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    NIGHT HERON      

52' Custom Brewer Cutter-rigged Pilothouse Sloop

Proven Single- and Short-handed Circumnavigator



Type: Sail, Cruising, Pilothouse,                Naval Arch: Ted Brewer
  Cutter, Center Cockpit   Builder: Holiday Boats
Year: Began 1988, Launched 1990   Model: Custom Brewer 52 Pilothouse
LOA: 51'9"   Hull:  Fiberglass
LOD: 50'0"   Rig: Cutter Rigged Sloop
LWL: 47'4"   Engine: 90 HP diesel; Hrs:370
Beam: 14'6"     Ford-Lehman
Max Draft: 6'6"   Range: 1500 NM
Disp: 30 tons   Max Speed: 8 Kts
Mast Ht: 70'   Bridge Clear: 75'
Fuel: 300g - Diesel - Fiberglass   Accom: 5
Water: 300g - Fiberglass   Ballast:  
Flag: USA    Generator: 14 KW diesel; Hrs: 800
USCG: 942854     Norpro-Isuzu


This Custom Brewer 52' offers a pilothouse salon, a large galley, two large staterooms and two heads with stall showers. The interior is light and airy and the decor is white with teak trim. There is substantial storage in numerous lockers, drawers, lazarettes, and other storage spaces.

The pilothouse has 360 degree visibility and is accessed directly from the cockpit. To port is a large U-shaped dinette with teak dining table. To starboard is an area with two swivel chairs and a table between that doubles as a pilot/nav station forward and an office aft. The forward chair raises for visibility while piloting.  The electrical panels and navigation instruments are in the forward area and there is computer storage and built-in file drawers aft. Eight large windows, two hatches and two dorades provide wonderful visibility, light and ventilation.

The aft companionway leads back to the master stateroom from the starboard aft pilothouse. This companionway has ten large teak drawers on the outboard side for spare parts and tool storage. There are also several other lockers and storage areas. Inboard is a wet locker and a full apartment-sized washing machine and separate clothes dryer.

The master stateroom is aft with a centerline queen berth. There are two very large hanging lockers and two equally large storage lockers with built-in shelving on each side of the forward end of the berth. The forward bulkhead has a built-in TV shelf, VCR shelf, and bookshelves. Three hatches, two opening ports and two dorades provide plenty of light and ventilation.

The master head is forward of the master stateroom on the port side and has a marble countertop, full linen locker, sink, mirrors, house-sized electric toilet, storage lockers, separate stall shower and two opening ports. There is also a door providing access to the rear of the engine room.

The galley is located forward of the pilothouse on the port side. It is U-shaped, and is an excellent layout for a 50-footer. There is a great deal of counter space including a cutting board and large pump-thermos holders. The galley has a 3-burner gimbaled propane Force Ten stove/broiler/oven, a propane detector system, a microwave oven, a deep double sink with spray and filtered water spigots, a large refrigerator, and a large separate deep freezer. There is also tremendous storage. Two hatches, one dorade and an opening port provide good ventilation.

Opposite to starboard is the guest head with a marble countertop, full linen locker, sink, mirrors, house-sized electric toilet, separate stall shower, hatch, opening port, and dorade. The head can be accessed from the galley or directly from the guest stateroom.

The guest stateroom is forward with an offset full-sized queen berth, large hanging locker, numerous drawers and storage areas, one large hatch, two opening ports and one dorade.

All areas have substantial lighting and Hella turbo fans.  There is also red baseboard courtesy lighting throughout the boat.


  • 120v AC 50 amp electrical system
  • Automatic transformer for 220-240v AC to 120v AC
  • 14.5 KW Norpro diesel generator w/ sound enclosure, 1998, 800 hours
  • 12v DC house service, Prevailer gel cells (6), 990 amp hr. total
  • 12v DC engine & generator starting bank, (2) 90 amp Prevailer gel cells
  • AC & DC circuit breaker panels, w/ volt & amp meters for each system
  • Heart Interface 2000 inverter with battery charger
  • 40 watt ARCO solar panels (4)
  • Grounding Dynaplates in hull (2)
  • Battery parallel switches
  • Alternators on generator and main engine
  • Dockside electrical cable
  • Dockside TV cable
  • Dockside Telephone outlet

Electronics & Navigation

  • Autohelm 6000 autopilot with linear drive, wind vane, remote control
  • Autohelm 3000 backup autopilot, remote control
  • Datamarine Link 5000 wind/speed/depth instruments, dual displays
  • Epirb Class A automatic offshore, 121 mHz (battery out of date)
  • Raytheon R20 radar, 24-mile range
  • Icom M56 VHF radio
  • Icom 700 SSB & ham transceiver, Icom fully automatic antenna tuner
  • Ritchie 6" compass in cockpit
  • Silva 3" compass in pilothouse
  • Panasonic stereo, tape deck, 5 disc CD player
  • Speakers in cockpit, pilothouse, & aft stateroom

Engine & Mechanical

  • Range = 1,500 nm
  • Cabin/cockpit controls
  • 90 hp Ford Lehman diesel, with 370 hours since complete rebuild
  • Borg Warner Velvet Drive transmission
  • Aqua Drive constant velocity shaft coupling, eliminates alignment problems & isolates vibrations
  • PSS dripless shaft seal on 1-3/4" propeller shaft
  • Paul Luke 3-bladed feathering prop, 1-3/4x22x14
  • Side power ST-155 twin counter-rotating propeller bow thruster, 2000
  • Dual Dahl fuel filters plumbed for hot-swapping to allow filter changes while running
  • Separate fuel pump and fuel manifold with shut-off valves to control all aspects of routing fuel
  • Automatic Halon fire system
  • Lead sheet & fiber acoustical insulation
  • Bronze thru-hulls (7)
  • Raw water intake connected to Vetus strainer & distribution manifold
  • Edson cable steering system
  • Raritan Atlantis electric heads (2), full-sized
  • 35 gallon Holding tanks (2) w/ overboard & deck pump out capability
  • GE Washer and separate dryer, apartment-sized
  • Cruise Air air-conditioning/heating units, 3 heat pump systems
  • Grunert 3/4 hp 110v AC holding plate refrigeration system, separate freezer & fridge with individual commercial electronic digital controls
  • Seaward hot water heater, 1999
  • 12v DC pressure water system w/ dual Flo-Jet high capacity pumps
  • Jabsco high capacity engine driven emergency bilge pump
  • 12v DC bilge pumps (2)
  • Edson manual bilge pump, operated from cockpit
  • 12v DC pressure deck and anchor chain washdown pump
  • Extensive spare parts inventory

Sails & Rigging

  • Cutter rig with double spreaders
  • MetalMast mast, keel-stepped
  • Mast & boom, white Awlgrip
  • Profurl electric furling on Genoa
  • Profurl manual furling on staysail & mainsail
  • Dyform wire stays & shrouds (30% stronger than round wire) w/ Norseman swageless terminals
  • Running backstays for staysail
  • (2) Separate backstays, one w/ SSB antenna
  • Spinnaker pole stowed on mast-mounted Harken track
  • Mast steps up to lower spreader
  • Mast steps at top of mast
  • 1,237 sq.ft. Sail area
  • North mainsail
  • UK 120% Genoa
  • UK Staysail, loose-footed & self-tending on Harken track
  • UK orange storm jib
  • Cruising spinnaker with snuffer, asymmetrical
  • Winches, all self-tailing Lewmar:
  • (2) #65 primaries, headsail, running backs
  • #46 mainsheet
  • #46 staysail furling
  • #46 staysail sheet
  • #40, (3), 2 on mast, 1 on stern for anchoring/docking
  • Anderson Line Tender winch for mainsail furling

Deck & Hull

  • Maxwell 3500 12v DC windlass
  • Super Max anchor
  • 300' 3/8" Hi-test chain
  • 60 lb. CQR anchor
  • 35 lb. Danforth anchor on stern
  • Heavy duty S.S. bow roller w/ two wheels
  • Fenders (4) with new covers
  • S.S./teak boom gallows
  • S.S. custom davit, hoists dinghy to aft deck cradle
  • S.S. dorades, (10)
  • S.S. bow & stern pulpits
  • 31.5" tall Teak handrails, lifelines, thru-bolted S.S. stanchions
  • Safety rails at mast
  • Nicor vents for deck lockers
  • S.S. dodger/bimini frame, white Sunbrella top, clear vinyl sides, encloses cockpit completely, 2001
  • Tempered safety glass in pilothouse w/ storm board fittings
  • International navigation lights, incl. running, tri-color, anchor lights & masthead strobe
  • Deck lights
  • USCG safety equipment
  • 8-man Givens life raft on transom (inspection out of date)
  • Swim platform, integrated ladder & H/C water transom shower
  • Salt & fresh water deck washdowns
  • Bow lazarettes (2)
  • Aft Lazarette for paint & gas
  • Aft Lazarette for propane, (2) 20 lb. propane tanks
  • Transom Lazarette, huge full-width, two-level, across transom

Construction & Finish

This is a Ted Brewer sea-kindly design incorporating a modified fin keel with a separate skeg and rudder.

The hull is heavily constructed in fiberglass over structural foam core. The bulkheads are marine plywood secured with double mat on all sides. An extensive grid system of fiberglass stringers increase stiffness and strength. There is an external lead keel. The hull is epoxy coated on both the interior and exterior. The hull is Flag Blue Awlgrip with gold trim, 2001.


Night Heron is a proven, blue water passagemaker. Ted Brewer designed a powerful, high volume cruiser that incorporates the essential elements of ocean passagemaking and liveaboard cruising.

There is a pilothouse for comfortable below-deck level living, piloting and navigating. It has a large semi-flush deck for efficient and safe sail handling and dinghy storage. The large cockpit with its full enclosure make outside living very comfortable too.  All-sail roller furling also contributes to easy sailing.

The interior has tremendous volume with a vast amount of storage for all types of gear, equipment, supplies and stores.

Night Heron is strongly constructed, has great range under power and is extremely safe and comfortable. Her recent refit makes her an excellent yacht for immediate offshore use.

Vessel Condition

Night Heron is in very good condition.  We purchased her in 1999 and have sailed her extensively between Canada and Trinidad-Tobago.  She has been a very good and reliable vessel providing us with lots of good memories.


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