1978 Hatteras 53 Convertible

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Class Power
Category Convertible Boats, Sports Fishing Boats, Flybridge
Year 1978
Make Hatteras
Length 53'
Propulsion Type Twin Inboard
Hull Material Fiberglass
Fuel Type Diesel
Location Saint Augustine, FL
Deck and Hull
  • Carolina blue painted hull
  • Pulpit with teak insets
  • Pulpit limited railing (custom look- no foredeck railing)
  • Anchor windlass
  • Plow anchor with chain and rode
  • Tournament outriggers
  • Powder-coated side deck hand rails
  • 4 gold rod holders (port/starboard pilasters)
  • 8 cleats (2 hawse pipes aft)
  • Lee rod holder (gunnel)
  • Teak swim platform
  • Transom door
  • Teak inset cover boards
  • Tan cockpit coaming bolsters
  • Tan painted cockpit sole
  • Custom ladderback fighting chair
  • Custom Ipe wood mezzanine lockers with padding
  • Tackle center locker with drawers
  • Teak stepped ladder to flybridge
  • Canvas cockpit awning
  • Flybridge tan ladderback helm seats (2)
  • Flybridge forward bench (storage under and forward)
  • Flybridge Sony speakers
  • Flybridge hardtop with powder coated supports
  • Flybridge twin overhead electronic boxes
  • Flybridge large fiberglass helm console
  • Tower/buggy top with control station and stretch top
  • Tower/buggy top bolsters and helm bench
  • Gray leather settee (port)
  • Brown leather ottoman
  • Wood flooring (engine room access)
  • Wood blinds
  • Fish-themed valances
  • Glass and ceramic tiling
  • Work table (granite counter, 3 shelves)
  • Stools (2)
  • Forward cabinetry (5 cabinets)
  • Wooden ceiling hand rail
  • Electrical panel
  • Polk Speakers
  • Sony stereo (MEX-N5100BT)
  • Large Samsung flatscreen TV
  • Up starboard salon location
  • L cabinetry (8 drawers, 7 cabinets)
  • Granite countertops
  • Glass and ceramic tiling
  • SS double basin sink and hardware
  • Hamilton Beach SS microwave
  • Oster SS coffee maker
  • GE Monogram SS electric cooktop (2 burner)
  • Magic Chef under counter SS refrigerator
  • Kitchen Aid SS 4 slice toaster
  • Wood Flooring
Master Stateroom
  • Port midship location
  • Queen v-berth with filler (storage underneath)
  • Drawers (6)
  • Hanging locker
  • Hatch
  • Wood floor
  • Polk stereo speakers
  • Stateroom lighting
  • Private head
  • Stall shower
  • Granite vanity counter w/glass bowl
  • Glass and ceramic tile in head
  • Raritan electric head
Guest Stateroom
  • Forward location
  • Over/under twin berths to port
  • Drawers (5), cabinets (3)
  • Hanging locker (thruster battery and charger within)
  • Hatch
  • Wood floor
  • Polk stereo speakers
  • Stateroom lighting
  • Anchor locker access
  • Private head
  • Stall shower
  • Granite vanity counter w/glass bowl
  • Glass and ceramic tile in head
  • Raritan electric head
Crew/Bunk Room
  • Starboard midship location
  • Over/under removable twin berths
  • Can be used as storage room
  • Locker area
  • Storage cabinets
  • Hatch
  • Wood floor
  • Bi-panel wood door
  • Stateroom lighting
Mechanical and Electrical
  • Twin Detroit Diesel 12v71TI, 900hp (about 150 hours SMOH)
  • Mas Power Generator, 9kw (about 28 hours)
  • Allison marine transmissions
  • Vetus bow thruster (recent)
  • Teleflex single lever controls (recent)
  • Trim tabs
  • Hydraulic steering
  • CruisAir A/C systems
  • Kidde Mariner Fyrewatch auto fire system
  • Kidde and Amerex fire extinquishers
  • Shorepower (50a, 3 connections port/starboard)
  • C-Charger 9000 series battery charger
  • Promariner Pro Sport 12 battery charger
  • Mastervolt 12/140-3 battery charger (thruster)
  • Galley Maid windlass with foot and helm controls
  • Spotlight (hardtop mount)
  • Cockpit washdown
  • Dockside H2O connection
  • Garmin GPSmap 741xs (touchscreen)
  • Garmin closed array radar
  • ICOM IC-M127 VHF radio
  • Simrad AP20 auto pilot
  • Spotlight (hardtop mount)
  • Spreader lights
  • Blue LED flybridge lighting

The Company and agents offer 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. Hours listed may vary from actual hours due to recent use. Purchaser is encouraged to verify hours prior to purchase. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Speed and Distance
Cruising Speed
Max Speed
Nominal Length
Length Overall
Engine Make Detroit Diesel
Engine Model 12v71 TI
Total Power 1800hp
Engine Hours 150
Engine Type Twin Inboard
Fuel Type Diesel
HIN HATAL4830978
Hull Shape Deep Vee
1978 Hatteras 53 Convertible

The Hatteras 53 Convertible is a legendary sportfishing vessel that can get you there and back in tough seas, and is proven to catch fish.  Apex received a refit and upgrades from 2012 to 2014.  Some of her notable features include:

  • Upgraded Detroit Diesels 12v71TI 900hp (about 150 hours SMOH)
  • Single lever controls
  • Bow thruster
  • Carolina blue painted hull
  • Mezzanine cockpit with fighting chair
  • Tournament outriggers
  • Newer Garmin electronics
  • Newer generator (under 100 hours)
  • 3 stateroom/2 heads layout
  • Granite counters

She is fully fish rigged and ready for your blue water adventures!  Call to see her now.  




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