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2006 53 (ft.) MARLOW 53C

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General Information

Listing# 105227

Vero Beach, FL, United States
Marlow Explorer
Boat Type
Model Year
Motor Yachts
David Marlow
53 (ft.)
Hull Material
Fuel Type
Engine Model
C12 with CAT warranty to 05/20/13
Number of Engines
Engine Type
Engine Hours

General Details

DUTCH, a Marlow 53C is a head turner and draws a crowd wherever she goes.  She was the 5th Explorer model built in this series and has been maintained to exacting and disciplined standards, with recent upgrades and enhancements throughout.  She is a three stateroom Raised Pilot House trawler yacht with private owners head, comfortable office area in the 3rd stateroom, and granite floors in the galley and both heads. Powered by a pair of the reliable CAT 700hp C-12 diesels, DUTCH cruises economically at 17+ knots and tops out at 20+ knots, yet she burns only 10 gallons per hour at 8 knots for long range economy.  All engine maintenance has been done by Caterpillar at the scheduled intervals with general maintenance performed by one of Florida's oldest, most respected yacht yards.  Twin Onan generators individually deliver all the power needed for those extended stays at anchor in remote, secluded destinations.  Her electronics have been updated in the last year and feature two E-120 Wide monitors at the FB Helm and two E140-Wide monitors in the Pilot House.  At the same time High Definition radar was added as well as an AIS unit and FLIR's top-of-the-line infrared system.  The custom bedding and window treatments in all three of DUTCH's staterooms were replaced in 2011.  The window treatments in the salon were done at the same time as well as other soft goods.  In 2012 all the soft goods on the Stidd helm chairs were replaced along with all the Flybridge and forward exterior seating area cushions.

Of great significance is that DUTCH was the last 53C/57E Explorer built in Taiwan before Marlow shipped the molds to the China factory outside Xiamen for all further production of this series of Explorers.  This Taiwan facility in Tainan produced some of the finest yachts from Marlow or from Taiwan for that matter and DUTCH was one of their best efforts.  The quality and workmanship out of this facility was excellent, a fact that is apparent throughout DUTCH. 

At the time she was built, Marlow finished the interior of each boat with the wood from a single teak tree, something unique to their production process.  This enabled the craftspeople building her interior to create some of the finest joinery work in the industry.  The log used for DUTCH has some of the most beautiful grain detail ever seen and at the time she arrived at the Marlow facility in Florida for delivery, even David Marlow remarked that her interior was the most beautiful to date.

The current owners bought her in May of 2010.  They immediately brought her up to date with all inspections and maintenance items accomplished before beginning to use her, a regimen that continues to this day.  After listing her for sale but prior to officially placing her on the market, they had they had all maintenance personnel go through DUTCH completely to be sure she would be standing tall for the next proud owners.

DUTCH represents a unique opportunity to purchase a high quality, limited production, semi custom yacht that is truly better now than when delivered new.  


The raised pilothouse, Portuguese bridge, wide side decks, combined with her state-of-the-art hull and Naiad stabilizers makes this Marlow Explorer one of the most comfortable and safest yachts in any sea condition.  The side decks are fully protected by fiberglass bulwarks topped with teak cap rails that are waist high aft and higher forward.  The foredeck is accessed through the Portuguese bridge doors.  The twin stainless steel anchors are set up with all chain on the dual gypsy windlass.   On either side of the windlass, deck lockers open to expose the forward set of Cablemasters.  Faucets for the fresh and salt water wash downs are also  in these lockers.  The bow rail is heavy oval stainless steel as are all the stainless rails on DUTCH . The 1100-gallon fuel tanks can be filled from either side of the yacht eliminating the need to drag fuel hoses across the boat.  The lube oil tank fill is also located in this locker and is at a convenient height, about 12" above the deck on the port side.  The water fills are also located on either side of the pilothouse right below the windshield and you can fill the all the water tanks from either side as well.
Main Salon
When  you enter the salon from the aft deck you feel the spaciousness of the vessel's 18'2" beam.  The composite construction allows this area to be very open with a good view beyond the salon and galley to the pilothouse windshields.  The tinted windows and wooden blinds allow just the right amount of light.  The salon door is one of a pair.  On nice days when you want natural ventilation the second aft door can be slid aside creating a 5' opening and vistas to the cockpit and beyond.   The large L-shaped settee with full storage underneath, is upholstered in Ultra leather that is beautifully tufted.  Under the salon seat edges there is a string of 110V accent lighting that provides a perfect ambiance.  The deck light circuits and 110V plugs are on the 4,000-watt inverter so you do not need shore power or the generator to operate these lights.  Across from the built-in settee there is an additional straight settee with storage underneath.  At the forward end of the salon there is a 40" Samsung HD TV, new in July 2010.   The overhead lights in addition to the 24V Italian and Cabin Denmark lights and valance lighting create a bright, yet warm atmosphere for relaxing at the end of a days cruise or for entertaining family and friends.  There is a beautiful large hi-lo table in front of the settee. This table also has two magazine racks on the ends and raises and lowers with gas assist.  Forward to port is an entertainment center with two slide out storage shelves that have inserts to securely hold glasses and bottles.  The bar has a hidden under counter stainless steel sink, refrigerator with ice maker (new 2011), and a cabinet for glass storage behind a teak tambour door.  The overhead valance on the starboard side is used to diffuse the air-conditioning throughout the salon.  The speakers for the Bose Home Theater surround sound system are mounted for optimum listening pleasure whether watching TV or listening to your favorite music.
The pilothouse is up three steps from the salon and includes the lower helm station, dinette with beautiful L-shaped settee and gourmet galley. There are port and starboard articulating exterior doors allowing quick access to DUTCH's wide side decks. A staircase forward descends to the staterooms and a floating staircase aft to port ascends up to the flybridge and boat decks. The galley is very well equipped with top of the line appliances and plenty of storage for provisions and house wares including custom cabinets athwart ship over the forward counter which open from either side for total access. The U-shaped galley has beautiful green granite counter tops and the galley floor is the same granite with stainless steel dividers creating a unique custom look. Drop-down color TV (new 2010) Trash compactor Two U-Line under counter refrigerator units (4-drawers) Dacor smooth cook-top with sea rails & pot holders Fisher Paykel dish washer Disposal under stainless steel sink Under counter floor accent lighting Microwave/convection oven (new 2012) Green granite floor with stainless steel dividers Cracker keeper/bread warmer Custom Forward over-counter cabinets with front & rear access Grohe sink fixture with pull out sprayer arm Franke stainless steel sink with decorative cutting board cover Separate drinking water faucet draws water from the separate stainless steel drinking water tank
The lower helm is another very comfortable area, complete with Stidd helm chair for the captain next to a beautiful teak table and settee with Chamois Ultra-leather seating for guests.  In front of the helm chair you have all the systems a captain would need.  The two Raymarine 140-Wide Series displays were new in 2011 and can be set up to display any combination of GPS, chart, HD radar, or bottom contour data.  The engine displays, VHF, autopilot, and other critical systems are all within easy reach.  In 2011 an AIS system and FLIR's top-of-the-line infrared unit were added.  The overhead panel has the electronics circuit breakers, inverter control, Tank Tender Sentry fluid level monitor, bilge pump controls, and the vessel visual monitor safety control center.  There are floor accent lights under the edge of the settee for safety while running at night when all other pilothouse lighting is extinguished.  DUTCH has a remote Dockmaster Control which allows operation of the gears, both bow and stern thruster, and windlass from anywhere on the boat (300' range).  In 2010 a new AM/FM satellite radio was added.
VIP Stateroom
The VIP Stateroom forward could double as a master.  It has a centerline queen island berth with six large drawers under the berth.  All the cabinetry is a satin finished teak.  Each hull side is finished with teak ceiling boards, overhead lockers with louvered teak doors and a cedar lined hanging locker.  There is a 15" flat screen TV that is mounted in a custom teak frame.  This stateroom has a telephone jack, stereo volume control, and berth reading lights.  Two Manship screened overhead hatches provide light and fresh air and there is overhead lighting and accent lighting as well.  Access to the forward Glendinning Cablemasters and the anchor chain locker and it's internal wash down system are below the berth forward.
Master Stateroom
The full width master stateroom is amidships, making it very light and roomy with teak and holly sole throughout.  DUTCH has an island queen berth with eight large drawers underneath.  The walls and cabinetry are all satin finished teak.  There are three cedar lined hanging lockers, the standard ones to starboard and an additional one to port - custom to this boat, plus several lockers with shelving and additional drawers along the starboard side.  The forward port corner of the stateroom has a full length beveled dressing mirror. The newer 32" HD Sharp TV is easily viewed from the bed.  There are beautiful teak night stands on both sides of the bed with storage.  A Cabin Denmark lamp is mounted just outside the headboard on each side to provide the perfect light for reading.  A beautiful curved solid teak valance over the bed has small halogen lights on a a dimmer.  The slots in the front of the valance diffuse the air-conditioning throughout the room, keeping cool drafts off the bed.  There are four opening port lights with screens and, when you want privacy, drapes can be closed to cover these port lights. The ensuite head is very spacious with vanity, green colored granite counters and sole, an under-mounted china sink bowl with Grohe faucet and several drawers and cabinets with shelves for storage of toiletries.  A large linen closet above and behind the head allows storage for several sets of towels and bed linens.  The shower area has a large teak-framed Lexan door and the shower sides are finished in high gloss gelcoat trimmed in teak. There is even a cabinet in the shower area to store toiletries. This Vacu-Flush toilet too, has a switch to prevent the unit from cycling at night.  The tank tender is next to the head allowing you to see the state of the holding tank at a glance.
VIP Head
There is a full head with separate stall shower accessible from the stateroom or the companionway to allow use as a day head.  The Lexan shower door is a beautiful curved shape framed in solid teak to make the best use of the space.  Both the head and the shower have exhaust fans vented outside the vessel.  The sink is an under mounted china bowl in a green granite top finished with teak fiddles.  The floor in this head has been done in green granite that matches the counter top.  The VacuFlush toilet has a switch to prevent the unit from cycling at night, a small detail but the difference is in the details.
Port Guest Stateroom
The second guest stateroom is on the port side of the vessel at the base of the stairs from the pilothouse.  This stateroom provides two comfortable berths and a cedar-lined hanging locker forward.  There is a 15" flat screen TV on the aft bulkhead viewable from the berths and a radio volume control.  A double door opens to the companionway where you descend from the pilothouse giving this deck a spacious feeling. This area doubles as an office with a nice desk that is designed to securely store a laptop with easily accessible power and phone line.  There are three large drawers and a teak cabinet for storage.  A large mirror over the desk gives this space an open airy feel.
In the companionway stacked behind a louvered teak door are full size Asko washer and dryer separates.  A storage locker for detergent and other supplies is a few feet away at the base of the stairs.
Full electrical yacht bonding system (2) Onan 13.5 kW generators in sound shields with custom lexan inserts for easy monitoring 2500-watt Pure Sine Wave inverter Battery parallel switches Upgraded AGM batteries all new May 2011   (4) 200 AH batteries for engines, 2 X 200 AH for generator, 4 X 200 AH for house inverter 110-volt and 220 volt AC house systems and 24 volt DC ships system 24V lighting systems with Italian and Cabin Denmark lighting fixtures Overhead 24V halogen lights AC/DC distribution panel with magnetic circuit breakers Voltage meter for all battery banks (4) Glendinning Cable Masters (two forward and two aft)
Deck & Hull
The Marlow Explorer is one of the few yachts in the world that has taken the time to optimize the basic hull design.  Most yachts built today are very similar to each other and their predecessors over the last 20 years.  When you see DUTCH on land you notice very quickly that the yacht is blocked at the bow like every other boat, but at the stern she rests on her own twin strut keels.  The propellers are well above the bottom of the keels and it is obvious that a light grounding on a sand bar will only result in some worn bottom paint.  What is not so obvious is how these strut keels will make the boat handle in a following sea.  The lateral resistance provided makes the boat track straight with very little rudder correction required. On deck you can see that the teak planks do not have bungs hiding screws, they are epoxied in place.  You can tell that the deck and superstructure is molded as one piece because there are no seams from the transom to the bow, including the Portuguese bridge.  The windshields and side windows are tinted glass and laminated with a layer of 3M Hurricane shield to a total thickness of 11mm, twice what most builders use in vessels below 100'. The teak rails are perfectly finished with many coats of the finest varnish.  The hull is molded in white gel coat and topped with 2 coats of Awlgrip with a coat of clear on top to keep her gloss shiny.  It is obvious that the mold was perfect because you cannot find a ripple down the entire length of her hull.  She will keep her form because the Vinylester resin encases two layers of Kevlar and many layers of non-woven fabrics that are vacuum bagged to the Core-Cell structural foam core.  The inner laminate is all high tech woven fabrics bonded by state-of-the-art resins.  The bilges are smooth and finished like the rest of the yacht with the highest quality gel coat. In the cockpit cabinet under the stairs is a fresh and salt water wash down and shower. Electric grill, refrigerator with icemaker, and sink on boat deck 1000# Aritex full rotation davit Cockpit shower Swim ladder New bottom paint October 2012 Stainless steel Danforth style anchor Stainless steel Bruce style anchor Aere Inflatable fenders (2010) Fender lines (new 2010) (2) Teak cockpit chairs with table (2010) Custom MarQuipt Tide Ride boarding ramp (2010) Fresh water and sea water wash down system at bow Maxwell windlass VWC 3500CV Dinghy chocks on flybridge boat deck Novurania 2007 14'10" tender with 50-hp Yamaha Side-Power bow and stern thrusters Underwater lights (8) Docking lines (new 2010) Fender hooks (new 2010) Shaft razor cutters (new 2012) Black water holding tanks = 100 gallons Grey water holding tanks = 45 gallons
Engine Room
Marlows have a walk-in engine room not found on other vessels of this size and DUTCH's is arranged perfectly.  You can get to everything quickly and safely with 6'2" head room.  The area is well lit with 110V and 24V lighting. There are 110V and 24V blowers to cool the space down after a run and the area is air-conditioned so maintenance can be done in comfort.  Each diesel engine and generator has dual Racor filters with vacuum gauges.  The fuel system is very simple with 2 large tanks that are usually cross-connected to operate as one (1100 gallons total).  The engine beds are heavy, polished stainless steel and secure the engine vibration isolation mounts to the hull stringers and run all the way past the transmissions to accept the thrust load of the Aquadrive units, another feature not usually found on boats this size.  The dripless shaft seals (renewed 2012) have a crossover tube that supplies water from both engines to each seal so you can safely run on one engine.  There are two fully accessible 13.5 kW Onan generators in custom sound shields making routine checks and scheduled maintenance a breeze. Just forward of the engines in the center of the room is a sea chest with removable clear top cleaning port.  Each of the engines, generators, the air-conditioning system, salt water wash down and all the other components of the yacht that require salt water have heir own shut-off valve on the sea chest.  Two hull openings for all sea water needs provides great safety and easier maintenance.  The 700 hp Caterpillar C-12 engines are connected to their underwater exhaust system via high temperature silicone hose to further isolate noise and vibration. 12V & 110V Aqua Signal lighting Exhaust blowers High capacity induction blowers Chilled water reverse cycle air conditioning compressors with soft starts and constant voltage transformers Fire extinguishing system Fuel polisher system S & K watermaker, 400 gpd Naiad stabilizers with new mother board and flybridge remote control, 2012 New engine After Coolers, port & starboard, 2012 CAT 2000 hour maintenance June 2012:  250 hour maintenance September 2012 Engine hour meter and gauges 3" lead/foam engine room insulation Emergency engine stops (4) 3700 gph bilge pump with auto and manual switches FRP fuel tanks located midships do not effect balance or trim Watertight door with window from lazarette Oil temperature alarm (3) Fire extinguishers Soft engine mounts Dual Racor fuel separators with vacuum gauges for each engine and generator Aqua Drive shaft couplings New sea strainers 2012
DUTCH's flybridge is an excellent area for fair weather cruising and entertaining guests.  There are two Stidd helm chairs, one on centerline.  The Raymarine E-140 Wide series plotters can be set up to show any combination of GPS map, radar, or sounder data.  A full set of Caterpillar electronics controls is immediately forward of the large stainless steel wheel.  The console also has displays for wind velocity and direction, water depth, and boat speed.  The VHF and the yachts intercom phone are within easy reach.  The flybridge is protected by a full molded composite hardtop.  The flybridge is accessible by stairs from inside the pilothouse and outside from the aft cockpit.  There is comfortable seating for eight people, with two tables, hidden sink, refrigerator with icemaker, and plenty of storage as well as a Gaggenau electric grill.  All exterior soft goods were new in 2012 including the Stidd helm chairs soft goods.  All canvas was new in 2011 and is extensive including tender cover, flybridge seats & tables, flybridge helm, windlass, forward windshield, etc.  The 1,000 pound hydraulic davit with remote control and the dinghy with outboard are aft of the flybridge seating area on the flybridge boat deck. (2) Stidd helm chairs (2) Raymarine E120 Wide monitors with GPS, HD radar, sounder Raymarine autopilot Refrigerator with ice maker Composite hardtop Satellite AM/FM radio, 2010 Whale tail for radar, steaming anchor lights & AIS, new 2011 New KVH HD TV domes, 2010
You enter the lazarette from the aft cockpit and when you stand at the bottom of the ladder you have full head room.  On either side of the lazarette there are beautiful finished teak doors that enclose the batteries, cablemasters, and other equipment.  Most of the space is open for your use as general storage.  The forward bulkhead of the lazarette is the aft engine room wall where the main battery distribution panel is located.  The aft doors in the lazarette give you access to the steering gear, autopilot ram, and trim tab system.  This area is beautifully finished in white gelcoat like all the bilges on the yacht. Sub-Zero freezer with two drawers Tool box
Additional Salespersons Remarks
DUTCH is an opportunity to own a beautiful Marlow Explorer in exceptional condition maintained to disciplined and exacting standards without waiting for one to be built.  Her replacement cost would be over $2.2 million.  The owners' plans changed and they found they will not have time to cruise her as extensively as they have in the last three years.  DUTCH was built with all of the most popular options including 700 hp Caterpillar engines, both bow & stern thrusters, Naiad stabilizers, factory hardtop, Stidd helm chairs, and chilled water air-conditioning.  Like all Marlow Explorers the lumber for her interior was sawn from a single teak log and this log produced some of the most beautiful planks we have ever seen, with a rich deep color and beautiful grain patterns.  Her engines give a 17+ knot cruise and her 1,100 gallons of fuel will cruise at 8 knots for 1,000 miles.  The 18'2" beam makes her 53' feel more like a vessel in the 70' range.  The master stateroom is amidship and is the full width of the hull with a private head. All custom bedding in the staterooms was new in 2011 as were window treatments throughout DUTCH .  The full stand-up engine room with air-conditioning will be a pleasure to work in. She has just completed a full inspection and service including new bottom paint and she is turn-key for her next owners.  All service personnel will be available to any buyer with an accepted offer.
Maintenance, Upgrades & Improvements
250-hour maintenance: 2010/2012 performed by factory authorized Caterpillar  dealers CAT 2000-hour maintenance performed 2012 Complete winter maintenance & haul out 2011/2012 After coolers port/starboard replaced, new 2012 Naiad stabilizer mother board amd flybridge remote replaced new 2012 Sea strainers fabricated, new 2012 Canvas, new 2011 Tender (2) Flybridge settees (2) Flybridge tables Flybridge dash All batteries (10), new May 2011 Custom MarQuipt Tide Ride boarding ramp with mounts at both side rail gates (new 2010) Stidd helm/companion seats/backs/arm rests upholstery/cushions, new 2012 Complete flybridge and forward cushions and seat backs, new 2012 KVH high definition TV dome/Dummy dome, new 2010 Samsung 40" high definition salon TV, new 2010 AM/FM/Satellite radios (2) flybridge/pilothouse, new 2010 Raymarine E-140 Wide monitors (2) pilothouse, new 2011 Raymarine E-120 Wide monitors (2) flybridge, new 2011 AIS, new 2011 FLIR infrared system, new 2011 Raymarine high definition radar, new 2011 Marlow Whale tail & fabrication, new 2011 Shaft Razor rope cutters, new 2012 Annual exterior teak railings varnished Twice monthly detailing Twice monthly bottom cleaning Convection oven/microwave, new 2012 U-Line salon refrigerator/icemaker, new 2011 Docking lines (8) X 25', new 2010 Aere fenders (5), new 2010 Fender hooks (10), new 2011 Fender lines (10), new 2010 Teak cockpit chairs (2), new 2010 Teak cockpit cocktail table, new 2010 Custom window treatments, salon, master/VIP/bunk staterooms, new 2011 Custom bedding master/VIP/bunk staterooms, new 2011 Decorative cushions salon/pilothouse/master/VIP/bunk staterooms, new 2011 Owner notes:  DUTCH has been maintained to exacting and disciplined standards.  She has been carefully used monthly and for four-month periods the last two summers.  No maintenance item has been left unresolved without immediate solution.  She is turn-key, with the latest electronics and navigation aids.  Full access to those maintaining her will be given to a serious, qualified buyer with an accepted offer.
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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.