Back in the 1980’s and early 90s, New England built the world’s finest sailing yachts. No where else on our planet matched the skill and the talent to build these incredible sailing yachts that only rivaled the yachts coming out of Scandinavia, the UK and the Netherlands. The formula was easy, Newport, the NY Yacht Club, money, the America’s Cup, and a very talented work force that had generations of sea bearing commitment and history.
Names like Alden, Shannon, Cape Dory, Little Harbor, Hinckley, and of course, Bristol. The Yacht Designers that all started around Newport, were Chuck Paine, Bob Perry, Ted Hood, Bruce King, Ted Fontaine, and Deiter Empachter; just to name a few. Then it’s the support industries; if sails, woodworkers, and the folks that just knew how to build a good beautiful boat.
Those were the days my friends.
The Bristol 51.1 center cockpit is a certainly a beautiful classic yacht with lovely graceful lines and powerful high bow equal to the most beautiful yachts ever built. The Bristol 51.1 is sought after for her brilliant interior layout providing three private cabins fore and aft with a two separate heads. The sailing performance is excellent and the sloop rig powerful. The sail plan with in-mast furling Stoaway mainsail and Harken furling genoa so easily managed that the boat can be single-handed or comfortably sailed by a couple. The bow thruster is good insurance around the dock for any fifty foot yacht. The keel centerboard design provides for great cruising in the Bahamas and East Coast. With the board up the draft is only 5 foot 4 inches enabling you to get into all the creeks on the Chesapeake and sail all over the Bahamas. With the centerboard down (10 foot draft) you have the windward performance you long for. And a yacht she is!
A classic Dieter Empacher design gives you a heavy displacement for comfortable motion and security with the sail area to give her exciting performance. She is built by one of the finest boat builders that made American yacht building famous for the most beautiful and luxurious vessels to grace the seas. She is a built extremely well the way boats are supposed to be built of solid fiberglass, real wood, with real mahogany furniture tabbed to the hull sides. The joinery is of the highest quality far above anything you see today, but when you see it, you know it is Bristol Yacht quality!
Especially our lovely Bristol “Brian Boru” for she is no ordinary Bristol 51.1. She has served her family very well for over 15 years cruising the East Coast and Bahamas extensively. Brian Boru has served her family well. She has in turn received treatment that only the finest and most loved vessels get. Over the past few years, Brian Boru has received consistent maintenance to keep everything up the snuff.
Here are the highlights of recent upgrades:
Brian Boru is in Annapolis! Full specifications and more pictures are coming soon, we urge you not to wait. She is one of those really special vessels and it is evident immediately. You will not be disappointed in any way. And her owner wants her sold now!
Bristol 51: Review by Bob Perry.
The Bristol 51 is a commodious, conservative centerboard cruiser...
By Bob Perry (Our very good friend. This Listing Broker has had the pleasure of personally owning three Bob Perry designed boats, so I do trust his judgement/skill/and talent).
From September 26, 2000, Sailing Magazine.
Bristol Yachts has had a long relationship with Dieter Empacher as its lead designer. Together they have established a consistent line of conservative cruising yachts that are both fast and handsome. I always think of Dieter's designs as very East Coast.
Let's begin with the profile and sailplan. The deck lines are clean and unaffected. The result is very yachtlike and not in the least Euro. There is a strong sweep to the sheerline, kicking up about station 5.5 and emphasizing the handsome rake to the bow. The ample freeboard indicates that the designer is working at maximizing the usable interior volume. We all like low freeboard, but the designer must balance the visual effect of freeboard against the positive aspects of increased usable volume that one has below.
The Bristol 51 is rigged as a sloop with plenty of room in the foretriangle (J=21.5) for you to put in an optional staysail if you like. The mast is supported with single spreaders and fore and aft lowers. The sail area-to-displacement ratio is a conservative 15.73. This rig could be handled by a skilled owner with no help. If the rig were any taller, sailhandling could become a chore for the singlehanded sailer. The designer must balance the quest for power against the knowledge of just how the boat will be used and the style in which the typical owner will use it. One of my own most popular designs has a SA/D ratio of around 15. You must always look at the overall picture.
Accommodation targets for production yachts don't vary too much. The Bristol 51 is typical in this area of many yachts between 47 and 60 feet. There is an owner's stateroom aft, a stateroom forward, a crew stateroom and two heads, both with shower stalls. The Bristol 51 also has a lazarette. The galley is big with plenty of refrigerator and freezer space. Both heads are also big with bigger than adequate shower stalls. The aft double berth is arranged so that you can climb in from the sides. This arrangement seems to be nicely exploded. That's probably because I have been scratching my head trying to get the same layout into a 45-footer lately. By exploded I mean that there are very few compromised areas and no feeling at all of squashing in interior components.
The hull form is pure Empacher with steep deadrise, moderate BWL and a pronounced bustle aft. The keel is a shoal fin with centerboard. The rudder is partially balanced and hung on a half skeg. Note the rake forward at the top of the trailing edge. I would guess that this is all cosmetic, but it could have the effect of reduced interference drag. The shaft is absolutely horizontal and this is made possible by the volume aft added by the deep bustle. The high deadrise sections also aid in getting the engine in low. The 51.1 has a D/L ratio of 263.
Bristol is building the 51 with a solid laminate hull and a balsa cored deck. There is tankage for 250 gallons of water and 218 gallons of fuel. Now excuse me while I go below and put the leg of lamb in the oven, slip the newest Dwight Yoakam disc in the CD player and go looking for that last bottle of 1974 Eyrie Pinot Noir.
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The Bristol 51.1 is a beautiful yacht built in a time when an ocean going vessel looked like a real boat with gorgeous Mahagany joinery and sumptuous appointments. Bristol Yachts has always been regarded as the one of the finished builders offering beautiful workmanship. The salon is lovely with seven foot headroom and spacious accommodation. A U-shaped dinette to starboard wraps around a lovely teak dining table. The straight starboard settee can pull out to make a double berth. Storage is abundant with space outboard of the settees as well lockers and outboard cabinetry and bookshelves. The galley is tucked just aft of the salon on the portside with the forward facing navigation station to starboard. The walkthrough to aft cabin provides for generous access to the engine room. Also in the walkthrough just aft of the nav station there are several storage lockers. The master stateroom is the entire private aft cabin with an ensuite head and shower and abundant storage in beautiful cabinetry. This master stateroom is a totally private cabin with the sought after island queen berth. There is storage for everything necessary for extended time aboard.
Up forward, the guest cabin has a spacious real V-berth and removable filler that makes a fine double berth instead of two singles. There is a vanity and plenty of storage. The second guest cabin has two single berths, over/under and a hanging locker. These guest cabins share the forward head compartment that has a beautiful separate shower stall. You will be completely comfortable living on this sailing yacht for extended periods with complete amenities.
The large workable galley is located to port at the base of the companionway ladder. It is a very efficient galley that provides offshore safety for the cook in a seaway. The double deep sink is located near the centerline for good drainage on any point of sail. There is lots of storage and good counter space to make life at sea pretty wonderful.
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Hull and Deck
Bristol Yachts is well regarded for high quality construction. The hull is solid hand laid fiberglass with a fiberglass sandwich deck. All of the structural bulkheads are glassed both to the hull and deck. All the furniture is built into and tabbed into the hull sides for additional strength The keel centerboard design provides both shallow draft and windward performance when desired.
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