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1977 Bruce Roberts Custom World Class Cruiser | Just Reduced!

Price: $197000.00
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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!



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
  • Skeg mounted high aspect ratio rudder
  • 20,000 lbs. of internal balast encapsulated in fiberglass
  • Heavy duty rubrail with solid stainless steel rub strakes
  • Low profile cabin design was raised to allow for larger side windows and curved to provide more interior room and storage


  •  Kohler 12.5 KW Diesel Generator, 2436 hours, powered by a Perkins 4-108 diesel engine
  • 600 amp house battery bank, 12 volt marine deep cycle batteries, new June 2015
  • 220 amp engine start battery, 12 volt marine deep cycle, new June 2015
  • 220 amp bow thruster battery, 12 volt marine deep cycle, new June 2015
  • 220 amp navigation station battery, 12 volt marine deep cycle, June 2015
  • (1) (16,000 btu) marine reverse cycle air-conditioning with digital thermostat
  • (1) (12,000 btu) marine reverse cycle air-conditioning with digital thermostat
  • (1) (28,000 btu) Espar diesel hot air heater
  • Dual 50 amp, 120 volt shore power cords with Y splitter
  • 240 volt shore power cord with Y splitter that provides two 120 volt inputs
  • (2) Outboard 30 amp 120 volt outlets
  • (2) Dual shore power galvanic isolators
  • Ground fault circuit protection
  • 130 amp battery charger/2500 watt inverter
  • Bow Thruster with (2) separate batteries
  • 120 volt, 20 gal stainless steel hot water heater with engine heat exchange
  • (1) 4500 gal/hour electric bilge pump with float switch
  • (2) 2000 gal/hour electric bilge pumps with float switch
  • Simpson Lawerence chain/rope electric anchor windlass
  • (1)120 volt pressure fresh water system with filter
  • (2) 12 volt pressure fresh water systems with filter plus accumulator tank
  • 12 volt sea water pump for anchor washdown system
  • Hart Fuel and Water quantity indicator
  • Main electrical panel includes (2) 120 volt circuit breaker panels plus (2) 12 volt circuit breaker panels. Individual circuit breakers for each load item.
  • Bilge blower/galley exhaust fan
  • KVH electronic compass
  • Pedestal mounted engine Instruments and controls. Recessed receptacles for RAM mic, 12 volt cockpit access, spot light and the Standard Horizon GPS
  • AC duplex receptacles throughout the vessel,
  • Custom made refrigeration and freezer units with holding plates both AC and engine driven. (Insulated with 6” to 9” of insulation)
  • Beverage cooler in galley
  • (4) oversized copper grounding plates for all ground wires, two at the base of the main mast and two at the base of the mizzen mast

Sail Handling and Rigging

  •  Heavy duty Metal Mast spars with double spreader main, and a single spreader mizzen mast
  • Dutchman flaking system on full batten mainsail and full batten mizzen sail
  • UK 150% roller furling genoa with UV protection - Harken furling system
  • UK 120% fore-staysail, UK 100% fore-staysail (like new) and a UK storm jib ( like new) with hanks for the removable forestay.
  • UK storm trysail (like new)
  • UK Cruising spinnaker
  • Hathaway Reiser Raymond Mizzen staysail
  • Spinnaker pole
  • Adjustable backstays on main mast
  • Insulated main mast back stay for SSB radio
  • Running backstays on mizzen mast
  • Winches: (17)
  • (2) #32 Barient self tailing genoa sheet winches
  • (2) #28 Barient self tailing forestaysail sheet winches
  • (3) #27 Barient self tailing halyard winches on main mast
  • (1) #28 Barient self tailing main sheet winch
  • (1) #23 Barient self tailing halyard winch on main mast
  • (1) #20 Barient self tailing halyard winch on mizzen mast
  • (1) #23 Barient self tailing halyard winch on mizzen mast
  • (2) #10 Barient winches on mizzen boom
  • (1) #10 Barient mizzen traveler winch
  • (1) #23 Barient self tailing winch on main boom
  • (1) #20 Barient self tailing mizzen sheet winch
  • (1) chain sprocket for spinnaker pole car
  • Internal pre-stretched Dacron halyards
  • Pre-stretched Dacron sheets
  • (5) Winch Handles
  • Schaefer ball bearing traveler system for main and mizzen
  • Rigid boom vang on main boom
  • Block and tackle vang on mizzen boom
  • (2)Heavy duty double stainless steel turning blocks
  • Full length removable jack stays
  • Standing rigging replaced July 2002 by Florida Hydraulics, rotary swaged
  • Maxwell Anchor windlass added October 2017

Hull and Deck

  •  Large uncluttered deck space, fore, aft and athwartship  
  • Teak removable companionway drop boards with custom storage rack below decks
  • Teak Sea Hood
  • 30” dual heavy duty stainless steel lifelines with gates port and starboard
  • Varnished teak folding cockpit table and drink holder
  • Fiberglass hardtop with large custom built oval stainless steel handrails
  • Full Strataglass enclosure with screens
  • Custom built pedestal with a large pedestal guard with teak drink holder
  • Custom built oval stainless steel destroyer wheel
  • Custom built oval grip stainless steel handrails on cabin top (4)
  • Stainless steel aft rail with integral OB engine mount
  • (2)storage lockers in cockpit
  • (2) storage compartments in cockpit
  • Large lazarette under the aft deck
  • Binocular storage
  • Built-in drink box in cockpit
  • Extruded aluminum toe rail
  • Solid stainless steel rub-strake
  • Stainless steel boarding ladder can be moved from port to starboard
  • Emergency boarding ladder (roll up type)
  • Emergency tiller
  • Bilge blower and ventilation system
  • (4) 10” spring/breast line cleats
  • (6) 12” mooring cleats, two forward and two aft with enclosed chocks, two midships
  • Simpson Lawrence electric anchor windlass with chain and rode gypsy
  • Large double anchor roller on foredeck
  • 60 lb. CQR anchor with 300 ft. of high test chain
  • 45 lb. CQR anchor with 50 ft. high test chain plus 300 ft. of 3/4” nylon rode
  • 35 lb. Danforth with 50 ft. of high test chain plus 300 ft. of 3/4” nylon rode
  • 20 lb. Danforth with 50 ft. of high test chain plus 200 ft. of 1/2” nylon rode
  • (2)3/4” anchor chain snubbers
  • Anchor wash down system
  • Large divided anchor locker for below deck chain and rode storage
  • Extruded aluminum toe rail
  • LPG storage locker for (2) 5 lb. tanks
  • Horseshoe buoy
  • Large capacity sail locker with (6) bags of sails and numerous spare lines
  • Life sling
  • Shore water connector
  • Dickerson LPG Grill
  • (10)Deck mounted prisms
  • (4) 24” Bomar overhead hatches with six dogs, sail locker, guest stateroom, galley/dinette and lazarrette
  • (1) 20” Bomar overhead hatch in the owner’s stateroom
  • (3) 10” Bomar overhead hatches, (2) in the main saloon and one in the aft head
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Fenders
  • Dock lines
  • Numerous spares


  • Engine Brand: Single Perkins
  • Engine Model: 6-354
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Hours: 3563
  • Propeller: 26”, 3 blade Maxprop (feathering propeller)
  • Drive Type: Direct Drive
  • Engine Power: 130 HP
  • Engine oil purification system on main and generator
  • Engine room is soundproofed

Electronics - Cockpit

  •  Standard Horizon GPS
  •  Raymarine Radar/GPS
  •  Raymarine auto pilot control
  •  Standard Horizon RAM mic with AIS
  •  KVH Electronic compass
  •  Raymarine wind speed/direction indicator
  •  Raymarine hull speed indicator
  •  Raymarine depth indicator
  •  Raymarine rudder angle indicator
  •  Bow thruster control

Electronics - Navigation Station

  •   Raymarine Radar/GPS
  •  Raymarine GPS
  •  Raymarine auto pilot master control
  •  Raymarine wind speed/direction indicator
  •  Raymarine multi-meter
  •  Data Marine depth and speed indicator
  •  Standard Horizon VHF with AIS
  •  Standard Horizon VHF with separate antenna mizzen mast mounted
  •  Radar AIS
  •  Cannon printer
  •  Separate navigation station circuit breaker panel
  •  Dual navigation station batteries with switch to connect to house batteries if needed
  •  Weather fax connection to SSB
  •  Cell phone signal booster
  •  Inverter/battery charger monitor/control
  •  Holding tank watch meter
  •  Kenwood stereo system with surround sound (main saloon)
  •  CD changer (forward stateroom)
  •  (2) Flat screen TV’s
  •  Satellite TV

Dinghy/Life Raft

  • Avon roll-up dinghy
  • Mercury 9.9hp outboard
  • Viking (4) man life raft with canopy, needs certification

Accommodation Overview

"Libre’s" interior was designed to be comfortable, luxurious, and as a functional live-aboard yacht with world wide capability. Over 1000 board feet of teak, birdseye maple, and other fine woods and thousands of hours of workmanship were used in her creation.  The minute you arrive you feel like you’re at home in a warm, beautiful surrounding.  The interior is finished in a combination of satin and gloss varnish and the joiner work is second to none.  The hull has two inches of insulation throughout which is covered with beautiful teak wood slats.  The overhead has three inches of insulation, which combined with the hull insulation, creates a warm dry interior in cold weather and a cooler, dry interior in warmer climates.  There are beautiful hand rails throughout which make moving about underway easy and safe.  While her owner’s lived aboard for 30 years, she looks to be in like new condition.  

Entering the vessel from the companionway you arrive in the galley/dinette area. The galley is large, well lit and equipped for a gourmet cook.  The dinette, across to starboard, consists of a beautiful birdseye maple and teak table with seating for four.  The table drops to create a double berth.  Aft of the dinette is a complete head with access to the starboard machinery space. 

Moving forward and a step down is the beautiful main saloon. It is stunning and unique.  The detail in the joiner work is as good as it gets.  It’s perfect for entertaining and an area that just feels good to be in. 

Forward of the saloon is the guest cabin. It has two single bunks, one up and one down and features two large cedar lined hanging lockers and lots of storage.  There is a large Bomar overhead hatch and access to the sail locker, which is just aft of the anchor locker in the fore peak.


Entering the boat from the companionway you arrive in the large well lit galley/dinette area. The headroom is about 6‘ 6” in this area.  The raised deck house allows for larger windows than originally planned.  These along with the large overhead hatch, two deck prisms and port lights provide an abundance of ambient light.  The solid white maple cabin sole also brightens this area as it does throughout the rest of the vessel.  The large U-shaped galley, to port, is equipped for a gourmet cook.  It features a Princess (3) burner electric stove and oven with a removable Corian cover, which can be safely stowed underway.  There is a double stainless steel sink also with a removable top, a microwave oven and a built in two burner propane stove as a back up, in case of a 120 volt power interruption. There is also a Dickerson propane grill topside. The refrigeration unit is custom made.  It is both 120 volt and engine driven and utilizes holding plates in the 8 cu. ft fridge, 8 cu. ft. freezer and a 2 cu. ft. beverage cooler.  The insulation is 6 to 9 inches thick for maximum efficiency.  There is an ice maker, a trash compactor, a built-in wine locker, an exhaust fan, and a large pantry.  There is plenty of storage and cupboards with beautiful Tambour doors.  Opposite the galley is a U shaped dinette with seating for four.  The beautiful birdseye maple dinette table drops to make a double berth.  There is ample storage under and behind the dinette.  There is a complete head aft of the dinette area that also opens to allow access to the starboard side of the machinery space.  The headliner in this area is naugahyde which is fastened to the overhead Velcro.

Main Salon

Forward of the galley/dinette area of the boat and a step down is a beautifully decorated and commodious main saloon.  Throughout the cabin is unique joiner work from the liquor and glass storage cabinet to the TV locker with Tambour door to the treasure chest containing the satellite TV controller. What you see is beautifully hand crafted woodwork that works perfectly with the colors of the other materials and decorations used in the cabin.  The seating for 6 to 8 is very comfortable making this area perfect for entertaining.  The use of Corian table tops, overhead hatches, port lights and deck prisms create a well lit area during daylight hours.  The 110 volt and 12 volt lighting works perfectly as well.

Guest Cabin

The guest cabin is forward of the main saloon and features two separate high/low berths. There are two very large cedar lined hanging lockers and four storage cabinets with beautiful cane doors.  There is also a large storage space under the port side berth.  The port side of the cabin is covered in teak slats.  There is a large overhead hatch providing ambient light and an emergency exit.  There are two port lights, both with beautiful teak shelves below.  On the forward bulkhead, there is access to the huge sail locker.  Forward of the sail locker is the divided anchor locker.

Navigation Station

The nav station is located in the pass thru from the galley to the owner’s stateroom. There are double nav desks with plenty of room to spread out charts.  The 8 cu. ft. Freezer is housed in this area as well.  There is a swing out nav seat and proper lighting for navigating.  The electronics package is complete with GPS, radar, AIS, two VHF radios, sailing instruments, multi-meter, SSB and more.  There is a separate breaker panel for this area and two 12 volt batteries dedicated to the navigation instruments. There is also a switch to allow a connection to the house batteries for redundancy.  There is a port light and a deck prism in this area. There is plenty of additional storage as well as a built-in file box, VHF holder, storage drawer and two large storage drawers under the nav desks.  Across from the nav station are two removable access panels to the machinery space.  The main breaker panel is located in this area has been carefully planned out and constructed to make service accessible.  There is a deck prism in this space as well.  This space can also be accessed from the starboard side via the forward head.

Owner's Stateroom

The owner’s stateroom was designed for live-aboard comfort, privacy, and safety. There is a large Bomar overhead hatch that provides ventilation and an emergency exit.  Port lights add to the ambient lighting.  There is a queen sized berth with a Select Comfort air mattress running athwartship. There are four large cedar lined hanging lockers and three large storage cabinets.  A flat screen TV is mounted behind a tambour door.  The owner’s head has a shower with a high end European shower fixture, a vanity with sink, a beautiful teak medicine cabinet and plenty of towel storage.  There is a washer/dryer combination unit in the head area as well as towels, storage and a built in hamper. 

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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