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1983 Bristol 45.5

  • 45 ft
  • Belfast, ME, US

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  • 1983 Bristol 45.5
  • 1983 Bristol 45.5
  • 1983 Bristol 45.5
  • 1983 Bristol 45.5
  • 1983 Bristol 45.5
  • 1983 Bristol 45.5
  • 1983 Bristol 45.5
  • 1983 Bristol 45.5
  • 1983 Bristol 45.5
  • 1983 Bristol 45.5


     "Outstanding! Within Bristol 45.5's long easy lines (with fine entry for good upwind performance) is packed a wealth of carefully planned and executed features. These features reflect the vast experience and attention to detail of both Ted Hood's design staff and Bristol Yachts' craftsmen..." ~ Bristol 45.5 brochure

     Respite is a well maintained and regularly updated version of the Bristol 45.5 CC. Yard maintained by Johanson Boatworks, this yacht has benefited from a knowledgeable owner, short New England sailing seasons and Maine craftsmen. Clean and well maintained her next owners will take advantage of this proven classic yacht with upgraded systems.


Basic Information

Belfast, ME, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
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Dimensions & Weight

45 ft - 13.72 meter
45 ft - 13.72 meter
13 ft 3 in - 4.04 meter
Draft - max:
11 ft - 3.35 meter
Bridge Clearance:
65 ft - 19.81 meter
Dry Weight:
34660 lbs


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Direct Drive
Fuel Type:
70 (Individual), 70 (combined)
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Fuel Tank:
135 gallons - 4 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
140 gallons - 3 tank(s)
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Respite's History


     Every boat has a story. And it is that story which differentiates one boat from another as it reveals the character and quality of the vessel and its owners. The story of this boat begins with a well thought out and innovative design by Ted Hood and Dieter Empacher. They set out to design and build a well built safe versatile cruising sailboat that had generous accommodation, was easily handled, and with a turn of speed not usually found on a heavy displacement boat. And they did this so successfully that their Bristol's set a standard that spawned many imitators.

     The story of Respite begins with its original owner who ordered the boat to be highly upgraded and customized for extensive cruising in a variety of climates and places. He added to the standard boat a long list of extras to ready the boat for his use. Among them a larger engine, larger primary and secondary winches, outboard Genoa track, higher and wider toe rails, push pit boarding ladder, electric stove, extra cleats, teak rub rail, a washer and dryer, Hood main electric furling, additional dorades and extra sails. The entire list included over forty items. The electronics that were then added were the state of the art in the pre-digital world. Bountifully equipped, it took its owners in speed and comfort anywhere they wished. That they did for twelve years until a new owner appeared.

     The new owner came with a new agenda – to improve and update all of the boats systems and bring it to up to date while improving its level of quality. For this he chose the Burr Brothers yard in Marion MA. So the work began – among it was stainless steel Hood ports and hatches that replaced the older aluminum ones – a bow thruster was added – fuel and water tanks were replaced as needed – a holding tank system was installed – all the head fixtures were replaced – new cushion covers – new sails – new dorades – new traveler –new stove – washer and dryer eliminated -a fantastic awlgrip job – new electronics – a built in PC – rebuilding of furling and windlass motors and a new anchor chain, among others. The yacht was elevated to a condition that far surpassed its peers and other high end boats of a similar vintage. After a few years of low usage the owner, not an experienced sailor, decided that he preferred a power boat and put the boat up for sale.

     In 1996 the current owners, an architect couple with boating and marine design experience, began a search for a boat to meet their cruising aspirations for their forthcoming retirement. They were prior owners of a Hinckley and a LeComte and began searching for a new boat to be based in Camden Maine. They scrutinized Hinckley's, Little Harbors, Alden's, and Sequins. They saw both the good and bad in each but none that balanced accommodation, ease of handling, simplicity of maintenance, and sailing ability as well as the Bristol. After looking at numerous 45.5’s and 47’s they found what now is Respite. The boat was priced at the top of its market but its genuine value well exceeded those of the competing Bristol's. It was not a difficult decision.

     And so began 22 years of joyful and rewarding voyaging, occasionally going south, but mostly on the Maine coast, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Destinations as St Andrews, the St John River, and Halifax were common. The trips were easily handled by two people but often taken with friends and family. With company on board, the benefits of two private staterooms cannot be overstated. Be it the joy of on a sunny day reaching through Mt Desert Island to Roque, or cutting through days of pea soup fogs armed with the best equipment, Respite has proven it can do it all.

     There is an important reason that the boat consistently does so well. Each season the boat is stored, usually indoors, only at quality boatyards as Wayfarer Marine or Johanson Boatworks. Each year it is inspected and whatever has to be done to keep the boat in fine condition is done. At the same time Respite has been continuously upgraded and improved, as can be seen in the detailed listing and the comments from a recent survey. For those seriously interested in this boat, available is the two year old survey, recent yard bills, and access to talk with the maintaining yard and its knowledgeable mechanics.


Deck and Deck Hardware


     “Molded, laminated decks fiberglass with Balsa coring. There are deck drains teed to (2) 1 1/2” bronze sea cocks. The cockpit is integral with the deck and has (2) 1 ½” bronze sea cocks for scuppers.” Survey for owner by Joseph Lobley, AMS October 2016

     Respites two-tone decks with jack-lines are clean and open allowing movement around the boat to be easy and safe. Starting from the bow and moving aft the deck hardware includes:

     Fore Deck

  • Stainless steel bow pulpit
  • Stainless steel stem fitting with single anchor roller and port and starboard bow chocks
  • Bright teak high toe-rail
  • Bow cleats port and starboard
  • Stainless steel deck striker plate
  • Stainless steel chain lock
  • Anchor chain hawse pipe
  • Pressurized salt-water deck wash down
  • Spare anchor chain hawse pipe
  • Vertically mounted Ideal windlass with up/down foot-switches
  • Stainless steel stanchions with upper/lower coated twisted stainless steel life-lines


  • Teak Spinnaker pole deck fittings on port weather deck
  • Twin midships cleats port and starboard
  • Stainless steel mid-ships chocks port and starboard
  • Inboard sail sheet track port and starboard
  • Outboard sail sheet track mounted on toe-rails port and starboard
  • Mid-ships lifeline gates port and starboard
  • Fresh water and diesel in fills


  • (6) Hood stainless steel opening port-lights port and starboard
  • (2) Fixed port lights port and starboard
  • Bright teak brow port a and starboard coach-roof sides
  • Bright teak hand rails port and starboard
  • (3) Hood stainless-steel framed forward opening deck hatches
  • Bright teak dorade boxes with chrome cowls port and starboard
  • Stainless steel line guards over dorade boxes port and starboard
  • Life-raft cradle


  • Molded integral cockpit coaming with bright teak cap-rail
  • Stainless steel dodger frame with dodger (see Soft Goods)
  • Custom dodger extension with extended side curtains
  • Outlet for autopilot slave control
  • Outlet for VHF slave control
  • Stainless steel cockpit bimini frame with bimini and storage boot(see Soft Goods)
  • Cockpit storage cubbies port and starboard with bright teak trim
  • Cockpit cushions (see Soft Goods)
  • Winches on coaming and coach-roof (see Rigging)
  • Suite of electronics above companionway and on binnacle (see Electronics)
  • Edson binnacle with built-in compass
  • Stainless steel hand-rail on binnacle
  • Stainless steel helm with elk-skin cover
  • Custom bright teak electronics pods on binnacle
  • Dual control throttle on binnacle
  • Electric jib furling hand held control
  • Electric main furling controls
  • Custom bright teak fold-down cockpit table
  • Raw teak cock pit grate sole

     Aft Cockpit

  • (3) Hood stainless steel forward opening deck hatches, (2)aft deck hatches access aft lazarettes
  • Main sheet traveler aft of cockpit coaming
  • Bright teak dorade boxes with chrome cowls port and starboard
  • Stainless steel push pit
  • Twin fender holders port and starboard
  • Life sling mounted on push pit
  • Horseshoe throw on push pit
  • Man-overboard pole
  • Outboard motor lift mounted on push pit
  • Bright teak outboard motor mount
  • Stern cleats port and starboard
  • Stainless steel chocks port and starboard
  • Emergency tiller through-deck fitting




     Respite was constructed with hand layup process with alternating layers of fiberglass mat and woven roving for her hull. The ballast is lead, internally cast. The centerboard is molded fiberglass and not integral to the ships ballast. The centerboard to is secured by a bronze pin through a fiberglass pipe. The centerboard is deployed/retrieved with a stainless-steel twisted wire that is controlled with a Merriman deck-mounted winch on the coach-roof. The rudder is of molded fiberglass construction molded around a bronze stock with welded plates bearing on the hull, the top of the stock itself and an ample skeg that provides protection for the rudder and the propeller.  

     Respite also features:


  • Awlgripped flag blue topsides
  • Awlgripped double white boot stripe
  • Gold cove stripe
  • Stainless rub-rail below toe-rail
  • Folding stainless steel swim/boarding ladder with teak treads on transom

     Below Waterline

  • Black Interlux Micron 66 ablative bottom paint
  • Vetus bow thruster in molded tunnel
  • 3-Blade feathering Maxiprop bronze prop with cone zinc
  • Stainless steel rope cutter
  • Zinc bonding plate




  • Thurston main-sail
  • Harding main-sail
  • (2) Harding 135% Genoa
  • Thurston 100% jib
  • Hood MPS with ATM dousing system
  • Thurston storm jib





  • Hood Stow-Away painted aluminum mast with built in electric mainsail furler
  • Hood painted aluminum boom
  • Stainless steel wire standing rigging with Navtec turnbuckles and covers


  • Braided halyards
  • Braided sheets
  • Soft boom vang
  • Main sheet traveler
  • Gear driven telescoping whisker-pole with on mast stowage
  • (2) Spinlocks on mast



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