|Launched||5th August 1985 (date of contract 3/5/83)|
|Owner||Connor & Elizabeth Moran|
|Purchased||25th January 2006|
|Configuration||Original keel and rudder with short rig, mark 2 deck.
Set up for short handed cruising.
Powered by a Bukh 20SME with sail drive, fitted under cockpit.
|Colour||Light Blue Hull with gold cove stripe, white and cream deck|
|Berthed||Fremantle Sailing Club, berth B09|
|Sail Number||F 334|
|Australian Registration||O/N 851787, Sydney|
|State Registration||AL 810|
|Call Sign||VLW6250 or FG8174|
|Fit Out||Roger Streater|
Jon & Nadia Armstrong (Jan 2006-April 2012),
Steve and Jane Laws (January 1991 – January 2006),
Roger Streater (August 1985 – January 1991)
The Yacht’s Story
Roma II was laid up by Swarbricks and trucked to Sydney as an empty hull with unattached keel. Roger Streater fitted her out for short handed cruising. Roger was a cabinet maker by trade and had 20 years experience in the maritime police force. He had previously constructed two timber yachts (Roma and Caroma). When Roger’s previous yacht came on the market he decided to sell Roma II and repurchase Caroma, his old Swanson Carmen (which he still owns).
Steve and Jane Laws purchased Roma II from Roger in January 1991. She was then moored in Port Hacking, just south of Sydney. Steve and Jane had been working in the UK and flew home to Oz with the intention of buying another yacht and doing some cruising. Being Sandgropers they had been brought up on the S&S34 reputation. They saw Roma II on a Thursday evening, spent several hours on board and made an offer. The test sail was on the Saturday and Roma was slipped on the Tuesday. Steve and Jane moved on board the same day. Roger immediately purchase Caroma and a short cruise to Broken Bay commenced. Steve and Janes first sail was from Port Hacking to Sydney Harbour and up under the bridge.
Roma II was then home for the next three years as Steve and Jane slowly made their way around the top, arriving in Fremantle in November 1993. Since then, Roma II has been used for cruising in local waters and has been known to participate in a few jib and main fun races.
Steve and Jane sold Roma II to Jon Armstrong in January 2006,
and then on to Connor and Elizabeth Moran in April 2012.
Washing Day, Pinta Creek, NSW. Photograph: Jane Laws
Hawkesbury River, NSW. Photograph: Roger Streeter
King George River, Kimberley, WA. Photograph: Steve Laws
Crocodile Creek, Kimberley, WA. Photograph: Jane Laws
David Dicks (Seaflight) and Jane Laws (Roma II) .Photograph: Steve Laws
Longreach, Rottnest Island. Photograph: Jane Laws
October 2005, Fremantle. Photograph: Mike Jessop-Jolly