of hulls 1
Hull Type Steel Registration Number 78932
Registration Expiration April 2012

If you are looking for a Blue Water Cruiser in top condition with the strength and security of steel, you should consider Mintaka II.  Mintaka is a fully equipped, live aboard cruising yacht with a proven cruising performance record.  She was professionally built and fitted out and as we have owned and cruised her we have improved and upgraded, and always maintained her in top condition.  She has just had a complete new paint job - professionally sprayed, including the mast. (a $30,000 added value). From watermaker to washing machine to satellite phone - it's all there and ready to go.

Mintaka II is a Bruce Robert's Offshore 44 (13.72 m) centre cockpit cruising yacht, executed in multi-chine steel.  The steel work is excellent, with no faring required anywhere.  She was professionally fitted out inside in West Australian Jarah, with joinery superior to that seen in most production yachts.  She has two double cabins - the 'V' berth forward and master cabin aft.  Just aft of the forward cabin on the port side is the head / shower.  The main salon comprises a large dinette to port capable of seating 6, and a bench seat to starboard - with TV cabinet at one end, bottle cabinet at the other, and bookshelves behind.  Both sides are long enough and were designed to double as sea berths while on passage.  The engine is in a large room directly below the cockpit with good access through two large doors each side, opening from the Nav room along the starboard side and the galley along the port side.  Aft of the galley is the door opening into the master cabin, which has ample storage with drawers, hanging lockers and cabinets and book shelves as well as a queen sized transverse bunk.  Aft of the master cabin is a large lazarette with access from the back deck through a hatch.  The Nav room has a chart table with good storage for charts as well as book shelves, a large cabinet and drawers; in fact Mintaka II has great storage areas throughout.  To port is a full galley comprising a 3 burner stove and oven, large separate top loading eutectic refrigerator and freezer operated by an engine driven compressor that is very efficient.

Mintaka carries 1,000 litres of water in 2 tanks and 750 litres of diesel in 3 tanks.  A "Spectra" water maker capable of producing 50 l/hr means never having to worry about water consumption.  The electrical system is 24v with 4 x 210 AH 6v deep cycle storage batteries.  Engine starting is by a separate, dedicated 12v battery.  There is a 24v alternator controlled by a "Balmar" smart regulator as well as the standard 12v alternator charging only the starting battery.  Mintaka also has 4 solar panels charging at up to 7 amps x 24v, plus an "Airmarine" 400 w x 24v wind generator.  240v AC is supplied by a 1500 w inverter and 12v DC by an electronic step down unit.  A large 24v battery charger is hard wired for shore power.

The engine is a naturally aspirated 5 cylinder 62 HP Kubota diesel marinized by Nanni, driving a 21 inch fixed blade propeller via a 2.7 : 1 Hurth mechanical gearbox.  A frame fixed to the front end holds the fridge compressor and 24 v alternator, driving by means of a lay-shaft.  We installed this engine new just before starting our circumnavigation.  It currently has 5,000 hours and has never missed a beat.

Electronics include Raymarin ST60 Log and Depth instruments.  A second Fishfinder / Depth sounder by Navman.  Radar is a Furuno 24nm set.  GPS is Furuno.  HF radio - Icom M710, VHF - Icom.  Satellite telephone - "Nera" Inmarsat mini m.  EPIRB - GME.  Autopilot: Coursemaster 750.  (Also complete Coursemaster 450 unit as spare.)  Stereo - JVC unit with AM / FM, CD, DVD (may be connected to TV), and cabable of playing music from IPOD or USB memory stick.  New flat screen HDTV with a 12v TV antenna mounted at the mast head.  Finally for the ladies, a washing machine is installed in a locker in the aft cabin.

Mintaka has a large comfortable cockpit protected by a spray dodger, with a detachable sun awning that can be left in place while sailing or easily rolled up.  There is a fold down cockpit table.

The sails are all in good condition.  The fully battened main is a UK sails "offshore" model with 3 reefs, reinforced with Spectra cloth and leather.  It was built for us in Turkey and is 5 years old.  A new UK sails 130% genoa was built in Brisbane upon our arrival last year.  The staysail was built by Tasker in Perth 4 years ago.  Both genoa and staysail are mounted on "Profurl" furlers.  Other sails consist of an MPS, a spare jib (100%), storm jib, and storm trysail - (never used).  The rigging was all replaced just prior to starting our circumnavigation.

The main cockpit winches are oversized Anderson 58s (fully stainless), with 3 other cockpit winches for the staysail and roller furling.  There are 3 winches on the mast for halyards and reefing.

Ground tackle consists of a 30kg genuine "Bruce" anchor with 80m of new 10mm chain.  There are also a 29kg "Swarbrick" (Admiralty pattern) and an alloy "Fortress" (sand type) anchors.  Both the Swarbrick and Fortress come apart for easier storage.  There is a second anchor rode consisting of 15m of 10mm galvanized chain plus 80 m of 19mm nylon rope.  The windlass is an oversized Maxwell 3500 vertical capstan unit.

The life raft is a Dubary (Spanish) 4 man unit, purchased new in Spain in 2009.  Included also is a near new Quintrex 2.4 m aluminium dinghy with 5hp Yamaha outboard, carried on davits at the stern.

We completed a 10 year circumnavigation upon arrival in Brisbane last September and then sailed Mintaka home to Fremantle last summer.  We are now of an age where we don't plan on any more extended long distance cruising and a smaller boat would be more practical for cruising local WA waters.  So we are thinking to pass Mintaka on to someone else with the dream that we have been able to live.  She has served us well and is ready to do the same for her next owners.

Mintaka is berthed at the Fremantle Sailing Club.  She was surveyed for insurance purposes when we arrived last year.  An electronic copy of that survey is available.