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:
- New Fuel tanks in 2013
- New thru hull fittings 2011
- 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 Units (one of two) 2017
- And so many amenities including
- New Custom mattresses
- Titled bathrooms and showers
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
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
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.