High Flight III is a very rare find in a semi-custom build 53 Pilothouse with impressive build quality by one of the industries few remaining family owned and operated yacht builders. Gozzard Yachts of Canada is well known for building yachts of exceptional quality and traditional styling. From her solid teak and basswood soles (not veneer over plywood) to her cherry cabinetry, this 53 Gozzard may very well be the finest cruising boat of her style on the market today.
High Flight III is an ideal long-range cruiser with her 1184 fuel capacity, shallow 4'4" draft, 17 kts cruise and stabilized. Other features include bow and stern thrusters, 400 gpd watermaker, folding arch, etc. At 10-11 knots her range is 1000 NM and of course, slower speeds extend this range considerably. Please read on for the full spec details and more photos.
All photos are actual shots of High Flight III
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Number of double berths: 1
Number of cabins: 2
Number of heads: 2
Electrical Circuit: 240V
High Flight III is a beautiful two stateroom pilothouse motoryacht that is arguably the most desirable design for shorthanded cruisers. The generous cockpit, wide full walk-arounds, Portuguese bow and port and starboard pilothouse doors make easy work of handling lines.
Boarding High Flight III from any dock is very convenient and safe with both port and starboard high boarding gates forward, lower gates aft and transom door from the molded swim deck. All five of these solid gates open inward for obvious safety purposes but also to avoid damage from pilings.
Stepping in from the cockpit through a wide sliding door, is the salon. Large ultra-leather dinette with clever custom hi-lo table is to port, while two swivel chairs in the same material are to starboard. New (2011) bound edge carpets protects the high gloss teak and bass sole throughout the boat.
The modern, well equipped galley is just forward and open to the salon.
A few steps up lead you to the pilothouse. A convenient settee with table (that converts to sleeping berth) is to port. Steps leading to the fly-bridge are to starboard. Twin ultra-leather high back helm and navigator seats provide comfort on long voyages.
A curved stairway on the starboard side leads you down to the two private cabins. The Washer and Dryer is located in this landing area. The VIP stateroom with its private en-suite head and shower is located forward, while the Master Cabin features the same with an island queen berth.
On the aft bulkhead of the master stateroom is the entrance to an equipment room. This area is ideal for equipment that is better housed in an area away from the heat of an engine room. This room is also convenient in that it insulates the sounds from engine room from the forward sleeping cabins. Engine room access is gained though this area and the lazarette as well.
High Flight III is generously equipped with the finest electronic systems. A Raymarine E120 (2009) is mounted at the lower helm that feeds both the neighboring and flybridge 15" Nauticomp monitors. Nobeltec Navigation software shown on these same screens provides comforting redundancy. Radar updated to digital in 2009. Cummins electronic displays monitor the engines vital signs, such as pressures, temperatures, fuel burn, hours, etc. Bow and stern thrusters
Twin adjustable helm and navigator seats. Port and starboard pilothouse doors. Settee table cleverly folds down converting into sleeping quarters. White Ultra Leather is very durable and compliments the cherry cabinetry and teak flooring.
Wide steps lead from the pilothouse to the fully enclosed bridge. Steps also lead down from the pilothouse to a common area that adjoins the Master and VIP staterooms, as well as the day-head and laundry area.
RaytheonE120 Digital Radar/Chart Plotter/Depth (2009)
RaytheonST 60 Wind- wind speed and angle
Raytheon ST 60 Tridata- speed, depth, temperature
Spectra MFC 3000 Remote Control Panel for 400 gpd watermaker
Raytheon ST 6000 Autopilot Control
Meritron Monitoring System and bridging bus - NMEA 183 & 2000 - N2K compatible
Wesmar SR 600 Stabilizers
Mathers 785 CE Electronic Engine Controls with hand held remote
Side Power Bow Thruster SP155TC. (11 hp)
Side Power Stern Thruster (8hp)
Remote Panel for 12kW Westerbeke Generator in sound shield
Raymarine 215 VHF Radio
New Mar 10 Station Intercom System
Autohelm Type 400 Autopilot with Fluxgate compass
Weems and Plath Pump Cycle counter Compass
Guest Remote Spot/Flood Light Control
VDO Blue Line Premium Gauges
Maxwell Windlass Up/Down Control
Wema Electric Fuel Gauges for 6 tanks
Textra Pilot House Window Covers
KVH satellite TV
Sea-Tel model 2498 Wave Call Maritime Voice and Data System
Nauticomp Infinity Series 15" Color LCD Monitor
Bimini top with full enclosure
Mathers Electronic Engine Controls
Nauticomp Infinity Series 15" Color LCD
Side Power Bow and Stern Thruster controls
Raytheon ST 60 Tridata
Raytheon ST 60 Rudder Angle Indicator
Raytheon ST 6000+Autopilot Control
RAY 215 VHF Second Station Kit
RL70C Color Repeater
Maxwell Windlass Control
Guest Remote Spot/Flood Light
New Mar Intercom System
U-Line Ice Maker
Nova Cool 12 VDC Refrigerator
Stainless Steel Force 10 Propane Grill
FPR Molded Wet Bar with Stainless sink
The Master Stateroom is located amidships and features a large island berth positioned athwart ships. Several hanging lockers and plenty of drawers provide storage. Private master head is to Starboard with stall shower. Hull ports on both sides provide cross ventilation.
A full size door located on the aft master stateroom leads to an area that includes fuel filters and manifolds, transfer pumps, battery banks and inverter/chargers. Being forward of the engine room, this area insulates the master stateroom from engine room sounds.
The Guest Stateroom is forward and features a large V-berth. This configuration was chosen over the Island queen to allow delivery crew to not be intimately involved. Private access to guest head. with stall shower.
Port and starboard hanging lockers, under berth drawer as well as large cabinet at forward bulkhead provide plenty of storage. Two overhead hatches and side ports, all with insect screens, allow natural ventilation
Note that the side ports in both owner's and guest showers can be left in the open position for continuous ventilation while boat is unattended. While I've never seen weather enter through these ports, water would drain into the shower and be shipped overboard.
The large hatch in the guest SR sole is hinged with gas opener, allowing wide-open bilge access with no chance of falling and damaging crew or vessel.
Hull and Deck
Gozzard takes extreme pride in their superior construction methods and materials used in their vessels. Please visit Gozzard's website (Gozzard(dot)com) for an in-depth view of their design philosophy and very specific build details. The casual boater may assume that this is just fancy technical speak for everyday yacht construction, but don't be mistaken...the methods, material and workmanship used by Gozzard far exceed her competitors.
High Flight III's Awlgrip blue hull was repainted in 2009.
High Flight III's electronic Cummins engines are coupled to Evolution Marine Shaft System which is comprised of a stainless steel shaft running inside of a SS oil filled tube with flexible joints and needle bearings on each side. The result is a very low friction system that removes thrust from the engine motor mounts, thus dramatically reducing shaft related vibrations. While there are other systems that use the same BASIC concept, Evolution Drive's engineering is far superior and as a result, costing over three times more!
Twin Cummins 480C-E (480 hp each)
ZF Transmission model 280-A (2.0:1)
EVOLUTION Diveshaft system
Walker Air Seps
4 Blade Nibral Michigan Propellers (with spares in lazarette)
Westerbeke 12 KW Generator with Sound Shield - 360 hours
Side Power Bow (11 hp) and Stern Thrusters (8 hp) with dedicated batteries
Bennett Trim Tabs and Indicators
Forespar Marlon ball type seacocks
High Water Bilge Alarm with optional 3700 gph forward pump
7" Vetus Exhaust Fan
Aluminum Diamond Plate Flooring
Aqualine model 10-185 Marine Regulators
4 zones of MarineAir reverse cycle air conditioning. Two 16,000 and two 9000 btu zones
Spectra Watermaker (400 gpd)
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