42′ Steel Bruce Roberts 392B


US$ 20,000


42 ft.


Bruce Roberts


This yacht is SOLD. Thank you for your interest.

42′ Steel Bruce Roberts 392B

A project for the right person!

*** UPDATED Sep.25 – Current Interior Photos ***

Professionally built by Pacific Ocean Enterprise, this Bruce Roberts 392 B model includes a transom modification that extends the deck and adds a sugar scoop swim platform. This vessel was made for any kind of blue water adventure you can imagine and has already safely cruised thousands of miles of open Pacific Ocean!

“GREY MATTER” is a 1994 42-foot pilothouse sailing yacht of custom-built welded steel construction, and is currently set up as a cutter-rigged sloop with a four-cylinder Isuzu diesel engine as auxiliary. The hull has a raked bow, radiused chines, long fin keel, skeg mounted rudder and counter transom stern.

Overall accommodations include two sleeping cabins (V-Berth and Master), two heads (forward and aft), U-shaped galley, dinette, pantry, interior helm station, and elevated dining area/settee in the pilot house salon.

The layout of the interior starting at the bow consists of a large V berth, enclosed head and galley to port, dinette and pantry to starboard. The main salon follows with helm station and navigation table starboard, raised dining table / settee to port and access to the machinery space beneath the cabin sole. The aft (Master) cabin follows with a roller-top study desk, transverse double berth and enclosed head with shower.

On deck, there is a second helm station in the cockpit. Cockpit coaming includes lazarettes (one port, one starboard) for storage. All rigging is run back to the cockpit for easy and safe handling while underway. Custom offshore sails – genoa, staysail, and mainsail (new in 2018) – are in LIKE NEW condition.

This vessel has been on the hard for 2 years undergoing refit. As of 2022, owners have completed 99% of hull replating (have cut out and re-welded – TIG and MIG – approx. 60sq.ft. of new mild steel plating). Once complete, main salon and aft haed will need renovation (as these interiors needed to be removed to access hull interior for welding), engine exhaust and drive components will need to be reconnected, as well as plumbing [see list below].

The right person can complete this refit and bring this boat back to ocean-going condition, as this is already a boat that could sail from the balmy tropics to the icey reaches of the arctic circle without skipping a beat!

Outstanding Work (main items):

  • reinstall propellor shaft
  • reinstall water tankage
  • new diesel tankage to be manufactured and installed (or water tankage could be split between diesel and water)
  • install brand new SS 2-drawer Vitrifrigo fridge/freezer
  • reinstall aft head shower pan, toilet, sink
  • reinstall forward head (need purchase toilet, sink)
  • renovate interior (install flooring in main salon, aft head, rebuild settee in pilot house salon)
  • reconnect exhaust system
  • reinstall thru-hulls
  • repair a couple small holes in deck
  • barrier coat and repaint hull (interior repaired sections, and exterior) 
  • purchase & refit deck mounted genoa and jib sail tracks (or attach fixed block points)

Owners are selling at the firm as-is price of just $20,000 given the vessel’s current refit progress. To sweeten the deal, they are fully committed to wrapping up the remaining hull welding as a prerequisite for this special offer.

It’s important to note that as the owners advance with the refit this winter, the price will naturally rise with each significant stage of completion to ensure the vessel aligns with current market values.

Imagine having a remarkable boat that can be restored to seaworthiness within a few short months, becoming a rock-solid, ocean-ready adventure cruiser for decades to come! Grey Matter is the hidden gem you’ve been waiting for – seize this opportunity today!

This vessel is located in beautiful San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico, a short 250 mile drive on a safe 4-lane highway from Nogales, Az. San Carlos is a known boating destination/community, featuring breathtaking scenery, quiet anchorages nearby, great fishing, diving, two marinas, 3 haul out facilities and much more.

Welcome aboard S/V Grey Matter! A worthwhile project for the right person, this ocean passagemaker is undergoing refit and is ready to have her updates completed so she can take you anywhere in the world for decades to come!
  • length: 42 ft. (12.8 m.)
  • price: US$ 20,000
  • builder: Bruce Roberts
  • draft: 6.5 ft. (1.98 m.)
  • max speed: 7 kn
  • beam: 13.5 ft. (4.11 m.)
  • cruising speed: 5 kn
  • built: 1994
  • Sail
  • Steel hull
  • 2 cabins
  • 2 heads
  • sleeps 6
Boat Name: “Grey Matter”
Port of Call: Victoria, BC, Canada
Type: Auxiliary Pilothouse Cutter-Rigged Sloop
Mfg: Custom-Build; Pacific Ocean Enterprises, WA, USA
Designer: Modified Bruce Roberts

Popular Length: 42 ft
LOA: 41 ft 2 in
Beam: 13.5 ft
Draft: 6 ft 6 in
Cabin Headroom: 6 ft 4 in
LWL: 38 ft
Ballast: Lead Encapsulated in Keel
Hull Material: Mild Steel
Displacement: 37,000 lbs


Fresh Water: x2 SS tanks @ 130 Gal total (need installation)
Fuel: *none* (previously 2 tanks @ 200 Gal total)
Holding: x1 35 Gal PE tank


Cruising Speed: 5 kt
Max Speed:  7 kt
Cruising Range:  previously 1000 nm


Engine Make: Marinized Isuzu
Engine Model: C-240
Total Power: 50 HP
Engine Hours: 4200
Engine Type: Inboard
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Fuel Type: Diesel
Propeller Type: 3 Blade feathering max prop 
Propeller Material: Bronze
Bow Thruster: Side-Power 12 VDC
Gen-Sep: Yes (not a generator)


Stateroom sleeps: 2
Dinette sleeps: 2
V-Berth sleeps: 2
Cabins: 2
Heads: 2

Refrigeration: Vitrifrigo stainless steel 2-drawer fridge and freezer  *new, never used*
Stove: Princess Three (3) Burner With Oven
Stove Fuel: LPG
Sink: deep, double stainless steel
Diesel Heater: SIG MAR Diesel, vents to outside (top deck)
Hot Water: 2 x 6 Gal (one electric 120V, one engine-heated)
Ice Box: 12 VDC Chest Type

Mainsail: Sunbrella cover
Staysail: Sacrificial sunbrella sunstrip
Genoa: Sacrificial sunbrella sunstrip
Cockpit cushions: Yes
Bimini cover: Yes


SSB Tuner: Yes
Pactor: SCS PTC
Radar: Nobeltec
VHF: Standard Horizon
GPS: Yes
AIS Receiver: Yes
AIS Transponder: West Marine 1000
Depth Sounder: Standard Horizon
Hailer: Yes
Wind Speed / Direction: Yes
Autopilot: Simrad AP-22
Plotter: Standard Horizon 180i
Compass: Dirigo 5 Inch Card Type
Computer: Yes


House Bank: 6 x 6V AGM (require replacement)
Start Battery: 1 x 12V AGM (require replacement)
Bow Battery: 1 x  12V AGM (require replacement
Battery Monitor: Heart Link 2000R
Battery Switch: Pathfinder (bypassed with manual isolation switches) 
Invertor: Yes
Alternator: 2 x (one 100-Amp and one 200-Amp)
Battery Charger: Link 1000
Solar: 4 panels @ 520 Watts total
Solar Controller: 2 x SunSaver MPPT


Main: Leitch & McBride (new 2018)
Jib: Leitch & McBride (new 2018)
Genoa: Leitch & McBride (new 2018)
Traveler: Yes
Roller Furler: Yes
Winches: Yes
Preventer/Boom: Yes
Boom Vang: Yes
Mast: Anodized aluminum, 59 ft tall
Standing Rigging: Yes
Lines led aft: Yes
Whisker Pole: Yes
Lazy Jacks: Yes
– hank-on inner jib (used)
– genoa (used)
– mainsail (used)
– TidesMarine track-and-slide mast track (new)


Anchor: Spade 77lb
Windlass: Lofrans Progress II 12V DC
Bow Rollers: Yes
Nav Lights: Yes
Spreader Lights: Yes
Dinghy Davits: Yes
Ladder: Yes
Swim Ladder: Yes
Rails: Yes
Bow Pulpit: Yes
Lifelines: Yes
Gates: Yes
Keel: Integral steel cruising fin


Bilge Pump: Yes (wired for installation), and Manual Whale Gusher
Bilge Pump Monitor: Yes
Raw Water Sea Strainer: Yes
Fuel Filters: 2 x Racor
Watermaker: Spectra
Thru Hulls: Bronze and Marlon

EPIRB: ACR Global Fix
Lifejackets: Yes
Lifesling: Yes
Liferaft: Switlik MD-2 (expired)
Jacklines: Yes
Flares: Yes (expired)
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