51' Bristol 1987

Brian Boru


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MAJOR PRICE REDUCTION REFLECTS OWNER'S DESIRE TO SELL.BRING OFFERS FOR THIS HIGH CALIBER TURN KEY WORLD VOYAGER, GREAT COMFORTABLE AND SAFE LIVEABOARD.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 family friendly interior layout. With three private cabins and two full heads you have all the space you need for family cruising. With the owner’s private aft cabin and ensuite head you have wonderful needed privacy. The family or guest quarters forward offer a large V berth that has two single berths port and starboard or which makes a huge double berth. The third cabin has upper/lower berths which are perfect for kids. The forward head is complete with a shower so you have comfortable family cruising. While the sailing performance is excellent the in-mast furling Stoaway mainsail and Harken furling genoa ensure the boat can be single-handed or comfortably sailed by a couple. The bow thruster (marriage saver) is good insurance around the dock for any fifty foot yacht. The keel centerboard design provides for comfortable great cruising in the Chesapeake, Bahamas, Florida and the Keys. With the board up the draft is only 5 foot 3 inches enabling you to get into all the creeks on the Chesapeake and sail all over the Bahamas. The Bristol 51.1 is a real ocean going yacht that will turn heads in New England and with the centerboard down (10 foot draft) you have the windward performance you long for. A classic Dieter Empacher design gives you a heavy displacement for comfortable motion and security with the sail area to give her cruise worthy performance. It’s hard to find a family cruiser with sailor pleasing performance and good looks, but the Bristol 51.1 is a classic you will love.Bristol Yachts is one of the finest New England boat builders that made American yacht building famous for the most beautiful and luxurious vessels to grace the seas. She was built in the best of boat building times! 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! Be sure to read the full specs and also the Review by Robert Perry.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:

  • New Fuel tanks in 2013
  • New thru hull fittings
  • New Awlgrip paint job 2018
  • New batteries 2018
  • New Sails - Mainsail 2010 and Genoa in 2009
  • New Simrad Chart Plotter 2014
  • Masts and booms pulled inspected sanded and Awlgripped 2007
  • Rigging inspection and upgrades 2015
  • New Dodger, Bimini and canvas 2016
  • New Apex dinghy and outboard
  • New AC Unit (one of two) 2017
  • And so many amenities including
  • New Custom mattresses
  • Titled bathrooms and showers

Brian Boru now in Annapolis and she will be in the David Walters Yachts Blue Water Boat Show in October. 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 as evidenced by the recent price reduction!

United Yacht Sales New Jersey would love to guide you through a personal showing of this 51' Bristol 51.1 1987. This yacht for sale is located in Annapolis, Maryland and priced at $199,000. For a showing please contact us by filling out the form on this page and we will get back to you shortly!






Cruise Speed:

Not Listed

Max Speed:

Not Listed

Range NMI:

Not Listed


15' 2"

Engine Details:


Engine 1:

100 HP

Engine 2:

Engine Fuel:

Inboard Diesel

Fuel Capacity:

218 Gallons

Water Capacity:

250 Gallons


The Bristol 51.1 center cockpit, three stateroom cruiser is sought after for her generous accommodations for a family. She really meets all the requirements. The Bristol 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 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.

  • Three stateroom center cockpit
  • Spacious salon with seven foot headroom
  • Starboard settee makes a double berth!
  • Beautiful mahogany joinery feels like fine furniture
  • Large galley with lovely tile
  • Curtains
  • Owner’s private aft stateroom
  • Generous guest cabin forward
  • Third cabin with uppers and lower berths
  • Sleeps eight easily
  • Two heads with stall showers
  • Dinette servers six to eight
  • Cushions replaced in 2007
  • Beautiful lighting throughout
  • All amenities
  • Air-conditioning – two units
  • Wonderful ventilation
  • Several overhead hatches
  • Nine opening ports with screens
  • Five fans
  • Generous storage
  • TV with new antenna
  • DVD player
  • Satellite radio
  • Interior speakers system
  • Cockpit speakers
  • Wi-Fi booster antenna
  • PFDs
  • Flares
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Radar reflector
  • MOM Overboard system
  • Two horseshoes - throwable
  • Horn
  • Automatic fog horns
  • CO Detector carbon monoxide
  • Lee cloths
  • electric bilge pumps two
  • Manual bilge pump below deck
  • Bilge high bilge pump
  • GFCI Outlets in head and galley
  • Throwing bag
  • EPIRB 406
  • Emergency tiller

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.~~~now that's Bob Perry!

  • New Apex 10’ inflatable
  • Davit system
  • New outboard engine
  • Three AGM 4D house batteries 2018 installed under aft berth on the center with proper box and tie downs
  • Start Battery
  • Battery monitor
  • Two battery chargers
  • Custom distribution panel

DC Electrical System

  • DC Breaker Panel
  • Navigation lights
  • Tricolor masthead light
  • Masthead strobe
  • Anchor light
  • Stern light
  • 12v outlets
  • Cabin lights
  • Anchor wash down pump
  • Electric bilge pumps – engine room and deep bilge
  • Aft deck shower pump
  • Electric oil change system
  • Freshwater pump

AC Electrical System

  • Westerbeke generator charges batteries and runs AC and refrigeration
  • Shore power connections both 30amp and 50amp
  • Three power cords with adapter
  • Interface 100 amp Charger (with inverter) charges house bank 2018
  • 40 amp charger for start battery and bow thruster
  • Main AC breaker and volt and amp meter
  • AC Breaker panel
  • 110 volt refrigeration
  • CruiseAir 20,000 BTU air conditioning with two compressors
  • New compressor in 2018
  • 110v outlets
  • Microwave
  • Appliances

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.

  • Large refrigerator with top and front-loading with two shelves
  • Freezer is separate with top opening
  • Grunert 110v refrigeration run with generator or shore power
  • Double stainless steel sinks with hot and cold pressure water
  • Formica counters with tile backsplash
  • Manual fresh water pump
  • Water filtration system (not currently hooked up)
  • Princess three-burner electric stove w/oven & broiler
  • Electrical system w/dual gauges & selector switch
  • Microwave 2015
  • Felt-lined flatware drawer
  • Cutting board
  • Coffee pot
  • Toaster oven
  • Knife rack
  • Liquor storage
  • BBQ grill
  • Double bow rollers
  • Divided chain locker
  • Electric Ideal windlass
  • Primary bow anchor CQR w/150' chain
  • Fortress anchor stowed
  • Stern deck shower

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.

  • Newly Awlgripped topsides of Flag Blue with a double boot stripe in red (2018)
  • Solid fiberglass hull
  • All new thru hulls
  • New epoxy bottom
  • New bottom paint
  • Bow thruster
  • Center cockpit deck layout with lovely aft deck
  • New Beige dodger and bimini
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Five opening hatches
  • Four dorades with teak boxes
  • Nine opening ports with screens
  • Deck fill for four diesel and two water
  • Anchor locker forward
  • Mast pulpits
  • Double life lines with boarding gates
  • Swim ladder
  • Aft deck shower
  • Lift points on the hull
  • Dinghy davit system
  • Motor mount on the stern rail
  • One large deck box on the aft deck
  • Beautiful engine room
  • Westerbeke 100 HP diesel
  • 218 gallons of diesel in four new tanks (new tanks in 2013)
  • Fuel burn is 2.25 gallons per hours
  • Cruises at 6.8 knots 1500 rpm and 8 knots at 1900 rpm
  • Dual Racor system with pressure gauge
  • Water filter system
  • Direct drive shaft
  • MaxProp 3-blade folding prop
  • Wheel steering with cable and chain Edison
  • Emergency tiller
  • Main engine new heat exchanger
  • Electric oil change pump
  • Westerbeke generatorinstalled in engine room
  • Engine room blower
  • Engine instrument panel
  • Engine emergency stop and fuel shut off valve
  • Cruiseair AC system with two compressors (one is new)
  • Grunert 110v refrigeration
  • Vetus bow thruster
  • Beautiful spacious forward facing sit down nav station
  • Chart table and storage under
  • Simrad radar and plotter
  • Garmin GPS
  • ICOM VHF radio with full function cockpit mic
  • B&G Sailing instruments for wind speed and depth with repeater displays
  • Windex at the mast head
  • Raytheon hailer – fog horn
  • Binnacle mounted Richie compass
  • DC outlet in the cockpit
  • Robertson AP50 autopilot with remote control
  • Clock and barometer
  • Temperature and Hygrometer
  • 250 gallons of fresh water!
  • Hot water heater 6 gallons
  • Two heads, ensuite in aft stateroom and forward guest head
  • Electric toilets in both heads.
  • Holding holds 40 gallons with deck pump out
  • Overboard offshore holding tank pump out with macerator
  • Y-valve for overboard flush offshore
  • Two separate shall showers
  • Sink and vanity in each head
  • Aft deck shower in the lazarette
  • Sloop rig rigged for ease of sailing by a couple
  • Keel stepped aluminum mast
  • Mast height above the water 70 feet
  • Double spreaders
  • Mast and boom painted in 2007
  • Wire rigging with swaged terminals
  • Rigging and chain plates inspected in 2015
  • Insulated backstay for SSB antenna
  • Sea-Tech hydraulic backstay adjustor
  • Hood stowaway mainsail in-mast furling system
  • Harken roller furler for genoa with split drum twin slot
  • Genoa tracks
  • Traveler aft of the center cockpit
  • Boom-end sheeting for mainsail
  • Rigid boom vang
  • Preventer system
  • Downwind pole mast mounted
  • Halyards with line stoppers on the mast
  • Winches on the mast
  • Mast safety pulpits
  • Spreader lights (deck light)
  • Control lines run aft to the cockpit
  • Raise and reef from the cockpit
  • Electric winch and line stoppers in the cockpit
  • Halsey in-mast furling mainsail 2010
  • Doyle-Allen 135% genoa 2009
  • Drifter
  • Lewmar winches
  • Primary sheet winches – Electric #66ST
  • Secondary winches - #55ST
  • Furling line winch aft to Starboard
  • Additional winch aft to port (electric)
  • Two mast winches #52 and #46

United Yacht Sales is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by David Walters Yachts. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel. The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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