Brian Boru | Bristol 51' 1987

Annapolis, MD

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Bernie Jakits & Kate Christensen

Hi, I'm Bernie Jakits. After 20 years of owning and running a successful brokerage in Annapolis, my partner Kate Christensen and I have merged our company with David Walters Yachts. We are happy and excited to be a part of something bigger and continue to live our passion that started long ago. When I was an engineer in the aerospace industry I had lots of time to read every sailboat review and follow every development in the industry. I dreamed of one day owning a distinctly different brokerage firm and it all came true when in 1997 I started RogueWave Yacht Sales It came out of a passion for the sea and love for the beautiful vessels that sail on her. My vision was to create a new kind of brokerage dedicated to honesty and integrity and desire to help people be successful and achieve their bluewater sailing vision. Kate Christensen joined me in 2001 to share that vision and bring her talents and expertise in business and marketing as well as her passion for sailing her Bristol Channel Cutter. Over 20 years, we built an incredible brokerage and consulting firm specializing in ocean going vessels and live aboard cruising sailboats. We have advised and guided over 800 Clients worldwide from as far away as Hong Kong, Brazil, Australia, Europe and everywhere between, so that they too can also achieve their dream of owning and cruising with a capable bluewater vessel to find and reach their own horizons. We have the experience and expertise required to really help people.

For over 45 years, I have sailed, delivered and worked on hundreds of different types of vessels. Representing many clients, I have sailed in the North Sea to Med, across the Atlantic, and in the South China Sea and the, Pacific, the Caribbean Islands and also both Coasts of the USA. Having owned and maintained over 3 million dollars worth of sailing vessels, I have vast experience with incredible sailing vessels from the Hallberg Rassy 53 or a Valiant 40 & 42, a Norseman 447, a PSC34, and a BCC28. I've sailed to many foreign ports and also lived aboard while raising a family. Kate and I have had the opportunity to have incredible sailing adventures aboard our boats from the amazing Bristol Channel Cutter to the Hallberg Rassy 53 and finally our Valiant 42 that we built new in 2008 when we were Valiant Dealers in Annapolis. We have sailed far and lived aboard; we have led the Caribbean 1500 to the Bahamas. We have raced to Bermuda. We have delivered boats from the North Sea to the Med and from Guatemala to Annapolis and of course from the Caribbean to Annapolis many times. Through that experience we can help cruising couples make the right decisions. I have decommissioned and shipped many vessels and put them back together again, for myself and also for our clients. I have upgraded each vessel we owned installing every system imaginable, and maintaining every boat properly. I have taught and advised clients so that they themselves will have a pleasant and rewarding experience. Being a fellow boat owner and having personally experienced both sides of being a buyer and a seller, I understand your concerns.

With these many years of experience I have come to know and appreciate what a truly high caliber blue water sailing yachts is and should be. As a licensed & bonded professional yacht broker, please give me the pleasure of helping you define your requirements and help choose your next passage making/offshore capable sailing or power yacht. My experience is gained from having had a 100 Ton USCG Master License, being a Captain on several ocean races, having been a Marine Surveyor, and of course my background as an MSME Mechanical Engineer. And most important of all, I have sailed over 100,000 offshore miles, on my own boats and delivering countless boats for client to about everywhere.

Now as the RogueWave Division of David Walters Yachts, Kate and I carry on the RogueWave traditions as Your Choice for Bluewater Boats! We continue to specialize in the bluewater boats we love; the vessels of quality, style, and substance. We are skilled in understanding the unique requirements of each individual to find them the right boat. Our mantra of Honesty, Integrity, Love for our Ocean, and Appreciation for the Beautiful Vessels that Sail on Her, remain the passions that we share with all of you. Sailing isn't a hobby to us, it's a lifestyle. And we remain your choice for bluewater boats.

We are very proud to be part of the unique and talented team of David Walters Yachts as the RogueWave Division in Annapolis MD the sailing capitol of the world. Please feel to reach out to me, anytime, I'm always available 24/7 on my cell 443-742-1792.

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Yacht Name: Brian Boru
Builder: Bristol
Model: 51
Year: 1987
Location: Annapolis, MD
Designer: Dieter Empacher
Hull Material: Fiberglass



The Bristol 51.1 center cockpit is a certainly a beautiful classic yacht with lovely graceful lines and powerful high bow equal to the most beautiful yachts ever built. The Bristol 51.1 is sought after for her brilliant family friendly interior layout. With three private cabins and two full heads you have all the space you need for family cruising. With the owner’s private aft cabin and ensuite head you have wonderful needed privacy. The family or guest quarters forward offer a large V berth that has two single berths port and starboard or which makes a huge double berth. The third cabin has upper/lower berths which are perfect for kids. The forward head is complete with a shower so you have comfortable family cruising. While the sailing performance is excellent the in-mast furling Stoaway mainsail and Harken furling genoa ensure the boat can be single-handed or comfortably sailed by a couple. The bow thruster (marriage saver) is good insurance around the dock for any fifty foot yacht. The keel centerboard design provides for comfortable great cruising in the Chesapeake, Bahamas, Florida and the Keys. With the board up the draft is only 5 foot 3 inches enabling you to get into all the creeks on the Chesapeake and sail all over the Bahamas. The Bristol 51.1 is a real ocean going yacht that will turn heads in New England and with the centerboard down (10 foot draft) you have the windward performance you long for. A classic Dieter Empacher design gives you a heavy displacement for comfortable motion and security with the sail area to give her cruise worthy performance. It’s hard to find a family cruiser with sailor pleasing performance and good looks, but the Bristol 51.1 is a classic you will love.

Bristol Yachts is one of the finest New England boat builders that made American yacht building famous for the most beautiful and luxurious vessels to grace the seas. She was built in the best of boat building times! She is a built extremely well the way boats are supposed to be built of solid fiberglass, real wood, with real mahogany furniture tabbed to the hull sides. The joinery is of the highest quality far above anything you see today, but when you see it, you know it is Bristol Yacht quality! Be sure to read the full specs and also the Review by Robert Perry.

Especially our lovely Bristol “Brian Boru” for she is no ordinary Bristol 51.1. She has served her family very well for over 15 years cruising the East Coast and Bahamas extensively. Brian Boru has served her family well. She has in turn received treatment that only the finest and most loved vessels get. Over the past few years, Brian Boru has received consistent maintenance to keep everything up the snuff.

Here are the highlights of recent upgrades:

  • New Fuel tanks in 2013

  • New thru hull fittings

  • New Awlgrip paint job 2018

  • New batteries 2018

  • New Sails - Mainsail 2010 and Genoa in 2009

  • New Simrad Chart Plotter 2014

  • Masts and booms pulled inspected sanded and Awlgripped 2007

  • Rigging inspection and upgrades 2015

  • New Dodger, Bimini and canvas 2016

  • New Apex dinghy and outboard

  • New AC Unit (one of two) 2017

  • And so many amenities including

  • New Custom mattresses

  • Titled bathrooms and showers

Brian Boru now in Annapolis and she will be in the David Walters Yachts Blue Water Boat Show in October. She is one of those really special vessels and it is evident immediately. You will not be disappointed in any way. And her owner wants her sold now as evidenced by the recent price reduction!


Length: 51'
Beam: 15' 8
Draft: 5' 3
Power: 100hp