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1990 Little Harbor 54

Annapolis, Maryland, United States


Introducing "Now Or Never", an extremely well-outfitted and maintained 1990 Little Harbor 54 built by the legendary designer, builder, and racer Ted Hood.  The current owner purchased the vessel in 2018 and it underwent an extensive refit ($195,000 spent) including a new engine, new sails, new furlers, new standing rigging, new running rigging, new bottom job including soda blasting/barrier coat and bottom paint.  New canvas including dodger, bimini, sail covers, rail covers, helm cover, toe rails.(all exposed exterior teak) . All exterior teak was sanded down to bare wood then 2 coats of Smith's two part epoxy added, then built up with 10 coats of Epiphanes high gloss varnish.

The Northern Lights 6kw generator was completely rebuilt as well making this boat reliable and ready to cruise around the world in style.  The owner's plans have now changed making this splendid yacht available

"Now or Never" is one of the few Little Harbor 54's that offer queen-sized centerline berths both fore and aft, plus a third cabin with upper and lower berths. She is exceptionally well-equipped and has been maintained to the highest possible standards.


Love That Yacht is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Eastport Yacht Sales.

Basic Boat Info

Price: $625,000
Boat Name: Now Or Never
Make: Little Harbor
Model: 54
Year: 1990
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Fiberglass


Length: 54 ft / 16.46 m
Length Overall: 54 ft / 16.46 m
Beam: 15 ft / 4.57 m


Heads Count: 2
Boat Class: Cutter

Additional Information


Builder: Little Harbor

Designer: Ted Hood


LOA: 54 feet

LWL: 43 feet

Beam: 15 feet

Displacement: 60000 lbs.

Cruising speed: 7.5knots

Max speed: 8.5knots


Fuel: 240 Gallons

Water: 250 Gallons


Year: 2020

Type: Inboard

Maker: Beta Marine Model: 105T

Fuel: Diesel

Power: 105.0 hp

Hours: Less than 50


Starting forward is a guest stateroom with a queen-sized centerline berth. At the foot of this berth is a seat and large hanging lockers. Aft to port is a head with separate stall shower. Moving aft to starboard is a second guest stateroom with upper and lower berths. Aft of the forward stateroom and guest stateroom is a generous main salon that can sleep three on a convertible double settee plus pilot berth. A round teak dining table has circular seating with upholstery. Custom cabinets for glasses and wine bottles are on the forward bulkhead. Aft of the main salon, to port, is an oversized chart/navigation station with built-in instruments, providing maximum visibility and ease of operation. The table is L-shaped, has a swivel chair and can double as an office. Aft to starboard along a passageway is the galley. The master stateroom, aft, has a centerline queen berth. Seating is on both sides of the berth along with his-&-hers hanging lockers. The ensuite head has a shower, sink with green marble countertop and vanity mirror.

General Interior Details:

The interior is finished in satin-varnished walnut and teak. The floorboards are freshly varnished teak and holly. The curved companionway steps are finished with a high-gloss non-skid surface. The cabin sole is built of separate, removable floorboards for access to tank tops, seacocks and machinery. Lock-in type handles are installed for each section. Construction is of solid 3/8 alternating teak and holly, laid over a lightweight core material. All exposed hull materials are lined with solid teak strips (ceilings). The overhead is divided into removable sections covered with off-white Formica panels and solid teak strips. Built-in hatch screens and blinds conveniently slide away when not in use. Hanging lockers are lined with western Red Cedar. All other lockers above seat level are lined with teak or Formica trimmed with teak.

Galley countertops are sandstone-colored Corian. Head countertops are green marble. Vertical surfaces in the galley and heads are off-white Formica with teak trim. Head floors are fiberglass with teak grates. The water and fuel tanks are below cabin sole level, allowing extensive storage under seats and furniture throughout the interior.

Bulkheads are built of marine-grade plywood, reinforced with FRP in the chainplate areas. All structural bulkheads are bonded to the hull and deck with FRP and Airex foam spacers. Floor beams are extruded FRP, interlocked and bonded to hull for rigid and durable support of cabin sole. FRP fuel and water tanks are integral to the hull for additional stiffness to hull laminate and to use the maximum amount of volume available. All tanks fully baffled with ample inspection ports, and water tanks are coated with clear gelcoat. Chainplates are 3/16 stainless flat bar weldments thru-bolted to reinforce FRP attached to hull.

Electrical System:

  • AC/DC distribution panel including alarms and gauges (2014)
  • 12 volt, 100 volt, 220 volt
  • 6 kw Northern Lights generator with sound shield fully rebuilt (2020)
  • Separate start batteries for engine and generator
  • (2) 12 volt, 220 amp batteries for bow thruster (new)
  • (6) 6 volt house, 180 amp gel cell batteries (new 2017)
  • (2) new start batteries (2017)
  • Sound insulation for engine room
  • Battery boxes
  • All interior wires are placed in cable trays
  • Shore power cable plus splitter (new 2020)
  • Four separate reverse-cycle air conditioning units, with separate controls for each cabin and the main salon
  • Lighting is provided by (30) overhead LED lights throughout the vessel, along with (13) Frigast LED reading lamps and (2) gimbaled lamps in the salon

Electronics and Navigation Equipment:

  • Raymarine digital radar and gps (2016), antenna placed on aft deck post
  • Raymarine 9 hybrid touch screen at helm (2016)
  • Raymarine 15 hybrid touch screen at nav station (2016)
  • KVH satellite phone and internet system (2016)
  • Raymarine ST 7002 autopilot (converted to hydraulic) with remote at navigation table
  • B&G sailing instruments with (1) Hydra 2000, (2) 20/20 b&g displays in cockpit and (1) analog wind display above companionway, (1) HS 2 repeater at nav table and (1) Hydra 330 repeater in aft cabin
  • VHF Icom ic-m604 / commander mic at helm
  • Backup Garmin740 s gps system

Audio/Visual Equipment:

  • Wifi antenna
  • Samsung 31 LCD tv in the aft cabin, with Samsung blueray dvd and Bose speakers
  • Samsung 23 LCD tv in main saloon
  • DVD player
  • New Bowers & Wilkins speakers in cockpit (2020)
  • Sirius weather radio
  • 3-zone Fusion music system with iPod dock with Bluetooth control (new 2016)

Engine/Mechanical Equipment:

  • Power is provided by a new Beta 105 T with less than 50 hours. (2020)
  • Wet exhaust system with water-lift type muffler, Kobelt single-lever shift and throttle controls
  • Engine start is via single 12-volt, 200 amp-hour battery, new (2017)
  • Emergency switch paralleling all house batteries to engine start batteries
  • Engine access is via removable side doors in the galley, aft passageway, aft cabin and head
  • Sound insulation for the engine room
  • Air conditioning in the forward and aft cabins - 4 zones total
  • Edson steering system cables replaced (2019)
  • A custom, bronze 18in rudder quadrant is connected to the pedestal with 7 x 19 ¼in SS wire cable
  • Wooden emergency tiller
  • New Spectra reverse-osmosis desalinization Water maker unit (2016)
  • Maxprop feathering propeller (Rebuilt 2019)
  • Side power bow thruster unit (new 2016)
  • New stainless steel engine and generator exhaust manifolds
  • AB aluminum 10 ft Dinghy with Tohatsu electric start 15hp outboard (2019)


New Seafrost 12v Refrigeration System (2019)


Deck Construction: The deck is painted in Aristo White Awlgrip (2009). The deck is one-piece molded FRP covered with laid teak and Divinycell H-80 foam core. In areas where deck equipment in installed, core is replaced with Divinycell H-200 high-density foam. Cockpit sides and coaming are solid fiberglass with mounted teak backrests. Deck flange is solid glass, approximately 3/8in thickness. The deck is bonded and bolted down with epoxy putty to the inboard angled hull flange with 5/16 in bolts on 8 in centers. Additional fastenings provided with teak toerail thru-bolted on 8 in centers. All deck hatch landings are molded-in FRP. Nine (9) Lexan hatches.

Deck Joiner Work:

Robust hand-laid teak decks and cockpit sole, bedded and fastened to deck; solid teak toe rail flared and tapered to match hull and fitted to mooring line chocks; solid teak Dorade boxes with Lexan tops and dovetail joints; teak eyebrow along cabin side and wrapped around front and back of cabin; teak handrails; solid teak cockpit backrests; solid teak-framed Lexan companionway hatch slides and teak/Lexan sliding companionway hatch with teak-faced FRP sprayhood to house instruments. Screen slides with varnished teak frames.

Deck Upgrades:

  • Ultra stainless steel 99 lb. anchor with all chain rode
  • All brightwork sanded down to bare wood with 11 coats of varnish (2019)
  • New cockpit cushions (2016)
  • New Dodger and Bimini and complete cockpit enclosure (2019)


Hull Construction: The hull is molded-in FRP from female molds with ¾ in Airex foam core for added strength and sound/thermal insulation. Airex core material eliminated in areas of sheerline, centerline, ballast, rudder post, hull ports and thru-hulls, with solid FRP lay-up in these areas. There is a painted fiberglass rubrail with stainless steel striker. The hull color is Majestic Blue Awlgrip, painted in 2009.

New Bottom Job:

The bottom was soda blasted and built up with two coats of barrier coat and multiple coats of Trinidad Bottom paint. (2020)

Centerboard :

The centerboard has a highly efficient foil shape and is filled with structural putty and lead ballast to provide negative buoyancy. Centerboard hoist via wire cable to winch on deck. the centerboard trunk is molded FRP. Centerboard configuration offers minimum draft of 6 ft with board up and maximum draft of 11 ft with board down.


Removed and reinstalled with all maintenance done by The Rigging Company in Annapolis. (2019)

Sails and Rigging:

New Mainsail - Hydranet 483 radial, in mast furling main, tri-radial construction (2019)

New Genoa - Hydranet 433 radial, 120% genoa, tri-radial construction (2019)

New Staysail - Dacron cross cut staysail (9oz) with rope luff, reef patches (2019)

New Harken Roller furler for Genoa (2019)

New Harken Roller Furler for Staysail (2019)


  • New Rod Standing Rigging (2019)
  • New Running Rigging (2019)
  • Conduit in mast with quick-connect wiring harness (2016)
  • Hood Stoway electric mast with double spreaders in mast new paint
  • Spinnaker pole repainted 2019

Cockpit features:

The main cockpit is large and functional, designed for easy exit each side without climbing over the coaming. A custom-designed molded FRP steering pedestal houses all engine instrumentation, sail handling functions for easy access by the  helmsman, as are all deck winches. There is a solid teak table with drop leaves installed ahead of the pedestal. Built-in coaming lockers outside of the cockpit for storage of lines etc. All sail-handling and electronic functions are located within easy reach of the helmsman, enabling one person to operate the boat.

Winches: (All Serviced 2019)

  • Merriman centerboard winch
  • (2) Barient 27 self tailing secondary winches
  • (2) Barient 32 electric 2-speed self tailing primary winches
  • (1) Barient 32 electric 2-speed self tailing mainsheet winch
  • (1) Barient 32 electric 2-speed self tailing outhaul winch
  • (3) Self tailing halyard winches on mast
  • Sailing winches are controlled by (8) Antal switches

2019 Refit Project For “Now Or Never” In Detail:

 During the winter of 2019, the following projects were completed on “Now Or Never”.  All work was done at the Bert Jabin Yacht Yard in Annapolis, and the specific contractors/service providers are listed by project.  The previous refit was performed in 2009 and a specific list of that can be found at below:

Rigging- all work performed by Jimmie at The Rigging Company

       •   All standing rigging was replaced with new BSI nitronic rod rigging. (2019)

  • The inner forestay was replaced with a harken roller furling and staysail for heavy weather conditions.
  • Main genoa roller furler replaced with a Harkin unit

       •.The mast (unstepped)/boom were stripped, hardware removed, and painted with Awlgrip in white.  

       • Running Rigging Replaced - all lines, halyards, sheets replaced with new Samson and New England ropes. (2019)

Mast Line Package Includes: (New 2019)

Main halyard - Endura braid 12 mm green - minimum strip back (no shackle)

Boom lift pendant - Amsteel 3/8" (splice to block) 

Boom lift control - rope Sta-Set 7/16" white (make 2:1) 

Genoa halyard -VPC 12 mm red (eye, no shackle) 

Spare genoa - VPC 12mm solid red (eye, snap shackle) 

Spinnaker halyard - Sta-Set 1⁄2 solid blue (snap shackle and ball) 

Stay sail halyard – VPC 11mm blue 

Stay sail sheet – Sta-Set 1/2 solid 

Genoa sheet – Sta-Set 5/8 white 

Genoa furling line - Endura braid 10mm black (strip back 50') 

Main outhaul - Endura braid 12mm solid blue (eye splice to reeving eye) 

Main sheet - warp speed 2 black 14mm 

Boom preventer control - nylon 1/2" solid red - Splice and whip boom preventer strops - Amsteel 1/4"


  • Main and Genoa replaced with Hydranet radial sails (483 on main, 433 on genoa) from Elvstrom at Chesapeake Sails in Annapolis (Chuck).  Added new staysail to new inner roller furling (heavy 9 oz. Dacron for strength.  All with Sunbella “Toast” UV protection


  • All exterior teak sanded down to bare wood.  Two coats of two-part Smith’s epoxy followed by ten coats of Epifanes high gloss varnish. Work performed by Garrett at Diversified Marines Services in Annapolis. This work took two months to complete, under cover during winter of 2019.

       •  All removable floorboards removed from inside the boat, sanded down with 220 grit and coated with two coats of two-part Epifanes polyurethane.

Canvas work-

  • New canvas covers made in Sunbella “Toast” for all exposed teak- rails, Dorade boxes, toe rails, cockpit seatbacks, wheel and cockpit table, rear swim ladder, foredeck pulpit seat, and all hatches.
  • All new Dodger, Bimini and side enclosures with Eisenglass


  • Engine brand new- Beta 105 T, ZF Transmission and new stuffing box.  Less than 50 hours

Refrigeration -

       • Removed existing system and replaced with new Seafrost 12v system and evaporator plates for efficiency and more consistent cooling temps.  Control panel added to board above navigation desk.  Original thermostats left in place in galley to preserve original look.

Winches -

            • All winches disassembled, inspected, cleaned and lubricated.

Water Tanks -

            • Fore and aft tanks emptied, inspected and cleaned.  Tank level senders calibrated, with one replaced that had failed.

Through Hulls -

            • All cleaned, inspected and lubricated

Raw Water Strainers-

            • All internals cleaned and inspected.


            • Replaced hose clamps at discharge, pump out pump, and siphon loop


            • Maxprop pulled and sent to factory for service/inspection and reinstalled

 2009 refit

A very detailed refit was also completed in 2009, including:

  • (8) new hull port lights
  • all new deck hatches
  • new side curtains
  • new Maxwell 3500 windlass (Rebuilt in 2020)
  • new spinlocks on mast in coach house
  • new Lewmar halyard winch on mast
  • (8) new Antal foot switches for electric winches
  • Topsides painted with new Awlgrip
  • Coach house and waterways, new Awlgrip
  • All stainless steel hardware removed and re-chromed or re-polished
  • Forepeak repainted
  • All wiring placed in wire trays
  • New plumbing to freshwater wash down
  • New ventilation fan/blower in forepeak
  • New hatch on forepeak
  • Lazarette repainted
  • New exhausts
  • New soundproofing on bulkhead
  • New H2o pressure accumulator tank
  • All transom thru hulls/exhausts re-chromed
  • New thru-hull fittings and strainers
  • AC rebuilt
  • All new hose clamps throughout
  • All winches rebuilt
  • Rudder repacked
  • New propane tanks
  • Toilets rebuilt
  • New expansion tank for toilet
  • Overhead lighting replaced
  • New soundproofing in engine room
  • New fresh water system
  • New 5,000 gph bilge pump
  • New gray water tank system
  • New battery boxes
  • New interior upholstery
  • Hydraulic Auto Pilot
  • New tank sensors
  • New 3,500 gph back-up bilge pump in salon
  • New pennant on centerboard

Remarks “NOW OR NEVER” is one of the few Little Harbor 54s offering queen-sized centerline berths both forward and aft, plus a third cabin with upper and lower berths. She is exceptionally well equipped and has been maintained to the highest possible standards. With her Stoway rig, bow thruster, electric winches and shoal draft, “NOW OR NEVER” is equally at home gunkholing or crossing oceans. She can be easily handled by one.

Personal items not included in the sale.


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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