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1957 65' Robert Clark Ketch

$ 194,900 USD

Belfast, ME, US


Robert Clark 65' Ketch


LONE FOX is a true gentlemen’s yacht. Designed for Colonel Whitbread, original sponsor of the ‘Whitbread Around the World Race’, the 65’ Robert Clark teak ketch is known internationally for its speed and grace. Launched on the shores of Scotland in1957, Lone Fox was constructed to Lloyds Class +100A1 Yacht Specifications. She was the Colonel’s personal yacht until 1983.  After an interesting and illustrious journey she found herself in Ventura CA to have a significant master craftsman refit in the mid to late 1990’s. This work brought the boat back to its original glory and inspired a racing campaign along the west coast of the United States and the Caribbean. In the early 2000’s Lone Fox sailed to St. Barth’s, its home for the next 15 years.  She continued to race and win multiple Classic regattas! 

 Selected Regatta Results:

San Francisco Master Mariner’s Regatta First in Class 

2005 St. Barth’s New Year's Regatta Overall Winner

2008 and 2009 St Maarten/St Martin Classic Yacht Regatta First in Class and Overall Winner

2008 Antigua Classics Yacht Regatta Overall Winner

2011 Antigua Classics Yacht Regatta Overall Winner and Panerai Trophy

2012 Antigua Classics Yacht Regatta Panerai Trophy


Lone Fox’s original teak decks will need replacing. Lone Fox’s pedigree and world-renowned reputation make this a unique opportunity for a sailor seeking an iconic classic yacht. Her location on the Maine Coast provides for the location to easily have her refit work done.

Engines (1)

  • Make LUGGER
  • Model L4293D
  • Fuel diesel
  • Total HP84


SYS Yacht Sales 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. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

SYS Yacht Sales is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Lyman-Morse Yacht Brokerage.


  • Category Sail
  • Condition Used
  • Hull Material Wood
  • Make Robert Clark
  • Model Ketch
  • Boat Name LONE FOX
  • Length Overall 65'
  • Model Year 1957
  • Beam 13' 8''
  • Dry Weight 76'
  • Fuel Tank4 x 172|gallon
  • Heads 2
  • Builder Name Alex Robertson & Sons
  • Length 65'
  • Length at WaterLine 44' 5''
  • Holding Tank 1 x 20|gallon
  • Fresh Water 2 x 120|gallon
  • Boat Keel Full Keel
  • Drive Up 8' 1''

Full Details


Commissioned for Colonel Whitbread of the long established brewing family; LONE FOX was appropriately named for a rather private person and former amateur jockey with a strong interest in fox hunting. Built in early 1957, in the same shed as Americas Cup challenger SCEPTRE, she was Colonel W H (Bill) Whitbread's personal yacht for a quarter of a century. For a while he sailed and occasionally raced on the English South Coast. In due course however LONE FOX was taken back up to cruise the beautiful Scottish waters out of Badachro. From here there were frequent cruises around the West Coast and Hebrides typically a fortnight at a time.

Colonel Whitbread himself, inspired no doubt also by his long standing good friend Francis Chichester, was to become the sponsor of the famous round-the-world race. LONE FOX routinely wintered back in Robertsons yard and it was in 1977 as she was about to be put back in the water that the launch carriage broke free and the boat accelerating down the slipway snagged a stabilising stay snapping the main mast. Fortunately the damage was limited. Colonel Bill was to continue sailing her regularly right up to the age of 81, when reluctantly he had to sell her.

 From 1981 under the ownership of Talbot Smith she was based in North Wales and raced regularly in the Irish sea, taking part also in Tall Ships Race. In 1985 she took part in the West Highland Yachting Week Regatta.

In 1986 Keith Ehlert from California bought her for chartering out of Antigua and by 1990 she was in Marina del Rey in California for restoration. Teaming up with Christopher von Trampe, by 1997 Keith abandoned the project and Christopher acquired the yacht.

 For the next 5 years LONE FOX underwent a major restoration, pretty well throughout bringing her back to original condition but with the exception of alloy for the wooden masts. With this work complete she went to St Barts in 2003 for chartering and a year later for sale to her current owner.



- 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 keel and with lead ballast, ballast recast with new keel Aquamet 22 austenitic steel bolts new in 2011

- Plywood bulkhead partitions

- All deck hardware stainless steel and chrome plated bronze

- Stainless steel destroyer helm wheel in pedestal

- Cockpit winches

- 2 x LEWMAR 65

- 4 x LEWMAR 44 ST


Leaving the cockpit the companionway entrance to the navigation station - bunk with sail locker underneath to port. Navigation table with electronics forward port. Descending forward into the Master Stateroom with extra long single berth, full head with sink and shower to port and queen berth to starboard.  Exiting the master into the Main Salon - settee (converting to two berths) with gimbaled dining table to port and full bench seat (full lower bunk w/ hanging bunk above), freezer, and companionway to deck starboard.  Owner’s cabin with full lower berth and hanging berth above to port. Forward head (sink no shower) followed by full galley to starboard.  Passing into the focs’le - bosun’s locker and line storage port and pipe berth starboard. Forepeak has chain locker, spare anchor, and hurricane lines.

- English White Oak interior with plywood bulkheads

-Navigation station with chart table and instruments

- Generator below the nav sole

- Sleeps 9-12


- Main

- Mizzen

- Staysail

- Yankee

- Genoa

- Mizzen staysail

- Asymmetric spinnaker

- Storm tri-sail


- 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


- Top loading freezer in main salon

- White oak gimbaled demountable drop leaf table and locker in main salon

- 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

- Double sink


- Raymarine Quantum Q24C RADOME Radar

- Raymarine RIE70232-LNC  9" Multifunction Display with Lighthouse Navigation Charts - NOAA    Vector and Navionics

- B&G Hydra 20/20 depth sounder

- B&G Hydra autopilot

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

- Syrens wi fi booster w/spreader mounted antenna

- Danforth Constellation 7 inch magnetic steering compass

- Seth Thomas clock and barometer

- Icom ICM 422 VHF

- Icom IC-M710 SSB


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

- Sharp Aquos 26 inch color TV

- Pioneer AVN-P310DVD DVD/HD/Satellite


- Day Head - RARITAN 

- Master Head RARITAN with sink and shower 


- Paragon 12V fresh water

- Paragon 12V sea water (Ready for repair)

- Galley 12V sink macerator

- Head 12V wash basin sump

- Vane 12V puppy fuel transfer

- Rule 12V shower sump

- Holding tank 12V macerator

- Spectre 20 120V 20-30 gph water maker ( Ready for repair)


- Cockpit and main companionway dodgers

- Full toe-rail covers

- Foc'sle hatch cover

- Galley hatch cover

- Full coach house and doghouse varnish covers

- Main, mizzen and staysail sail covers new 2016


Lugger L4239D 4 cyl Diesel engine on welded steel engine pillow bearings - Under main cabin sole

Closed fresh water cooling

21 inch feathering MaxProp propellor

Top end rebuilt 2010 and 2011 


6.0 KW Northern Lights (2016) - Under nav station sole

 12 V 90 A and 160 A alternators

 Northern Lights TF-276M 5.5 KW 120 V aux generator

 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 

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

 12 V DC circuit breaker panel fed via MVP switch

 120 V AC circuit breaker panel


- 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



- 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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