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Category: Flybridge, Motor Yacht, .

Bradford Marine Yacht Sales
Phone: 954-377-3900
Email: sales@bradford-marine.com
Fax: 954-377-3901




DIGNOLITA is a Hatteras 53 Extended Deck FB Motoryacht, one of the most popular personal size motor yachts ever built. Large enough to boast roomy, comfortable accommodations for extended cruising in style, this model is still a manageable size for a couple to handle and cruise alone. Her VIP guest quarters w/complete head and stall shower are generous and the galley with separate eating dinette is large enough to satisfy any seagoing chef. The spacious salon with her custom furniture is big enough to entertain large parties and extends beam to beam on this ED model. Her aft deck is large enough to sit outside for morning coffee or an evening cocktail and makes aft line handling easy. The large Flybridge is great for running on those beautiful sunny days and for inclement weather and night passages this “Dignified Lady” has a separate Pilothouse helm on the main deck just forward of the salon. Accommodations for additional guests or crew if desired are forward of the galley with upper/lower berths and private head w/separate stall shower. Storage space is plentiful throughout the yacht especially the Master Stateroom which has very large full-length hanging locker/closet and private head and stall shower. Her 8V-71TI main engines, yacht systems and 20kw Northern Lights generator (new 2006 w/2513 current hours) are housed in separate engine rooms port and starboard of the stateroom deck companionway and each engine room has forward and aft access through full size sound proofed doors.

All of these features also make DIGNOLITA a perfect live aboard boat or an ideal weekend and vacation getaway cottage which can be relocated to new surroundings at any time the owners wish.

Previously a freshwater boat for extended periods of time the current owner purchased her in 2003 for extended cruising and has taken her to ports local and all over the islands, Central and South America. She has spent time in exotic ports of call and far off islands as well as cruising the coastal waters and rivers of North America. Her custom hydraulic arch lowering system makes her Loop capable.

DIGNOLITA was painted in 2005 by Darling Yachts, Louisville KY and still looks good today.  The seller is a knowledgeable and hands-on owner who knows his boat intimately as is necessary when cruising remote ports of call and the boats machinery and systems have therefore, been maintained proactively to prevent potential system failures.

Among the many upgrades, updates and improvements are the following;
• 600 GPD Village Marine Watermaker
• 3000-watt Xantrex Inverter
• Wesmar Stabilizer system with larger 7.5’ Fins
• New Larger redesigned Rudders for better handling at all speeds
• Custom Salon Furniture
• SAT TV system
• New Northern Lights 20kw Generator w/S.S. exhaust elbow
• Algae-X Fuel Polishing System w/external Racor T1000 filter for 2-micron filter
• Winslow Life Raft (Inspected, serviced and Certified June 2018)
• ACR Global Self-deploying EPIRB
• Upgraded Galley Maid Anchor Windlass w/Solenoid controls
• Florentine Sea Anchor
• Hydraulic Arch Lowering System

The Seller is only the 5th owner, an unusually low number for one of these yachts and is now finished with cruising. He has made every attempt to make DIGNOLITA a turn-key boat for the next owners and is including 2 dock boxes full of spare parts in addition to all the spare parts stored aboard. The value of all this back-up equipment is roughly $2,000.00. A complete inventory and comments by the Seller are in the Broker’s Remarks section at the end of the Full Specifications Listing Brochure.

DIGNOLITA is now in her Bradenton, FL slip and will remain there until sold.


Located forward is the pilothouse with excellent visibility and boarding from either port or starboard. It features a full array of electronics and navigation equipment, teak parquet floor and helm seat. To port is a teak ladder that leads up to the large flybridge. The flybridge features custom seating, a helm station, a low-profile davit and a ProJet tender. Down the curved stairwell forward of the pilothouse one enters into a large galley. The galley features an apartment sized refrigerator/freezer, 4-burner stove with convection oven/microwave oven, dishwasher, and a full complement of storage. A dinette is opposite the galley is a dinette. Forward of the galley is the bow stateroom with upper and lower berths, locker, hanging locker, ample drawer space and a head with storage and shower. There is also a washer and dryer. The companionway between the two walk-in engine rooms is aft and down. Aft of the engine rooms is the guest stateroom with twin berths, hanging locker and ample storage below each bunk. The guest head is opposite the guest stateroom and has a separate stall shower. Aft through the companionway, one enters the master stateroom which has a large 6'+ wide, full-length hanging locker, centerline queen bed, vanity and ample storage on both sides.


• Sony TV w/remote control
• Cetrek 730 Autopilot with 715 remote @ FB
• ICOM 127 VHF radio w/hailer
• (2) Pioneer stereo systems w/6-disc CD players
• (2) Datamarine International depth sounders
• Northstar GPS 951 XD w/Navionics cartridges
• Hailer
• Mitsubishi
• 48-mile Furuno Radar
• Nautilus cellular phone system
• (2) Danforth compasses
• Northstar (800x) GPS
• Datamarine depth, water temperature, speed & distance log
• Raymarine AXIOM GPS/Chart Plotter
• Furuno NavNet 1920C Chart Plotter on FB


• 110-volt, 220-volt AC electrical system
• 20 kw Northern Lights generator with 2153 hrs.
• 8 batteries with parallel switch
• 12 volt, 32-volt DC electrical system
• Automatic battery charger
• (3) Dockside electrical cables


• Anchor
• MarQuipt Boarding ladder
• S.S. side stanchions with teak hand rails and lifelines
• (2) Bimini tops
• Bow pulpit with s.s. rails
• Flybridge
• Fiberglass deck
• Windshield washer and wiper
• Fenders and lines
• Single, electric search light
• Hull finished in Imron
• MarQuipt Tide ride ladder
• Port and starboard 220/120-volt shore power
• 13.9 ft. 1993 Zodiac ProJet hard bottom dinghy
• Swim ladder
• Swim platform
• Fresh water system
• Galley Maid Windlass
• Coast Guard safety package
• Navigation lights
• Foredeck seats with cushions
• Flybridge seating
• Telephone, TV and dockside water hook-ups
• Low profile MarQuipt davit
• Hydraulic arch lowering system
• FloScan fuel monitoring system


DIGNOLITA has been refinished with a satin gloss finish. There are also: Scotsman icemaker Water heater Pressure water system. Parquet flooring in galley, companionway, aft corridor and all heads. Teak fascia under counters at all heads. Counter top stone Formica finish. Upgraded sink fixtures. Teak valance at upper salon. Headlines throughout vessel. Teak detail behind pilothouse seat. Shadow curtains.

• (4) Cruise Air reverse cycle air conditioner
• Fresh water-cooling system
• (2) extra propellers
• (2) extra stub shafts
• Bennett trim tabs
• Engine temperature alarm
• Emergency engine stop
• Engine fuel shut-off valve
• Fuel manifold system
• Automatic CO2 fire extinguisher system in main engine rooms and engineering space
certified 09/17
• Galley Maid Electric heads
• Hynautic Hydraulic steering
• Northern Lights Generator w/Lugger diesel engine – hours: 2513
• Scotsman commercial icemaker
• New 20 gal. water heater 6/18
• Pilothouse, flybridge engine controls
• Main engine and generator oil transfer system
• Perko raw water sea strainers
• Glendinning engine synchronizers
• Walker air seps on main engines
• Engineering space Bilge blower
• (2) Racor fuel filters
• (4) Electric, automatic bilge pumps
• Pressure water

Broker Remarks

Usually as a seasoned broker of 40+ years I add remarks about the boats condition, equipment, readiness etc. in this section. While DIGNOLITA is a beautiful yacht and represents a great value in her size and class I think the following from the current owner, who has been aboard her on extended deep water voyages for the last 15 years, tells the story better than anyone else possibly could.

"Why you should by my boat"

• Hunt designed proven semi displacement hull for long range cruising
• Upgraded windlass control
• Windlass gears replaced
• Fortress 55 Anchor (Secondary anchor)
• Taylor Made Captain's helm seats
• Flybridge and Salon Stereo Pioneer radios with 6 CD changer
• Wired for telephone
• 300' ¾" twisted nylon anchor road with chain for Fortress anchor
• 6-person Winslow life raft – Serviced 6/18 – Three-year Certification
• Florentine Sea Anchor with 300' ½" line
• Two Taylor made swim platform fenders
• 4 – 50' 7/8" braided hurricane lines
• 6 – ½" nearly new braided dock lines
• 3- 50-amp 240v shore power cables
• Twin 30-amp 120v to 50-amp 240v combination "Y"
• Shore TV Cable
• New Raymarine Axiom Chart plotter
• Saloon and all staterooms wired for TV
• Dirt Devil vacuum
• Central vacuum system
• Oreck upright vacuum sweeper
• Hand held carpet cleaner
• Scotsman commercial icemaker
• Central CO2 fire extinguisher system – certified 9/17
• Handheld fire extinguishers- certified 9/17
• Custom fitted linens for forward and mid cabin beds
• 2 new ME impellers
• 2 generator impellers
• Oil changer pump impeller
• Miscellaneous gaskets including numerous gaskets for all Perko raw water strainers
• 10 Sweeper bags
• Electric Can Opener
• Garbage Disposal
• Double deep stainless-steel galley sink
• Coffee maker
• Stainless steel Toaster Oven
• Kenmore Elite Convection Oven – installed 1/17
• Kenmore Elite Dishwasher – installed 1/17
• Kenmore Elite glass cooktop – installed 1/17
• Whirlpool apartment refrigerator
• Built in pantry added
• Engine room air vent covers
• 4 heat pumps
• Fuel priming pumps
• 2 spare 30-micron Racor filters
• 2 – 20-micron Racor filters
• 7 – 20 micron ME primary filters
• 1 Northern Lights Generator
• Xantrex battery meter
• 8 New 8D batteries installed 10/17
• Xantrex batt
• 20kw Northern Lights generator with Lugar diesel
• Fuel/water 12v transfer pump
• 2 – 2″ tail shafts
• Spot Free external water softener
• Custom cushions and covers for jetboat
• Macerator pump for open water pump out as required
• 1 qt. Captain's Best varnish
• Miscellaneous paint supplies
• One set of heavy-duty jumper cables
• Dishes, Silverware, Pots and pans and utensils
• Belts for generator, ME and Auxiliary alternator for Inverter
• Xantrex Freedom 458 3000-watt inverter
• Electric can opener
• Built in blender
• Auxiliary 150-amp alternator for inverter batteries for when the generator and shore
power are not available while traveling
• Back up Shurflo freshwater pump
• Algae X fuel polisher with remote Racor T1000 filter housing to use 2-micron filters
• 2 50' 30-amp 120v cables
• New water heater 6/18
• 2 handheld VHF radios
• Miscellaneous handheld flashlights
• Navigation handheld instruments and plotting tools
• Florida paper charts
• Electronic charts for Florida. Which can be updated on an annual subscription of $99.
Current through 12/1/18
• Cetrek Autopilot integrated into all GPS instruments (4)
• Zodiac Jet boat with cover. Engine has 20 hours on a rebuild
• A/C flushing tool
• 600 gpd Village Marine watermaker
• Watermaker membranes changed 5/18
• New aft Bimini
• Canvas for all teak and boarding steps
• MarQuipt Boarding ladder
• MarQuipt Tide Ride auto adjusting boarding steps
• Danforth type main anchor with 200' of high tensile 5/16' chain. This anchor has held
in 70-mph winds as recently as 6/23/18
• Ditch bag with EBIRP, water maker
• Automatic deploying EBIRP on flybridge serviced 6/18/18
• 6 Offshore life jackets
• Manuals for virtually everything on the boat including wiring schematics
• Selection of Hatteras screws
• Miscellaneous electrical parts including breakers, fuses, lamps, connectors etc.
• Miscellaneous parts including wire, snaps, snap tool, stainless screws and courtesy
• Wesmar stabilizers with 7.4 square foot fins. Provides stabilization at low speeds.
Significantly improves performance and ride
• Swim platform fenders
• Two large dock boxes with miscellaneous parts and supplies collected over the years.

This is a turnkey boat. It is set up for cruising at 7.5 – 9 knots at 1 mile per gallon giving it a range of 500 miles plus generator and reserve. Fuel is monitored by Floscan fuel monitoring system. Capable of running 20 knots (thermostats need to be changed back to 160 from 180 and are included). This boat has made dozens of open water crossings including Bahamas, Abacos, Exumas, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, US and British Virgin Islands, Mexico, Yucatan Peninsula, Cozumel, Isle Mujeres, Belize, Honduras, Bay Islands of Honduras, Columbia. 8 Gulf of Mexico crossings from Tampa Bay to Mobile, Cincinnati and back 4 times. Georgetown Maryland to Bradenton Florida. Owner lived aboard for 5 years.


Owner's personal gear, clothing, and a few items TBD. List furnished upon request.

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