1992 Tripp 55 Custom

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Class Sails
Category Racers and Cruisers
Year 1992
Make Tripp
Length 55'
Propulsion Type Single Inboard
Hull Material Composite
Fuel Type Diesel
Location Norfolk, VA
Aurora - Tripp 55

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Aurora - Tripp 55

As noted in an article from Sailing Anarchy

AURORA, built in 1992, is a racing machine that has done Transats, Fastnets, and Bermuda Races and taken home trophies for more than two decades. She was designed by naval architect Bill Tripp Jr and built by renowned Brooklin Boat Yard. The design brief was intended for extensive ocean racing without compromise to performance. She met and exceeded that goal as proven by her extensive racing record.

The current owner has taken this a step further, without compromise to her sailing characteristics, transforming Aurora into a cruiser/racer. In 2018 she had a minor refit by the builder, during that time they added an owners cabin forward, a new windlass, AC/heat, new electronics. The pipe-berths amidships have been replaced with comfortable seating although she can still sleep 9.  A new set of pulpits and stations have been added to the boat which are taller for added safety.

Having been built by the world-renowned Brooklin Boat Yard, which is extremely well known for their work with wood and especially for strong ocean-capable yachts, she benefits from composite construction with visible wood on the interior which makes it very quiet and good looking as well as very functional and comfortable. Her hull is cold molded, her decks are S-glass with foam core and she sports a carbon spar and rudder and is easily sailed by two people.



Designer: Bill Tripp

Builder: Brooklin Boat Yard


LOA: 55 ft 0 in

Beam: 15 ft 0 in

Maximum Draft: 10 ft 10 in

Displacement: 31000 lbs Dry Load



Open plan interior:

Starting forward is a collision bulkhead with chain locker & sail stowage. A second (and new) collision bulkhead was added recently. Moving aft is a large sail stowage area that has been modified to have a large berth off to port. This is removable if desired.  This makes this large space into a great owner cabin for cruising.  A small padded bench has been added to starboard.  It has a very big center-line opening hatch that lets in lots of light, but also makes it easy to get sails in and out.

Immediately aft to port is an enclosed head with wash basin & hand-held shower. Tool storage & wet gear locker opposite to starboard. 

Moving aft into the main salon, port forward is the galley. A large counter aft of the sinks has 2 leaves that lift up to enlarge the dining area/table. There are port and starboard settees (with new foam in 2018) in the main salon. Moving aft, opposite the companionway, port and starboard are 2 seats for donning wet gear etc. with bins behind. Opposite the navigation area port and starboard are 2 upper and lower pipe berths. All the way aft are 2 additional pipe berths and a third collision bulkhead.



Epoxy-coated cold-molded 3/8 cedar and meranti woods, with Airex foam core using balanced panel construction such that the inner skin and outer skins are the same thickness. S-Glass (approx. 20% stronger than E-glass) fiberglass skin on exterior of hull. Deck and house built with Divinycell foam core, with S-Glass fiberglass with West System Epoxy and vacuum bagged. Lead external keel bolted to aluminum-grid frame w/chain plates connected to frame.

Carbon fiber rudder & stock, 6 Fixed port holes in cabin trunk, 5 Opening ports in cockpit sides, Self-draining, shallow cockpit


Yanmar diesel Model: 4JH2 DTE 88 HP salt-water cooled diesel inboard with power take off (in process of being replaced) on front of engine that drives alternator & refr

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.
Contact Information

For Additional Information Contact Central Agent:

Kevin Dailey

Cell: 203-434-6060


Nominal Length
Length Overall
Max Draft
Engine Make Yanmar
Engine Model 4JH2 DTE
Total Power 88hp
Engine Type Single Inboard
Fuel Type Diesel
1992 Tripp 55 Custom


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