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  • Off Market
  • $179,000
  • Sail / Cruisers
  • Bristol Yachts / Center Cockpit
  • 1988 / Used
  • 51'
  • 1988 Yanmar 4JHTE
  • 100 hp
  • 3304 hrs
  • Diesel

Cruisers 1988 Bristol Yachts Center Cockpit listed by Edwards Yacht Sales (Off Market)

  • Last advertised price $179,000
  • Powered by single Yanmar 4JHTE / 100 hp / 3304 hrs
  • Off Market since Sep 4th 2015

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Early Light, a Bristol 51.1, is one of the famous Bristol Yachts built by the Bristol Yacht Company of Bristol, Rhode Island. She was designed by Ted Hoods design group, the well-known Americas Cup designer, and was built in 1988. She is a serious offshore cruiser, well built, heavy displacement, sloop rigged, a retractable centerboard and a teak deck. She has a three cabin, two head layout, with dual passageways. The interior is beautifully crafted teak throughout, (bulkheads, seating and cabinetry). The flooring is inlaid teak and holly. She is fitted with a robust retractable centerboard for sailing performance yet with shallow draft. The retractable centerboard vs a deep fin keel allows entering shallow marinas and anchorages. The fully encapsulated lead ballast is deep in the hull to compensate for the unballasted centerboard. She has heavy fiberglass layup, a sturdy, skeg hung rudder, a keel stepped mast, interior cabinetry bonded to the hull and heavy bronze sea cocks. Other significant features include a Yanmar 4JH3E 100 HP main engine, an enclosed Westerbeke 8 KW generator, a removable inner fore-stay, Hood electric in-mast mainsail furling, Harken headsail furling, electric headsail winches and an efficient feathering MaxProp propeller.

Builder: Bristol Yachts
Designer: Dieter Empacher
Keel: Centerboard

LOA: 51 ft 1 in
Beam: 15 ft 2 in
LWL: 42 ft 0 in
Minimum Draft: 5 ft 8 in
Maximum Draft: 12 ft 0 in
Displacement: 43700 lbs Dry Load
Ballast: 19500 lbs
Bridge Clearance: 71 ft 0 in
Headroom: 6 ft 5 in

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Westerbeke
Engine Model: 8 KW Enclosed Genset
Engine Type: Other
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 2245

Engine 2:
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Year Built: 1988
Engine Model: 4JHTE
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 3304
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 100 HP

Fresh Water Tanks: 2 Aluminum (250 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: 2 Stainless steel (250 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: 2 Aluminum (40 Gallons)

Number of single berths: 2
Number of double berths: 2
Number of cabins: 3
Number of heads: 2

Outside Equipment/Extras
Total Liferaft Capacity: 8


The standard Bristol 51.1 is a three cabin layout. The entire interior is beautifully crafted teak bulkheads, seating, cabinetry. The flooring is inlaid teak and holly.

Working aft from the bow the interior layout has a double V berth forward with teak cabinetry and lockers and good overhead lighting and ventilation. Then aft via a short passageway is a crew cabin to starboard with over under bunks, teak cabinetry and a locker. Across the passageway, to port, is the forward head with vanity, head and separate shower stall.

Amidships is a large well-lighted and ventilated main saloon. To starboard is a large and comfortable circular settee (upholstered in teal Ultra Suede), an oval dining table and teak cabinetry behind. To port is a teak bench type, curved settee, (teal Ultra Suede), with teak cabinetry behind. Aft of the port settee is the navigation and communications area, with a large teak navigation table, built-in bench seat, facing forward and a large wrap around, L shaped set of two panels for AC DC circuit breakers, electronics, navigation and communications equipment. Additional electronics are mounted on the forward facing panel aft of the companionway ladder. A full size doorway aft of the navigation area leads to the aft master head which has a second door opening to the master stateroom.

To starboard, aft of the large circular settee is a walk through galley, with teak cabinetry, 10 ft of counter space, double stainless sinks, a three burner stove and oven, excellent overhead lighting and ventilation, and three refrigerator freezers. Aft of the galley to starboard is a doorway leading to the spacious master cabin with a center line queen berth, surrounded by teak cabinetry and lockers, again with good lighting ventilation.

Galley passageway aft

Galley leads to main doorway to the master cabin

Teak cabinets, including the heavy refrigerator doors

10 ft of counter space total, inboard outboard

Deep double SS sinks, (fresh, salt, hot, cold)

Seafrost massive two door refrigerator, plus separate freezer

Both units are 120 VAC engine driven, top front access,

Tasco stove oven, 3 burn

GE Omni 5 multi use, (Microwave, toaster, broiler baker)

Three opening port lights for light and ventilation

Broan trash compactor, (at the Nav desk)

Additional cockpit deck equipment

Ideal vertical dual gypsy windlass

Foot operated up/down switches

Dual SS anchor plate with dual anchor rollers

Dual chain rode hawspipes

60 lb Spade anchor with 170 ft 7/16" chain 150 ft rode

60 lb CQR (secured below deck in the bow locker)

Sunbrella navy blue bimini full cockpit enclosure / Strataglass windows)

Sunbrella navy blue dodger stratglass windows, (separate from bimini)

New white vinyl 3" cockpit cushions 2014

Davits for stern mounting an inflatable dingy, (not mounted)

Many large cylindrical fenders long short docklines

Steering pedastel, wheel, engine controls BB instruments

Givens, 8 man liferaft mounted in cradle forward of dodger

SS BBQ grill, (mounted to port stern rail)

Mast, Rigging, Sails, Winches

Hood Stoway electric in-mast mainsail furling system, (rebuilt 2013)

Harken head sail roller furling system

Electric mainsail in-haul out-haul winches

Removable, lockable, inner forestay for staysail

Extra tall, port starboard mast safety rails

Full size spinnaker pole mounted on mast slide

All sails (Doyle) in very good condition

Doyle mainsail, (new 2010, good condx)

Doyle jib, 110%, (new 2010, good condx)

Doyle genoa, 150%, (good condx, not onboard vessel)

Doyle staysail, (in excellent condx)

MPS parachute sail with sock, (good condx, 1 small rip))

Mast is dual spreader design, (71 ft overall height)

Radar radome mounted on mast with SS guard rail

2x Lewmar #48 2SST, electric winches on mast

2x 3 gang, rope clutches on mast

SS rod rigging, (installed new 2010), good condx)

1x Lewmar #46 winch fwd starboard cockpit

2x Lewmar #55 2SST, manual, aft coach roof

2x Lewmar #55 electric primary winches

2x Lewmar #55 electric secondary winches

1x CB winch w steel cable to the centerboard

Mainsheet traveler, 6X, mounted on aft coach roof

Navtec hydraulic back stay, (new 2010)

Navtec hydraulic boom vang

2x Adjustable running backstays (downwind sailing)

Electronics, Navigation, Communications

Exterior: Cockpit instruments

Yanmar engine controls and gauges at helm

Ships enclosed binnacle compass at helm

Sidepower bow thruster control at helm

Simrad remote plotter/rader display at helm

Raymarine RL 80C chart plotter, (companionway)

2x new BG Triton wind, depth speed instruments, (companionway)

Interior: Companionway ladder instruments

Westerbeke genset control panel

Fireboy Xintex S-2A, propane fume detector

Ideal windlass switch/breaker panel

Tank monitor, 2x fuel gauges, 2x water gauges


ACR MOB strobe light, (at helm)

Interior: Navigation desk instruments

Magnavox MX 4102 satellite navigator

Standard Horizon VLN 3000 Loud Hailer

Icom IC-M700 150 watt HF SSB transceiver

120 VAC 12-14 VDC circuit breaker panel

Inverter/Charger switch

Simrad chart plotter / radar control display, (nav station)

Raymarine Pathfinder chart plotter / radar, (cockpit)

Simrad/Robertson AP24 autopilot control

Icom M-100 25 watt VHF transceiver

4X Guest Battery switches

Electrical systems, 120 VAC 12-14 VDC

120 VAC Shore power system

120 VAC Main circuit breakers

120VAC 12-14 VDC Circuit breaker panel, (Nav desk)

Pro Mariner 2000w Inverter/Charger

2x 12-14 VDC alternators, (55A and 90A)

2 battery banks, (House:3x 8D 2015; Eng Gen start:1x D24)

4X Guest battery switches

Hull, Keel, CB, Rudder, Deck, Cabin top, Dorades

Teak deck, (good to fair condition, recaulked)

Retractable centerboard, 5' 4" up, 12' 6" down)

Awlgrip topsides Navy Blue, 2005

Teak toe rail all around deck recessed SS chocks)

Bow to stern port starboard rub rails

SS Stanchions, dual safety lines gates

4x dorade boxes dorade vents, (2x fwd, 2x aft)

8X large SS opening hatches

1x Ground tackle locker (just after of anchor windlass)

2X large aft storage in deck storage lockers

SS bow stern pulpits, (stern with fold down swim ladder)

4x Teak hand rails on cabin top

Givens 8 man liferaft cradle, (mounted behind mast)

6x large heavy duty deck cleats

Miscellaneous other equipment

Marine Air, 3 zone, AC/Heat system, (9k, 6k 6k)

Espar diesel heater, (not operational)

Sidepower bow thruster, (control at helm)

Full boat winter cover with frames tie downs