Bruce Roberts 53 Masthead Cutter Ketch

AU $279,000 Huge price reduction Finance
53' 0" - 16.16m
Vessel Location
Townsville QLD Insurance
Launch Year
Hull Material

This is your opportunity to own this beautiful, and meticulously maintained ocean going yacht. The current owners are the third owners of this magnificent vessel since launch in 1981. Nefertiti 1, is one of the well known and trusted Roberts 53 designs which was altered and strengthened by accommodating extra ribs and stringers to allow a swing centre board to be incorporated.
The hull was professionally built at the Genoa shipyard in Geelong, hand laid GRP over a male mould using alternative layers of chopped strand and woven rovings. There are few yachts of this design that boast a solid fibreglass hull as she does.
The current owners, in their sixties, have sailed this yacht as a couple for 12 years. After sailing for 4 ½ years in South East Asia it was their intention to round the Cape of Good Hope and continue further, however family health problems influenced their decision to return to Australia, and, alas, list this stunning yacht for sale.

Nefertiti 1 was commissioned to be built in 1979 by her original owner Mr Graeme Ireland and was built in the Genoa Boat Building facility in Geelong Victoria. Basically a Bruce Roberts 53 design the plans were modified to include extra ribs and stringers and to allow the fitting of a swing keel. The hull was constructed of GRP, hand laid over a male mould. The lay-up of the hull was done by Mr. Jim Stuart who later became production manager for Cougar Cats on the Gold Coast before going on to design, build and market his own range of yachts. The fitout was completed by Graeme Ireland and the vessel was launched in 1981.

She was initially surveyed by Michael Rikard-Bell & Associates in 1983 and subsequently in May 1985 with the ship afloat and again in 1986 on the hard. Graeme Ireland sailed Nefertiti 1 to Singapore in 1986 where he had business interests. During the following 7 years the ship cruised extensively in S. E. Asian waters and occasionally even competed (quite successfully) in local Club regattas.

In 1993 she underwent another survey, this time by Hull Search of Brisbane prior to being sold to Jim Stack. In October 1993 she left Singapore for Brisbane. During 1994 and up to mid 1995 the yacht was given a complete refit and repaint. In 1997 she was sailed to Sydney and back and since then has had several trips to the southern Great Barrier Reef islands and beyond, the longest being a 6 month cruise to Cairns and back in 1999/2000. In May 2005 she was again given a major overhaul on completion of which she was surveyed by Paul Slivka. She was sold to her present owners in 2008. A pre sale survey was conducted at Scarborough and at Brisbane Shipyards by KPS Maritime in March 2008.

Her present owners sailed her extensively on the Queensland coast until 2010 when they sailed around Cape York to Darwin. She was surveyed in Darwin on 6/6/2012. She left Darwin in 2012 and sailed to Dili in East Timor before continuing through the Indonesian Archipelago to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. She had an extensive refit in Phuket, including total repaint of hull and topsides, removal of masts which were stripped, sanded, etched, and repainted. All rigging and turnbuckles were replaced and five hatches replaced. She returned to Australia in 2016 and has been in the Townsville region since then. She underwent another out of water survey 2/8/2017 for insurance purposes.

AU $279,000 Huge price reduction    Finance    Insurance
Vessel Name
Nefertiti 1
Launch Year
53' 0" - 16.16m
5.5m or 16ft 4in
1.8m (6ft) keel up, 2.77m (9ft) keel down
Keel / Ballast
Vessel Location
Townsville Qld
Bruce Roberts
Jim Stuart, Genoa Boat Building, Geelong.
Hull Material
Decks Material
Beech over GRP. Deck completly recaulked 2019.
Detroit Diesel 453N
Engine Make
Number Engines
Fuel Type
Engine Hours
6562 hours
Fuel Consumption
6 lph at 6 knots
Cruise Speed
6 - 7 knots
Shaft drive with 24in (60cm) Gori folding propellor.
Onan 6.5 KVA powered by 3 cyl Kubota diesel. (Rebuilt 2020)
1080 litres
1100 litres located under saloon floor. 7 fibreglass storage tanks are built in to the spaces between ribs
Plastimo 3 metre hypalon inflatable dinghy with GRP floor. Covers with storage pockets, and fold down wheels fitted.
8 hp Mercury 2 stroke
Spray dodger and Bimini over cockpit with side and aft clears. Covers on mainsail and mizzen, shade strips on headsails. Shade covers from bow to Mizzen mast. Covers on rope reel, hatch covers, dorade boxes, winches, BBQ, outboard motor. Cover on top of tubes of inflatable.
Fitout has been professionally done in teak and mahogany. Deck head lining is finished in white vinyl with teak battens and the floor lining is selected fiddle back Black Bean inlaid with Tasmanian Ash. Aft cabin floor is carpeted.
There is a huge amount of storage on this vessel, apart from lockers that are visible in photographs. It includes under fwd and aft double bunks, under the single bunks as well as behind, under and behind both setees in the saloon, and under the floor. The amount of space in the Lazarette is huge and must be seen to be believed. Weight does not seem to affect the handling or sailing ability of this vessel.
Double cabin aft with ensuite and double cabin fwd.
Sleeps 6 in two double berths and two singles.
Hot and cold shower in shower cubicle and cold deck shower (fresh water) on aft deck.
Two electric marine toilets, one to holding tank (if that option selected) with pump out provision.
GME radio/CD/DVD/mp3 connected to speakers in saloon and cockpit. Flat screen TVs in saloon and aft cabin.
S/S frame fits to saloon hatch to accomodate wall air conditioner. Air directed down hatch.
Galley located Starboard side aft of saloon and is aired by 3 opening port lights. Double sink. Ample storage space.
Built in fridge cooled from spill out vents from eutectic freezer.
240V Modified "Cold Pump" system using ½ HP Kirby sealed unit compressor. New compressor 2
Gimballed 2 hot plate stove with convection microwave oven.
HRO system 9 delivers 98% pure water at 60 lt/hr. New membrane, valves, control block, fitted 2014
Hot Water
240V system in engine room delivers to galley and bathroom
Ground Tackle
30kg Bruce anchor connected to 125 metres 13mm (1/2in) short link proof chain. 46kg (100lb) CQR anchor in Lazerette, 34kg (75lb) Danforth in Lazerette, 10kg (22lb) Danforth in Lazerette. 28m (100ft) of 25mm (1in) nylon 3 strand rope on 10m (33ft) of 10mm (3/8in) chain. Main anchor chain regalvanised 2015.
Anchor winch main 24V Muir Thor 3500 (chain & bollard type)
Anchor winch stern 12V Nilssen (capstan type)
Safety Gear
A welded 1 in (25mm) diameter tubular stainless steel pulpit and a port and stbd pushpit of the same material and construction are provided together with 1 in (25mm) diameter stanchions at approx 6 ft (1.8m) spacing along both sides all securely fastened to the deck. A stainless Steel top rail runs the full length of the vessel and a strand of 3/16 in (6mm) stainless steel lifeline is threaded through the stanchions and join the relevant pushpit and pulpit. Sallyports are fitted to port and stbd adjacent to the cockpit and at the stern between the port and stbd pushpits. A danbuoy is mounted on the port stern quarter and is connected by a line to a horseshoe lifebuoy mounted on the port pushpit. A second horseshoe lifebuoy on the stbd pushpit has a floating light joined to it by a lanyard. A comprehensive first aid kit, a signal mirror, a V sheet, a full set of signal flags, 2 red hand held and 2 orange smoke flares are stored under the chart table at the nav station. 2 fire blankets are kept in the galley. Life lines are available to run the full length of the deck both Port and Starboard sides.
Bilge Pumps
Johnson 1000 gph automatic pump in bilge, TMC 500 gph electric in bilge, Manual pump in cockpit.
Life Raft
A 4 person Roaring Forties liferaft is mounted on deck immediatly forward of mizzen mast.
In liferaft.
Life Jackets
2 inflatable with safety harnesses, 2 other adult jackets.
Full set inshore.
Fire Protection
3 Extinguishers, Fire blankets.
2 X 200 a/h house batteries, 1 X 200 a/h start battery, 1 X 100 a/h aft (capstan winch and aft toilet) 2 X 100 a/h barreries fwd, connected to supply fwd anchor winch with 24 volts. All batteries are charged when Gen Set is operating. All batteries (except 24v anchor winch) are charged from alternator when main engine is running, and from solar panels when they are operating.
Electronics / Navigation
VHF - Kenwood TKM507, HF - ICOM M700 (fully tunable), Icom AIS intergrated with Chart Plotter, Furuno GPS Navigator model GP-30/35 (interfaced with autopilot), Coursemaster 550 Autopilot intergrated with chart plotter, Lowrance 4G broadband radar, Lowrance VHF radio, Lowrance HD5 depth sounder, Siewa Marlin 15 inch chart plotter intergrated with AIS and Siewa depth sounder, Chronometer - Tamaya marine quartz electric, Baragraph - (provides a graphic presentation of barometric pressure variation over any given 7 day period. ), Sextant - Davis mark 25 beam converger type (including manual and sight
reduction tables), Garmin 45XL handheld VHF radio.
Sail Inventory
Mainsail, fully battened with lazy jacks. Good Condition.
Mizzen, fully battened with lazy jacks. Good condition.
Jib, furling, with sun cover strip. Good condition.
Staysail, furling, with sun cover strip. Good condition.
Multi purpose (Star Blister) in sock. Excellent condition.
Mast / Rigging
Aluminum masts, removed, stripped, sanded, etched, and repainted Algrip 2015,
New stainless steel rigging and new StaLok turnbuckles 2015
Deck Gear
Genoa Sheet winches (cockpit) Arco 55 (x2) self tailing
Jib Sheet winches (cockpit) Arco 44 (x2) self tailing
Main Sheet winches (cockpit) Arco 30 (x3)
Main Mast winches Arco 30 (x3)
Main Boom winch Barlow 15 (x1)
Mizzen Mast winches Arco 8 (x2)
Anchor winch main 24V Muir Thor 3500 (chain & bollard type)
Anchor winch stern 12V Nilssen (bollard type)
Engine room has full standing head room at the workbench with vice and electric grinder, 5 drawers for storage of tools.

Barry Smith
City / Suburb

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