Storebro Royal Cruiser 43
|Year of production||1972-1975|
|Height above waterline (m)||3.20 - excl. mast|
|Freeboard front (m)||1.71|
|Freeboard aft (m)||1.50|
|Fuel (l)||2 x 1000|
|Water (l)||2 x 300|
|Number of boats||12|
The Storebro Royal Cruiser 43 was a very spacious and comfortable long distance cruiser with fine mahogany interior fittings. For this ship Storebro used the then highest standard of woodworking machinery and equipment. The customer could choose between Indian buffalo or calf leather upholstery for the sofa and seating when furnishing the large deck saloon, a true expression of luxury at the time.
Compared to the prototype, the Storebro Royal Cruiser 42, she was extended by one foot, which essentially benefited the aft cabin. The marked step to the aft deck of the Storebro Royal Cruiser 42 still was greatly reduced in the first ships (at least to the third ship) and hidden in the side view. In later ships the step was completely eliminated.
The Royal Cruiser 43 was the last model, that was entirely built of wood respectively mahogany.
In retrospect, the Storebro Royal Cruiser 43 was an enormous boat. Compared to its volume it was sized between the models SRC 470 and SRC 420 that were built from the late 80s.
The Storebro Royal Cruiser 43 was often customized to the requirements of the buyer. Therefore there are minor differences between the ships.
There were also considerations or plans for a modified layout of the aft cabin with steps at the port side and single toilet room and shower. This change would have enabled a larger seating area in the deck saloon. Concerning the realization, however, nothing is known to me.
Since the hull was originally built from mahogany, the shipyard considered whether it would be worthwhile producing a GRP hull. For this purpose, a prototype was created, which was tested in December 1973. The open hull was equipped with two Volvo Penta TAMD70B and reached a top speed of 19 knots. However, the results of the tests and the demand were not such that one decided for a series production. Pictures of the test phase can be found at " pictures ".
|No. of cylinders||6||6|
|Engine output (kw/(HP))||114 - 184/|
(155 - 250)
|135 - 206/|
(184 - 280)