INDIGO | Custom Empacher 52 | 52ft

Somerset, MA, US


INDIGO | Custom Empacher 52 | 52ft


Somerset, MA, US


Donated vessel, available for long-term charter with option to purchase.

INDIGO is a well-designed and capable offshore cruising yacht. She is structurally sound and generally in good mechanical and cosmetic condition. She does need new fuel tanks and could use some upgrading of equipment below her floorboards. A recent $94,000. price reduction more than compensates for this and makes her a terrific value for the right buyer who has hands-on maintenance skills or the desire to refit a very deserving yacht. 

Dieter Empacher, former chief designer for Little Harbor Yachts owned by Ted Hood, was commissioned in 1984 to design a bluewater cruiser/racer to sail anywhere in the world. Welded aluminum was chosen for its high strength-to-weight properties, for its high impact resistance in case of grounding or striking an object at sea, and for its overall strength of hull and superstructure according to conservative design specifications. The yacht was designed to be fast, sea-kindly and capable of being sailed short-handed. She is also absolutely beautiful.

INDIGO is weatherly and comfortable on the wind, with her near 12’ of draft with the centerboard down, and has a draft of less than 6’ with the board up. INDIGO can get into many places other 52’ yachts cannot.

As beautiful below as she is above, INDIGO’s cabin has high headroom and is finished throughout with high-quality varnished teak joinerwork. Her cabin sole is of fine hand-laid teak and holly construction.

The year after her launching, she was first to finish and then first in her class (corrected time) in the 1985 Marion-to-Bermuda Race. Since then, she has had three owners, the most recent a retired live-aboard couple who sailed her extensively along the U.S East Coast, Caribbean, South America and Mediterranean.

U.S. Documented


  • Length: 52ft
  • Builder: Cenmarine
  • Beam: 14' 8"
  • Year: 1984
  • Displacement: 51000.00 lbs
  • Hull: Aluminum
  • Engine: (1) Perkins, 85 hp
  • Speed: 8.40


  • Builder: Cenmarine
  • Designer: Dieter Empacher
  • Keel: Centerboard


  • Length Overall: 52.42 ft
  • Length Waterline: 42.42 ft
  • Length of Deck: 52.42 ft
  • Displacement: 51000.00 lb
  • Ballast Weight Measure: 20000.00 lb
  • Beam Measure: 14' 8"


  • Engine Brand: Perkins
  • Year Built: 1995
  • Engine Model: 4-236 M
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Hours: 7500
  • Engine Power: 85 hp


  • Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (250 Gallons)
  • Fuel Tanks: 1 (150 Gallons)


Sleeps six at sea, and up to ten at anchor or dockside.

The roomy sail locker forward is connected by a door to the Formica-lined, teak-trimmed fully-enclosed owner’s shower, plumbing disconnected. There are lockers providing six shelves of storage on either side of the shower. Abaft the shower lockers is the head, with new sink with Kohler fixtures (2013) to port, Raritan toilet to starboard, two opening ports and a hatch. The portholes are kept open when moored, even in the rain, for ample breezes. The counters throughout the yacht are off-white Formica. Overheads are off-white vinyl panels with varnished teak trim between; all other finishes are varnished teak.

The owner’s stateroom occupies the area between the forward head and the main bulkhead just forward of the mast. The stateroom has a queen-sized bed to port, with cavernous finished lockers and drawers under the mattress, and a chest of drawers at the foot of the bed with lockers above. There is a large vanity or desk with swing-out stool to starboard. An elegant mounted shelf, above the outboard edge of the bed, and two bookshelves above the head of the bed, combine with the cedar-paneled double-door hanging locker and nineteen drawers and lockers to provide an abundance of stowage.

Continuing aft, the salon has an L-shaped settee (with storage under) to port and settee to starboard, both of which make up to double berths. When moored, ten adults (six at sea) can sleep in the berths below, if desired (all berths have fitted lee cloths). The dining table, of white oak and teak, with a drop leaf, sits just to port of amidships. Above the port settee are lockers and bookshelves. Above and outboard of the starboard settee are lockers and a Pioneer stereo system (new 2016) with eight Bose speakers throughout the cabins. Centerline aft of the salon is a forward companionway hatch like the primary one leading to the cockpit; it is protected by a dodger, providing excellent ventilation while at sea.

Aft of the starboard settee is the spacious U-shaped galley, out of the traffic flow, making it a comfortable space to work and cook, in port and at sea. Excellent ventilation via an overhead hatch, opening port and fan. Double galley sink with backup plumbing of foot-pumped fresh water and pressurized seawater. There is a deep pot locker in the counter and plenty of stowage for food, dry goods, utensils, glasses and plates. Freezer and fridge both open from the top, with additional access to the fridge via a door on its aft face. Each unit is about 15 cu. ft. and has shelves and dividers. A gimbaled, 3-burner Force 10 stove with oven and broiler (new 2002) with removable Formica cover, is fitted with a propane solenoid switch for added safety.

To port, on the other side of the forward companionway, is the roomy nav station, comfortable on any tack, with a large chart table with generous stowage beneath. Electronics and the electrical panel are above. Between the nav station and the galley is the passageway leading aft to the main companionway area.

The other two staterooms surround the engine room under the aft cockpit. To port of the galley sink (the aft side of the U) is the aft head, including a large stall shower, new sink with Kohler fixtures (2013), counter, lockers and Raritan toilet. Access to the shower may be gained via a door abeam the galley sink or from within the second cabin. This shower stall also doubles as a wet hanging locker. Thus, the port quarter berth cabin, including its head and shower, can be closed off with a door, providing privacy. The starboard quarter berth does not have its own cabin, but has access to the head through the galley doorway. Both quarter berths are quite large and can serve as double berths. Seven fans serve all the berths, the galley, the salon and the forward head.

Access to the engine room is excellent through three large hatches.


Aluminum hull, deck and cabin house built on angle frames with closely-spaced T-longitudinals, lead keel and balanced partial skeg rudder. Integral welded aluminum rub rail on hull with stainless steel rub rail on vertical outside surface. 5/8” hand-laid teak decking on top of 1/2” pressure-treated marine plywood. Plywood laid on aluminum plate decking with West Epoxy, teak planks laid with Teak Decking Systems epoxy; laid during rebuilds in 2003, and later on, main decking, cockpit floor and cockpit seats. Cabin top has original 3/4” hand-laid teak decking with minimal wear.

Centerboard configuration offers a minimum draft of 5’-3” with centerboard up and a maximum draft of 11’ with board down.

  • Hull color is Aristo Blue Awlgrip (2014)
  • Superstructure, cockpit sides etc. are Matterhorn White Awlgrip (2014)
  • Cabin top has six Goiot aluminum hatches


  • Custom cockpit bimini with side and stern sunscreens (2018)
  • Nilsson V3000 anchor windlass with rope capstan and chain gypsy (new spare motor)
  • Bruce 66 lb. anchor
  • Fortress FX-23 stern anchor in custom chocks
  • Luke 80 lb. storm anchor stowed in bilge in custom chocks
  • Gale Rider storm drogue with 300’ 1” braided nylon line
  • CQR 75 lb. anchor
  • CQR 65 lb. anchor
  • Danforth hi-tensile 35 lb. anchor
  • 150’ 1” Nylon anchor rode
  • 300’ 3/8” high-tensile ACCO G-40 chain
  • 300’ 5/8” nylon rode with chain
  • (2) Nylon jacklines
  • Salt water anchor washdown: foredeck and cockpit
  • Fresh water aft deck shower
  • Transom-mounted boarding/swim ladder
  • Magma propane BBQ grill with (1) 7 lb. propane tank
  • Boat hooks, (1) with SS hook for retrieving lines overboard in water, such as mooring buoy pick-up lines


  • Elkhide-covered wheel at helm
  • Pedestal with mounted Ritchie steering compass
  • Folding, varnished teak cockpit table
  • Helmsman’s seat
  • Cushioned cockpit seating
  • Additional backrest cushions
  • Cup holders
  • (2) Bose speakers
  • Stowage lockers


  • Yacht’s primary system is 12 V DC
  • 110 V AC system: 210 V AC outlet at base of companionway
  • 110 V AC and 220 V AC shore power connections
  • All AC equipment rated 60 Hz or 50/60 Hz
  • Shore power feeds into Charles Industries dual wind isolation transformer, for either 110 V or 220 V input, 50/60 Hz
  • Heart Link 2000 controls shore power charging of batteries from shore power. Link 2000 also controls 2.5 kW inverter, with 110 V VAC output. 100 VAC outlets throughout the yacht
  • House batteries are arranged in two banks of (2) 8D Life Line AGM fast-charge batteries each (4 batteries total). All four batteries can be put in parallel. Total house battery capacity is 1,000 amp hours
  • (2) 140 amp floating ground regulated alternators serve two banks of batteries separately, with belt drives from main engine. All four batteries can be charged in parallel
  • Engine starter also has floating ground, as do all DC electrical equipment and all electronic navigation equipment on yacht
  • Engine starting battery is Optima Spiral Wound battery
  • Control for Link 2000 is in navigation station and shows charging rates, battery voltage, state of battery charge etc.
  • All lighting below is with LED bulbs, including overhead Vetus cabin lights
  • 400,000 candle power sealed-beam search light with designed focus to cut through fog, 12 V with coil cord extension cord and spare sealed beam bulb for same
  • Aqua Signal navigation lights
  • Aqua Signal masthead tri-color light with strobe light
  • Foredeck flood light
  • Deck flood light
  • Hella circulation fans throughout yacht
  • Misc. 12 V DC outlets: (2) in cockpit, (1) in nav station

Spares for Electrical:

  • Spare Aqua Signal running lights
  • Spare LED light bulbs for all fixtures
  • Spare circuit breakers of various amp ratings for main circuit board panel in nav station
  • Spare sealed beam bulbs for spreader lights, plus one complete spare


Simrad AP60 autopilot (new, 2016), including custom waterproof handheld remote in cockpit, based on Simrad QS80 Quick Stick Remote, with cable, at companionway for use anywhere in cockpit. Hydraulic drive on dedicated tiller on rudder post below deck.

Furuno model 1835 color LCD radar, 4 kW, dome antenna mounted on radar tower on stern. Interfaced with Furuno fluxgate compass, Furuno GPS and ICOM AIS (installed new, 2013). AIS and ARPA integrated features. Located at nav station.

Remote 1835 slave unit with color display, integrated with the Furuno 1835 located in the nav station, is mounted in cockpit on top of cabin top inside dodger, visible from entire cockpit, including steering wheel (new 2013).

  • ICOM VHF in nav station with SS whip antenna at masthead, connected with low-loss coax cable (new, 2016)
  • ICOM VHF mounted in cockpit under dodger, with SS whip antenna on stern radar tower, connected with low-loss cable
  • ICOM 751 SSB with automatic tuner, with SSB and HAM frequencies
  • 406 MHz Category II EPIRB with built-in GPS, by Pains Wessex
  • ICOM AIS receiver and transmitter, model MA-500TR Transponder Class B, mounted in nav station and AIS tuned SS antenna on radar tower, connected with low-loss coax cable (new, 2013). Integrated with Furuno 1835 radar, and laptop navigation system.

Sailing Instruments:

B&G, with main unit in nav station and remote repeaters for wind speed, wind relative direction, magnified wind direction for close-hauled sailing, depth sounder mounted in cockpit on bridge display panel over companionway slide for easy viewing from entire cockpit. Spare B&G depth sounder. Main pedestal-mounted Ritchie steering compass, 8” diameter with chromed brass cover (serviced, 2016)

Chart plotting has been done with laptop computer with Furuno’s GPS data and ICOM AIS data fed into laptop via two cables. 


  • Perkins 4-236 M 85 hp diesel engine (1995)
  • Morse controls
  • Borg-Warner 72-Series hydraulic transmission 1:1
  • Walter V-drive 2.3:1
  • Oil pressure and temperature gauges mounted next to B&G sailing instruments under cockpit dodger, repeater in nav station
  • Alarms and gauges for engine temperature and oil pressure
  • Gauge for transmission oil pressure
  • Remote-mounted engine oil filter
  • Oversize Racor FG-1000 taking 2020SM (2 micron elements) fuel filter
  • Engine oil drain/electric vane pump plumbed into engine
  • Start/stop buttons in engine room, as well as in cockpit
  • Spare Morse engine control cables
  • 3-blade MaxProp feathering propeller (new 2000)
  • Spare 3-blade fixed-blade propeller
  • Spare 2-blade MaxProp feathering propeller
  • 12 V / 150 gal/day Little Wonder watermaker
  • 3700 gal/hr Rule centrifugal bilge pump mounted at bottom of sump area of main bilge, controlled manually or with air float switch. Spare for this pump in inventory, also spare air float switch
  • Secondary bilge pump is electrical Par diaphragm
  • Spare steering cables with spare chain for same
  • Custom outboard motor crane at stern


Two separate Grunert systems sharing the same cold plates; one compressor driven by main engine, the other driven by AC current accepting 110V AC/60 or 50 Hz and capable of being run simultaneously with the engine-driven system by means of a 2.5 kW inverter. This minimizes pump-down times to 60 minutes, twice a day, in the tropics, and less in northern waters.



All sails in excellent condition.

  • Doyle mainsail with full battens (new, 2016)
  • Hood staysail set on inner forestay
  • Doyle 100 heavy genoa, high clew, seafoam luff
  • Doyle asymmetrical spinnaker with furling sock

Mast and Rigging:

Welded fabrication by Belamy, with tapered masthead section. Painted Awlgrip “Bright White”. All halyards internal. Two jib/genoa halyards, two spinnaker halyards, spare mainsail halyard used for storm trysail, dedicated track for storm trysail, Antal mainsail track to accommodate full-batten mainsail slides. Wide and open area around mast for ease of working around mast, with good teak decking on cabin top. Spinnaker pole with Sparcraft fittings stowed on mast with mast track.

Boom is also fabricated by Belamy. Welded construction, multiple sheaves at end to accommodate mainsail outhaul, topping lift, 3-slab reefing lines for mainsail clews when reefed, all internal. Sheet stoppers for halyards on mast. Dedicated Lewmar winch on aft side of mast for control of above lines.

  • Four Swan-type aluminum shroud rollers on lower standing rigging turnbuckles
  • Custom preventer line and fittings to prevent jibing of mainsail boom
  • Harken bosun’s chair
  • Navtec rod rigging and turnbuckles (replaced and serviced as required, 2016)
  • Navtech hydraulic boom vang adjustment from cockpit console (all seals and fluid replaced, 2016)
  • Hydraulic backstay adjuster (all seals and fluid replaced, 2016)
  • Reckmann manual roller furling headstay

All running rigging in ‘new to good’ condition.


Note: All winches are Lewmar self-tailing, stainless steel, except for the Merriman centerboard winch.

Cockpit Winches:

  • (2) Lewmar 65 electric primaries on cockpit coaming
  • (2) Manual 55 secondaries on cockpit coaming
  • (2) Lewmar 46 manual staysail sheet winches mounted on cabin top outboard of dodger
  • Lewmar 46 manual mainsail sheet winch under dodger to port of companionway
  • Merriman cable reversing drum centerboard winch to starboard of companionway on top of cabin

Mast-mounted Winches:

  • Lewmar 48 mainsail halyard winch, starboard side; serves main halyard and spare main halyard (also for storm trysail)
  • Lewmar manual 46 for staysail halyard and spinnaker pole lift, on starboard side
  • Lewmar manual 46 jib/genoa halyard (serves 2 jib halyards), on port side
  • Lewmar manual 48 spinnaker halyard (serves 2 spinnaker halyards), on port side
  • Lewmar manual 40 for slab reefing, mainsail outhaul and boom topping lift, mounted on aft side of mast
  • Nilsson anchor windlass
  • (6) Winch handles


  • (2) Companionway hatch dodgers
  • Sun covers for hatches
  • Custom teak varnished flagstaff with cover, flies 3’ X 5’ ensign
  • (4) Large fenders with covers
  • (3) Smaller fenders with covers
  • (2) 6’ Custom white oak fender boards with brass rub rails
  • (2) 20 lb. Propane tanks in sealed locker for galley stove; shut off solenoid inside solenoid locker
  • (3) Built-in scuba tank racks, (1) aluminum scuba tank
  • 100’ hose with regulators to scuba mouth breathing fixture
  • U.S. Navy hydraulic rigging cutter for rod and cable standing rigging
  • Barograph at base of companionway
  • Chelsea ship’s clock and barometer in owner’s cabin
  • (4) 50’ 8-braid 3/4” nylon dock lines
  • (4) 50’ 1” 3-strand nylon dock lines
  • 200’ 3-strand 3/4” nylon dock line
  • Other misc. dock lines

Extensive Spare Parts:

For Perkins Engine:

  • Starter motor
  • Fresh and salt water pumps for Perkins engine
  • Spare high-pressure injector lines
  • (2) Fuel injectors
  • Several sets of all Vee belts for Perkins engine
  • (2) Head gaskets
  • Electric fuel pump
  • Lexan bowl for Racor 1000 fuel pump
  • 6-12 Spare fuel filters, for primary and secondary filters
  • Spare mechanical fuel pump
  • Several spare electrical relays for engine starter circuits
  • (2) Spare engine fresh water/lube oil coolers (heat exchangers)
  • Zinc anodes for Perkins main water heat exchanger
  • Several changes of engine oil
  • Several spare impellers for engine salt water pump
  • Misc. spare hoses for engine
  • Manual extraction pump and container for changing Vee drive oil


  • Misc. spare pumps for yacht's fresh and salt water systems
  • Re-build kit for Par electric macerator pump for holding tank
  • Many spare parts for Raritan heads
  • Refrigeration gauges with R-134A refrigerant
  • Many misc. sealants and caulking compounds
  • Spare Rule 3700 electric bilge pump
  • Misc. spare halyards, messengers and other lines in fwd. sail locker


  • 6-Man deck-stored canister life raft
  • 8’ Emergency tiller steering
  • MOM-8 and life sling
  • (4) Ocean PFDs
  • (4) Offshore life jackets
  • (4) Inflatable PFDs
  • Fire extinguishers throughout yacht

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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