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1985 Little Harbor 53

Camden, Maine


Over $50,000 Price Reduction

Robin Hood, the personal yacht of Ted Hood for over 15 years, is now in Camden, Maine and ready for fulltime live aboard and extensive cruising.  This is a vessel that has undergone huge upgrades in excess of $1,000,000 over the last three years.  Including all new Raymarine electronics, new Yanmar engine, new rod rigging, painted mast and hull, all new cushions, dodger, bimini.  The list goes on and on.  The build quality, sea worthiness of the Little Harbors are well known and this owner has made sure all the systems and cosmetics have been professionally maintained and/or updated.

Schedule a showing today and be ready this spring to sail anywhere in comfort.


Stonington Yacht Sales is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Lyman-Morse Yacht Brokerage.

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: Robin Hood
Make: Little Harbor
Model: 53
Year: 1985
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Little Harbor Marine
Designer: Ted Hood
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: LHB53003H585
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Centerboard


Length: 53 ft / 16.15 m
Length Overall: 53'2 ft / 16.21 m
Waterline Length: 42'2 ft / 12.85 m
Beam: 15'1 ft / 4.60 m
Max Draft: 11'4 ft / 3.45 m
Min Draft: 5.5 ft
Displacement: 54,000 lb
Bridge Clearance: 72 ft / 21.95 m
Cabin Headroom: 6'7 ft / 2.01 m
Ballast: 18,000 lb
Electrical Circuit: 12 V
Single Berths: 4
Double Berths: 1
Cabins Count: 3

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Yanmar
  • Model: 4JH110
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 100hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze, Feathering
  • Year: 2018
  • Engine Hours: 560
  • Engine Location: Center
Cruising Speed: 7.7 kn
Maximum Speed: 8.4 kn


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 175 gal
Fuel Tank Material: GRP
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 310 gal
Water Tank Material: GRP
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 40 gal
Holding Tank Material: Plastic


Heads Count: 2
Drive Type: Direct
Windlass Type: Electric
Boat Class: Cruisers

Recent work, new equipment and upgrades

The full list of upgrades and improvements is very long.  Here are the highlights from the last three seasons making this vessel better in every aspect.

  • New Yanmar engine, shaft and aquadrive(2019)
  • New Northern Lights generator(2019)
  • New bow thruster
  • New Harken Jib furler
  • New Espar Heater
  • New aft custom seats
  • Mast rebuilt and painted
  • New Lewmar Windlass
  • New polished anchor and chain
  • New Bimini with sun screen
  • New Dodger
  • New fore-deck cushion
  • New rub rail
  • New(2018) Awlgrip hull
  • All new(2018) rod rigging
  • All new LED lights
  • Winches rebuilt in 2021

The hull was molded in FRP with 3/4" Airex foam core for added strength and sound/thermal insulation. The
centerboard is two-part female molded FRP with bronze protective shoe on leading edge and solid FRP around pin
area. The centerboard has a highly efficient foil shaped and is filled with structural putty and lead ballast to provide
negative buoyancy. Centerboard hoist via wire cable to winch on deck The balanced, high aspect spade rudder is
two part female molded FRP with 3 1/2" stainless steel rudder stock. Bulkheads are built of marine grade plywood,
reinforced with FRP in areas of chain plates. FRP fuel and water tanks integral to the hull, for additional stiffness to
hull laminate and to use the maximum amount of volume available.
Centerboard configuration offers a minimum draft of 5’-6” with board up and a maximum draft of 11’-4” with board

Topsides are flag blue Awlgrip with double white boot stripe, green bottom and gold leaf cove stripe. Cabin house is
white with light gray nonskid. Mast and boom are finished with Metallic Grey Awlgrip.


The deck is one-piece molded FRP with foam core for strength and stiffness. It is bonded and bolted down with
epoxy putty to the inboard angled hull flange with 5/16" bolts on 8" centers. All deck hatch landings are molded in
FRP. The propane locker is molded separately and ventilated with direct drain overboard.

Additional Features:

  • Stainless bow pulpit with port and starboard running lights
    Stainless stern pulpit with boarding gate
  • Stern light
  • 27" stainless stanchions and double lifelines with side gates
  • Stainless stem head fitting with twin anchor rollers and well-rounded, built in chocks
  • Stainless stern and spring line chocks flush with toe rail
  • (6) Stainless mooring cleats
  • Stainless chain plates
  • Stainless steering wheel with varnished teak rim
  • Stainless genoa tracks with reference numbers stamped on top
  • Stainless opening portholes with screens (16)
  • Stainless deck hatches (11)
  • Stainless cowl vents (9)
  • Custom stainless turning blocks and deck blocks
  • New Lewmar stainless steel capstan 12-volt anchor windlass
  • Hand-laid teak side decks and cockpit sole, ½" minimum thickness, bedded and fastened to deck
  • Varnished teak toe rail, teak dorade boxes, teak drip rail, teak handrails, cockpit backrests and cockpit table
    with drop leaves

ROBINHOOD sleeps 8 in 3 private staterooms, with 2 heads and 2 stall showers. There are 2 additional berths in the Main Salon.

Forward Sail and Storage Area:

Starting forward, there is a large walk-in forepeak with tool storage and sail storage, accessible from on deck and below. There is also a shower with a teak grate. Next aft are identical private heads and guest cabins, each side with upper/lower berths, all with 5" thick mattresses and lee cloths. Each cabin has a hanging locker, several drawers, and numerous lockers.

Main Salon

The spacious main salon features a wrap around settee and dining table to starboard that provides a communal environment for family and friends and includes a centerline bar/storage and separate refrigerator. A second full length settee is to port to provide additional sea-berth or overflow seating. Here and throughout, ROBIN HOOD has an abundance of hatches and opening portholes to create a light and airy feeling. Six topside windows further enhance the visibility and open feeling while seated.


Aft of the salon and to starboard is a practical sea-going galley, with twin stainless steel sinks, microwave oven, 3-burner  propane stove, full height refrigerator, with vertical door and top loading deep freeze. Formica countertops.

Nav. Station

Opposite on the port side is a fully functioning nav. station with custom electrical panels inboard, aft of the companionway.

Owner's Cabin and Head

Dual passageways from the nav. station or galley, lead to the Owner's cabin, which features a double berth to starboard, and a single berth to port. ( 5" thick with lee cloths) There is a private head and shower.

Engine and Generator

In 2018/2019 Robin Hood was repowered with a brand new Yanmar 4JH11X1.  This engine complies with US and CE emission regulations. During the repower the shaft and Aquadrive were replaced. 

The vessel was also upgraded with a Northern Lights 9 kW genset, including electrocoil.


Electronics & Navigation

Robin Hood was upgraded to all new Raymarine electronics package in 2020.

  • Raymarine E120 radar/GPS/chartplotter displays at nav. station and in cockpit (2017)
  • Raymarine autopilot
  • Raymarine VHF with remote hailer.
  • Raymarine sailing instruments
  • Icom VHF handheld
  • Classic Ritchie compass at helm in chrome housing
  • Toshiba flat screen TV and DVD player in main salon
  • New Fusion stereo wifi and Bluetooth ready with Bose speakers
  • (2018) Northern Lights 9 kW Generator PX-309K2, 240/120 Volt
  • 12 volt electrical system.
  • (2019) 8 heavy-duty six volt house batteries in
    series/parallel, with a total capacity of 1000 amp hours. 
  • Two independent 200 amp-hour batteries are dedicated to engine and generator starting.
  • House batteries are charged by a 135-amp engine alternator and the engine battery is charged by a 55-amp alternator.
  • Alternatively, all batteries may be charged by a 12-volt, 100-amp automatic battery charger run off the
    generator or shore power.

  • The yacht's AC electrical is 110 volt/60 cycles.
  • AC power is supplied by two 50-amp shore power inlets. AC power is also supplied by a 2800 watt DC Heart Interface power inverter/charger or by the generator.
  • AC functions include water heater, battery charger, refrigeration, electrical outlets, air conditioning,
    microwave oven, etc.
  • There are two main switch panels located inboard of the nav. station.

Other features include:

  • Running lights
  • Masthead light
  • Steaming/flood light
  • Spreader lights
  • Compass light
  • Fluorescent lights in heads and galley 
  • Chart table goose neck light
  • Forepeak, lazarette and engine room lights
  • Night vision lights throughout interior
  • Indirect lighting in main saloon with dimmers
  • Variable speed fans in cabins
  • GFIC waterproof AC outlets in heads and galley
  • Waterproof 12 volt outlet at the steering pedestal
  • Copper screening fiber-glassed into hull for radio antenna ground

The main cockpit is large and functional, designed for easy exit each side without climbing over coaming. The
steering pedestal houses all engine instrumentation, sail handling functions and sailing instruments for easy access
by helmsman, as are all deck winches.

  • Ritchie 6" compass installed on the steering pedestal
  • Built-in lockers for storage of rope tails outside of cockpit
  • Closed-cell foam cockpit cushions with backrests
Rigging and Sails and Winches


  • Hood Sto-Mast.  Painted aluminum with two spreader configuration
  • Hood aluminum painted boom
  • (2019) Rod rigging replace by Antigua Rigging
  • Harken Jib furler


  • 2000 Doyle in mast furling main
  • 2001 North Sail 130% Genoa
  • Cruising Spinnaker


  • Barient 32 electric self-tailing primaries
  • Barient 32 electric self-tailing mainsheet and outhaul
  • Barient 28 self-tailing secondary winches
  • (3) Barient 22 halyard winches on mast
Safety Gear
  • Revere Coastal Commander Liferaft: 6 person, next inspection 5/23
  • Switlik MOM 8-A
  • ARC AquaLink Personal Locator Beacon
  • 9 Type I offshore adult PFDs
  • 8 Type II nearshore PFDs
  • 2 Type IV horseshoe buoys
  • 2 Handheld air horns
  • Flare Kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • 3 size II fire extinguishers and 2 Size I fire extinguishers
  • Search light
Other Equipment
  • Rubrail with stainless striker
  • Espar diesel cabin heater
  • Marine-air air conditioning with multiple zones
  • Varnished teak outboard mount
  • Hot/cold shower in flush stern locker
  • Custom fold-down stern ladder with stainless frame and teak steps
  • Exhaust fan for galley
  • (6) Marguard tinted Lexan topside windows
  • Radar reflector, mounted on mast
  • 75 lb. Stainless Steel Bruce anchor with 275' chain
  • 60 lb. CQR anchor w/rode and chain
  • Engine, generator, pump and head spare parts
  • (4) Large fenders with covers
  • (6) Dock lines
  • Fender board
  • Bosun's chair
  • Barbecue
  • Custom dodger with roll-up front
  • Bimini with window over helmsman and storage boot

ROBIN HOOD is a great example of Ted Hood's popular Little Harbor 53 series. Her unique hull design features
generous beam and displacement to provide exceptional living and storage space as well as remarkable stability
and sea kindliness offshore. Her low wetted surface hull is also easily driven in light wind by a high-aspect sail plan.
Upwind performance is enhanced by a deep, efficient centerboard that increases draft to 11'4" when lowered. Most
unique of all is the cockpit design, which allows one person to handle all sail controls without leaving the helm while
ROBIN HOOD was previously Ted Hood’s personal yacht “Robin”. 

  • Personal effects
  • Art
  • Tools
  • Back up electronics

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.

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