Hatteras 53 Yacht Fisherman


Classic 1978 Hatteras 53 Yacht Fisherman 

Twin Detroit Diesel 8V71 TI – 450 HP (Runs Well) 

Three Stateroom Three Head Layout 



Hatteras 53 Yacht Fisherman is a fine example of a True CLASSIC by legendary naval architect Jack Hargrave. 

Constructed on the same seaworthy hull of the 53 Motor Yacht and the Sport Fish Convertible models Hatteras designed the Yacht Fisherman with a versatile cockpit but not eliminating the aft deck. This functional all fiberglass cockpit offers easy access to the swim platform through the transom gate. Traditionally a feature of sport fishing boats, motor yacht owners have discovered this cockpit offers extra convenience for swimming, scuba diving, line handling, dinghy handling and even boarding the boat is a breeze. “dharma” is hull number 318 of the very popular Hatteras 53 model. This boat has not been modernized or modified by any of the previous 5 owners and in the original form that she was created. The current owner is a knowledgeable yachtsman who has maintained the Detroit Diesel engines with his mechanic (35+ years of Detroit Diesel experience). All maintenance, repairs have been done with recommended original parts from RPM Diesel. This boat is not a charter boat or a live aboard and the current owner and the family use the boat on a regular basis.  

In comparison to the modern same size Motor Yachts, Hatteras 53 is a well-designed larger yacht with wide side decks with overhangs, lateral salon doors, aft wing doors, great visibility from both helm stations which makes this model a unique model for a yachtsman couple to operate easily without a captain and crew. The current owner will provide all necessary orientation and training, contact information for the Detroit Diesel mechanic, and all other Hatteras related service and parts information for the new owners. 

Exclusions: Owner’s Personal Items. 

Broker’s Comment 

2010 Caribe 12’ (model DL 12 RIB) tender with 30HP Honda four stroke OB engine with low hours that’s on a single axel trailer with cover can be purchased separately. This tender can be towed behind the Hatteras.  

Please call for more information.  



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Aft Cockpit 

Boarding the boat from either side is a breeze. Functional all fiberglass cockpit offers easy access to the swim platform through the transom gate. Fishing, swimming, scuba diving, line handling and dinghy handling were never easier before. Traditionally a feature of sport fishing boats, motor yacht owners have discovered this versatile feature offers extra convenience and enjoyment. The swimming platform has Weaver Snap Davits for inflatable dinghy mount to swim platform. The out-board engine mount is to the port side of the cockpit. Fold-down ladder makes it easier to get in and out of the water. Underneath the cockpit floor is an extra 240-gallon fuel tank, a feature of the Yacht Fisherman for fishing enthusiast. A GFI electrical outlet is on the port side and a wash down spigot is on the starboard side.  


Aft Deck 

An open Aft Deck with an overhang is nice and cozy for an evening to enjoy drinks or just relax and watch the sunset! Entry from the salon is through the double doors, two wing doors on each side give access to the side decks, access to the cockpit is with a varnished staircase. Underneath the ladder to the fly bridge is a storage unit with drawers.  



The salon is very much a classic Hatteras with lots of wood, side curtains, natural light flowing from 360-degree large windows and has two side doors to the side decks for line handling or to access the bow or aft deck. On the port side aft is an icemaker, wet bar with sink, glass storage for entertainment. White leather couch on the starboard side and an accent chair and a tv cabinet on the port side (no TV). There is a 1500-watt inverter. Hi-low Cocktail/Dinning table can be move to the aft deck for aft deck dinning.     


Lower Helm 

Very original, Garmin GPSmap 498 GPS/Chart plotter and Ritchie Lighted original Compass. Here there are many ways one can install new electronics and still preserve the originality of the helm.  



  • Entry is from the salon by a circular staircase on the starboard side. The spacious galley has been updated with new appliances. 4-person dinette has storage under the seat cushions.  
  • GE Refrigerator 
  • Kitchen Aid Dishwasher 
  • GE Microwave,  
  • GE 4 burner Stove  
  • Garbage Disposal 
  • Speakers 

Forward Stateroom 

  • Upper and lower berths  
  • Hanging locker and Storage Drawers  
  • Washer and Dryer  
  • Enclosed head with vanity and stall shower.   
  • Skylight  
  • Anchor Locker storage 

Guest Stateroom 

  • Amidship on the port side.  
  • Double berth 
  • Hanging closet 
  • Storage drawers 
  • Nightstand 
  • Head with vanity and stall shower 
  • Speakers 

Master Stateroom 

  • Aft with opening window to the cockpit, and opening port lights to the port side with curtains. 
  • Queen size island bed with nightstands and reading lights. 
  • Ample Storage drawers 
  • Hanging closet 
  • Samsung sound bar with subwoofer for Bluetooth connectivity 
  • Master head with vanity and stall shower 

Deck & Hull 

  • Stainless steel bow rail 
  • Bow pulpit with roller. 
  • Galley Maid Windlass with foot controls 
  • Plow anchor with chain rode 
  • Four SS Fender racks (8 fenders) 
  • Two Deck boxes 
  • Two Aluminum boarding ladders 
  • Two spare 4-blade propellers 


Avon 6-person Life Raft (not certified) 


  • Large flybridge with bench seat forward, upper helm, new dual helm chairs with covers and ample storage
  • Overhead electronic box
  • Aluminum Bimini top with canvas and overhead lighting
  • AM/FM Stereo/CD with speakers
  • Full Flybridge Enclosure
  • Garmin GPSmap 4210 Chartplotter
  • ICom VHF Radio


  • 4 Cruise Air Air-condition units. 
  • Original Onan 15 Kw Generator (not working, need replacement) 
  • 8 New 8-volt golf-cart batteries with all new cables and terminals.  
  • New Galley Maid Fresh Water pump with check valves and expansion tank 
  • New March air-conditioning pump with new sea strainer and new hoses and clamps.  
  • New Three Galley Maid 32v toilet pumps  
  • 50’ 50-amp shore power cord 
  • Two 30-amp shore power cords 
  • 50-amp to two 30-amp Y-Connector 
  • Glendinning Engine synchronizers 
  • 5 CO Monitors & New Fire Extinguishers  

Engine Rooms 

  • Twin Detroit Diesel 8V71 TI (Hour meters read Port-732 & Starboard-742)  
  • Craftsman air compressor 
  • Rheem Water Heater 
  • Galley Maid Fresh Water Pump 
  • Racor Fuel Filters 
  • Oil Change Pumps for both engines, transmissions and generator. 
  • Fuel Priming pump 
  • Shaft Locks 
  • Engine Blowers 
  • 110-volt AC and 32-volt DC lighting 
  • 32-volt Sentry Battery Charger  
  • Halon Fire Extinguisher (not certified) 


Exclusions: Seller’s Personal items. 

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.


Hatteras 53 Yacht Fisherman 53 Yacht Fisherman






Hull Length
53.00 ft
Bridge Clearance
Fuel Capacity
825.00 gal
Water Capacity
239.00 gal
Heads Compartments
CE Category
Motor Yachts
Hull Condition
Hull Material
Fuel Type
Engine Make
Detroit Diesel
Engine Model
8V71 TI
Number of Engines


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