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POWER BOAT GUIDE DECRIPITION:
During the mid 1980s, the market demand for increased speed led Arthur DeFever to design several “Performance Offshore Cruiser” models of which the flush deck 53 POC proved the most popular. Where most previous DeFever yachts were built on low-speed displacement hulls, the 53 POC rides on a semi-displacement hull capable of cruising speeds in the 12 to 14-knot range. The galley-up teak interior of the DeFever 53 is arranged with the salon, pilothouse, and aft deck all on a single level. A breakfast bar separates the U-shaped galley from the salon and a staircase opposite the salon settee offers private access to the 53’s full-beam owner’s stateroom with its walkaround queen bed and Ensuite head. In the pilothouse, hinged deck doors access both port and starboard side decks, and a 9-foot settee doubles as a watch berth. In this layout, the VIP guest stateroom (with Ensuite head) is amidships rather than forward. The second guest stateroom with V-berths and private access to the day head is forward. The engine room has standing headroom. Cat 375hp diesels cruise at 12 knots. A total of 68 were built by Sen Koh Shipbuilding in Taiwan
"APRIL FOOLS” has a lovely covered aft deck which one crosses to access the custom interior of lovely, matched teak wood through double doors. You will find a very bright and airy main salon with plenty of large windows with great visibility. Immediately to the starboard side you will find a very useful bar. A wine cooler is located under the counter and the easy access to the aft deck entertaining. The private entrance down to the master suite and engine room is also located to starboard. Across the large salon to port is wrap around seating with newly made custom cushions and couch arms at each end and storage underneath. There is a small table for dining located to starboard. Forward of the well-planned galley with full sized appliances (stove with oven, microwave and refrigerator) one enters into the pilothouse. In the pilothouse, one will find the lower helm with a great bench seat for guests to participate in the joy of navigation. The pilothouse has a full electronic complement. Down the forward companion way, you will find yourself in the guest quarters which consists of 2 suites. If you choose to go up the internal stairs, you will find yourself on a massive fly bridge complete with a dance floor.
The main salon has a variety of places to sit and read or to enjoy the Samsung flat screen TV (2021). The large side and aft windows have custom night/day blinds. The teak and holly sole sets off the warm teak wood of the cabinetry. Truly your home away from home.
Beautiful teak interior with the galley forward open to the main saloon. Outstanding live aboard with storage & hanging lockers galore. Drawer space is well thought out in every cabin and the galley. Teak & Holly cabin soles throughout. Bar and counter tops were newly installed in 2018. Wine cooler installed under bar (2018). New settee Ultra-Leather cushions and teak arm supports were installed in the salon settee (2021). Pilot house has newly installed Ultra-Leather seat cushions. Port and starboard doors were removed and refaced and reinstalled in 2021
The galley has newly installed Meganite countertops (2018) with tons of storage cabinets with drawers located above and below the countertops. Your seagoing chef will appreciate the open workspace as well as the large stainless-steel sink located under the port side windows featuring custom window shades.
The 22 cubic foot side by side full sized stainless steel double door Kenmore Elite refrigerator freezer (2018) complements the 5 burner Kenmore Elite oven / stove (2018), with overhead GE microwave (2018). Your chef will be able to place gourmet creations on the breakfast bar to the delight of your crew while aboard
The master suite is a very wonderful getaway from the rest of your guests and even family members. A lovely teak companionway with handmade railing leads down to the master suite. directly from the main saloon. Descending the staircase from the salon to the master stateroom. Located aft, the master stateroom features a queen berth with a high-quality mattress and mirrored headboard. Custom nightstands, with recent new swing-arm reading lights, are on either side of the head of the berth. A color Smart Insigna TV (2021) is located above the starboard-hanging locker. New Side Power Stern Thruster (installed 2022, Xantrex True-Charge 2 20 amp and 4 batteries, GRP 34 AGM marine batteries underneath the master berth.) Normally hanging lockers were restricted to the starboard side of this stateroom, but to accommodate additional storage, the settee to port, which is seldom used on these yachts, was replaced with a large matching teak cabinet with excellent storage and vanity forward. Custom window treatments and large opening ports (all portlights re-bedded 2019) provide a lot of natural light. The air conditioning system was upgraded with digital controls. The ensuite head (newly replaced SeaLand master Flush 2018) offers additional storage lockers built-in and a very large shower stall with custom seat
MID-SHIP VIP CABIN:
There are 2 guest staterooms accessed from the staircase on the starboard side of the wheelhouse. The VIP stateroom is just ahead of amidships underneath the wheelhouse and has a walkaround queen berth athwartships. There is a mirrored headboard, a nightstand, reading lights, full height hanging locker and custom window treatments. There is a large custom vanity with angled mirrors and lighting above. Additional storage is available in a four-drawer storage cabinet, as you enter the stateroom. The ensuite head (newly installed SeaLand Master Flush 2018) has storage cabinets, opening port with window treatments, Corian countertop and a large shower with seating and upgraded shower sump system
Moving forward of the VIP cabin, is the guest stateroom or crew quarters or office serves a multi-purpose offering V-berths above a significant amount of drawer storage forward. This stateroom has a large opening hatch overhead for natural light or to provide ventilation. As you enter the stateroom, there is a vanity to starboard with overhead cabinet storage. Just forward of this vanity is a computer desk with a diagonally positioned shelf above. To port, there is a hanging locker and a large built-in file-type teak cabinet with storage shelf above. This stateroom also boasts its own ensuite (newly installed SeaLand Master Flush 2018) head with opening port, storage areas, large shower and the upgraded shower sump system
The traditional pilothouse offers port and starboard doors, with custom upper screens, to access the wide side decks. Large windows provide great visibility at the impressive lower helm station. A large settee that also serves as a watch berth, is fitted with storage compartments below. Additionally, three chart draws accommodate backup paper charts Stairs lead to the flybridge and upper helm.
April Fools has a huge flybridge that is accessible from the pilothouse through internal stairs. The flybridge offers a full helm forward with storage underneath. The visibility from this upper helm station is excellent.
The bridge has great seating very conducive to entertaining. There is a L-shaped seating to port, 1 helm seat, and a bench seat to starboard. The hinged radar arch will help in sneaking under low bridges.
One also finds deck storage boxes which provide additional seating aft. Her non-skid decks and stainless-steel rails just all add to her seagoing comforts.
An inside staircase from the wheelhouse allows easy access to the large flybridge. There is bench seating aft of the helm to starboard and L-shaped seating and table to port. A custom awl-gripped half tower, with soft-top. There is a single helm seat (recovered 2019) at the flybridge console and access to storage below the console. An additional separate autopilot is located here, as well as a Garmin GPS chart plotter (12/20), depth finder, VHF radio, searchlight controls
Ground tackle consists of a Maxwell 3500 Twin gypsy anchor windlass. (new motor 2021)
A Mantus 105 lbs. galvanized anchor with Mantus swivel (new 2021) 200 feet of chain and 70 feet of nylon line. Fortress storm anchor included, stored under main bunk. Large Mantus bridle and hook are stored in the front bench sear. Decks are nonskid with stainless steel side rails with teak toe rails and cap rails that are painted white. Boarding gates are located on port and starboard. A Marquip boarding ladder can be mounted on either side. A swim ladder is mounted on the swim platform. Four stainless steel fender racks are mounted on the bow rails.
There is a very comfortable bench seat directly in front of the pilothouse. The decks are clean and very easy to navigate
Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
YACHT NAME: April Fools
BRAND AND MODEL: DeFever 53 POC - Performance Offshore Cruiser- Flush Deck Motor Yacht
TYPE: Long range coastal cruiser - Flush deck with fly bridge
MODEL YEAR: 1988
HULL COLOR: Matterhorn White - Awlgrip , Aristo Blue stripe
REGISTRY: United States
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: 56 Gross, 45 Net
RANGE: 1100 miles @ 10 knots
SPEED: Cruise 12.0 knots, 14 mph
MAX SPEED: 14 knots/17MPH
LOA: 53’8” /16.15 M
BEAM: 16’6” / 5.03 M
DRAFT: 4’08” / 1.42 M
AIR DRAFT: 23’ - 18.5" / 5.61 M with radar support hinged down (est.)
WATER CAP: 300 gallons
FUEL CAP: 1200 gallons
HOLDING TANK: 50 gallons
TOTAL BERTHS: 4
TOTAL HEADS: 3
ENGINES: 2 (twin) Caterpillar 3208 TA – 375 HP each - 4400 hours
ENGINE TYPE: Inboard / Diesel