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54' 1990 Custom Steel Cutter 54' Bluebird of Thorne ***VIRTUAL TOUR***SOLD***

Type: Sailboat
Year: 1990
Make: Custom Steel Cutter
Model: 54' Bluebird of Thorne ***VIRTUAL TOUR***SOLD***
Length: 54'
Status: Sold
Price: $ 149,900
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Date Posted: 2015-06-16
Broker Email: adrian@kingstonyachtsales.com

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It's said the first twin-keel sailboat was Lord Riverdale's 25-foot Bluebird of Thorne, built in 1924. She was plenty criticized but in 1939 Riverdale built a bigger Bluebird (50 feet) with an important refinement in that her keels were not parallel to the centerline, but canted outward instead. This was significant. It meant that the twin keels became more effective as the angle of heel increased just the opposite of the traditional single keel, which becomes progressively less effective.

Following this early breakthrough, twin keels have evolved to the point that proponents presently claim a number of performance advantages over the modern fin keel.

This Pilothouse Cutter with Dual Helm boats all the features needed for extended and bluewater cruising.  She is built to be safe, fast and comfortable for cruising the Great Lakes or any ocean you choose to take her.  Her hull was layed in the early 1990's,and was a work in progress until her completion in 2004.   She is in great shape above and below, and well outfitted with twin ballast keels, a proper crow's nest, and modern rigging.

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Keel: Twin Keel

LOA: 54 ft 0 in
Beam: 13 ft 6 in
LWL: 49 ft 0 in
Length on Deck: 52 ft 0 in
Maximum Draft: 6 ft 0 in
Displacement: 56000 lbs
Ballast: 12000 lbs
Headroom: 6 ft 3 in

Engine Brand: Ford Lehman
Cruising Speed: 8 knots
Engine Hours: 600

Fresh Water Tanks: (200 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (150 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (65 Gallons)

Number of single berths: 3
Number of double berths: 3
Number of cabins: 3
Number of heads: 1

Autopilot - Hydraulic
Compass - Electric
CD player
TV set
Plotter - Raytheon E-80 (Dual Helm)
Radar - Raytheon
DVD player

Fully battened mainsail
Furling genoa - + hank on stay sail

Inside Equipment
Hot water
Microwave oven
Air conditioning
Battery charger
Manual bilge pump
Electric bilge pump
Deep freezer

Electrical Equipment
Generator - 6.0 Kw Westerbeke
Shore power inlet

Outside Equipment/Extras
Radar reflector
Cockpit table
Swimming ladder
Solar panel


Additional Features

Mast Steps to Crows Nest

Winches (9), Power Winch - Main  


Safety equipment

EPIRB      Propane BBQ           Boat Hook                 2 Fire Extinguishers     Horn   Life Ring        MOB Pole            Searchlight-Handheld                    50 Foot Shore Power Cord


Ground Tackle

Powered Windlass           2-Anchors,                250 feet chain          Mooring Ball

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.


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