53' Little Harbor 1988

Blue Star


Cambridge, Maryland

BLUE STAR is a truly special Little Harbor 53. To date, she has had just two ownerships; the first for 15 years, the second for 17 years. Over the last 17 years, BLUE STAR has been maintained by the same boat yard, same engineer, and same cosmetics-varnish expert. She has been sailed, never chartered, only by the owners, who maintain her (in season) at their private and protected dock.

Below decks BLUE STAR’s layout is especially focused on safety and offshore blue water sailing. All berths are equipped with lee clothes, the salon is designed to take full advantage of space, with a large curved salon table and all safety ‘reaches’ never out of arms distance. The aft owner’s cabin has two oversized sea berths that each approach the size of a double bed with extra length. The exceptional three-head arrangement, each with shower, can accommodate three couples or crew with comfort and privacy.

United Yacht Sales is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Wellington Yacht Partners. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel

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BLUE STAR sleeps six in three private staterooms, each with\nprivate head and shower. Starting forward there is a large storage area/bosun’s\nlocker with workbench and deck access. Aft of the forepeak are two identical\nguest staterooms, each with over/under berths and separate heads, including\nshowers. Each cabin has a full cedar-lined hanging locker, several drawers,\nlarge lockers, opening ports, opening hatches and fans over each berth. Winter\nand summer custom fitted coverlets and sheets and monogrammed towels are\navailable for each cabin. Two sets of fitted coverlets for each berth; one\ncream colored and the other a rich patterned winter coverlet, fitted sheets. monogrammed\nlinens include towels, pillows, shams (with a monogram of Blue Star’s design),\nnapkins, glasses, stationery, and more.


The first impression when you enter the main salon is that\nyou are on a larger yacht. Six wide hull ports (new 2012) provide water views\nwhile seated, and the varnished teak woodwork is beyond compare. White leather\nupholstery throughout is maintained in pristine condition. Fine\noriental rugs protect the varnished sole in salon, galley, and the three sleeping\ncabins. A beautiful original oil painting, “RED SAILS AT SUNSET” graces the\nforward port bulkhead of the main salon, and the ship’s brass clock is to\nstarboard.


The nav station is aft to port of the main salon and has an\nextensive array of electronics and communications equipment.


The galley is aft of the main salon to starboard. Galley/Laundry Equipment Includes:

  • Combomatic 2000 clothes washer and dryer
  • Separate side opening refrigeration with separate door for bottles and cans, and top-loading freezer
  • Litton microwave oven
  • Oversized portholes opening to the cockpit for access to the galley
  • Countertops are White Corian
  • Separate thermostat for refrigerator and freezer (new insulation and refrigeration 2012)
  • 110 volt Grunert engine-driven refrigerator and freezer
  • 4-Burner propane stove with oven and broiler
  • Borad filtered fresh water system (2000)
  • Macerator in sink for garbage disposal overboard
  • Double stainless steel sink
  • Cookware, everyday dishes, and china for 10, Tervis glasses and wine glasses
  • Heavy, seaworthy dishes, glasses and mugs.
  • (6) Place settings of china, ample crystal glasses



BLUE STAR’s satin-varnished teak interior is finished to\nextremely high standards. Floorboards are varnished teak and holly, and all\nlock in place. Overheads are white Formica. Yacht ventilation is excellent,\nprovided by 17 polished stainless steel opening ports, nine opening stainless\nsteel overhead hatches and nine stainless steel dorades. There is an Espar unit\nwith thermostat for heat (new 2012). Marine Air A/C 10kW air conditioning unit\nfor owner’s quarter (2008), and 16 kW unit for salon and forward cabins (2008).

In 2012 BLUE STAR had a comprehensive refit. The following\nitems were replaced, repaired and refinished:


  • All electrical wires replaced
  • Plumbing lines replaced
  • Fuel tanks polished
  • Refrigeration replaced, insulation\nfor freezer replaced, teak covering freezer, and new refrigerator door handles
  • Espar heating system replaced, and\nlines were replaced as well
  • Three heads/toilets replaced
  • All hatch and port light lenses,\nincluding Lexan hull ports were replaced (2012)
  • All gaskets replaced (and continue\nto be maintained annually to ensure that there are no leaks whatsoever)
  • Solar powered vent installed in\nstern lockers to ensure no dampness
  • New curtains for port lights,\nscreens for hatches and ports
  • New Awlgrip including topsides\n(Captain’s Navy Blue), coach roof (Oyster White with Moon Dust treads), spars\n(Cloud White)
  • New larger-diameter safety lines
  • Westerbeke 8 kW generator\n(Hours:  839)
  • 12V ship’s system on two separate\nbattery banks (2019)
  • (8) Trojan 950 am, 125 module (6 volt\nin series) house batteries (2019)
  • (2)  8D Diehard engine/gen starting, 12V batteries\n(2019)
  • New generator battery (2019)
  • (2)  8D Gel cell batteries for bow thruster (2018)
  • Pro Mariner 50 amp, dual output\nbattery charger
  • Heart Interface 1500 watt inverter\nto supply 110 volt power
  • 135 amp alternator for engine/gen\nstart and thruster
  • 185 amp alternator for house
  • Custom Bass electrical panel
  • (5) 100 volt outlets below deck\nand one in cockpit
  • 25’ and 50’ shore power cords (50 amp)

Entertainment Electronics:

  • Stereo System:  Alpine CD player / Satellite radio with\ncockpit antenna
  • Speakers:  Multiple speakers up and down
  • Televisions:  Two LCD TVs with VCR and DVD / Shakespeare TV\nantenna 2030
  • New flat screen TV in salon\nrecesses when not in use
  • Additional flat TV screen in\nmaster cabin



  • Mast top: (2) VHF antennas to nav\nstation and cockpit / (2) Wind direction indicators; (1) wired to B&G system
  • Top port spreader/cell phone\nantenna with LRM400 cable to nav station
  • First starboard spreader: Giro\ncompass antenna
  • Stern pole: 8’ whip antenna for\nDGPS radar
  • Stern mount: GPS Northstar antenna
  • Port aft mount: Satellite phone
  • Dodger mount:  Satellite radio antenna


Navigation Electronics:

  • VHF: (2) Standard Horizon /\nIcom-ICM500
  • Radar:  Raytheon Pathfinder / Raymarine RC 80 Raydome\n4kW M92652
  • GPS: Furuno GP36 and DGPS antenna\n/ Northstar 951 X and DGPS antenna
  • Hailer:  Standard 8-30W VLH-300 loud hailer with auto\nfog signal
  • Chart Plotter:  RC 631 Plus Pathfinder radar and chart\nplotter
  • Autopilot:  Robertson AP200 with remote F200 + RI 101\nrudder indicator
  • Secondary Autopilot:  B7G AIP Helmstar 740
  • Speedlog:  Brookes and Gatehouse / GPS
  • Depth Sounder:  Brookes and Gatehouse
  • Compasses:  Sailcomp digital compass at nav station w/\ndisplays port and stbd in the cockpit and Ritchie pedestal mount
  • Cellular Phone:  Cell phone antenna with LMR400 cable with\nWilson amplifier
  • SSB Radio:  SSB Sea 322
  • Water Temp Gauge:  Pytak sea temp MN 703200
  • Wind Instruments:  Brookes and Gatehouse and Sailcomp displays
  • Weather FAX
  • AIS:  SI-Tex radar automatic ID system
  • Satellite Phone:  Westinghouse Series 1000 with Wavewalk\nantenna
  • AEC
  • Lightning rod on mast
  • Westerbeke 100 hp diesel engine\n(Hours: 4,100)
  • Kobelt single-lever engine\ncontrols
  • Spurs line cutter on prop shaft
  • Max propeller
  • Oil transfer pump for engine and\ngenset
  • Auto-Halon fire extinguisher\nsystem in engine room
  • Espar cabin heater
  • Marine Air 10kW unit for owner’s\nquarter (2008), and 16 kW unit for salon and forward cabins (2008)
  • Wesmar 12-volt, twin prop DPC-8E,\n8” bow thruster
  • Sea Recovery 400 gpd watermaker
  • New toilets in forward heads\n(2017)
  • High water bilge alarm
  • Jabsco Par electric bilge pump
  • Rule 2500 gph electric bilge pump
  • (2)  Edson manual diaphragm bilge pumps
  • Exhaust fans in galley and in\nheads
  • 30 gal. holding tank with\nmacerator
  • Fuel and water tank gauges
  • Fans over each berth: (2) in main\nsalon, (1) in galley

All sail handling functions designed for singlehanded\noperation by the helmsman with all controls for sail handling at helm station.



  • Doyle Stoway main sail
  • Doyle 130% genoa, “crescent cut”\nSpectra with foam luff pad and reinforcements for reefing system
  • Hood MPS sail with sock
  • Full spinnaker package – pole,\nbutt hoist, topping lift, foreguy, pole storage on mast, (2) sheets, (1) block\nand internal halyard with side winder pole light
  • Gail River sea drogue sail
  • Hood storm tri-sail



  • Electric Hood Stoway
  • Stoway spars Awlgripped and\nrigging updated (2012)
  • Spars Awgriped Cloud White
  • Spare (second) Stoway motor
  • Double primary turning blocks
  • Staysail package – inner forestay\nwith quick release, runners, halyard, sheets and blocks
  • Running backstays
  • Navtec hydraulic boom vang
  • Navtec insulated backstay with\n“fail-safe” turnbuckles and 2-function panel in cockpit
  • Storm trysail track with block and\nhalyard
  • Harken Mark III furling headstay\nsystem
  • Spreader lights
  • Tri-color light on masthead
  •  Anchor lights
  • Captain’s Navy Blue Awlgrip\ntopsides (2012)
  • Oyster White with Moon Dust treads Awlgrip coach\nroof (2012

Hand-laid fiberglass hull with Airex foam core construction.\nMolded in fiberglass fuel and water tanks and centerboard trunk. Internal\ncast-lead ballast. Hand-laid fiberglass deck and Divinycell core construction\nand 5/8” teak overlay. Varnished teak exterior trim with highest quality\nstainless steel portlights, (9) hatches, (9) cowl vents. Teak rub rails\nfastened to hull with stainless steel striker. (2) deck prisms. Centerboard is\nfoil shaped for enhanced performance upwind. Centerboard configuration offers a\nminimum draft of 5’-6” with board up, and a maximum draft of 11’ with board\ndown.

  • Cockpit table, seats six with extension
  • Closed-cell foam cockpit cushions
  • Cockpit table cover
  • Cockpit light
  • Custom dodger with elkhide-covered\ngrab bar
  • Bimini with full side enclosure
  • Redesigned, oversized diameter\nsteel frames for Bimini and Dodger for added seaworthiness
  • Full Eisenglass cockpit enclosure\nwith doors
  • Two awnings from mast forward\n(permitting hatches to be kept open)
  • Full bow-to-stern Stamoid awning,\nallowing all hatches to be kept open for shade while at the dock or on the hook
  • Full sun cover – bow to stern- for\ncomfort when moored
  • Textilene mosquito net enclosure\nfor sun shade in cockpit
  • Sun curtain for the aft cockpit\narea
  • New (yet to be used) full clear\ncockpit enclosure curtains
  • Leather steering wheel cover
  • Custom canvas winter cover
  • Custom turnbuckle covers
  • Outboard motor cover
  • Canvas life raft cover
  • Storage covers for all exterior\nteak, hatches, and winches—only eyebrow and toerail are not covered
  • Canvas delivery covers for all upholstery\nand cabin soles
  • Full winter canvas cover for\nwinter storage
  • Nilsson V-1000 windlass with chain\nstopper
  • Bruce 60# anchor with chain and\nrode
  • Danforth 60# with rode
  • CAR 60# anchor with 3/8” chain
  • Caribe 10’ dinghy with viewing\nglass in floor
  • Stainless steel stern davit for\noutboard
  • Varnished teak outboard mount
  • Lensref radar reflector
  • Lifelines, heavy mooring lines\nwith bridle
  • Saltwater anchor wash
  • Teak pulpit seat
  • Fresh water washdown on stern
  • Fold-down stern swim ladder
  • 3-step side boarding ladder (for\nport and stbd)
  • (2) Boat hooks with adapters for\ngaff and scrub brushes
  • Fender boards
  • (2) Dock lines; jack lines
  • Recent large custom top-line New\nZealand stainless steel propane gas grill
  • New stern dinghy davits, designed from\n1.25 steel
  • Monogrammed navy fenders- (4)\nlarge, (6) medium, (6) small
  • Monogrammed gray fenders – (2)\nlarge
  • International flag kit
  • Dress ship’s flag kit
  • Several large American flags for\nflying from stern or from the back stay
  • Teak flag pole for stern - perfectly maintained
  • Givens 6-person life raft with\nhydrostatic release, packed with own EPIRB
  • (2) ACR 406, RLB 32 EPIRBS with\nhydrostatic release
  • Emergency tiller steering
  • Lee cloths for all berths
  • Life Sling new
  • Horseshoe life rings
  • Type 1 life jackets
  • “Abandon ship” bag
  • Flares
  • Fog bell
  • Medical kit
  • International Flags
  • (4)  Hand-held Halon fire extinguishers

Paramount Pictures selected BLUE STAR to be featured\nas the sail boat in ‘Bristol’ condition for its movie, ‘Failure to Launch’\nstarring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew McConaughey. This selection was made\nafter the Governor’s office for Tourism referred their call to several boat\nyards and much competition from visited yachts resulted in BLUE STAR’s selection.\nThis selection speaks to the pristine condition of the yacht. BLUE STAR’s role\nresulted in signed logs by Sarah and Matthew; one extra, transparent Bimini;\nand one set of new ‘blue’ cockpit cushions (desire of the Director, but in the\nend BLUE STAR’s white cushions were chosen).

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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Chuck Newman


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