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Spencer 53 Pilothouse Ketch Motor Sailer

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Boat REF# 230276
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 16.15m (53'0")
Year 1978
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Berths 4
Engine 1 x Diesel 70hp, Isuzu DA220 (1978)
Lying Bainbridge Island, WA USA - Shown by Appointment


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Extra Details

Designer John Brandlmayer
Builder Spencer Yachts Of Richmond BC.
Lying Bainbridge Island, WA USA - Shown by Appointment
Fuel capacity 1,636.4 ltr (360.0 G) Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 1,727.3 ltr (380.0 G) Total - 4 Tanks
Last survey 29/08/2016


Engine 1 x Diesel 70hp
Engine make and model Isuzu DA220 (1978)
Engine Hours engine1:   4320
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Other
Prop(s) 3 blade max prop and spare fixed propeller
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Cruising speed (approx) 7 knots
Max speed (approx) 8.5 knots
Engine spares tick
Water-maker tick

Mechanical systems:
7.5 knots as 2000 RPM, 6 knots at 1700RPM
Dual Racor primary fuel filters
Pindell Engineering diesel tank vent water filter

History of engine maintance and repairs are on file on board.
Diesel tanks recently cleaned
Jabsco blower in engine room
Balmar 150 amp alternator with external Xantrex smart regulator
Eberspacher D-8 forced air diesel heater
Adler Barbour refigeration
Single lever throttle/shift at both helm stations
(2) BEP Matrix tank monitors
Raritan 12 gallon hot water heater
Sealand Tankwatch 4 level indicator in forward head
Transfer pump with primer and Racor between fuel tanks

Additional electrical:
(2) 30 amp shore power inlets with (4) 50' shore power cords
AC/DC electrical system updated
Blue Seas AC/DC panels
(8) 6v Lifeline house batteries (2012)
(1) 12 Lifeline start battery (2012)
Isolation transformer with 110v/220v switch
New AC/DC wiring
AGM house and start batteries
Newmar VAH110 DC monitor
Outback inverter
(2) Blue Seas AC voltmeter/ammeter for shore and inverter power
Blue Seas 120/240v AC selector
Isoguard 3.8kva isolation transformer
Solar panel and wind geverator integrated to system


LOA 16.15m (53'0")
LOD 16.15m (53'0")
LWL 11.28m (37'0")
Beam 3.96m (13'0")
Draft Min 2.13m (7'0")
Draft Max 2.13m (7'0")
Airdraft 19.20m (63'0")
Displacement 13,608kg (30,005.2lbs)
Headroom 1.93m (6'4")
Storage In water


Ketch rigged unknown Aluminium spars (2009) with stainless steel standing rigging (2009)


Mainsail Schattauer - Roller boom (2009) Fully Battened,
Headsail North Sails - Furling (2009)
Spinnaker gear tick

In 2009, this boat was partially re-rigged with a new main mast and Schaefer in-boom furlers for the mainsail and mizzen. A two-speed Harken electric winch for the mainsail halyard was installed. All sail control may be handled from the cockpit. Steps to the top of the main mast. Steps to the spreaders on the mizzen. Seldon carbon fiber whisker pole. Harken 46ST 2 speed electric winch on cabin top. Barien 27ST mizzen sheet/halyard winches.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 9 batteries charged by: engine, solar panels, shore power


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Paint finish

There are two plumbed waste water systems aboard. One is a 12 volt treat and discharge system and the other is a manual pump to a holding tank with either a manual pump out or a Y valve for overboard.

The fuel and water tanks are fiberglass.

Capacities and dimensions are not verified by Waterline Boats / Boatshed, and are reported from seller's information and/or literature.


Total # of berths 4
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 2
Handbasin 2
Shower 1
Heads 2 heads (Manual)
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Freezer tick
Carpet tick
Cabin heating tick
Manual water system tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Raw water wash tick
Non-Smokers tick
Microwave tick

Starting forward is the spacious forward cabin which features sleeping for two with sail storage under the bunks. There is plenty of light natural light and ventilation. Also has an access to the chain locker forward. Just aft to port is the head with manual toilet, Corian countertop and sink with storage below. To starboard is a very large hanging locker. Continuing aft into the pilot house on the port side is a large dinette with storage under. To starboard is the helm station with outstanding visibility from the large windows. Aft to port is the access to the engine room and work bench. Also this area aft of the dinette has chart storage, a file drawer and access to the 120 volt panel. To starboard is the navigation station with the electronic control panels and a swivel seat at the chart table.

Aft and down three steps on the starboard side is the spacious well-equipped galley. Corian countertop on the starboard side with sink, stove, refrigerator, with storage above and below the counter. Opposite to this is galley storage and built-in microwave. Galley equipment: GE Microwave, Corian countertops, pressure water faucet, hot water heater , Force 10 three-burner propane stove/oven, Trident propane solenoid, (2) 20 lb aluminum propane tanks in deck box, (2) blowers in galley, front loading refrigeration compartment.

Aft is the entrance to the enormous master suite. Featuring a queen walkaround double bed. Starboard side storage chest and settee. On the port is the head with shower enclosure.

The forward head has a manual flush and the aft head is a 12 volt electric flush.

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
Wind tick
Radar tick
VHF tick
SSB tick
GPS tick
Chart plotter tick
Autopilot tick
Stereo tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
TV tick
AIS Receiver tick
Echo sounder tick
Radar Reflector tick

The radar with chart plotter has AIS.
Danforth compass
Ritchie compass
Comnav rudder angle indicator
Raymarine ST60 depth/speed/wind displays
Reiker instruments clinometer
(4) Focal Speakers
(2) Raymarine E120
Raymarine radome mounted on mizzen mast
(2) ICOM IC-M602 VHF radios
ICOM IC-M710 SSB radio
Comnav 1101 autopilot control
Comnav autopilot with hydraulic drive
Weems & Plath clock and barometer in pilothouse
Weem & Plath barometer in aft stateroom
Kenwood KTS-MP400MK CD/AM/FM
Kenwood KDC-C669 6 disc-CD changer
Vizio flat screen TV and DVD player in salon

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Sprayhood tick
Spray dodgers tick
Cockpit cover tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Davits tick
Swim Ladder tick
Instrument Covers tick
Cockpit Enclosure tick

3 halyard winches
6 sheet winches
Electric Maxwell windlass (with remote control)
2 anchors
(88lb Rocna anchor and 60lb CQR anchor)
91.44m (300'0") of chain
Livingston dinghy (1995)
(Hard Dinghy)
9.9hp outboard, Evinrude, Long Shaft (1997)
Full spool with Para Tech Sea Anchor.
Double stainless steel bow rollers.

Safety Equipment

LPG Detector tick
Carbon Monoxide detector tick
Liferaft tick
Life jackets tick
Life buoys tick
Danbuoy tick
Horn tick
EPIRB 406MHz tick
Boarding ladder tick
Emergency steering tick

3 bilge pumps (1 manual / 2 Electric)

Broker's Comments

This Spencer 53 was custom built for a Boeing engineer who knew what he wanted in a long range cruiser. She was designed to be operated under power from an inside protected helm station, and to sail well from a traditional center cockpit.

Though built in 1978 she has been continually upgraded in its sails, spars, mechanical and electrical systems as well as new port lights and an Awlgrip paint job of the hull and deck, just to mention the most obvious.

Now currently ready for offshore travel.

Note: offers on the asking price will be considered. Details subject to contract.

This Spencer 53 Pilothouse Ketch Motor Sailer has been personally photographed and viewed by David Carleson of Boatshed Seattle. Click here for contact details.
Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical.

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