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DeFever 53 Great Northern


DeFever 53


Great Northern

St. Helens OR

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Great Northern is a beautiful DeFever 53 that has lived in a covered boat house on fresh water near Portland, Oregon for the last few years. Her owners purchased her in California and have diligently restored her to excellent condition. She continues to be used actively and is often out on the Pacific fishing.

Great Northern is one of the finest DeFever’s on the market and it is hard to imagine that you would need to spend much money on projects after purchase. She is a 1986 DeFever 53 POC (Performance Offshore Cruiser) and has spent the majority of her last ten years in the Pacific Northwest. Her current owners have taken her on long range trips south to Ensenada, Mexico and north to British Columbia, Canada. Under previous ownership she spent time in Florida. She has been put on the market so that her sellers can attend to other interests.

This is a gorgeous coastal cruising machine that has been exceptionally cared for with many major re-modeling and replacements to keep her looking and showing like a much younger boat. She is the space efficient three stateroom layout, very well equipped to cruise off the grid and capable of long distance non-stop coastal passages. Nearly every system has been upgraded and she has cruised extensively throughout her career receiving regular exercising which is one reason she is in such remarkable condition. Great Northern represents an excellent opportunity where you can buy a spacious DeFever that is extremely well outfitted for an impressively low price. Great Northern boasts all of the comforts you would want in a live aboard and is truly at home in the Pacific Northwest.

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BRAND AND MODEL: DeFever 53 POC – Performance Offshore Cruiser- Flush Deck Motor Yacht
TYPE: Long range coastal cruiser – Flush deck with fly bridge
PRICE: $329,000.00
LOCATION: St. Helens, OR – inside boat house
HULL COLOR: Matterhorn White – Awlgrip – 2011, Aristo Blue stripe
REGISTRY: United States Coast Guard documented # 915895
DESIGNER: Arthur DeFever
BUILDER: Sen Koh Shipbuilding – Taiwan
HULL MATERIAL: Fiberglass hull with Divinycell sandwich cored construction
DISPLACEMENT: 55,000 lbs. / 24.94 MT
TONNAGE: 58 Gross, 46 Net
RANGE: 800 miles @ 10 knots
SPEED: Cruise 10.0, Top 12.0 knots
LOA: 52’8” /16.07 M
BEAM: 16’6” / 5.03 M
DRAFT: 4’10” / 1.48 M
AIR DRAFT: 20’0″ / 6.09 M with radar support hinged down (est.)
MAIN ENGINE: (S) Caterpillar / model #3208 / 375 HP (Main hours: ~315) Turbo charged and after cooled
MAIN ENGINE: (P) Caterpillar / model #3208 / 375 HP (Main hours: ~440) Turbo charged and after cooled
Engines rebuilt: Starboard in 2007, Port = 2008 (orig approx. 6500 hours each)
EXHAUST: Wet exhaust
THRUSTERS: Wesmar 12″ dual prop -24V bow thruster
STABILIZATION: Naiad 252 – 6′ active fins
ELECTRICAL: 60 Hertz – US style
GENERATOR 1: Onan 17 kW (Generator hours: 1100) installed 2003
GENERATOR 2: Onan 9 kW (Generator hours: 350) in service 2011
INVERTER: Magnum MagnaSine MS2812 – charger and inverter installed 2012
BATTERIES: East Penn AGM – all replaced May, 2015
WATER MAKER: Plumbed for one, original was removed
CLIMATE CONTROL: Cruisair Air conditioning in MSR only /Dickinson Atlantic Diesel range
WINDLASS: Maxwell Nilsson V3000 12V electric
CRANE: Local made Taiwan – 120V AC – 500 lb. lifting capacity
TENDER AND OUTBOARD: Achilles 3.5M DLX RIB (11’) – 2013 with Mercury 9.9 HP four stroke outboard
NAV/COM: Extensive, primarily Furuno, Simrad and ICOM
ENTERTAINMENT: 2 flat screen TV’s with build in DVD (saloon and master) Jensen stereo with CD
STATEROOMS: (3) Master aft, two Guest cabins forward
HEADS: (3) Vacuflush electric freshwater heads with Sealand pumps
SHOWERS: (3) one in each head
LAUNDRY: Splendide 7100XC Combo – installed 2011
GALLEY COOKING: Kenmore Pro propane 4 burner stove with convection oven
REFRIGERATION: Seafreeze custom refrigerator/freezer installed 2009
INTERIOR WOOD: Varnished teak bulkheads with complimenting white commercial grade wall coverings
INTERIOR STONE: Granite counters in galley and heads
INTERIOR FLOORING: Teak and spruce, with tile surrounds in heads
TANKAGE: (approx.)
FUEL: 800 gallons / 3,028.3 L (four tanks mild steel – forward out of service)
HOLDING BLACK: 65 gallons / 246 L (one fiberglass tank)
FRESH WATER: 400 gallons / 1,514.1 L (two tanks stainless steel)
Note: All information is believed accurate, but should be verified.

Defever 53 - Great Northern Upper Deck

Upper Deck

Defever 53 - Great Northern Lower Deck

Lower Deck

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