1989 Fleming 53.

Asking: $ 449,000


*SALE PENDING* A very clean Fleming 53 equipped with twin Caterpillar 3208 engines which were fully rebuilt in 1999. Much of its life it was a fresh water boat and is was usually stored in a heated shed during off-seasons. Features include: Onan 15kw generator, Raymarine electronics (2018), bow thruster, Aqua-drive system, and a bimini top overhead. The interior accommodations are comprised of two staterooms & two heads: a port stateroom with two twin berths and designated guest head, and a forward en-suite master stateroom with an island queen berth.

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LOA-Hull 53
LOA-Total 58
ENGINES Caterpillar 3208 @ 375 hp
HOURS 2525

Entering from the aft cockpit deck you are immediately greeted with a capacious salon. Featuring the timeless appeal of teak cabinetry, vast windows, teak sole with holly accents, and most importantly, an interior layout that balances form with function. This layout allows for an open social environment while keeping the function of the galley separated from the rest of the salon. With a 16’ beam, this spacious open floor plan makes entertaining guests an effortless endeavor.

Starting at the aft-port side of the salon is a bar with a roll-top, storage drawers, and a ice maker. The corner bar anchors a large L-shaped settee that wraps around the port side to the edge of the galley counter-top and is complimented by a teak hi-lo table. This settee, along with the two armchairs to the starboard side, provides comfortable seating for six. To the starboard side is an entertainment center to the aft corner featuring audio-video equipment fit behind a teak cabinet and a 40” Sony HD TV situated above the cabinet.

  • 40” Sony HD TV
  • Corner entertainment cabinet to starboard aft
  • Corner bar with icemaker to port aft
  • L-shaped settee to port
  • Adjustable teak coffee/dining table
  • (2) Rattan chairs to starboard side
  • Salon curtains and (4) openable windows
  • Hidden screen for salon door

The galley is tucked to the port side just forward of the salon, which is separated by a large Formica counter top peninsula and overhead galley cabinets with flybridge dumbwaiter access. Wrapping around the U-shaped counter of the galley you will find a trash compactor, stainless steel double-bowl sink, an oven/cooktop combo, and a convection microwave overhead. Teak cabinetry fill in the rest of the galley including a storage compartment just forward of the cook top that can accommodates a full range of saucepans. Across to the opposing starboard side is a dish storage compartment, additional storage drawers, and a full-sized refrigerator.

  • GE microwave—black
  • Princess oven & cook top combination
  • Amana full-size refrigerator—black
  • Stainless steel double-bowl sink—with disposal
  • Formica counter tops
  • Overhead dumb-waiter access
  • Bountiful storage via drawers and cabinets

Following the five short steps straight down from the salon will lead you to the central passage of the accommodations. This traditional layout has since become a signature mainstay in the Fleming 55 design which provides an easy and convenient flow of traffic throughout the boat. This central accommodations passage also makes it possible to appreciate the full length of the vessel from forepeak bulkhead to transom. Once in the passageway you will find a VIP guest stateroom to port with a two twin-berth side by side arrangement. Across the passageway to starboard is the guest head which also houses the Splendide 110V washer/dryer combo unit (April 2018). The en-suite master stateroom at the forward peak of the vessel tops off the accommodations.

The master stateroom is composed of a queen sized island berth surrounded by his & hers dressers & hanging lockers to either side. Over head are two skylights hatches which, along with port holes to each side, provide natural light to the cabin. The stateroom also features a 32” Samsung HD TV situated above the dresser to starboard and large mirror to the aft starboard wall. The en-suite master head is found just as you walk through the privacy door of the master stateroom from the accommodations passageway. The head is split with the shower stall to the port side and the other head amenities isolated to starboard.

Both the master and guest heads are exceptionally spacious and feature shower stalls with teak grated floors, mirrored vanities with sinks, storage compartments, and Corian countertops.

The port stateroom has two twin berths with a small nightstand separating them. Along the forward wall of the stateroom is a large hanging locker with drawers below and a full length mirror. Additional storage can found through drawers underneath each berth and shelving above. Natural light is provided to the cabin via two portholes to the outboard wall.

In many modern yacht designs it has become commonplace to eliminate the inside steering station, however the Fleming 53 features a dedicated pilothouse which closely resembles the bridge of a much larger vessel. This dedicated pilothouse takes the role as the primary location to operate the boat without any distractions from other on-board activities. With that said it remains only three short steps up from the salon & galley and it is only another four interior steps up to the flybridge.

Visibility forward and wrapping around to port and starboard windows is excellent. Below the expansive windshield are consoles which provide ample room for a full range of electronics and equipment without intruding on the engine instrumentation. Overhead consoles provide additional space for equipment within easy reach. Both AC and DC electrical breaker panels are below the console to either side and can swing out to provide access to wiring connections. There is a proper chart area to the starboard side with large drawers for maps, cruising guides, navigation instruments, binoculars, and other necessities. Centered along each port and starboard side of the pilothouse are sliding doors that lead out to the side Portuguese deck. To the aft port corner resides a raised L-shaped settee and fixed table which provides a comfortable social area with phenomenal visibility while underway. A large stainless steel teak-accented destroyer wheel and helm chair finish off the pilothouse and perfectly accent this ultimate cruising yacht.

  • Raymarine Axiom Pro 12 chart plotter —12” display
  • Raymarine 3D sonar transducers
  • Raymarine Quantum radar
  • Raymarine S70 multi-display
  • Raymarine Evolution EV-1 autopilot
  • Vesper Watchmate Vision AIS – class A (2019)
  • Horizon Depth & Temp unit
  • Horizon Speed unit
  • Horizon Wind unit
  • Standard Horizon GX2200 marine transceiver/VHF radio
  • (2) Floscan engine displays
  • Engine gauges & instrumentation
  • Mechanical engine controls
  • Bennett trim tab controls
  • Stainless destroyer wheel
  • Wesmar bow thruster
  • Rogue Wifi antenna & router (June 2017)
  • Tank tender—4 fuel tanks, water, & waste
  • Ritchie compass
  • Helm chair
  • Corner settee with fixed table to port aft corner
  • Steps to flybridge, directly aft of helm chair
  • Windscreen sun shades

The flybridge is easily accessed from the interior steps in the pilothouse or by the ladder from the cockpit. It features a two-seat upper helm station located to port that provides excellent visibility particularly in close quarters and bustling harbors with its 360 degree view. The electronics console is large enough to house an array of equipment with easy access to the rear of the console available by hinging open the bookshelf behind the pilothouse settee below. The starboard side of the flybridge features a U-shaped settee which wraps around a fixed fiberglass table. Aft of the helm on the port side consists of an additional settee and the hatch for the galley dumbwaiter access. The following aft boat deck is non-skid and features mounted tender chocks, a stainless steel motorized davit, deck mounted life raft with cradle, and a sliding hatch which leads to the cockpit below by a stepladder. Overhead a bimini top provides shade over the flybridge area and the fiberglass radar arch supports the mast and other instrumentation.

  • Raymarine Axiom Pro 7” MFD with autopilot
  • Engine gauges & instrumentation
  • Wesmar bow thruster
  • Mechanical engine controls
  • Impulse depth display
  • Windlass control
  • Ritchie compass
  • Horn
  • Cushioned bench helm seat (recovered 2018)

Flybridge Features & Boat Deck:

  • Fiberglass radar arch with bimini top (Oct 2018)
  • Plexiglass windshield with stainless handrail (2020)
  • Steering console – controls & engine instrumentation with raised bench helm seat
  • Cushioned settee seating for ten with stowage under (recovered 2018)
  • Molded fiberglass table
  • Teak flybridge deck with non-skid at aft boat deck
  • Hatch doors giving access to pilothouse
  • Givens 6-man life raft mounted to port side (tested & re-certified March 2018)
  • Mounted tender chocks
  • Motorized stainless steel davit
  • Sliding hatch giving access to cockpit via stepladder
  • Note: no tender is included in sale

In common with all Flemings, the hull is hand laid and solid fiberglass reinforced with a grid of stringers and frames. A reasonable five foot draft allows for Bahamas cruising while ensuring that the running gear is protected by a full-length keel which is foam filled and glassed across the top to isolate it from the hull. This keel provides nearly a foot length of protection before the running gear.

On deck she has the mainstay walk-around decks in combination with high bulwarks and a Portuguese bridge, which ensures security for both children and pets. The decks themselves are natural teak, while all of the wood caprails, trim, and combing boards are varnished teak. To the port side of the salon door in the cockpit is a step ladder which leads up to the flybridge. On the cockpit deck are two gasketed and lockable hatches that provide access to the engine room and lazarette. The transom of the cockpit features a large gate that swings in to allow ingress to the swim platform.

Moving forward along the side decks you will discover entry gates on either side of the cockpit-level side decks, these gates provide lower entry close to the water line. Up to the bow will bring you to a teak foredeck with varnished teak handrails. Special attention has been paid to the ease and safety in which the heavy duty ground tackle is set and retrieved. The anchor platform accepts two anchors, the primary can be controlled by a handheld unit at the platform or by controls at both the pilothouse and flybridge helm stations. To either side of the bow pulpit are teak wing hatches which give storage options at the bow. Furthermore the inside wall of the Portuguese bridge includes two storage cabinets that give convenient storage for dock lines, windshield covers, and cleaning supplies.

  • Hand-laid solid fiberglass hull
  • Simulated planking grooves in hullside
  • Integrated molded guards with stainless rub rails
  • Varnished teak trim, cap rails, covering boards, and cockpit brow—with rail covers
  • Natural teak cockpit, side, fore, and Portuguese bridge decks
  • Stainless steel handrails inboard along side decks and Portuguese bridge
  • Teak swim platform with swim ladder
  • Cockpit freshwater wash down shower
  • Foredeck fresh & raw water hose bibs
  • Forward & aft shore power connection
  • Bow pulpit with Muir-Thor windlass
  • 88 lbs Rocna Vulcan anchor (March 2018) with 250’ 3/8 high-test G4
  • Side-doors lead to either side of pilothouse – on Portuguese bridge deck
  • Entry gates to either side—at cockpit level
  • Fiberglass radar arch with mounted mast
  • Teak flybridge deck
  • Non-skid aft boat deck
  • Horn—two trumpet (mounted above pilothouse)

Superior systems and engineering are key elements for Fleming Yachts, whose philosophy has always been to choose only the best equipment available and have it be readily accessible for maintenance. The main engine room access is from two outside hatches just aft of the salon doors. The salon floor panels can also come apart for greater access to the engine room when needed. Air intake for the engines is accomplished through openings underneath the cockpit combing boards which then travels through the lazarette and then to the engines thus allowing for less salt to come in contact with the engine components. To achieve the extremely low sound and vibration that Flemings are known for, Aquadrive systems transfer the thrust directly to the hull and the engine is isolated by using soft engine mounts.

Aft of the engine room, the lazarette houses the water tanks and steering gear while also leaving ample room for storing cruising gear such as deck chairs, spare anchors, rode, lines, fenders, and extra parts. Having the air conditioning compressors located here instead of in a hot engine room improves performance and efficiency while minimizing noise.

  • (2) Caterpillar 3208 at 375HP each (total hours on boat: ~4,620 / engine hours since rebuild: ~2,525)
  • Twin-Disc marine gears
  • Aqua-drive thrust-bearing system
  • Mechanical engine controls
  • Glendinning engine synchronizers
  • Hydraulic steering
  • Wesmar bow thruster
  • Bennett trim tabs
  • Manual clean agent fire system—2 units
  • Reverse cycle air con & SMX controls
  • (4) Fuel tanks (~1,000 Gal)
  • (2) Water tanks (~300 Gal)
  • (1) Black water tank (~65 Gal)

Engine Rebuild Details:

  • Both engines rebuilt in July of 1999
  • All below components are CAT rebuilt/certified
  • Remanufactured short blocks
  • Remanufactured cylinder heads
  • Complete turbo groups
  • Complete injection pumps
  • Remanufactured injectors

Electrical Systems:

  • Onan 15 kw generator (~3,029 hours)
  • 110V AC electrical service
  • 12V DC electrical service
  • (7) 8D batteries (June 2017)—with parallel switch
  • Balmar Smart Gauge battery monitor (April 2018)
  • Automatic battery charger
  • Magnum Energy inverter/charger (May 2018)
  • ProMariner stand-alone charger for engine & gen start batteries (April 2018)
  • ProMariner ProlsoCharge 130 isolator (May 2018)
  • 50 & 30 amp shore power plugs


  • Teak rail covers—blue (January 2020)
  • Bimini top over flybridge deck (2018)
  • Flybridge settee cushions & helm bench (2018)
  • Bow cushions (2018)

Exclusions-Does Not Convey:

  • Artwork
  • Sculptures
  • Clock & Barometer in pilothouse
  • Other personal effects of owner
  • The boat’s name and name boards do not convey

Recent Upgrades & Maintenance:

June 2017

  • 7 New 8D Batteries installed
  • Fuel polished
  • Rogue Wave WiFi Antenna and Router installed
  • CAT 3208 Engine Service
  • Changed Coolant
  • Replaced Thermostats
  • Replaced all Hoses and Belts
  • Replaced all Water Pump Impellers
  • Cleaned Aftercoolers
  • Oil and Filters Changed

August 2017

  • New Dometic 12,000 BTU air conditioner installed in master stateroom

November 2017

  • CAT Engines: Oil and Filters Changed

January 2018

  • New Serviced all thru holes
  • New shaft packings
  • New Newmar Galvanic Isolator installed
  • New electronics installed:
  • Raymarine Axiom Pro 12 chart plotter
  • Raymarine 3D sonar transducers
  • Raymarine Quantum radar
  • Raymarine Evolution EV-1 autopilot
  • Standard Horizon GX2200 marine transceiver/VHF radio

February 2018

  • New generator start battery

March 2018

  • 88lb Rocna Vulcan anchor
  • Refinished all rails and brow with AwlGrip
  • Window Tinting installed
  • Life Raft tested and recertified

April 2018

  • CAT Engines: Replaced All Fresh and Sea Water Hose Clamps with ABA 316 Stainless Clamps
  • Splendide 2100XC 110 Volt Clothes Washer/Dryer Combo (vented)
  • ProMariner stand-alone Charger for engine start batteries and generator start battery
  • Balmar Smart Gauge Battery Monitor installed

May 2018

  • ProMariner ProIsoCharge 130 Isolator
  • Magnum Energy Inverter/Charger installed

October 2018

  • New white bimini top overhead
  • Recovered flybridge cushion upholstry for settees & helm bench seat
  • New bow cushions


  • Replaced all fresh water & sea water hoses with new hoses
  • Replaced all head hoses


  • Vesper Watchmate Vision AIS—class A
  • Raymarine Axiom Pro 7” MFD with autopilot added to Flybridge console


  • Replaced flybridge plexiglass windshield
  • Added teak railing covers—blue
  • Raymarine Axiom Pro 7” added to flybridge helm
  • Engines & Genset serviced by Caterpillar
  • New bottom paint (January 2020)
  • Prop speed—all running gear & bow thruster (January 2020)
  • New VHF antenna (January 2020)
  • Ice maker serviced (March 2020)
  • Master stateroom AC sound shield installed (March 2020)

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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