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Going the distance ... 


Classic ocean cruising design

The Bluewater 56 incorporates traditional features in a very well thought out and comfortable sailing yacht for long offshore passage-making. Offering excellent engineering and build quality.


The German Frers designed 56 high standard specification sets this offshore cruising yacht apart from most others in the market.  It includes a monolithic Twaron/carbon hull, laid up with alternate layers of fibreglass, all using vinylester resins.  Theres a collision bulkhead forward of the main cabin, plus watertight stern compartments.  Further examples of top quality materials that point to a serious passage-making yacht include tinned wiring, solid bronze through hull fittings, three individual bilge pump systems that allow a blocked filter to be bypassed with the flick of a couple of valves.

Key Features

  • Twaron hull, a carbon aramid fiber with alternating FRP glass lay up. Vacuum infused Hull Lay-up with Cored Hull from Waterline up.

  • Lines by renowned yacht designer - German Frers: weather beating performance and superior handling

  • Moderate displacement: dampened motion and offshore comfort

  • High Righting Moment: upwind performance

  • Large tanks centered over the keel: 275 gallons water, 280 gallons fuel

  • Long bulb lead keel held on with 16 keel bolts with stainless backing plates across each pair. Deep bilge sump

  • Airy saloon. Traditional or contemporary interior

  • Large, deep, and safe cockpit, offering comfort and safety for long offshore passages.

  • Watertight bulkhead 7 feet from bow: collision safety

  • Double Headstay Rig: BOC inspired for safety, performance, and versatility

  • Large Foredeck sail/stowage locker: keep wet gear away from living spaces

  • Dedicated liferaft stowage: easy deployment, out of the way, off the deck

  • Large stowage capacity: All gear stowed safely in its place




L.O.A. :  56'4''  (17.17 m)
D.W.L. : 50'5''  (15.24 m)
Beam : 15''10''  (4.57 m)
Draft :  7'4'' / 6'4''  (2.13 m / 1.82 m )
Displacement :  50,200 lbs  (22,770 kg)
Ballast :  20,000 lbs  (9162 kg )
Water : 275 US gallons (1041 litres)
Fuel : 280 US gallons  (1060 litres)
Sail Area : 1821 sq ft  (159 sq m ) *
Engine : Yanmar 150 hp 110 kW
Mast above water :  73'6''   (22.25 m )
Designer : German Frers
* with 135% Genoa


USA Specification - can also be built to EU certification with CE certification and RCD conformity.

Hull & Deck

  • Twaron hull, a carbon aramid fber with alternating FRP glass lay up handlaid with no
    core and using vinylester resins and Isophthlic Gel-coat

  • Three coats of bottom paint

  • Watertight collision bulkhead forward of forward cabin

  • Watertight Stern sections across aft lazarettes and stern locker

  • Divided Anchor Locker with separate locker for fenders and docklines

  • Large Aft Stern lazarettes, port and starboard with dual Bailey latches for watertight seal

  • Stern Garage with dedicated Rule Auto bilge pump with manual over ride in cockpit

  • Very large step down sail locker with deck hatch access. 5’ deep and 4’ long

  • Solid Lead Keel with solid 40mm stainless steel keel bolts with transverse mounted 13mm backing plates

  • Partially skegged rudder for optimal performance, strength and protection

  • Bottom of rudder plane in each model above the keel plane for grounding safety

  • Solid GRP fberglass in all areas of deck for deck fttings and stress area

  • Molded contrasting non skid available in two in linen beige or whisper gray

  • Solid stainless stern head ftting with split bow roller with stowage for 55lb Delta and 55lb Rocna or Spade anchor

  • Solid Stainless striker plates for bow protection

  • Salt-water washdown pump for anchor washdown

  • Two pair of stainless steel 12” bow cleats, pair of 12” midship cleats and one pair of 12” stern cleats

  • 32” high stanchions 1” in diameter with double lifelines

  • Side Boarding ladder with port and starboard side mounting brackets

  • Mainship 316 stainless overhead hatches and ports throughout

  • Winch Inventory:
    Primary Winches: Antal XT66’s (2ea)
    Secondary Winches: Antal XT52 ‘s (2ea)
    Mainsheet Winch: Antal XT48 (1ea)
    Cockpit Winch: Antal XT48 (1ea)
    Halyard Winches: Antal XT48’s (2ea)

  • Harken Stand up Staysail Blocks

  • Teak Handrails on foredeck coach roof and aft coachroof

  • Stainless steel companionway handrails

  • Stainless coach roof handrails

  • Hollywood pedestal that fts chart plotter and instruments

  • Ritchie 5” Compass

  • Solid Teak varnished cockpit table

  • Solid stainless Cowl Vents, 4 Total. One pair forward and one pair aft

  • Stainless protective stern plate

  • Freshwater hot and cold shower on stern platform

  • Stainless stern swim ladder

  • Inner Forestay Chainplate for optional inner forestay

Ground Tackle

  • RC12 Maxwell Nilsson windlass with chain feed and stainless steel plate for chain protection with bow controls and remoter cockpit windlass controls

  • Primary anchor, 88lb galvanized Rocna 40

  • Secondary anchor, 55lb galvanized Delta

  • Primary anchor and tackle: 300’ system 40-3/8” galvanized Hi tensile chain

  • Secondary anchor and tackle: 50’ system 40-3/8” Hi tensile chain and 300’ of 5/8” anchor rode

  • Four dock lines, 2 x 35’ x 5/8” premium braid, 2 x 40’ x 5/8” premium braid

Sailing Hardware

  • Selden anodized aluminum mast with triple spreader rig

  • Stainless wiring standing rigging with Sta-lock Mechanical fttings. No swage fttings at deck

  • Forward and aft lowers for rig stability with individual chain plates

  • Discontinuous rigging for optimal strength and increased hardware

  • Furlex Roller Furling Forestay

  • Doyle sails including Mainsail and 135% genoa

  • Primary and secondary Main Halyard

  • Primary and secondary Genoa Halyard

  • Halyard Bales on forward dorades


  • Yanmar 4JH150 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine with cockpit controls and complete alarm system

  • Morse single lever control system to protect against high RPM gear shifting

  • Dual Racor fuel fltration system allowing independent flter and bypass system

  • Walborough In line fuel pump allowing engine bypass for fltration and eliminates the need for future engine bleeding in the case of a dry fuel tank

  • Oil change pump built in as standard

  • All wire is tinned, no copper wiring except some electronics

  • All thru hull fttings are solid bronze and all bonded

  • Six AGM 8D House batteries, 1,350 amp/hr total, All batteries boxed and secured

  • AGM Engine starting battery, 210 amp

  • All batteries are isolated with a built in reverse isolation switch

  • Primary High Output 130A Alternator dedicated to house bank

  • Dedicated 60A Alternator for Engine Battery

  • Fire retardant engine room sound insulation

  • All batteries self contained, strapped and secured

  • Fire retardant engine room sound insulation

  • Shore power connection; 50/amp 125/250V

  • Mastervolt 100 amp built in battery charger

  • Navigation lights: running lights masthead anchor; tricolor steaming light and foredeck light

  • Raymarine depth sounder, speed log and wind speed indicator

  • Three independent bilges pump systems

  • Solid Drive steering system in lieu of chain and cable design


  • 275 Gallons of Total Fuel Tankage in four independent tanks

  • 280 Gallons of Total Water Tankage in four independent tanks

  • Options available to increase and/or change balance of total and type of tankage

  • All tanks have easy access for inspection with dipsticks, threaded inspection port and larger inspection

  • Port for interior inspection and cleaning

  • Two independent Shurflow freshwater pump systems

  • Third manual freshwater pump, foot activated for freshwater accessed in the galley

  • All tankage for water and fuel is 316L stainless steel for best corrosion resistance

  • Two independent holding tanks, one dedicated to each head

  • 20 gallon hot water heater heated via engine driven system or AC supply

  • All through hull fittings are bronze with seacocks or valves and bonded


Bluewater Yachts offers its owners a unique opportunity to customize their interiors to a level that very few builders allow.

  • Customized Cherry interior

  • Solid teak soles laid on sub flooring with epoxy urethane coating and 7 layers of varnish

  • Cherry doors and trim

  • Finely fnished cabinetry with a choice of solid or louvered fnish

  • Solid cherry handrails throughout the interior for easy movement offshore

  • Abundant overhead hatches and ports for excellent ventilation

  • Epoxy sealed endgrains and subflooring

  • All cabin sole pieces are positive locking for offshore passage making

  • All cabinets are fnished throughout including complete interiors

  • All overhead headliner is easily removed


  • Solid Cherry dinette with removable leaf for smaller table size. Dinette drops downeasily to create a full double berth

  • Full length starboard settee pulls out an additional 9” for a wide sea berth

  • All tankage in main salon is located below the sole allowing extensive storage under seating areas and behind the dinette and settee

  • Double walk through passageway offering optimal ventilation and movement throughout the interior

  •  Two folding stools become footrests or cocktail tables

  • Maximum Headroom just under 7’


  • Galley is over 10.5’ in length with a walk through to the aft cabin offering total safety with room to brace on either tack while offshore

  • Ample cabinets, storage lockers and drawers including full length pantry for cutlery, cookware, and food storage

  • Slide out trash container with positive locking door

  • Force 10 three burner stove with propane monitor and 2 propane sensors

  • 12v Freezer/Refrigeration with thermostatic controls and temperature gauges

  • Both boxes have electric pumps for keeping drained

  • Freezer/refrigeration boxes are both top and front loading

  • Counter top recesses over stove allowing for stainless steel backsplash and increased counter space when in place

  • Manual foot pumps for fresh water

Navigation Station

  • Full L shaped nav station with two desk areas and adjustable swivel chair

  • Dedicated computer desk with slide out computer shelf

  • Split instrument panel for access to wiring harness and connections

  • All instruments and systems well labeled inside and out and traced numerically

Forward Cabin

  • Centerline Berth with Lifting Top

  • Split cabinet doors or Two rows of drawers underneath berth with two separate isolated storage bins

  • Starboard and portside hanging lockers with removable shelves

  • Cabinets above the berth for added storage

  • Separate enclosed shower stall

  • 39 gallon dedicated holding tank with dual “Y” valve systems for direct over board, deck pump

  • Out and direct pump out of holding tank overboard

Aft Cabin

  • Queen size Aft Berth set centerline with split mattress and accompanying starboard side settee

  • Port and Starboard side hanging lockers with optional removable shelves

  • Full length deep hanging locker centerline

  • Portside vanity with fold up mirror and drawer with three separate cabinets

  • Cabinet or drawers available under owners berth

  • Separate owners shower stall

  • Large dedicated linen closet also used for washer/dryer location

  • 42 gallon dedicated holding tank with dual “Y” valve systems for direct overboard, deck pump

  • Out and direct pump out of holding tank overboard

Portside Cabin

  • Portside cabin offers the versatility to be a private double stateroom, an upper and lower berth for crew’s quarters and the option of redesigning into storage area, workbench area, and utility area with room to spare for a washer/dryer, stainless workbench and numerous options

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