NOW OR NEVER is one of the few Little Harbor 54s offering queen-sized centerline berths both forward and aft, plus a third cabin with upper and lower berths. She is exceptionally well-equipped, and has been maintained to the highest possible standards. With her Stoway rig, bow thruster, electric winches and shoal draft, NOW OR NEVER is equally at home gunkholing or crossing oceans. She can be easily handled by one.
A comprehensive refit was completed in 2009, and NOW OR NEVER has been continually upgraded since.
Starting forward is a guest stateroom with a centerline queen berth. At the foot of this berth is a seat and large hanging lockers. There is one large centerline hatch and two smaller hatches in this stateroom. There are Hella fans to port and starboard, along with reading lights each side of the bed and ample overhead lighting.
Aft to port is a head with a Vacuflush toilet, tan marble vanity and separate stall shower. Ventilation is provided by an overhead hatch and opening port, with additional natural lighting via a deck prism.
To starboard is a guest stateroom with upper and lower berths. It features a large hanging closet with aircraft-style overhead cupboards, as well as multiple storage drawers. Ventilation is provided by an overhead hatch and an opening stainless steel port light. A reading lamp is at the head of each berth.
Aft of the forward stateroom is a generous main salon that can sleep two on a convertible double settee. A round teak dining table has circular seating outboard. Custom cabinets for glasses and wine bottles are on the forward bulkhead.
Aft of the main salon, to port, is an oversized full-width chart/navigation station with maple-topped chart table and built-in instruments, providing maximum visibility and ease of operation. The table is L-shaped, has a swivel chair and can double as an office.
Aft of the main stateroom on the starboard side is the alley-style galley.
The aft master stateroom has an oversized centerline queen berth. There is seating on both sides of the berth, along with dual hanging lockers. Ventilation to this stateroom is provided by a large centerline opening hatch with mosquito screen and blackout shade. Additionally, there are (4) opening ports: (2) to port and (2) to starboard.
The ensuite head has a shower, sink and vanity with green marble countertop, and mirror. Two opening ports are located in this head.
The interior is teak with a satin varnish finish. A minimum of six coats of marine varnish were applied to achieve the finish. The floorboards are teak and holly, finished in high gloss. The curved companionway steps are finished with a high-gloss, non-skid surface.
The cabin sole is built of removable separate floorboards for access to tank tops, seacocks and machinery. Flush, lock-in type handles are installed for each section. Sole construction is of solid 3/8” alternating teak and holly, laid over a lightweight core material. All exposed hull materials are lined with solid teak strips. The overhead is divided into removable sections, covered with off-white Formica panels and solid teak strips. Built-in hatch screens and blinds conveniently slide away when not in use.
Hanging lockers are lined with western red cedar. All other lockers above seat level are lined with teak or Formica trimmed with teak. All wiring is completely hidden from view in these lockers by removable panels.
Galley countertops are Sandstone-colored Corian. Head countertops are tan marble (forward), and green marble (aft). Vertical surfaces in the galley and heads are off-white Formica with teak trim. Head floors are fiberglass with teak grates. Berth and seat tops are Formica-lined, with access to storage below through multiple lift-up openings.
The water and fuel tanks are below floor level, allowing extensive storage under seats and furniture throughout the interior.
The Volkswagen propulsion system is state-of-the-art; a very quiet engine that has definitely added a higher level of comfort over the original Perkins engine. The fuel consumption by this engine is very low.
Construction The hull is molded in FRP from female molds with ¾” Airex foam core for added strength and sound/thermal insulation. Vinylester resin is used on the exterior skins for the highest possible resistance to water osmosis, plus epoxy bottom coating with Interlux 2000 system. Airex core material eliminated in areas of sheer line, centerline, ballast, rudder post, hull ports and thru-hulls, with solid FRP lay-up in these areas. There is a painted fiberglass rub rail with stainless steel striker.
Centerboard The centerboard has a highly efficient foil shape and is filled with structural putty and lead ballast to provide negative buoyancy. Centerboard hoist via wire cable to winch on deck. The centerboard trunk is molded FRP. Rebuilt 2016. Centerboard configuration offers minimum draft of 6’ with board up and maximum draft of 11’ with board down.
Rudder The balanced spade rudder is molded FRP with 3-1/2” S/S rudder stock. Rudder blade molded around S/S frame welded to rudder stock. Rebuilt by Hinckley 2017.
Ballast All ballast is lead, cast in place and fully encapsulated by the fiberglass hull and keel. The lead is covered with approximately ½” solid FRP.
Other Bulkheads are built of marine-grade plywood, reinforced with FRP in areas of chain plates. All structural bulkheads are bonded to the hull and deck with FRP and Airex foam spacers. Floor beams are extruded FRP, interlocked and bonded to hull for rigid and durable support of cabin sole.
FRP fuel and water tanks are integral to the hull for additional stiffness to hull laminate and to use the maximum amount of volume available. All tanks fully baffled with ample inspection ports, and water tanks are coated with clear gelcoat.
Chain plates are 3/16 stainless flat bar weldments thru-bolted to reinforce FRP attached to hull. S/S mast step, ¼” thickness with limber holes and provision for 3” of fore and aft adjustment. FRP engine bed with steel reinforcement bonded directly to the hull.
Construction The deck is painted in White Awlgrip, and is constructed of one-piece molded FRP covered with laid teak and Divinycell H-80 foam core. In areas where deck equipment in installed, core is replaced with Divinycell H-200 high-density foam. Cockpit sides and coaming are solid fiberglass with mounted teak backrests. Deck flange is solid glass, approximately 3/8” thickness. The deck is bonded and bolted down with epoxy putty to the inboard angled hull flange with 5/16” bolts on 8” centers. Additional fastenings provided with teak toe rail thru-bolted on 8” centers. All deck hatch landings are molded in FRP. Eleven Lexan hatches (2005).
There is a flush lazarette hatch with molded drain channels. The propane locker is molded separately and ventilated with direct drain overboard.
Deck/Custom Stainless Work Stainless steel bow pulpit with port and starboard running lights; S/S stern pulpit with boarding gate and stern light; 27” S/S stanchions and double lifelines with side gates; S/S stem head fitting with twin anchor rollers and well-rounded, built-in mooring line fairleads, installed flush with toe rail.
S/S stern and spring line chocks flush with toe rail; S/S chain plates; S/S non-fouling guard rails over dorade boxes; Teak-covered S/S steering wheel; S/S genoa tracks inboard and outboard with reference number stamped on top; S/S foot block bases.
Deck Joiner Work Hand-laid teak decks and cockpit sole, bedded and fastened to deck; solid teak toe rail flared and tapered to match hull and fitted to mooring line chocks; solid teak dorade boxes with Lexan tops and dovetail joints; teak eyebrow along cabin side and wrapped around front and back of cabin; teak handrails; solid teak cockpit backrests; solid teak-framed Lexan companionway hatch slides and teak/Lexan sliding companionway hatch with teak-faced FRP sprayhood to house instruments. Screen slides with varnished teak frames.
Cockpit Features The main cockpit is large and functional, designed for easy exit each side without climbing over coaming. A custom-designed molded FRP steering pedestal houses all engine instrumentation, sail handling functions for easy access by helmsman, as are all deck winches. There is an array of (5) B&G displays above the companionway, providing essential information for the helmsman. A Ritchie 6” compass is installed on the steering pedestal; solid teak table with drop leaves installed ahead of the pedestal. Built-in coaming lockers outside of the cockpit for storage of lines etc. All sail handling and electronic functions are located within easy reach of the helmsman, enabling one person to operate the boat.
A very detailed refit was completed August, 2009, including:
The owner’s personal effects are excluded from the sale.
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Portsmouth, RI 02871