BLUE STAR | Little Harbor 53 | 53ft

Trappe, MD, US


BLUE STAR | Little Harbor 53 | 53ft


Trappe, MD, US


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.


  • Length: 53ft
  • Builder: Little Harbor Yachts
  • Beam: 15' 0"
  • Year: 1988
  • Displacement: 59224.00 lbs
  • Hull: Fiberglass
  • Engine: (1) Westerbeke, 100 hp
  • Speed: 8.50


  • Builder: Little Harbor Yachts
  • Designer: Ted Hood
  • Keel: Centerboard


  • Length Overall: 53.00 ft
  • Length Waterline: 42.17 ft
  • Displacement: 59224.00 lb
  • Ballast Weight Measure: 18000.00 lb
  • Beam Measure: 15' 0"


  • Engine Brand: Westerbeke
  • Year Built: 1988
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Hours: 4100
  • Engine Power: 100 hp


  • Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (225 Gallons)
  • Fuel Tanks: 1 (155 Gallons)


  • Number of double berths: 2
  • Number of cabins: 3
  • Number of heads: 3


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

The first impression when you enter the main salon is that you are on a larger yacht. Six wide hull ports (new 2012) provide water views while seated, and the varnished teak woodwork is beyond compare. White leather upholstery throughout is maintained in pristine condition. Fine oriental rugs protect the varnished sole in salon, galley, and the three sleeping cabins. The ship’s brass clock is to starboard on the forward port bulkhead of the main salon.

The nav station is aft to port of the main salon and has an extensive 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 extremely high standards. Floorboards are varnished teak and holly, and all lock in place. Overheads are white Formica. Yacht ventilation is excellent, provided by 17 polished stainless steel opening ports, nine opening stainless steel overhead hatches and nine stainless steel dorades. There is an Espar unit with thermostat for heat (new 2012). Marine Air A/C 10kW air conditioning unit for owner’s quarter (2008), and 16 kW unit for salon and forward cabins (2008).


The master suite has custom extra-wide sea berths port and starboard to offer superior comfort and security while underway offshore, with beside-the-berth navigation information and lee cloths.

  • Master head to port
  • Full stall shower
  • Combomatic clothes washer and dryer (2000)
  • Hidden safe and shotgun locker
  • Mirror vanity amidship
  • Spacious drawers and lockers
  • Large full-length hanging locker
  • (4) Opening portholes
  • (2) Overhead hatches
  • Fans over each berth
  • White leather settee
  • Hand knotted Oriental rug


To starboard is a three-quarter round settee/dinette. Outboard side (to port) are louvered doors, cold wine rack and liquor storage (settee bar). Beautiful teak over and liquor storage in center of the table and two chairs are to port. Full entertainment area. Custom bottle/decanter storage is available at the settee bar and in the table. Three crystal lockers are on the forward bulkhead with custom tumbler and highball glass storage. White leather covers the spar and all upholstery. Delivery covers for all upholstery and cabin soles.

REFIT 2012

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

  • All electrical wires replaced
  • Plumbing lines replaced
  • Fuel tanks polished
  • Refrigeration replaced, insulation for freezer replaced, teak covering freezer, and new refrigerator door handles
  • Espar heating system replaced, and lines were replaced as well
  • Three heads/toilets replaced
  • All hatch and port light lenses, including Lexan hull ports were replaced (2012)
  • All gaskets replaced (and continue to be maintained annually to ensure that there are no leaks whatsoever)
  • Solar powered vent installed in stern lockers to ensure no dampness
  • New curtains for port lights, screens for hatches and ports
  • New Awlgrip including topsides (Captain’s Navy Blue), coach roof (Oyster White with Moon Dust treads), spars (Cloud White)
  • New larger-diameter safety lines


  • Westerbeke 8 kW generator (Hours: 839)
  • 12V ship’s system on two separate battery banks (2019)
  • (8) Trojan 950 am, 125 module (6 volt in series) house batteries (2019)
  • (2)  8D Diehard engine/gen starting, 12V batteries (2019)
  • New generator battery (2019)
  • (2)  8D Gel cell batteries for bow thruster (2018)
  • Pro Mariner 50 amp, dual output battery charger
  • Heart Interface 1500 watt inverter to supply 110 volt power
  • 135 amp alternator for engine/gen start and thruster
  • 185 amp alternator for house
  • Custom Bass electrical panel
  • (5) 100 volt outlets below deck and one in cockpit
  • 25’ and 50’ shore power cords (50 amp)


Entertainment Electronics:

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


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

Navigation Electronics:

  • VHF: (2) Standard Horizon / Icom-ICM500
  • Radar:  Raytheon Pathfinder / Raymarine RC 80 Raydome 4kW M92652
  • GPS: Furuno GP36 and DGPS antenna / Northstar 951 X and DGPS antenna
  • Hailer:  Standard 8-30W VLH-300 loud hailer with auto fog signal
  • Chart Plotter:  RC 631 Plus Pathfinder radar and chart plotter
  • Autopilot:  Robertson AP200 with remote F200 + RI 101 rudder 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/ displays port and stbd in the cockpit and Ritchie pedestal mount
  • Cellular Phone:  Cell phone antenna with LMR400 cable with Wilson 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 antenna
  • AEC
  • Lightning rod on mast


  • Westerbeke 100 hp diesel engine (Hours: 4,100)
  • Kobelt single-lever engine controls
  • Spurs line cutter on prop shaft
  • Max propeller
  • Oil transfer pump for engine and genset
  • Auto-Halon fire extinguisher system in engine room
  • Espar cabin heater
  • Marine Air 10kW unit for owner’s quarter (2008), and 16 kW unit for salon and forward cabins (2008)
  • Wesmar 12-volt, twin prop DPC-8E, 8” bow thruster
  • Sea Recovery 400 gpd watermaker
  • New toilets in forward heads (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 heads
  • 30 gal. holding tank with macerator
  • Fuel and water tank gauges
  • Fans over each berth: (2) in main salon, (1) in galley


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


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


  • Electric Hood Stoway
  • Stoway spars Awlgripped and rigging updated (2012)
  • Spars Awgriped Cloud White
  • Spare (second) Stoway motor
  • Double primary turning blocks
  • Staysail package – inner forestay with quick release, runners, halyard, sheets and blocks
  • Running backstays
  • Navtec hydraulic boom vang
  • Navtec insulated backstay with “fail-safe” turnbuckles and 2-function panel in cockpit
  • Storm trysail track with block and halyard
  • Harken Mark III furling headstay system
  • Spreader lights
  • Tri-color light on masthead
  • Anchor lights


  • Captain’s Navy Blue Awlgrip topsides (2012)
  • Oyster White with Moon Dust treads, Awlgrip coach roof (2012)


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


  • Cockpit table, seats six with extension
  • Closed-cell foam cockpit cushions
  • Cockpit table cover
  • Cockpit light
  • Custom dodger with elkhide-covered grab bar
  • Bimini with full side enclosure
  • Redesigned, oversized diameter steel frames for Bimini and Dodger for added seaworthiness
  • Full Eisenglass cockpit enclosure with doors
  • Two awnings from mast forward (permitting hatches to be kept open)
  • Full bow-to-stern Stamoid awning, allowing all hatches to be kept open for shade while at the dock or on the hook
  • Full sun cover – bow to stern- for comfort when moored
  • Textilene mosquito net enclosure for sun shade in cockpit
  • Sun curtain for the aft cockpit area
  • New (yet to be used) full clear cockpit 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 teak, hatches, and winches—only eyebrow and toerail are not covered
  • Canvas delivery covers for all upholstery and cabin soles
  • Full winter canvas cover for winter storage


  • Nilsson V-1000 windlass with chain stopper
  • Bruce 60# anchor with chain and rode
  • Danforth 60# with rode
  • CAR 60# anchor with 3/8” chain
  • Caribe 10’ dinghy with viewing glass in floor
  • Stainless steel stern davit for outboard
  • Varnished teak outboard mount
  • Lensref radar reflector
  • Lifelines, heavy mooring lines with bridle
  • Saltwater anchor wash
  • Teak pulpit seat
  • Fresh water washdown on stern
  • Fold-down stern swim ladder
  • 3-step side boarding ladder (for port and stbd)
  • (2) Boat hooks with adapters for gaff and scrub brushes
  • Fender boards
  • (2) Dock lines; jack lines
  • Recent large custom top-line New Zealand stainless steel propane gas grill
  • New stern dinghy davits, designed from 1.25 steel
  • Monogrammed navy fenders- (4) large, (6) medium, (6) small
  • Monogrammed gray fenders – (2) large
  • International flag kit
  • Dress ship’s flag kit
  • Several large American flags for flying from stern or from the back stay
  • Teak flag pole for stern - perfectly maintained


  • Givens 6-person life raft with hydrostatic release, packed with own EPIRB
  • (2) ACR 406, RLB 32 EPIRBS with hydrostatic 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 as the sail boat in ‘Bristol’ condition for its movie, ‘Failure to Launch’ starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew McConaughey. This selection was made after the Governor’s office for Tourism referred their call to several boat yards and much competition from visited yachts resulted in BLUE STAR’s selection. This selection speaks to the pristine condition of the yacht. BLUE STAR’s role resulted in signed logs by Sarah and Matthew; one extra, transparent Bimini; and one set of new ‘blue’ cockpit cushions (desire of the Director, but in the end BLUE STAR’s white cushions were chosen).


The owner's personal effects are excluded from the sale.

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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