1988 Brewer Custom

£ 115,414
Punta Gorda, FL
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Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
Punta Gorda, FL
Hull Material:
Current Price:
US$ 149,000 (£ 115,414) 

"SV Iron Mistress" is offered for sale by her current and only owners.... During their tenure, she has extensively cruised, including a full circumnavigation which begun and closed in Florida USA. "SV Iron Mistress" truly represents what you would expect of a cruising classic that has been constructed, sailed and maintained with exceptional pride of ownership. She is a proven thoroughbred bluewater workhorse.
On reviewing these specifications and inventory, and examining the accompanying photographs, a well informed buyer will understand the knowedge, commitment and passion which has been applierd to this vessel by her first and only owner. "SV Iron Mistress's" interior boasts a beautiful solid wood finish (gloss varnish highlights on most of the trim) with an appropriate balance of white painted surfaces to add an air of lightness which creates a larger sense of space.
During her many offshore passages "SV Iron Mistress" has routinely shouldered heavy seas and high winds, and has always delivered her owners in absolute safety through it all. Her design performance pedigree is unquestioned with many sistership circumnavigations and significant ocean crossings literally all over the world. A lot of yachts on the market are described as being "must see" and "immaculate". Navigating through the advertising superlatives on yacht brokerage websites becomes a tiresome exercise, as the reality of seeing the real thing up close rarely matches expectations. However, "SV Iron Mistress" is truly the most beautifully maintained steel cruising yachts we have ever had the privilege to represent. This will be evident in the accompanying pictures, and reinforced the moment you step aboard. "SV Iron Mistress" is a custom Ted Brewer 45' cutter with radius chined steel hull and deck built by Mooney Marine of Deltaville, Va. The boat interior was then completed in New England by professional wooden boat builder, Paul Rollins of York Maine. "SV Iron Mistress" was documented and launched in June 1988. Each year she was hauled out in September, 'winterized' and stored on the hardstand, and then re-launched in June ther following year. After 10 years of summer cruising, "SV Iron Mistress" was stored on the hardstand in 1999 in preparation for a circumnavigation. During this time she underwent her first extensive refit which was completed in 2003. At that time everything was replaced or refurbished to original specs. She then embarked on her circumnavigation. After a leisurely crossing of the Pacific, a second refit and upgrade was completed in New Zealand in 2006, part way through this circumnavigation. This included a new custom boom and gooseneck, new deck paint and nonskid and a dodger for the companionway. The main sail was re-cut by Doyle with a new Doyle Stack Pack. After sailing continuing on her cruise and closing her voyage in Florida, her third refit was started in 2008. This was an extensive refit from lasting from 2008 to 2012. This refit included new 316L stainless steel standing rigging installed in 2012, with new Sta Lock terminals, The bottom was sandblasted and new Devoe 236 barrier coat applied. Then new Awlgrip on the entire boat including the mast and boom. New dodger, new binnacle cover, new cushions, and most all new running rigging. The entire interior was repainted and re-varnished. The bilges redone with Devoe 236. The Yanmar 4JHE naturally aspirated fresh water cooled diesel engine was installed new in 2003, and later removed, cleaned and refurbished in 2009. All new Rolls deep cycle batteries were installed in 2012. New holding tank, and new plumbing installed. All seacocks were removed and rebuilt. New Edison throttle controls and vessel rewiring were carried out in 2012. Current engine hours are 4200. Engine is in excellent condition


Two double berths and 3 single berths.

Decending the companionway, the galley is positioned on the portside, and further forward is the dinette with comfortable leather bench seating on both sides which convert into additional berths. Forward again, the master suite is in the V berth with hanging locker, drawers and shelves and a custom Hand Craft Mattress. The enclosed head is aft and starboard of the V berth with the stainless steel sink, manual toilet and hand-held shower. The Nav station is to starboard, aft of the dinette and opposite the galley, with a desk and seating. Further aft and to starboard is a generous storage compartment, and opposite, there is an aft quarter berth on the port side. There is an Espar diesel heater for central heating. Her interior is fitted out in the classic fashion with solid wood and highlights of white painted panels, and Teak & holly cabin sole, refinished 2011. The timbers selected being primarily New Hampshire ash and red oak, which creates an extremely light and spacious feeling to her accommodations.


The galley is to port with Corian solid surface countertops, Sea Frost refrigerator and freezer system with 110 V shore assist as well as engine. Broadwater 4 burner LP stove with oven. Hot and cold pressure water, and plenty of bench space for food preparation and ample storage for consumables and cooking utensils, pots and pans.

Ground tackle:

Delta 55 LB, mounted on bow, CQR 35, mounted on bow, Paul Luke 70Lb storm anchor, Bruce 33 Lb anchor with 300 ft of re-galvanized (12/11) 3/8 High tensile chain. 50 ft of high tensile chain and 300 feet of 3/4 nylon rode secondary, and 300 feet of one inch dacron rode for parachute anchor, 2x 300 feet of 3/4 nylon rode for storm anchor.

Safety Gear:

"SV Iron Mistress" is fitted with viewing dome allowing observation of external conditions and course during extreme weather, from the safety and security of the main saloon. She is equipped with Signals, Navigation lights and Hand held air horn, Both USCG mandated placards (Oil & Garbage) are properly posted. A properly documented waste management plan is in compliance with USCG regulations for vessels over 39'4" (12M). Three hand held USCG approved portable fire extinguishers located at nav station, a USCG approved Halon 1301 automatic fire extinguisher is located: in the engine compartment. 3 x LP fume detectors, 2 x CO2 detectors, ACR Satellite 406, Class 2, manually deployable, Alden Marine Satellite 406, Class 2, manually deployable. Storm anchor with deploy line, Man overboard pole with light.


D. C. Voltage system: Custom designed floating ground DC 12 volt system. All electronics and electrical loads go to a negative buss bar in a central location. Charles isolation transformer that eliminates electrolysis via shorepower.
3 sets of new 5/18/2012 Rolls -12HHG325 8D Batteries with Hydrocaps. One set, located in main salon under port settee in battery box with cover and secured. Two sets are located in the aft starboard lazarettein battery boxes with covers and secured. There are three functional battery selector switches,
Battery monitor: Switched analog gauge to test battery condition, Charging system: Balmar 210 amp series 94 large case alternator, Balmar 130 amp small case alternator, each is controlled with the Balmar 612 smart regulator. All alternators have isolated ground.
Air Marine wind generator with Ferris Wind Generator controller. There are three functional battery selector switches. Battery monitor: Switched analog gauge to test battery condition.
Charging system: Balmar 210 amp series 94 large case alternator, Balmar 130 amp small case alternator, each is controlled with the Balmar 612 smart regulator. All alternators have isolated ground
Air Marine wind generator with Ferris Wind Generator controller.
All D. C. Circuits are adequately protected by 300 amp Blue Sea inline fuses.
12 volt Ocean and Frigast lighting stainless steel cabin lights throughout the vessel. Six Hella 12V turbofan Cabin fans.
110VAc: 30 Amp - 120 Volt system. Shore Power: provide by Marinco 30 AMP shore power inlet. GFCI equipped 110V outlets have been installed in all wet locations.
Heart Interface Freedom Model 20.
Charles Power Marine Isolation Transformer, 120-240 volts, 50/60 Hz.

Electronics and Navigation:

At the below decks Nav station there is a Raytheon RL70 radar, Raytheon 398 GPS and ICOM HF Marine ICM 802 single
side band radio, Standard Horizon Quest VHF. At the helm a Raytheon autopilot, Raymarine RL70 LCD radar, Raytheon tri data, with a cockpit RAM mic and a C Plath Venus compass mounted on a reinforced stainless steel binnacle. Weems & Plath, Clock and Barometer.

Bose Stereo System with Bluetooth and USB port.

Sail Inventory:

Genoa is a Doyle Dacron sail with Profurl with single furler line. Staysail is a Doyle Dacron with Profurl with single furler line. Mainsail is fully battened with Harken Batcar system. Sail is by Doyle, 10 oz dacron with three reefing points. There is a spare main stored in sail bag off the vessel. There is a spare Genoa stored in a sail bag located off the vessel, There is a storm staysail located in sail bag stored off the vessel, There is a spare staysail located in sail bag stored
off the vessel, There is a tri sail located in sail bag stored off the vessel. There is a 3/4 oz Asymmetrical multi colored spinnaker, made by Anson Sailmakers with a spinnaker sally.

Sail Inventory:

"SV Iron Mistress" is a masthead cutter rig with Profurl furlers on both the genoa and staysail. Her mast has double spreaders with stainless steel foot pegs for going aloft. She has five Bomar deck hatches, three stainless steel dorades, custom-built bowsprit made of 4 inch diameter welded stainless steel, a Lighthouse anchor windlass, stainless steel radar tower, and a Fleming Major wind vane self steering system. She has five self tailing two-speed winches for line handling. Running rigging was completely new in 2012. She has lazy jacks, Doyle Stack Pack, and Harken bat cars for the main sail with a Walder boom brake. She has a spinnaker pole and a asymmetrical spinnaker. Her keel stepped mast was newly painted in 2012 with Awlgrip primers and then with Awlgrip top coat. All stays and shrouds are 316L stainless steel wire, new in 2012.

Deck Gear:

Bimini with custom reinforced 316L stainless steel frame support. Dodger with custom 1 1/2 inch diameter 316L stainless steel frame support. All canvas is in very good condition. Custom Lexan observation dome for steering from inside in exteme conditions. Mainsheet is a Black Magic fiddle blocks system. Deck winches are Two- Enkes #28 Two speed, self tailing, and One - Enkes #20 Two speed, self tailing. Cabin top winches are One- Lewmar #44. Two speed, self tailing and Two -Enkes #20. Two speed winches. Mast mounted winches are One stainless steel Anderson winch for spinnaker pole positioning and Two 18, and one 14- Enkes two speed self tailing winches for halyards and reefing.
Custom Edison/Whitlock rack and pinion steering system with Whitlock wheel.
Dinghy Motor Lift in Stainless steel mounted on stern.
Force10 propane BBQ grill for rail mounting.

One observation for serious cruisers is that her hull interior above the waterline is polyeurethane spray insulated, which, in addition to her Espar diesel heating system means that she remains toasty and warm in the higher latitudes. Freshly antifouled late 2016, and currently (December 2016) on hardstand, so viewing her out of the water allows you to see the quality of her build and continued high standard of maintenance.

If you would like to own a finely tuned mid-sized steel cruising yacht with a proven track record of ocean crossing passages that shows like a classic concourse showroom vehicle, "SV Iron Mistress" should be at the very at the top of your list! Getting on board to see for yourself is the only convincing you will need. The care and attention to all systems is impressive. Redundancy and reliability are essential for long range cruisers. When you study the photos and review the equipment installed you will better comprehend just how well equipped she is. "SV Iron Mistress" is priced extremely competitively, especially when you consider your purchase price buys you a complete yacht, ready to go. This type of turnkey value is often misunderstood by buyers who are attracted by a low asking price, and do not fully understand the total cost commitment of add ons, fixes and repairs that add up after the sale. "SV Iron Mistress" has safely ventured many thousands of miles and is a boat you can own quickly with no need to go straight to a ship yard to begin an extensive project work list that by the time you are done will push you way over your budget... Like so many other steel cruising boats listed for sale. To consider the purchase of a vessel like a "SV Iron Mistress" which can literally take you anywhere in the world, there are three key "life ingredients" that must come into alignment - time, health and money. Continuing the passion, and creating new memories and staying on the move, are the the best ways for a boat of this pedigree to be maintained fresh and ever ready. "SV Iron Mistress" represents a unique and exceptional opportunity - an open book just looking for you to start writing the next chapter... Current owner may consider by mutual agreement, delivering the vessel to her new owner's home port. "SV Iron Mistress" is being offered with a very comprehensive documented history, build and refurbishment photos, upgrades and maintenance records, and operators manuals. So, for more detailed information and construction documentation, recent Hull Sonar Survey, and comprehensive Marine Survey, please contact the owner's representative Peter Devers on cellphone +61419760258, or peter@ yachtdomain. Com

Florida Contact:

Robert Brown IronMistrs@aol.com US Cell Phone:  +1. 941 258 8009

Australian contact:

Peter Devers peter@yachtdomain.com +61. 419 760.258


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