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Regarded throughout the world for luxury and design excellence, DeFever Motor Yachts have gained a rich following that celebrates the ownership experience of the large American-inspired vessels.        

Consider this stunning 1988 DeFever POC 53 with all the creature comforts of home and the range to head down to Mexico or up to Alaska. 

And when you’re ready to tie up and stay home in Santa Barbara, there is a 51’ slip permit in Santa Barbara harbor available for transfer at additional cost.

Ask your Buyer’s Agent for details. 

During the mid 1980’s, 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 DeFever yachts were built on low-speed displacement hulls, the 53 POC rides on a semi-displacement hull capable of cruising speeds in the 12-14 knot range. 

The galley-up teak interior of the DeFever is arranged with the salon, pilothouse, and aft-deck all on a single level. A staircase opposite the salon settee offers private access to the 53’ full-beam owner’s stateroom with its walk around 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 the POC layout, the VIP guest stateroom (with private 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.

NAIAD roll stabilizers.

Last hauled out / bottom paint in April 2019.

Engine Brand Caterpillar
Engine type Inboard
Engine power 375 HP
Boat Condition Used
Boat Class Motor Yachts
Hull Material Fiberglass
No of Single 3
No of Double Berths 3
No of Cabin 3
Flag of Registry US
LOA 53
Beam 16.42
Water Tank Gallons
Fuel Tank Gallons
Holding Tank Gallons


Length 52’ 6”

Beam 16’ 5”

Draft  4’ 8”

Gross tonnage 56 tons

Clearance 18’ 5”

Fuel Tanks Capacity  1000 gal

Water Tanks Capacity  400 gal

Holding Tank Capacity  80 gal


Engine Room

• Twin Caterpillar 3208TA 375hp engines – 1895 / 1900 hours

• Sound insulated engine room with stand-up head room and ability to walk around both engines. 

• Onan Marine Genset 15kw – 1330 hrs

• Back-up generator – 4971 hrs

Fall 2019 – Engines and generators thoroughly reviewed and repaired by Caterpillar certified mechanic (Quinn Power Systems, Los Angeles). 

• Maintenance invoices available upon request. 


This 53′ DeFever is a special boat.

BETELGEUSE is in great shape and has been well-maintained with over $100K in upgrades including …

HVAC: air conditioning and heater throughout the boat 

Internet: strongest possible internet connection with room extenders 

Security System: 4 Arlo cloud based cameras and base station 

Sonos stereo system throughout 

Hue digital lighting throughout, control by smartphone or switches

NAIAD roll stabilizers


New Italian porcelain countertops throughout 

New full-sized Whirlpool refrigerator

New full-sized Whirlpool microwave

New full-sized Whirlpool oven/stove 

New Farmhouse style, deep sink

New Samsung Washer and Dryer 

Updated galley cabinets with new roll out racks






• Fully enclosed fly bridge 

• Extended Samoid sun cover over extended bridge deck

• Dinghy davit 

• 3 stateroom layout with 3 ensuite heads all with separate showers. 

• The master stateroom is aft and is separated from the other staterooms by a mid-ship stand up engine room.

• Two staircases lead from the pilothouse and salon to the staterooms. 


Queen-sized ‘island’ bed, easy walk-around

Built in desk, dresser

Large flatscreen TV

Ensuite head with shower


V berth 

Elevated twin beds

Built-in desk and shelving 

Full head with shower


• GPS Chartplotter – Magellan FX324 Map Color

• Depth sounder -  Datamarine 

• Auto Pilot – Robertson AP200D1

• Loran C Navigator – Northstar 800



• SeaDoo SPARK (2) with floating support platforms

• Electric Foil Wake Board / Surf Ski (2)


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.

Owner’s personal items excluded.  Exclusions include, however are not limited to, Seller’s personal possessions, loose items, binoculars, handheld radio(s), charts, tools, fishing equipment, spare parts, clothing and foul weather gear, galley equipment, linens/bedding and any items not specifically listed on equipment list specifications sheet.

Contact Information

Michael Hanrahan
Sales Agent
Seacoast Yachts of Santa Barbara
(805) 962-8195

Contact Information

53′ DeFever POC 53′ 1988

Santa Barbara, CA

Status: Active