1977 Bruce Roberts Custom World Class Cruiser

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Yacht Overview

Make: Bruce Roberts

Model: Custom World Class Cruiser

Year: 1977

Length: 53′

Located In: Unknown, FL

Engine/Fuel Type: diesel

Hull Material: Fiberglass

YW#: 5665071




Libre represents a rare opportunity to own an exquisite “world class” cruising yacht.  Her fiberglass hull was laid up 42% heavier than her original design specifications.  After years of of work and nearly 1000 board feet of teak used, her magnificent interior was completed.  Every single detail was thoroughly thought out and meticulously completed with the finest materials available.  Constant upgrades have been made by her extremely knowledgeable owners throughout her life.  As you will read below, she differs a great deal from her original plans, but she is the safe, strong, powerful, high performance world cruiser Bruce Roberts intended her to be.  Redundancy was a major design consideration throughout her build.  She is the perfect choice as a live-aboard, a coastal cruiser, or world wide voyaging.  If you’re in the market for such a vessel, come take a look.  You will not be disappointed!


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LOA: 54.25
LWL: 42
Beam: 15.25 ft
Maximum Draft: 7 ft
Displacement: 54,000 lb
Ballast: 20,000 lb
Bridge Clearance: 62.25 ft


Engine Brand: Perkins
Engine Model: 6-354
Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Power: 130|horsepower
Engine Type: Inboard


Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (225 Gallon)
Fuel Tanks: 1 (190 Gallon)
Holding Tanks: 1 (40 Gallon)



There are well over 700 yachts of this design in use world wide. They have proven to be fast, safe and extremely comfortable under sail, even in the harshest conditions.   She is powered by a 130hp Perkins diesel as opposed to 85hp as specified in her design specifications so powering into a head sea is more easily accomplished.  Her powerful ketch rig allows for many sail configurations to deal with different wind and sea conditions and the mast height is intercostal waterway friendly, something not normally found in a 53 footer..  Her long sheer accommodates the large center cockpit with hard top beautifully.  The cockpit can be fully enclosed for inclement weather or screened in as well.  "Libre’s" interior was designed as an extremely comfortable live-aboard for a cruising couple. Her joiner work in teak, Birdseye maple and solid white maple is first class.  Her deck house was raised and widened to allow for increased head room, additional ambient light, and tremendous amounts of storage.  Her hull is lined with two inches of closed cell foam while her overhead has three inches.  This helps to provide for a comfortable, dry interior in any weather.  She has both reverse cycle air conditioning and an Espar diesel heater.  Her very large aft cabin, head with separate shower, and a large amount of storage makes living aboard a luxury.  Her galley was designed for a gourmet cook, complete with a 8 cu. ft. freezer, an 8 cu. ft. refrigerator as well as a beverage cooler.  There is an electric oven, microwave, trash compactor, and an ice maker.  There are three water pumps plumbed in the system, one 120 volt and 2 separate 12 volt units.  Opposite the galley is a beautiful Birdseye maple and teak dinette area that converts to a double bunk.  There is a head with separate shower aft of the dinette area.  Moving forward is a commodious sunken seating area, perfect for entertaining or just relaxation.  In the forepeak, there is an over and under berth with two very large hanging lockers.  All hanging lockers throughout the vessel are cedar lined.  The list goes on and on.  "Libre" is one of the finest examples of this yacht ever produced.   

  •  Built with C-Flex fiberglass cloth (contains small semi-rigid rods that run lenghtwise throughout the cloth to allow the fiberglass to hold its form while resin is applied)
  • Hull and deck bonded together to prevent leaks (no seams)
  • Hull thickness: 1/2” at the sheer, 3/4” at the waterline, 1- 1 1/4” below the waterline
  • 2” Closed cell foam inside the hull for insulation
  • 3” Closed cell foam inside the deck for insulation
  • Hull mounted heavy duty stainless steel chain plates