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1988 DeFever 53' Dixie Darlene

$ 219,900

Dixie Darlene is a 1988 DeFever 53' 53 Motor Yacht listed for sale with United Yacht Broker Brian Franc. Brian can be reached at 1-850-428-0866 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 DeFever Yachts and similar boats.With over 200 yacht brokers worldwide, we have the largest network of boat buyers and sellers in the industry.

This DeFever 53 “Dixie Darlene” is a semi-displacement hull which combines performance and comfort with classic styling. Powered with twin CAT 3208TA engines and 3,580 hours, this yacht will cruise at 10-11 knots for those boat owners looking to enjoy the journey cruising any type of Blue Water. Spacious Pilothouse with side door access from both sides. Exquisite woods and joinery work throughout entire vessel from flooring on main deck Salon and Galley to the 3 large Staterooms on lower deck level. Large Aft Deck and even larger Flybridge deck. Private Master Staterooms. Boat comes with 11’ Zodiac Caribe tender with 50hp outboard. Recent bottom job completed. Priced to sell quickly!


  • Price USD:$ 219,900
  • Builder:


  • Model:

    53 Motor Yacht

  • Year:


  • Location:

    Gulf Breeze, Florida, United States

  • Type:

    Power Yacht

  • LOA: 53 ft 0 in
  • Display Length: 53 ft
  • Beam: 16' 6"
  • Yacht Category


  • Water Capacity: 400 gals
  • Fuel Capacity: 800 gals
  • Engine Details: Caterpillar 3208 TA
  • Engine 1: 1988 3579.00 HRS 375.00 HP
  • Engine 2: 1988 3575.00 HRS 375.00 HP
  • Engine Fuel: Diesel

“Dixie Darlene” is a 3-stateroom, 3–head motor yacht that offers spacious accommodations for six adults. The main deck features the salon with a wet bar and extra seating area, the galley with a breakfast bar that detaches and doubles as a dining table for 8 and the pilothouse. Aft of the salon is an open deck on the same level. The large VIP Stateroom, located amid-ship forward of the engine room has a queen berth and en-suite head. The forward guest cabin has a V-berth and a private head. Both of these staterooms are accessed forward from the pilothouse. The Master Stateroom, accessible from the main salon, is equipped with a queen berth with private en-suite head and a settee area. The galley offers plenty of cabinet storage and is fully equipped with full-size appliances and custom dish storage racks. The walk-in engine room is huge for this size boat with excellent lighting and ventilation and very comfortable access to all the systems for proper maintenance. It has a full-size washer and dryer. The flybridge is accessible from the pilothouse and features a large seating area around the helm station and under a hard top. The large sun/dingy deck aft of the flybridge is also accessible from the aft deck.

The main salon is finished in rich colored satin teak. All varnish has been professionally refinished. Floors are teak and holly wood and all window treatments are made from acrylic fabric to avoid stains and mildew. All windows have blinds and are covered with Textaline see-through fabric outside. The Salon and Galley areas are ideal for entertaining large groups of family and friends with comfortable seating, entertainment center, and wet bar.

  • Formica counters with built-in sinks/storage
  • 4-Burner electric range with exhaust fan and booster
  • Full-size overhead oven
  • Full-size dishwasher
  • Full-size 2-door refrigerator, 22 cf
  • Panasonic large microwave
  • Custom storage racks for dishes and glasses. Spare set of dishes.
  • Decorative lighting
  • Clock, barometer, and thermometer in the overhang cabinets
  • Teak and holly floors
  • Glasses, silverware, and a complete set of cooking utensils
  • (4) Drawers under berth
  • Individual reverse A/C with digital controls
  • (2) Night stands with 1-drawer and headboard swivel lamps
  • Custom window treatment made of Sunbrella
  • Settee to port with storage under and on the side
  • (3) Large hanging lockers, plus built-in chest with 5-drawers
  • Lighted vanity with seat and drawers
  • Intercom
  • TV with VHS, speakers (main salon)
  • Private ensuite head with Galley Maid overboard system
  • Carbon monoxide/smoke detector in stairwell
  • Smoke detector
  • Teak and holly floor
  • Stainless steel Hood portholes through the vessel with Lexan
  • Huge under the stairwell storage room
  • Emergency rudder tiller tool
  • Custom reinforced ram base for Capilano rudders rams
  • Custom shelving in all head cabinets
  • Spare props under the bed
  • Individual A/C unit with digital control
  • Storage under bed, plus 8-drawers
  • Lighted vanity table with seat
  • (1) Night table with 2-drawers
  • Large hanging locker
  • Custom Sunbrella window treatment
  • Custom mirror
  • Intercom
  • En-suite head with shower
  • Private en-suite head with Galley Maid overboard system
  • Teak and holly floor covered by rug
  • Desk with seating
  • Custom V-berth mattress with custom linens
  • Storage under berth
  • Hanging locker
  • Intercom
  • Custom cover for overhead hatch and port holes. Sunbrella curtains.
  • Reverse A/C with analog control
  • En-suite head with shower
  • Teak and holly floor
  • ICOM 700 HF/SS band radio with antenna tuner
  • Intercom
  • Cetrec 727 autopilot with separate Fluxgate compass and hydraulics unit
  • Robertson AP300 autopilot interfaced to Datamarine plotter with separate Fluxgate compass and hydraulic unit
  • Jabsco search light with remote control
  • Raytheon R90 VHF
  • Glendinning synchronizer control - dual station
  • Brass fog bell
  • (2) ICOM hand-held radios
  • Settee with U-Line ice maker and large storage
  • Reverse cycle A/C with manual control
  • Large chart table with chart light and 3-chart drawers
  • Ritchie 6" compass
  • Olin flare package
  • Port and starboard wing doors with half-open latches for ventilation and premium mortise locks
  • Teak and Holly wood flooring
  • Robertson AP300 autopilot (dual station control head)
  • Glendinning synchronizer (dual station)
  • Cetrec 727 autopilot (dual station control head)
  • Intercom
  • ICOM 56 VHF radio
  • Hand-held search light
  • Ritchie compass
  • Air horn - compressor and tank
  • Bennett trim tabs control
  • (1) Frigibar freezer
  • Stainless steel reinforced davit with Golo electric winch
  • (2) Halogen docking lights
  • EPIRB 406 MHz with hydrostatic release base
  • Aluminum half tower hard cover with Weblon
  • Long life LED anchor light
  • Courtesy flag pole
  • Trac Phone with wide band internet
  • Raymarine 6' open radar
  • Nobel TecNav
  • Iridium Sat phone
  • Mar-Tec solid wind instruments

“Dixie Darlene” has new exterior seating cushions, custom colored non-skid flooring on all decks, and brilliant bright work as well as quality S/S fittings. On the starboard side deck there is (1) Personal Flotation Life Saving devices, (2) two boat hooks, has an aluminum boarding ladder.

  • Custom fiberglass swim platform
  • Custom stainless steel platform ladder with king board steps
  • Jensen speakers
  • Transom door
  • Fish rod holders
  • Outdoor carpet
  • Aft spreader lights
  • Aft access to flybridge from aft deck
  • Custom side fiberglass weather board
  • Custom stainless steel cleats and hawse pipes with rollers


  • (4) Six stainless steel fender holders with fenders
  • Maxwell windlass with control
  • Fresh water wash down
  • Cushion seating with storage under
  • Remote controlled search light
  • Fresh water fills both port and starboard
  • Canvas to cover varnished hand rails and many other items while in port
  • Power cable, 50/30 amps, water connection
  • Flag poles for hailing port and flotilla
  • Rocna Anchor with 200' of chain
  • Twin Caterpillar 3208TA, 375 hp main engines
  • Racor double diesel filters, 1000 per engine with vacuum gauges
  • Racor 500 for each generator
  • Electric oil change system for all engines and gen sets
  • Heavy duty (twin) battery switches plus parallel
  • Hydraulic hynautic throttle engine control system
  • Isolator transformer
  • Selectable 0 - 10% shore power voltage booster transformer
  • Halon automatic/manual fire extinguisher
  • Phasor 17 kW
  • Phasor 12 kW
  • Raritan 20-gallon water heater
  • Matrix 600 GPD reverse Osmosis watermaker with charcoal filtered automatic back flush system. New membranes aboard. Quick connections for chemical treatment. Full set of chemicals and manual.
  • Westinghouse front-loading full size washer/dryer
  • Fresh water wash down
  • (5) Overhead rod holders
  • (4) 8D gel cell batteries 
  • (2) 4D gel cell gen set batteries
  • (2) Engine batteries
  • Walker Airseas
  • (2) Little Giant Mag. impeller A/C pumps with control systems (one spare)
  • All (4) mains and gen sets strainers at water level to be serviced without closing the seacock
  • Complete set of shop manuals for servicing engines and gen sets
  • Portable retractable lights (12 and 110 volts)
  • Macerator pump
  • Groco Accumulator tank with Paragon fresh water pressure gear pump
  • Black iron main diesel tanks with vertical sights. Stainless steel water tanks. Stainless steel manifold. Quest water pipes.
  • (3) Automatic/manual, plus 2 automatic bilge pumps
  • (2) Sump pump systems, (1-custom stainless steel gray water tank)
  • 11 Ft. Zodiac Caribe with 50HP Tohatsu 4-stroke outboard
  • Marquipt Boarding Ladder
  • (1) Set spare props
  • (1) Extra CQR type stainless steel heavy anchor
  • Spurs (line/net weed cutters on both shafts)
  • 1-1/4 nylon emergency tow line
  • Numerous consumables and spare parts

Personal Items, Freedom 2800 Heart Inverter, and Tools to be Disclosed Upon Request.

*Engine 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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