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1998 Carver 53' Sitting Duck

$ 235,000

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Sitting Duck is a 1998 Carver 53' 53 Voyager listed for sale with United Yacht Broker Wayne Lea. Wayne can be reached at 1-239-707-9422 to answer any questions you may have on this boat. United Yacht Sales is a professional yacht brokerage firm that has experience listing and selling all types of Carver Yachts and similar boats. With over 250 yacht brokers worldwide, we have the largest network of boat buyers and sellers in the industry.

SITTING DUCK is being offered for sale for the first time since new; she was a fresh water vessel until 2005 and is hull # 54. Sitting Duck is in wonderful condition for her age. The vessel’s interior has not been altered over the years and is all original. She would be a great boat for cruising or make a great liveaboard.

Powered with maintained 450 Cummins with 2450 hrs, she has a 13.5 KW generator with 746 hrs. Newer inverter, newer shifter/throttles and bow thruster. The 53 has upper and lower helm stations with a lower starboard side pilot house door. The Carver 53 was the ‘Mac Daddy’ in her day with her distinctive styling and was one of the best-selling production motor yachts in her class. She boasts three luxurious staterooms, separate washer and dryer, two heads with tub/stall showers, roomy, bright interior, larger comfortable sofa with Lazyboy sofa seats, a full complete galley with an oven, and a large oversize galley countertop.

NOTE – The vessel has blisters on the hull bottom. The vessel had a full survey in August 2021.


  • Price USD:$ 235,000
  • Builder:


  • Model:

    53 Voyager

  • Year:


  • Location:

    Cape Coral, Florida, United States

  • Type:

    Power Yacht

  • LOA: 53 ft 9 in
  • Display Length: 53 ft
  • Beam: 15' 4"
  • Yacht Category

    Motor Yachts

  • Water Capacity: 200 gals
  • Fuel Capacity: 800 gals
  • Engine Details: Cummins 6CTA8.3-M3
  • Engine 1: 450.00 HP
  • Engine 2: 450.00 HP
  • Engine Fuel: Diesel
  • Days on Market:


Enter the elegant salon from the cockpit through sliding stainless steel salon door that has a slide mosquito screen and a manual sliding full length privacy curtain. Starboard side is a large comfortable L-shaped sofa with two Lazyboy seats. For entertainment you have a flat screen TV and JVC stereo system, and for those you that have been looking at boats that have poor head room, the 53 has head room throughout the vessel along with good natural light in the salon and at the lower helm thanks to large hull side windows and large windshield.


The galley is a complete galley and separates the salon from the lower helm. In the galley you will see a Princess oven with a three-burner cooktop, microwave, convection oven, double sinks, side-by-side fridge/freezer and good storage with cupboards and pullout drawers. The galley has large, oversized Corian countertops with four bar stools

Lower Helm:

The lower center helm with overhead console is set up for comfortable cruising. A large wraparound sofa is on the port side of the helm seat with a comfortable Flexsteel seat with arm rests for the captain’s seat. Behind the captain’s seat is a custom-built chart table with pullout drawers along with easy access to the three internal steps to the sky lounge.

For electronics and accessories at the lower helm you will see a Simrad Auto Pilot, Auto helm depth Furuno Radar, two flow scans, side power bow thruster joystick, remote pad for the ITT Jabsco bow light and Northstar and VHF radio. The Volvo shifters/throttles were recently replaced at the lower helm and upper helm. Starboard side and opposite of the lower helm is the hull side pilot house wing door.

Stateroom and Heads:

The finish below is all cherry wood. Sitting Duck offers three luxury private rooms. You will enter your large master stateroom through a sliding door, where you will see two lighted cedar lined closets, and access to the split washer and dryer. The bed is a queen walkaround. The storage in this stateroom is great with pullout drawers under the bed, a built-in chest of drawers with five pullout drawers and twin mirrors, and built-in cupboard in the walls. This room has its own air conditioning unit and control panel. The bathroom is opposite the bed with a sink and mirror, a separate stand-up shower/tub is to the right and the separate commode to the left, both with privacy doors.

At the bottom of the steps leading to the staterooms is the day head/guest head with a vacuflush commode and stall shower. This bathroom will lead through to the forward bow stateroom. The bow stateroom has an inline berth with pullout drawers under it, two hull side windows and deck hatch. This room also has its own AC control panel. There is access through the forward cabin sole to the side power bow thruster. Finally, on the port hull side is a third cabin with bunks, full length cedar lined closet, pullout drawers, hull side window with curtain along with an air conditioning duct.

Flybridge -Cockpit and Swim Platform:

Molded into the swim platform are two coolers that will drain into the water along with a concealed swim platform; on the transom is the transom gate. The flybridge is laid out with comfort, relaxation and entertainment in mind. Aft on the bridge is room for a tender, you will be able to relax on the large wraparound seating, and on the bridge are a sink and wet bear. A forward walkthrough hatch easily leads to the interior lower helm. At the upper helm you will see double wide helm seating, the newer shifters, full set of gauges, two flow scans, auto pilot, Icom radio, Simrad GPS and the stick for the thruster and compass. The bridge has a bridge cover and a Bimini top.

Engine Room:

You access the engine room though the cockpit sole down a ladder that can be removed/lifted out of the way if needed. Starting aft in the engine room is a clean 13.5 FW Onan generator in a sound shield. Step between the aluminum welded 400-gallon saddle fuel tanks and into the engine room to see a clean pair of 6CTA 8.3 450 HP Cummins with direct drives, coupled up to ZF transmissions. Forward on the bulkhead are 6 Batteries for the 24V bow thruster, fire suppression system and Pro-Nautic battery charger along with a toolbox.

  • Starboard side and forward is the hot water maker.
  • Aft of the diesel are four 8D batteries, installed in 2018-2019, two for the house and two for the mains. You will see an oil change system, a newer Magnasine inverter and a C-Charger 5000.
  • Port motor has 2,450 hours - serial number 45604303
  • Stb Motors has 2,450 hours - serial number 45604308
  • Kohler 13.5 generator has 746 hours on it - serial # 479352
  • ZF Hurth transmissions IRM301A.2
  • Port ZF transmission - serial number 19801419 Ratio 2.90:1
  • Starboard ZF transmission - serial number19801420 Ratio 2.90:1

Engine and generator hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters. The broker cannot guarantee the true hours. It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise and major overhauls as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.

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.


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