C’EST LA VIE is one of the rare aft-cockpit Bristol 53.3’s designed by Dieter Empacher and built in 1989 by Bristol Yachts in Rhode Island. These heavy displacement cruisers enjoy a sterling reputation for their construction and outstanding sailing characteristics. Rarely do they come on the market . . . and rarer still are the aft-cockpit models.
C’EST LA VIE has received the best of care from her two owners. The maintenance has always been first-rate. In 2001 she received new teak decks by Bachelor Point Yacht Company in Oxford, MD, and in 2012 the decks were completely refurbished with their first light sanding. They look like brand new decks.
This 53.3 had all the Bristol options when she was commissioned in 1990. She was delivered with electric primary winches, a Hood electric Stoway main, an 8KW Westerbeke generator, varnished teak interior joinery and reverse cycle heat and air conditioning. Plus she'll clear a 65' bridge along the ICW.
C’EST LA VIE is finished with Flag Blue Awlgrip (2010), the topside varnish is fresh (work done at Hinckley, SW Harbor, ME), and the Hood-inspired shearline is just about dead-solid perfect!
Centerboard configuration offers a minimum draft of 5’-4” with board up and a maximum draft of 10’-3” with board down.