65′ Robert Clark Ketch - ID: 36984


Launched 1957
LOA 65' 0"
LWL 44' 5"
Beam 13' 8"
Draft 8' 1"

65′ Robert Clark Ketch


In 1955 W.H. Whitbread, an eccentric Scottish brewery owner, amateur jockey, and later title sponsor of the “Whitbread around the World Race,” approached Robert Clark to design him a classic cruiser-racer.  Whitbread wanted a boat suitable for inshore and offshore regattas along the south coast of England and, also for extended cruises with his family from his home in Sandbank on the west coast of Scotland.

Robert Clark was well suited to design a boat for that purpose.  From the late 30s to the early 50s Clark was at the forefront of British offshore racing design, producing multiple RORC series, Fastnet and Admirals cup winning designs.  By the mid 50’s however, British rating rule’s had changed in a manner that didn’t favor Clark’s style. He shifted his focus towards cruising boats and had become well versed in their design.

Clark penned Whitbread a boat that met his needs perfectly, a 65 ft. composite (Teak planking on steel frames), ketch-rigged cruiser-racer.  It was built of the best materials  to Lloyds of London’s highest specification by the Robertson’s yard, a yard located miles from his home in Sandbank Scotland.  It’s a testament to the versatility and quality of the design and subsequent build that Whitbread, an accomplished sailor with deep pockets and a wealth of knowledge on yacht design, owned and sailed the boat for 24 years until, at the age of 81, reluctantly decided to sell and not replace her.

The multifaceted nature of Clark’s design and the quality of its build make Lone Fox an ideal boat for today’s classic yacht owner.  65’ is a versatile size.  Lone Fox could be sailed by a family and friends or run by one or two professional crew.  She is large enough for quick, comfortable bluewater passages and longer self-sufficient cruising trips yet still small enough to fit into most marinas and not feel unwieldly on the racecourse.

Lone fox had a major refit in Ventura, CA in the mid 90’s but is currently in need of some refit work, primarily replacement of her decks.  Upon its completion she’ll be ready to cruise, race and complete the bluewater passages between popular sailing destinations in Europe, New England and the Caribbean on her own bottom and in impeccable style.

Selected Regatta Results:

Overall Winner: 2000 and 2001 San Francisco Master Mariner’s Regatta

First in Class: 2005 St. Barth’s New Years Regatta

Overall Winner: 2008 and 2009 St Maarten/St Martin Classic Yacht Regatta

First in Class: 2008 Antigua Classics Yacht Regatta

Overall Winner: 2011 Antigua Classics Yacht Regatta

Panerai Trophy: 2012 Antigua Classics Yacht Regatta

Lone Fox’s original teak decks need to be replaced.  The current owner is keeping the boat at Rockport Marine for ease of access to both sailing and the professional day-to-day care of a classic sailing yacht.  This move in 2017 has provided RMI shipwrights access to the boat who in the last year have established a deeper understanding of Lone Fox’s systems and an appreciation of its exceptional structural integrity. Lone Fox’s pedigree and world-renowned reputation make this a unique opportunity for a sailor seeking an iconic classic yacht.


– Carvel 1 7/16th teak planking on 2 x 2 x inch galvanized steel angle frames at 15 inch centers

– Galvanized bolt and bronze screw fastenings

– Solid teak transom

– Keel hung wooden rudder

– Laid teak deck

– Full teak and lead ballast keel, ballast recast and keel bolts new in 2011

– Teak dog house and trunk cabin

– Plywood bulkhead partitions



– Oval section gold anodized aluminium main and mizzen masts

– Glued bright finished wooden main, mizzen and staysail booms

– 1 x 19 Stainless steel standing rigging re-rigged 2014

– Spectra braid and 7/19 stainless steel wire running rigging

– Mast winches

– 3 x Lewmar 40

– 1 x Barient 28 ST

– 2 x Lewmar 19


– Main

– Mizzen

– Staysail

– Yankee

– Genoa

– Mizzen staysail

– Asymmetric spinnaker

– Storm trysail


– Cockpit and main companionway dodgers

– Full toerail covers

– Focsle hatch cover

– Galley hatch cover

– Full coach house and doghouse varnish covers

– Main, mizzen and staysail sail covers new 2016



– All deck hardware stainless steel

– Stainless steel destroyer helm wheel in pedestal

– Plough anchor and 250 ft chain

– 30 Kg Sea claw anchor and c 200 ft 1 inch nylon rope

– Maxwell 3500 12 V windlass with chain wildcat

– Deck sheet etc winches

– 2 x Lewmar 65

– 4 x Lewmar 44 ST


– AB 10 ft 6 inch RIB with Yamaha outboard; both Dec 2012



– Lugger L4239D 4 cyl Diesel engine 1988 on welded steel engine bearer rebuilt 2011

– Closed fresh water cooling

– 21 inch feathering MaxProp propellor

– 12 V 90 A and 160 A alternators

– Northern Lights M673 L3 6KW aux generator new 2016

– 12 V DC ships service circuits

– 120 V AC shore and generator power

– 1 x 12 V gel cell engine start battery

– 1 x 12 V lead acid generator battery

– 4 x 12 V 8-D Lifeline deep-cycle AGM batteries Nov 2013

– Mastervolt Combi 12V / 110VAC 2,500 W 100A charger Nov 2013

– 12 V DC circuit breaker panel fed via MVP switch

– 120 V AC circuit breaker panel

– Running navigation and anchor lights

– Hot water from engine calorifier and 120 V element heater

– 1 x Stainless and 2 x painted steel fuel tanks total 160 gallons

– 1x Aluminium day tank 22 gallons

– 2 x stainless steel fresh water tanks 120 gallons

– 1 x PV 20 gallon

– 2 x LP gas bottles in conforming deck locker via rated hoe regulator and pressure gauge


– Paragon 12V fresh water

– Paragon 12V sea water

– Galley 12V sink macerator

– Head 12V wash basin sump

– Vane 12V puppy fuel transfer

– Rule 12V shower sump

– Holding tank 12V macerator

– Sceptre 20 120V 20-30 gph water maker



– B&G Hydra autopilot

– Raymarine Quantum Q24C RADOME Radar

– Raymarine RIE70232-LNC a95 9″ Multifunction Display with Lighthouse Navigation Charts – NOAA    Vector and Navionics

– B&G Hydra 20/20 depth sounder

– B&G analogue wind speed, apparent wind, boat speed depth

– Syrens wi fi booster

– Danforth Constellation 7 inch magnetic steering compass

– Seth Thomas clock and barometer

– Icom ICM 422 VHF

– Icom IC-M710 SSB



– Top loading freezer outboard

– White oak gimballed demountable drop leaf table and locker

– Day head with Wilcox Crittenden Skipper manual WC

– Fully enclosed head compartment with shower and Blake manual WC

– Galley with 3 burner LPG hob and oven with solenoid shut off to starboard

– Electric convector oven above

– Dry goods storage and front loading fridge

– Forepeak anchor chain storage

– Hanging locker and electrical distribution panel

– Navigation station with chart table and instruments

– Engine located below the saloon

– Generator below the dog house / navigation station

– Sleeps 9-12


– Polyplanar MR 41 Stereo AM/FM/CD changer – satellite ready

– Sharp Aquos 26 inch colour TV

– Pioneer AVN-P310DVD DVD/HD/Satellite



– Plastimo 6 person life raft


– Hand held freon canister horn

– 2 x 1 Kg dry powder fire extinguishers

– 2 x 12 V Rule auto bilge pump

– 1 x Manual diaphragm bilge pump

– 12 x USCG life jackets

– 1 x 24 inch life ring

– 1 x MOM 8

– Full length lifelines 5/16 1x 19 stainless steel double 2011

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