Brewer 53 Custom Built Ketch

Brewer 53 Custom Built Ketch



This unique vessel was designed and built for the purpose of extended cruising or voyaging

where practicality, safety and comfort of the crew are the primary concerns. This robust welded

aluminum vessel has a twin keel system which allows for easy beaching when required and

keeps your righting moment up and your draft down. This vessel has two good sized cabins, two

heads, separate stand up shower, large galley, fixed dining area and a multi use space that can

function as a third double cabin. This is a proven vessel with many ocean miles under its belt

which include two return Mexico voyages.

If you are looking for a serious sailing vessel that can take you anywhere and is particularly well

suited for exploring higher latitudes then this one is worth a look

Notable features Include:

• Pilothouse

• Strong Welded Aluminum Construction

• Self Sufficient

• Redundant Systems

• Proven Passage maker


Cruising Speed: 6 kn

Cruising Speed RPM: 1600

Max Speed: 7 kn

Max Speed RPM: 1700

LOA: 59 ft

Length on Deck: 53 ft

Beam: 13 ft 2 in

Max Draft: 5 ft 7 in

Cabin Headroom: 6 ft 2 in

Dry Weight: 43000 lb

Total: 1564 ft

Ballast: 16000 lb

Windlass: Electric Windlass

Number of single berths: 1

Number of double berths: 3

Number of Cabins: 2

Number of Heads: 2


Engine #1

Engine Make: Isuzu

Engine Model: 4BD1

Primary Engines: Inboard

Engine Year: 2000

Hours: 4877

Power: 85 hp

Propeller Type: 3 Blade



• Depthsounder • Radar - JRC 2000 LCD

• Log-Speedometer

• Computer HP Laptop with older


• TV Set - Zenith • Plotter - Lowrance LMS-350A

• Autopilot - Si_Tex Hydraulic Autopilot

• Radio - Icom IC-735 Ham Radio with Antenna Tuner

• Compass - Ritchie 5.5 • CD Player - AM/FM/CD Stereo - Panasonic

• VHF - Raytheon 202


• Steering Wheel - Whitlock Exterior Steering, Separate Hydraulic

Pilothouse Steering

• Tiller - Emergency Steering

• Spinnaker Pole - Whisker Pole 22'

Inside Equipment:

• Electric Bilge Pump - Two Auto Electric

• Oven - Origo Two Burner Stove/Oven

• Manual Bilge Pump

• Marine Head - Two Manual Marine Heads

• Heating - Hurricane 32000BTU

Diesel Fired Hydronic Heating Throughout

• Hot Water - Tank heated by Hurricane Heating System

• Refrigerator - Barbour/DanFross Freezer & Fridge 12Volt

• Fresh Water Maker - Engine Driven 20GPH Water Maker

• Deep Freezer - Spare Deep Freeze in Master Cabin

• Sea Water Pump

Outside Equipment:

• Davit(s) • Tender - Custom Welded Aluminum

Skiff with a 2007 15hp Mercury Two Stroke

• Swimming Ladder


• Mainsail Cover • Lazyjacks


The owner/builder of this vessel had drawn up plans for a practical and robust aluminum

cruising vessel. These plans were taken to Ted Brewer who upon review was encouraged with

the drawings and decided to take on the job of creating this unique sailing vessel.

Design Features:

• Double Keel & Skeg Hung Rudder built to allow easy beaching

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• Ballast is placed low in the keels for maximum righting moment with the least weight

• Fine entry and modest beam to produce a comfortable and capable upwind vessel

• Ample sail area to make way in light conditions

• Pilothouse with great visibility and protection

• Ample storage exterior & interior

• Raw aluminum hull for minimum of maintenance and easy inspection

• Two primary steering systems Whitlock Mechanical Steering & Hydraulic Steering

• Two emergency steering options with an emergency tiller and a receiving eye in the rudder for line steering


The Pilothouse is snug but comfortable with seating for 5-6. There is great visibility from the pilothouse and is a perfect place to keep watch when the weather is getting less than pleasant.

The Dining Area is located starboard midship. The fixed dining table has storage in its base and L shaped seating for up to 5 with room for two more on portable seats.

There is radiant heating under the seating making this very comfortable dining experience.

A U Shaped Galley is located midship Port and contains a double SS. sink, H/C water, Salt & Fresh Water pumps, large two door refrigerated food storage, good counter space and a two burner Origo stove/oven.
This galley has ample storage, a great view and works well at sea.

Forward of the Galley there is a Midship Settee that works as a great lounging/reading area and doubles as a private double cabin if required.

In the forepeak there is a good sized Double Guest Cabin with storage under the berth and on both sides.

Midship Starboard holds the Guest Head that has good space, a manual toilet, sink,vanity and heated towel bars.

A large Master Cabin is located aft with a center line island queen bed that holds ample easy access storage underneath.

There is a generous Master Ensuite head with a manual toilet, vanity & heated towel rack.

Port side forward of the master is a Utility Room which holds a good sized stand up Shower which is well sealed with fiberglass.
This room used to house a clothes washer which has been removed. This room could be used for many purposes.

The Engine Room is located aft of the master and under the aft cockpit. It contains tool and spare parts storage, a work bench, DC Generator and Main Engine.


The deck of this vessel is raw aluminum covered with silver deck paint. There are a good number of hand holds along with high 1 1/2" solid tube lifelines.
The large cockpit and generous decks provide easy mobility at sea. Immediately aft of bow is a deck access storage area where a spare sail is currently kept.
Aft of the forward deck storage is a hatch that brings one down inside a larger storage locker.

• 7 Dorade Ventilators

• Safety Rails at the base of the main mast

• Raw water deck washdown

• Walk through transom with steps down to the swim platform

• Welded aluminum davits integral and strong

• Welded cleats and stanchions

Ground Tackle:

• Double Anchor Roller

• Simpson Lawrence 3000lb Electric Windlass

• Main Anchor is a 180lb Custom Plow Anchor connected to 390' of 3/8" HT Chain

• Spare Anchors include a Custom Fishermans, Custom Danforth anchors & an 85 lb two piece spade anchor

• Built in raw water anchor rode sprayer/washdown on bowsprit

Sails & Rigging:


• Selden Aluminum Spars and Booms

• Mast steps to the top of the main mast and to the spreaders on the mizzen mast

• Built and installed professionally by Pro Tech of Vancouver, BC.

• Stainless Steel Wire shrouds with swagged fittings on upper ends and compression fittings on lower

• Masts are independently stayed (Not tied together)

• There are double wire forestays

• Insulated backstay for SSB/Ham Antenna

• Custom built jib furler on headsail

• Harken adjustable travelers on main and mizzen

• Garhauer blocks on mainsheet and fairleads

• Harken blocks on Mizzen

• 22' Aluminium Whisker Pole


• All winches are Andersen Self Tailing winches year 2000 and newer

• Two 62ST Sheet, Two 52ST Sheet, Three 28ST Halyard/Furling, Two 40ST Halyards, One 12ST Reefing

• 21' Aluminum Wisker Pole


• Main is full batten Dacron with three reefs, 499 ft2 (Good Condition)

• There is a full set of spare battens for the main

• Mizzen is full batten Dacron with one reef, 156 ft2 (Good Condition)

• Staysail is a hank on dacron, 304 ft2 (Good Condition)

• 100% Yankee Dacron with luff tape for furler, 605 ft2 (Very Good Condition)

• 110% Genoa/Yankee Dacron with luff tape for furler (Serviceable Condition)


This vessel is designed to be self sufficient with power being generated from Solar Panels, Main Engine and Generator.

Solar Panels:

• Nine 55 Watt Panels Mounted

• Two 35 Watt Panels Mounted

• Two 64 Watt Panels Mounted

• One 55 Watt Spare Panel

Power Generation:

• Diesel powered driving a 140 Amp DC alternator

• Engine Alternator 110 Amp DC


• Pro Watt 1500 Inverter/Charger

• Four 6 Volt Interstate house batteries 440AH

• One 12Volt Starting Battery

• Blue Seas electrical panels

• Galvanic Isolator

• 30 Amp Shore Power with cable

• Pulse battery conditioner


The engine room is located aft of the Master cabin and is accessed from a door in the master cabin or a deck hatch in the cockpit.
Engine is cooled by a closed sync cooling system that transfers the heat through the hull with no external plumbing.

• ISUZU 4BD1 Diesel Engine, Year 2000, 85hp, 4800 hrs

• Robust Hurth 630 V-Drive With 2:1 Reduction

• 1 1/2" Stainless Steel Prop Shaft with 19" x 13" 3 Blade Bronze Campbell Sailor


• Spare bronze 3 blade propeller

• Morse Controls

• Separate diesel engine powering a 140 Amp DC Alternator

• 16 GPH Water Maker driven from engine

• Large tool box in engine room

• Many spares for engine and systems aboard


This vessel was built by her owner in Dawson Creek during the period of 1995-2000. The

vessel was then transported to the West Coast where she was powered, rigged and launched in 2000.

The construction technique used is welded frames and stringers covered with aluminum sheathing.
This form of construction is very labor intensive but creates a very strong vessel.

• Frames are 3" aluminium on 26.5" centres

• Stringers are 1.5" aluminium on 9" centres

• Hull sheathing is 1/4" plate below waterline and 3/16" plate in all other areas

• Vessel has 5 partial bulkheads with two collision bulkheads in the forepeak

• Keels are internally ballasted with lead positioned low for the maximum effect

• Interior finishing is built of plywood

• Hull Liner is T&G Pne

• Headliner is T&G Yellow Cedar


• Three water tanks containing a total of 220 Gallons. The tanks are aluminium and are the following sizes. 85, 75, 60.

• Four fuel tanks making a total of 205 Gallons of Diesel. The tanks are aluminium and are the following sizes. 90, 90, 15, 10.

• Two holding tanks one 40 Gallon Aft. & one 60 Gallon forward.


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.



Year: 2000
Length: 53’

  • Weight

    43000 lbs

  • Price

    $225,000.00 CAD

  • Location

    Comox, British Columbia

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