Bruce Roberts 53

AU $169,000 Huge price reduction Finance
53' 0" - 16.16m
Family, Cruising, Live Aboard
Vessel Location
Bayview Insurance
Launch Year
Hull Material

1990 Bruce Roberts 53 is now for sale.

This beautiful boat has been dearly loved by the current owners and after a wonderful adventure they are now ready to pass her on to the next owner for more fun and excitement.

From the current owners -
Bear is a serious blue water cruiser that has circumnavigated two and a half times around the world with three different families. She is strong, safe, and a very well built boat. Bear has been lovingly maintained over the years. She can be a high latitude expedition boat, or a tropics cruiser. The next adventure awaits a serious sailor who with his crew or family can safely navigate the world.

Sailing vessel Bear is a custom made steel hulled ketch designed by Bruce Roberts and was built by Mr. Perry Smith, a professional electrician and welder. Bear was built at a small airport in Minnesota over nine years where Perry was the airport manager. Bear started to be built in 1981 as the hull number reflects, but was not launched until 1990. We, quite uncommonly, have photos from Perry that detail from the lofting through the construction on how Bear was built. Perry knew exactly how many welding rods, 14,200 it took to build the boat.

The beauty of Bear is that she was built by one man. She can be readily maintained by one man. Bear is a rugged yet comfortable, no nonsense yacht that has proven herself through several circumnavigations.

We spoke to the designer Bruce Roberts while we cruised Ireland and he remembers Perry Smith and the building of Bear. He states if he was to buy one of his built designs, Bear would have been the boat. Perry followed the plans exactly.

Bear was originally named Linda Marie, for his wife, who raised two boys and worked as a nurse while the boat was being built. Perry and Linda sailed the boat down the Mississippi to Florida and back, and then sold the boat around 1993.

We are also friends with the two previous circumnavigators of Bear.

In 1993, John and Karen Flannigan bought Linda Marie and sailed her to the Chesapeake where she was re-rigged with larger winches, anchor windlass and open ocean safety gear to be made ready for circumnavigation. Linda Marie was renamed Jump up Bear. John and Karen, both physicians and their two small children, aged 4 and 8, sailed around the world and returned to the Chesapeake around 1999. During their stop in New Zealand, John had a new stainless steel galley top with two sink basins installed and a bathtub. They are now retired and sailing their steel schooner in the northeast USA.

In July, 2000, Chuck and Dianne Osgood bought Bear from The Flannigans and delivered her to Maine where she spent three years being upgraded, including sails, rigging, epoxy barrier coated hull, water maker and fuel lines, all professionally installed. Jump up Bear name was then shortened to Bear.

Chuck and Dianne left Maine and sailed to the Mediterranean for two years, then sailed to Trinidad where Bear was fitted out for a second circumnavigation. The Osgood's left Trinidad and circumnavigated between 2008 and 2010 and returned to Trinidad where the hull was again epoxied and painted. They returned to the Chesapeake where my wife and I purchased Bear in the Autumn of 2010.

We brought Bear to Florida, installed new Furuno Radar, new navigation panel, new engine muffler and our personal items and sailed off to Europe with our 6 and 7 year old daughters. Sailed to Cork, Ireland in June 2011, and stored her in Ardrossan, Scotland for the winter. We returned to Scotland in May of 2012, installed new engine control systems and wind generator. During 2012 sailing season, we sailed to northern Scotland, the Outer Hebrides, and Orkney Island. Then set off for Sagafjord in Norway and eventually wintered Bear outside Bergen in Norheimsund.

In 2013, we sailed Bear to Gothenburg, Sweden and through the Yota canal to Stockholm. Then to the Alland Islands, Tallinn, Estonia and over to St. Petersburg Russia. We then sailed to Finland, Gotland Island and onto Copenhagen and eventually stored Bear in Fehman, Germany for the winter of 2013.
In 2014, we left in May for Kiel and over to London. A trip down the English Channel and over the Bay of Biscay to Spain, Portugal, Madeira, Canaries and across to St. Thomas and arrived in Florida December 2014.

2015 through January 2017 was spent refurbishing Bear. The improvements are listed in detail in the specifications here. We then left Florida Jan 20,2017 and sailed to Panama via Cuba and the Cayman Islands. In May, we went through the Panama canal and onto Columbia, the Galapagos, the Marquesas, the Society Islands, Tonga, and then onto Fiji where Bear was stored ashore in a Cyclone Pit at Vuda Point Marina.

We are now in Australia where we plan to pass Bear on to another loving owner.

For sale with DBY Boat Sales Pittwater Office in Newport. Please call +61 2 9999 3311 for an inspection. For additional high resolution photos and detailed inventory, please email sales@dbyboatsales. Com. Au.

AU $169,000 Huge price reduction    Finance    Insurance
Vessel Name
Boat Reference
Launch Year
53' 0" - 16.16m
15.2 ft
7.2 ft
48,000 lbs
Keel / Ballast
14,000 lbs
Vessel Location
New South Wales
US reg 638
Bruce Roberts
Perry Smith
Hull Material
Decks Material
The deck was refurbished and painted during refit. Deck was ground and sanded and painted with awl grip and kiwi grip non skid paint in 2016. New life lines were installed around the perimeter of the boat with spectra line used as gates.
Perkins 4-236 is 85HP. Serial number LD20663U77269G. The engine is very reliable constant duty engine. We have many spare parts. This engine is the same as a Massey Fergusson tractor engine, naturally aspirated. Very good access to the engine room. The engine had over 11,000 hours before being removed in June 2016 and since had a major rebuilt.
Engine Make
Number Engines
Fuel Type
Engine Hours
The Avon Rib is a 2001 model and still works well. It is Hypalon with a fiberglass floor. Custom covers with pockets for the tanks.
Manual Lavac
Alpine stereo that plays disc, AM/ FM and jack for connecting IPod (2011)
The Refreck diesel heater works well in cold climates. Spare heater bricks.
Aft of the navigation area is the galley with a twin basin stainless steel sink and countertop.
Sea frost engine driven compressor and 110VAC dockside power. There are two cold plates.
The refrigerator box was completely re glassed in 2016, the system was professionally serviced.
Stove not certified.
Ground Tackle
Main rode is 240' of 5/16" type BBB chain replaced in 2010. Chain and BRUCE Regalvinized in 2016. Maxwell windlass rebuilt and has new electric motor in 2016.
Safety Gear
Carbon monoxide sniffer
Smoke detector - new 2018
Propane sniffer
Propane solenoid switch
High bilge alarm - not working
Three fire extinguishers - 2 new 2018
Engine driven crash pump for dewatering
ACR EPIRB with hydrostatic release purchased December 2016.
Collision bulkhead between anchor locker and cabin
Man over board ring
Man overboard tether (MOM)
Automatic Inflatable man over boat pole (2016)
Life Tag system - not working
Wood Plugs for all the seacocks
Plug in spot light
Battery spot light (2017)
Two 20 gallon FRP propane tanks with crossover manifold. Australian gas compliance.
Bolt cutters for rig
Spare bronze connector bolt from quadrant to hydraulic ram
Spare rigging emergency wire in stbd area.
Life Raft
The Avon Rib is a 2001 model and still works well. It is Hypalon with a fiberglass floor. We had mad
The ships batteries are Rolls Gold Wet Cell warranty for ten years. Two 325 amp hour battery banks have selector switches. The engine start batteries are two group 31 with separate selector switch. The engine can be started from the engine room. All were new in 2016.
Electronics / Navigation
Ray Marine ST 60 knot meter, depth sounder, wind speed and direction. There is a wind display in the aft cabin for monitoring.

Auto Pilot is a Ray Marine Sea Talk ST 7000. I have a spare CPU for this unit and a complete ST 6000auto pilot unit including rudder indicator. I have a few other CPU units that can be used for parts. There is a Remote control for auto pilot in the cockpit.
Sail Inventory
The new heavy duty cruising Dacron full baton main sail, full baton Dacron mizzen sail, and 140% Genoa and staysail were all replaced with new from Mack Sails, Stuart Florida in November 2016.
Mast / Rigging
Main and mizzen Isomat aluminum spars.
2016. All new stainless steel 3/8" 1 by 19 rigging professionally installed with new staylock fittings for bottom terminations and sewage fittings for the top. The running backstays are Amsteel.
The main mast has double spreaders. We have spare sheaves and staylock fittings. There is also lengths of standing rigging wired to be used in an emergency in the steering lazerette.
Workroom -
The port companionway has a removable workbench, with vice. Inside the engine room doors are drawers for tools and spare parts.

Rope lighting allows you to see deep into spares lockers.

Rope lighting in bilge for visual inspection.

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