Boat of the Month EXTRA - Slater 54 Roama
For sale $340,000
If you’re in the market for a classic cruising boat, the 54ft wooden cutter ROAMA is a much admired vessel lying at Oyster Cove Marina, Kettering in southern Tasmania and waiting for a new custodian.
The cutter, carvel planked in WA jarrah, has been professionally restored in the last five years by local shipwright Gary Turner and specialised tradesman, with the interstate vendor apparently spending $250,000 on the work.
With two global circumnavigations under the keel during previous ownership,
Main power is from a fully reconditioned 45hp Lister diesel that’s said to be in perfect running condition. Combined with a large, new four-blade prop, the owner said the old fashioned "horses" provide a comfortable 7-knot cruising speed with great economy.
The restoration also includes two new stainless steel water tanks and two new powdercoated steel fuel tanks boasting a total 1000lt capacity, giving Roama excellent range.
The enclosed centre cockpit affords good weather protection and wide sidedecks give easy access forward to the bow where a new Muir Thor electric anchor winch is fitted and coupled to a 100kg Bruce anchor and 100m of new ½in galvanised chain.
Down below are six berths, comprising two single berths in the aft cabin, two single berths forward, as well as a quarter berth and settee berth.
The timber interior fitout is considered rich and lustrous, but with plenty of air and light from dorades, hatches, portholes and skylights. A diesel heater is another practical addition for colder climates.
The galley features include a Smev four-burner gas stove with grill and oven, eutectic fridge/freezer, and stainless steel sink with pressurised gas hot-water.
Space and quality of the timberwork are key characteristics of the saloon. Forward lies the separate shower cubicle and enclosed electric toilet as well as two berths. According to the owner,
"This stately vessel is a pleasure to sail and the quality throughout is easy to appreciate," said the vender. "For the lover of timber boats this is quite a find and the cruising grounds of the world await."
Material: Carvel planked in WA jarrah, Qld beech topsides, Qld maple cabin sides, teak decks, Sitka spruce mast
Sleeping: Six in two cabins and saloon
45hp Lister diesel
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