Bruce Roberts 53

AU $139,000 Finance
53' 0" - 16.16m
Family, Cruising, Live Aboard
Vessel Location
Newport, Pittwater Insurance
Launch Year
Hull Material

1990 Roberts 53 steel world cruiser now for sale with DBY Boat Sales.

A fantastic opportunity to purchase a well-proven true bluewater cruising yacht at a great price. Centre cockpit layout with a large double berth in aft cabin and two twin bunk cabins forward of main salon.

Large galley starboard side.

Switch has circumnavigated twice and was refurbished in 2017 for a family cruise from Florida to Australia. This refurb included new sails and rigging, rebuilt diesel, hull refinished with epoxy and Algrip, all hatches refurbished and resealed, Batteries.

Inverter and charger were replaced in 2020 as well as new refrigeration.

Switch is ready to cruise with extensive equipment including watermaker, dinghy and 15hp outboard, HF/ SSB radio, radar AIS and massive inventory of spares.

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 $139,000    Finance    Insurance
Vessel Name
Boat Reference
Launch Year
53' 0" - 16.16m
15ft 2 inch
7.2 ft
48,000 lbs
Keel / Ballast
14,000 (lead)
Vessel Location
Newport, Pittwater
New South Wales
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. This was d
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. We had made custom covers with pockets for the tanks.
Solid oak panel interior. Large (L shape) settee to port in the main salon. Hand grips on the companionway. Storage below and behind seating. New trim around portlights. Storage beneath seating and behind back rests. Bookshelves along port and starboard outboard.

12 volt fans are located throughout the cabins.

Head, main salon, and galley were repainted in 2016.

Folding, two leaf table that seats six comfortably just off amidships. To starboard is a single seat with storage below and behind, and the ships diesel powered Danish made Refrecks heater at the forward main salon bulkhead.

The Navigation center is to starboard aft of the settee with a swing out style navigators seat. The main salon was repainted in 2016.

The cabin sole and lockers aft of the galley amidships provides more storage, and houses the hot water heater and the steering reservoir with sight tube.

The aft cabin has a freshwater sink to port and large hanging locker. The double berth aft is made with a base of breathable insulation and the mattress is a custom 10 inch thick memory foam.

Spares, emergency steering, quadrant and spare prop are beneath the bed. The aft bulkhead has a slidable access where we store our sails to port, and a dedicated, externally vented and approved plastic locking propane locker the holds two 20 gallon fiberglass tanks. The propane solenoid is located above the locker.

Forward of the main salon are two identical cabins with up and down berths. Having the mast stepped on deck provides more room forward. The cabins have storage lockers, drawers and computer tables.

The folksole has a large V berth and also a second berth/ stowage area to port. A collision bulkhead forward to the anchor locker with an access door.

LED interior lighting.
The Manual Lavac head pump has a spare pump and lid seals. All hoses in the sanitary system were replaced in 2010. It is simple and trouble free. A plastic PVC waste tank was plumbed into the system with a Y valve. There is a new macerator (not installed). A new lid and seat were installed on the toilet in 2016. The head area was painted in 2016. A moulded in Bath tub in the head is great to use especially in heavy weather. Hand holds and the tub configuration allow safe cleaning at sea, also
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.
The icebox is integral to the hull and has a heavy layup of FRP over 4 inch thick. Two large top access lids provide the seal.
There is a Regal two burner stainless steel gimble propane or butane stove with oven. Not certified.
Ground Tackle
50 KG Bruce, Fortress FX 55, Fortress. Two claw dingy anchors. Spare main rode 150' of 3/4 inch rode and chain.

Main rode is 240ft of 5/16 inch type BBB chain replaced in 2010. Chain and BRUCE Regalvinized in 2016. Maxwell windlass rebuilt and has new electric motor in 2016.

The anchor locker is fiberglassed.

The windlass foot switch was replaced in 2016 and a spare switch in the electrical locker. We have one snubber and an underway anchor locking system. Spare rode is 250ft of 3/4 inch three strand nylon and 30ft HT chain.
Safety Gear
The Viking 6 man life raft was installed on the stern rail January 2017 and mounted for quick deployment.

Carbon monoxide sniffer
Smoke detector - new 2018
Propane sniffer
Propane solenoid switch
High bilge alarm
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)
Wood Plugs for all the seacocks
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.
The ships batteries are AMG new 2020,810 amp hour. The engine start batteries 270 amp hour AGM new 2020 with separate selector switch new 40amp charger. The engine can be started from the engine room.

New Blue SEAs 12 volt panel with amp and volt meter.
New 12v 30amp solar charge controller.

The alternator is a 100 amp Ample; with Ample voltage regulator and spare Ample regulator. Spare rebuilt Ample 100 amp alternator, and the original Perkins alternator as spares.

Three 100watt focusing solar panels (2016).

The ships system is 12 UDC.

Ships interior lights are 11 LED lights aboard and several LED reading lights.

New 200w inverter.

new 220/ 110 40amp charger.
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.

Spare ST 7000 auto pilot display head.
Furuno GPS (2013)
Furuno Navtex and GPS (2013)
Furuno 36 mile radar that displays AIS. (2011)
Furuno Gyro compass (2011)
Sitex antenna splitter and amplifier (2016)
AIS transmitter. (2015)
AIS receiver (2012)
12volt custom made ships computer (December 2016) with Open CPN.
New Spare auto pilot compass
New spare depth sounder transducer
I com M710 SSB radio and insulated backstay
Pactor modem (P-4 Dragon) bought in December 2016 (latest generation) the unit allows email and weather to the ships computer screen.
LED 12 volt monitor for computer. (2016).
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.

Stack packs and lazy jacks were also installed. Both masts have custom Strong tracks installed in each mast to avoid friction when raising and lowering the sails. Bear has a spare staysail, storm trysail with separate track on the mast.
Mast / Rigging
Main and mizzen Isomat aluminum spars.
2016. All new stainless steel 3/8 inch 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.

Both main and mizzen Masts were removed in March in 2015, stripped and painted with awl grip paint. New wiring inside mast for lights, wind instruments, vhf radio coax-and antennas. Folding aluminum mast steps on both masts were installed. We replaced the steel deck under the mast step. Replaced the Isomat aluminum casting base for the main mast. Installed mast steps on main and mizzen masts. We replaced both aluminum Isomat goosenecks with new. Re installed WiFi antenna. New main mast tricolor LED navigation lights and lens.

Stainless steel rigging for both mast and new spectra line running backstays replaced new VHF antennas on main and mizzen masts.

Spare main and genoa halyards.

In November 2016, both masts were reinstalled and professionally tuned. Furlerex 400 and 600 roller furling were serviced. A new 12V electric main halyard, Lewmar 48 winch was installed on deck with circuit breaker. New spare foot pad switch is located electrical locker. New running rigging was replaced as needed. New sheaves in the mast and booms were replaced when the mast was repainted. Steel bow pulpit with twin stainless steel anchor rollers for deployment.
Stainless steel stem plate for hull protection when anchor is raised.

Spare headsail and genoa sheets.
Workroom -
The port companionway has a removable workbench, with vice. Inside the engine room doors are drawers for tools and spare parts.

Lighting allows you to see deep into spares lockers.

January 2020 - haul and bottom clean.

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