Waterline 53 Passagemaker Pilothouse

53 ′
$299,000 USD


Incredible opportunity to own this true "Passagemaker" Yacht, designed for long range adventures. With many nautical miles behind her she has only just begun her cruising life. The Pacific Northwest has been her proving grounds with multiple trips between Portland Or and SE Alaska. Custom Built by Waterline Yachts in Sidney, B.C Canada, she was designed to cross oceans with comfort and efficiency. Burning 3 gallons per hour at 7.5 knots gives her a range of 4,000 nm with a 10% reserve.

If you are considering a vessel that can circumnavigate and is already proven "Refuge" could be the vessel for you.

*Not marketed for sale in Canada*

  • Dimensions
  • LOA: 53 ft
  • Beam: 16 ft 3 in
  • Maximum Draft: 6 ft 6 in
  • Hull: Steel
  • Accommodations
  • Single Berths: 4
  • Heads: 2
  • Cabins: 2
  • Tanks
  • Fuel: 1800 gallon
  • Water: 450 gallon
  • Holding: 120 gallon
  • Engines
  • Number of Engines: 2
  • Engine Total Power: 220 hp
  • Engine 1:
  • Engine Brand: Perkins
  • Engine Model: T1004
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Location: Port
  • Engine Hours: 5030
  • Drive Type: Direct Drive
  • Engine Power: 110 hp
  • Engine 2:
  • Engine Brand: Perkins
  • Engine Model: T1004
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Location: Starboard
  • Engine Hours: 5030
  • Drive Type: Direct Drive
  • Engine Power: 110 hp


Comfortable, long range economical trawler with stunning maple interior with maple and cherry floors. Swedish masonry, tiled, wood burning firestove; jetted bath tub in master cabin. Gourmet's galley with stainless steel counter and sinks. Custom stainless steel dinghy launcher.

All maple paneling with solid maple trim and interior doors with stainless steel hardware. Birds eye maple used to accent on counter tops and tables. Numerous opening windows and hatches throughout the boat. Alpenglow and Danish Ocean Frigate lights throughout. Alpenglow lights have a red light mode for night time use in galley, pilothouse and main cabin areas.

Custom hi-low dining table with inlay detail seats 8 in main salon. Birds eye maple details around

the bench seat and birds eye maple is used in the bar area. Curved bench seat with double layered storage beneath. Custom Swedish masonry, wood burning firestove with custom SS chimney and water tight SS cap for passagemaking.

Wabasto diesel 22000 BTU hot water heating system throughout. Everhot on demand hot water heater. Additional 11Ov 12 gallon electric hot water heater. Newmar Intercom phone to all cabins and engine room. Bendix washer/dryer in forward stateroom.




8.8 cu.ft. refrigerator/freezer- 110 volt (installed 2008)

Opening window over stove

Large 4-burner gimbaled Broadwater stove and oven

Xintex propane detector system controller

Ample storage space

Stainless steel counter w/integrated double sinks

Solid maple counters

Waste King garbage disposal





These cabins are beautifully crafted with solid maple doors and trim, fitted with stainless steel hardware and have amenities you usually see only on much larger yachts.

The forward stateroom has a large V-berth suitable for ocean passagemaking. One of the berths has a "Select Comfort" mattress, the other is excellent closed cell foam. The ensuite head has a large shower, sink and vanity, full length mirror and Vacuflush toilet. Full sized double hanging locker with drawers adjacent and more storage beneath the berths. Bendix washer/dryer is located in the forward stateroom.

The main stateroom has 2 extra long L-shaped twin berths suited for ocean passagemaking. Berths are fitted with "Select Comfort" mattresses. Ensuite head has a jetted bath tub and shower, sink and vanity, full length mirror and a Vacuflush toilet. More storage in the head and a secret safe hidden away. More storage beneath cabin sole. Large hanging locker and easy access storage in drawers and cupboards. Desk and room for a chair.



Raised pilothouse with Portuguese Bridge

Helm chairs, adjustable rotating (2)

Custom birds eye maple dining table w/book case & storage below

Full sized chart drawer

Furuno Eco Sounder FVC 6-20/585  2011

Furuno GPS: DGPS WASS   2011

12 inch Big Bay Monitor for Westmar Sonar 2011

McMurdo EPIRB406 Smart Finder 2011

Furuno radar- 1935 Mark 2 (2004)

Westmar side scanning sonar 4-360

Kobelt electrical engine controls

Kobelt remote control w/55' cord for engines & steering used primarily for docking

WH auto pilot with remote control

I COM SSB 710 w/Pactor II (computer remote capability)

Horizon VHF radio: GX 2100 AIS and distress calling 2011

Seaport USB port combiner

Electrolysis indicator

Air horn


Loud hailer

Richie compass


Electrical System

150 amp alternator on each engine

Shore power: 50 amp service capable, but use 30 amps

100 ft. 30 amp shore power cord

Tierney 6 kw Isolation transformer compatible

with world wide voltage capabilitiy

Transformer voltage switches on AC panel

Newmar intercom phone to all cabins and engine room

Ample power energy monitor

2,000 amp house battery AGM ( 8-8d batteries 2016)

Each engine has starting battery

Fwd vertical warping windlass battery

Spare alternators

Belmar regulators

Kobelt system battery

9 kw Kohler 125 volt genset (1116 hrs)


MATE System controller 2013





Deck Equipment

Custom dinghy launching system aft - the SS

frame collapses & folds away

Stainless steel 4' swim ladder- stowed in the

swim platform

5 Gallon propane tanks (3)

Mounted deck locker

2" Gas powered de-watering or firefighting pump

Aqua Marine 20 gph watermaker

Weber BBQ and 25' hose to connect to propane tanks

Exterior Dutch doors

Fresh water wash down forward

On-deck hot and cold shower (aft deck)

Bendix washer/dryer (fwd stateroom)

Stainless steel flag and burgee poles

Heavy duty fenders with fender hooks

Extra lines and fenders aboard

Windshield wipers (3)

12 Volt vertical warping windlass fwd and aft

w/2,000 lb. pull (approx.)

Search light

Spreader lights

New running rigging on Paravane Stabilizers 2017

Additional life jackets

Hydraulic Nordic Drum Windlass

w/100' 1/2" Stainless Chain 2011

440' 1/2"  Stainless cable 2011

80 kg Bruce Anchor

Quickline Connector 2011

45 lb. SS COR with (approx) 30' chain

Tabernacle mast and boom

External Paravane stabilizers with hydraulic winches

SOLAS 3.0 Meter Rigid hull Inflatable w/ 15 hp Yamaha 4 stroke

Scotty Downrigger

Electric pot puller

Shrimp pots and crab pots

Rods, reels and endless tackle




Engine and Mechanical Equipment

Twin Perkins 110 hp T1 004 (5040 hrs approx)

Kobelt engine controls

Autopilot w/2 complete hydraulic pump

systems interfaced w/Kobelt remote controls

Janstrom steering

Dry exhaust

Keel cooled with coolant flowing through a skin


Murphy switches on main engines for auto

shut down - cooling system and oil pressure

Vortec air filtration system for main engines

Webasto diesel 22000 BTU hot water heating system throughout

Additional 110v 12 gallon electric hot water heater

Pre-lubbers for lubricating main engines prior to starting the engines and changing oil

Engines have bypass oil filter systems for better protection and longer change intervals

On-board fuel polishing system

Redundant fuel transfer pumps plumbed in place

Twin disc transmission with Aqua Drive system

I 2" SS drive shaft with PSS dripless seals

32" wheels, three blade, balanced

Twin balanced rudders approx. 2' X 4' protected by skeggs and the center keel

Everhot On Demand hot water heater system throughout

Additional 110v 12 Gallon electric hot water heater.








All fuel is served to the engines and the heating system from a day tank. All fuel is filtered before entering the day tank. All return lines go back to the day tank. All engines are gravity fed .

Day tank is about 35 US gallons (approx)

Computank tank monitoring system

(4) Fresh water baffled stainless steel tanks- 450 US gallons (approx)

(1) Grey water baffled stainless steel tank - 120 US gallons (approx)

Redundant grey water pumps installed

(1) Blackwater baffled stainless steel tank- 120 US gallons (approx)

Redundant macerator pumps installed

(8) Fuel tanks, steel - 1800 US gallons (approx)

(1) Hydraulic tank, steel - 60 US gallons (approx)

All steel tanks are baffled on 12" centers adding considerable strength and safety

Range: @ 7 kts. 2 gal per hour I 5600 km with 10% reserve (approx)

@ 8 kts. 4.5 gal per hour I 2850 km with 10% reserve (approx)




BUILDER: Waterline Yachts, Sidney, British Columbia, Canada. Launched 1998.

DESIGNER: Steve Seaton

Hull is 1/4" and 3/16" steel. Deck is 3/16" steel. House is 10 gauge steel with no raw edges.

Very fine steel fabrication with no bondo used to fair the steel work. Entire vessel was metalized, flame sprayed with zinc above the water line. Stainless steel bar was used at all wear points including the hawses. Collision bulk head in the bulbous bow. 16,000 lbs. of lead ballast.

Awlgrip paint system above the waterline Blue hull, white house.


 It is a "sail boaters' power boat" designed to cross oceans in comfort, and "hang on the hook" in equal comfort in exotic and remote locations, temperate, tropical or arctic.

She is beautifully constructed of the finest materials by some of the finest craftsmen in North America. She was built to go anywhere in comfort and style. She is a proven passagemaker having experienced and performed to perfection in heavy weather and 25 foot seas. Her design enables this boat to handle especiallly well in a following sea. She has traveled up and down the west coast from San Francisco to Skagway with her cruising couple since her launch in 1998.