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1988 Bristol 56.6 Center Cockpit

$150,000 USD

  • $150,000 USD
  • Jonathan Smith CPYB
  • Active
  • Used
  • Cruiser Racer Sailboats
  • 1988
  • Bristol
  • 56.6 Center Cockpit
  • Mystic, Connecticut, US
  • Sail
  • 56ft / 17.07 m
  • Westerbeke
  • 100 Hp
  • Inboard
  • Diesel
  • Fiberglass
  • 2015-09-10
  • 2015-11-17
  • 1905011

Great bones with a mostly-restored exterior and an interior that is stripped bare and ready for you to finish off any way you want. The engine runs but other mechanicals will need to be evaluated, serviced or replaced as needed. The marina she is at could work with you on this or you could take her away under her own power as-is.  Sure, much still needs to be done, but fully restored examples are asking $400K. You could finish this one off the way you want for significantly less and enjoy the process of putting together your own custom yacht.  

Updates and Estimates (Check here for new information)

September 23, 2015:

Westerbeke mechanic inspected engine & genset. Engine is serviceable with a warranty from Westerbeke. Cost estimate unknown at this point.

Westerbeke mechanic says it is better to replace the genset. The yard can install something like a Northern Lights 9 KW. Cost estimate coming.

The existing hydraulic bow thruster was powered by a PTO on the existing genset. The bow thruster will need to be replaced with an electric unit.

The yard says the teak decks are shot and should be stripped. They are putting together an estimate to strip and spray non-skid.

Added photos of the mast, boom & rigging.

We have been inundated with interest for this boat in a very short period of time. Four showings scheduled for next week. Bring your checkbook and be ready to put down a deposit because this opportunity does not seem like it will last.   

While we are working on getting some estimates to perform some of the work that needs to be done, we will never have all the answers. That said, some of the interested parties seem to be experienced in yacht restorations and are comfortable with the scope of the project. Beyond the relatively firm purchase price, a buyer will need to have plenty of cash & knowledge to finish her off. Please stop asking me for a detailed list of what needs to be done and how much it will cost. The vagueness of this listing is intentional. The right buyer will come view the boat and be able to ball-park the project on their own and still feel comfortable with their own loose estimate.

I will post cost estimates for various repairs as I get them from the yard, but there will always be something more to do and I will never have all the answers. If you can't wrap your head around that then you are not the right buyer for this boat.

Overview of the Project

This Bristol's ask is a great value for the type of buyer who is looking for a classic, blue-water proven Bristol design with good bones, a mostly restored exterior and the resources to finish off the interior, service the mechanicals and probably update electronics.

Interested yacht restorers who have contacted me about this boat have batted around numbers like $100K - $150K in additional work beyond the original purchase price and are comfortable with this. Check the "Updates & Estimates" section for more specific estimates as I get them. 


There is currently a similar model for sale that appears to be in good all around condition but significantly higher hours asking $400K. Obviously that makes this one at $150K a very good value for someone who can manage the project and might even enjoy it.       

Sails & Rigging

She is a masthead sloop rig with the Hood in-mast furling mainsail system and roller furling genoa. This vessel never saw much use, just local sailing with relatively low hours on the engine.

There is a newer mainsail built by Halsey and a genoa by Farrar. According to the owner, "both have been lightly used, no dry rot, still stiff and in good condition. There is also a canvas winter cover with support spines. Everything is dry and in my basement." 

The same could probably be said for the standing rigging. Not much use means there is likely still plenty of life in the rigging, however a professional inspection is always a good idea.

Sorry I can not be more specific than this, but the original owner is deceased and the family is not as experienced with the boat. Since a buyer will be doing significant restoration work anyway, we figure they will include inspection & servicing of the rig & sails in their project.     

Exterior Restoration

The hull has been painted with Flag Blue Alexseal (an Awlgrip type paint system).

The bottom has been sanded and painted with ablative bottom paint.

The exterior bright work has been sanded & refinished with a synthetic varnish product like Sikkens Cetol.

The boat looks good on the outside.

Teak Decks

The yard tried sanding down some of the teak and gave up because it was too crumbly with not enough thickness left. They are of the opinion that it would be better to remove the teak decks and refinish with a quality non-skid. Estimate coming from yard to do this job.

The Interior Project

All cushions and soft goods have been disposed of. The interior has had a rough cleaning but certainly more could be done. The goal of the yard is to simply make it presentable so a new owner can see the potential of finishing the boat in any way they choose. Obviously the costs to restore the interior will vary greatly depending on your expectations. I suggest sitting down with our marina staff to discuss your needs or you could bring your own guy to the boat to work out estimates.

Recent viewing by experienced boaters indicated my descriptions & photos in this listing are as accurate as one could expect. They were also impressed that the decks showed no evidence of leaking.

Mechanicals & Electrical

This is a one-owner boat that never left the local waters. It has never done long passages or spent the winters in the islands. As such there are surprisingly low hours on the original Westerbeke Auxiliary with only 857 and Westerbeke generator with only 456. The boat came to the marina from its long-time private dock under her own power. That said, many of the systems have been sitting idle for years in a salt air environment and it is suggested that they be serviced prior to attempting to start them. On the surface things may look worse than they are inside. 

It has been suggested to have an authorized Westerbeke technician to inspect the Aux & Gen and perhaps remove them for full service at their shop. The hours are low on both so we suspect the major interior components are in good condition, but probably wise to service the seals, injectors, surface paint and other components that may have deteriorated over time and non-use.

There is an air conditioning system, but unsure of it's operational condition. Fort the buyer to determine.

The electrical panels look good and we suspect the wiring throughout the boat is still in decent condition as the Bristol wiring was done well, but of course a survey will likely find a few things that will need to be investigated. 

There is a washer/dryer combo that looks pretty good and likely hardly saw an use when the owner had the boat in service, but no guarantees.

Plan on replacing all the batteries.       

56.6 or 54.4?

The owner's estate claims it is a 56.6 and it very well could be, however the hull number has me questioning whether she might actually be a 54.4. The hull number is BTY000xxK788-544. Please let me know your thoughts if your more experienced with the Bristol hull numbering system. The CT registration and USCG Document both indicate 56.2 FT as the length.

Update 09/23/15: A knowledgeable customer described the only difference between the 54.4 and the 56.6 is that the waterline at the transom of the 56.6 was extended by a couple-and-half feet This is indicated by a raked transom on the 56.6 and a vertical transom on the 54.4. This boat has the raked transom so i am feeling more comfortbale calling it a 56.6.




The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

For Sale By Prestige Yacht Sales - Mystic

2 Washington Street
Mystic, Connecticut, 06355