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1981 Pearson 53' Best Revenge

$ 565,000

Best Revenge is a 1981 Pearson 53' 530 Center Cockpit Ketch listed for sale with United Yacht Broker Greg Haught. Greg can be reached at 1-772-475-6030 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 Pearson Yachts and similar boats. With over 250 yacht brokers worldwide, we have the largest network of boat buyers and sellers in the industry.

1981 Pearson 530 Center Console Ketch, BEST REVENGE

The Pearson 530 Center Console Ketch is the largest yacht built by the legendary boatbuilder that pioneered fiberglass boats. First built in 1981, she is a classic William Shaw design built by Pearson Yachts. Pearson Yachts was incorporated in 1958 by cousins, Clinton and Everett Pearson, who began experimenting with fiberglass boat building in 1953. Pearson gained quick success as a high production builder of affordable, quality family-oriented sailboats in Bristol, RI.

After a 12-year stint with the Sparkman & Stevens Naval Architects & Marine Engineers firm, Bill Shaw joined Pearson Yachts in 1964 as Chief Naval Architect and ran the entire Pearson Yacht division after Grumman Allied Industries bought controlling interest in the company. During his tenure with Pearson Yachts, Pearson became a world-renowned leader in the boat-building industry for quality fiberglass cruising and racing sailboats, and Bill Shaw was recognized with numerous awards.

BEST REVENGE is a world-class, bluewater cruising yacht, that is one of Bill Shaw’s largest and most luxurious designs for Pearson Yachts during the 1980s. Only a few were produced between 1981 to 1985, and this 1981 Pearson 53 Ketch was completely updated and upgraded to “like new” in 2020. She is “built like a tank” of solid fiberglass to perform and endure, and sails beautifully with her powerful staysail ketch rigging--the Pearson 53 is one of the safest offshore sailing vessels in her class. The ketch rig keeps the sail size reasonable, allowing an experienced couple or shorthanded crew to handle her, and provides numerous combinations for different wind/sea conditions. The Person 53 features in-mast furling mainsail, roller furling jib, staysail, and self-tacking staysail. The taller main and mizzen (stepped forward of the rudder post) are rigged independently for serious offshore cruising. The centerboard is raked back, rather than vertical, when fully extended; draft is 10’6” down and 5’9” with centerboard up and BEST REVENGE features a dependable 2016 Yanmar 4JH 110hp diesel engine with folding propeller in a walk-in engine room.

BEST REVENGE is ideal for extended coastal cruising or ocean crossings, and as a liveaboard with capacious living areas and custom 2 queen staterooms/2 heads with showers layout, wet bar, generator, air-conditioning, Bose stereo system and flatscreen TV. Beautiful teak joinery adds classic luster to the interior. The spacious topside center cockpit features plenty of comfortable seating to relax or entertain—sunset cocktails, al fresco meals, sunning on deck. 


“Best Revenge” is a completely refit custom 1981/2020 53’ Pearson Ketch. She is exceedingly clean and has been afforded the best of care by her knowledgeable owner with NO Expense spared in all categories. The classic Pearson 530 was among the first "performance cruisers" produced in the larger yacht range. She's ICW friendly with a (board-up) draft of 5'9" (max draft 10'6"), and bridge clearance of 63.5'. This center cockpit yacht is also very capable of extended offshore world cruising. She has been completely re-rigged with the best of equipment and sails. The ketch rig is versatile and manageable by a single or short-handed crew. She has a custom interior as well with a two stateroom two head layout and a custom pantry/ laundry room. The Salon and Galley are both spacious and well equipped. The Master stateroom has a centerline berth and a custom en-suite head with shower that is a one of a kind. She features a dependable Yanmar 110 HP diesel, Northern Lights generator, water maker, Chiller ac system to include the custom enclosed Center cockpit and her electronics are extensive! The list goes on and on! In short, this lovely yacht is ready to go wherever you want when you are ready for a wonderful cruising adventure or just living aboard. 2020 Survey evaluation available to perspective buyers. She is a must to see and turnkey sail ready awaiting the change of command. View full specs and photos for a complete overview of this fine Yacht.


  • Price USD:$ 565,000
  • Builder:


  • Model:

    530 Center Cockpit Ketch

  • Year:


  • Location:

    Palm City, Florida, United States

  • Type:

    Sail Yacht

  • LOA: 53 ft 7 in
  • Display Length: 53 ft
  • Beam: 14' 11"
  • Yacht Category


  • Water Capacity: 280 gals
  • Fuel Capacity: 220 gals
  • Engine Details: Yanmar 4JH110
  • Engine 1: 2016 110.00 HP
  • Engine Fuel: Diesel
  • Days on Market:

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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