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Limited Edition Blue Water Sailing Yacht
$259,000, Lying Stuart Florida, Ready for your inspection and Survey Right Now
Her 2020 IAMI Accredited Marine Survey places her in “Above Average Condition” with a “Fair Market Value of $259,000

1986 Norseman 535 



Now out of the water in Stuart, Florida at Hinkley Yacht Services, Spirit sits across the yard from an Oyster 54 having her teak deck removed. Your comparison is invited. These two boats have similar layouts and are of comparable build quality.     


According to Yachtworld the only  comparable 53 foot blue water cruisers on the market at this writing are in Europe or Panama.   No comparable vessel may be purchased for a lower price. Purchase in November,  and I may share your commissioning charges with you.  You will avoid your haul out and survey.  You may have a partner respective to your reasonable upgrades. 

Compared to the Oyster 53 mentioned which I have been aboard here are some admittedly biased observations.  Rather than a 90HP turbo charged Yanmar in the Oyster,  Spirit carries a Wiseman non-turbo Mercedes 125 HP engine along with a Luger/Onan Genset.  A complete spare engine sits in Fort Lauderdale.  There are spare alternators (2) on board as well as a spare starter. This engine is rated at 15,000 hours.  Her current oils analysis suggests she is new. She turns a MaxProp on a 1 and  3/4” shaft with with a weed cutter and her engine and genset exhaust under water. She powers at 7 knots with engine temp under 200 degrees.  In place of a stairwell concealed engine compartment on most comparative vessels, her layout includes a walk-in engine room with adjacent space for a washer/dryer. Rather than Harken rope-managed furling, she has a just rebuilt Lewmar Hydraulic Commander drive unit with new stainless hoses feeding 3 just rebuilt  Reckman hydraulic  furlers.  Her Hood and North sails are controlled by powered Barient (2) and non-powered Barlow self-tailing winches (10) With reconditioned in-mast furling and power winches on her foresails, she is a push-button sailboat capable of single handing. Her North Spinnaker and sock are nearly new. 

Her teak deck has already been removed.

With greater ballast but less beam and lighter overall weight than the Oyster 53, Spirit has a 43% ballast/displacement ratio, a displacement /length ratio of 180, and a sail area displacement ratio of 17.7 making her capable of 200 miles daily runs. And, she can do this with a 6’ 6” versus a 7’3” draft for the Oyster which makes Spirit more Bahamas capable. 

She has a king-sized center aft berth, queen-sized forward V berth, over/under crew berths, and a convertible captain/storage berth. The swing-up saloon berth has been removed but could be replaced. She can bunk 9. There are 3 cedar-lined hanging closets, built-in dressers, and a wall safe. There are 7 large storage compartments inside and 4 on deck. She has a "kangaroo" monogrammed wine bar and a custom locker for the crystal. She has two Vacu-flush heads each with telephone booth Plexi stall showers. Her sound/TV systems include a Samsung 40” flat screen, 4 NFT Audio Speakers + Polk Sub, and Onkyo blue tooth surround sound with Roku and Sirius XM. She has a Westinghouse flat screen VCR aft. She carries both Cruiseair and LG portable AC, as well as Wabasto diesel heat. She sports granite-topped galley counters, designer stainless sinks, Grohe fixtures, leather settees, a custom removable bulkhead supergraphic of the owner racing a Farr 65 in the Heineken Cup, and sisal wallpaper.  

Rondal deck up-lights illuminate her sails at night. Deck and anchor wash, twin rollers, Delta, Bruce, and 75 lb. yachtsman storm anchor, 150 feet inspected chain with an Ultra Swivel anchor/chain connector, and a recent Lofrans windless with remotes complete her ground tackle systems. For your tender, she has Simpson stainless deck davits and winders with spare wire.  

Her nav station was refit in 2012 with Raymarine E7 Plotter and HD Radar. A Raymarine cockpit repeater was added in 2018. She may operate on an Ipad or an I-phone and her software is recent as well as her Platinum Navionics and C-Chart kits. She also has extensive paper charts. 

She operates on a Simrad A-27 autopilot system which may be controlled from under her hard dodger. Her VHF units with AIS (Nav/Cockpit/Portable) are ICOM. Charging systems (12V and 24V) are by Amp Tech and Balmar. Refrigeration is Crosby AC shore and Genset powered and Gruenert DC powered off the main engine. She has heavily insulated top and side loading iceboxes. 

She carries 200 gallons of fresh water and 120 gallons of diesel in 7 aluminum tanks all connected by stainless steel food grade transfer tubes. She has a twin Racor fuel filtering system plus engine filters and manual plus electric lift pumps. Her tanks are full and treated.