53' Little Harbor 1988 Resolute

Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA


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Yacht Overview

  • Yacht Details 53' Little Harbor 1988
  • Location Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA
  • Engines Westerbeke
  • Days on Market112 days
  • Last UpdatedJul 31, 2019
  • Asking Price$495,000
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Yacht Description

This classic Ted Hood-designed Little Harbor 53 features fine workmanship throughout and a unique cockpit design that allows one person to handle all sail controls without leaving the helm, as well as easy access each side without stepping up. Her proven hull design features generous displacement and beam to provide exceptional living and storage space, as well as remarkable stability and seakindliness offshore. The low-wetted surface hull is also easily driven in light wind by a high-aspect sail plan. Upwind performance is enhanced by a balanced rudder and a deep, efficient centerboard that increases draft to 11'-4" when lowered.

RESOLUTE offers a rare yet preferable three-cabin layout with owner’s cabin aft with queen berth, VIP cabin forward with queen berth, and second guest cabin forward with twin berths. Only three Little Harbor 53/54s were built with this highly-desirable and versatile layout that works well at sea and at anchor.

The current owner of RESOLUTE purchased her in 2002 and has since spared no expense over the years with professional care and many recent upgrades.  For someone looking for a beautiful, high quality and comfortable sailing yacht at less than 20% of replacement cost, one need look no further. 

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  • Make Westerbeke
  • Model
  • Fuel Diesel
  • Hours 10320
  • Type Inboard
  • Drive Type


  • Cruising Speed: 7.5 kn
  • Beam: 15' 1''
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Displacement: 56,000 lb
  • Fuel Tank: 1 x 175|gallon
  • Fresh Water: 1 x 200|gallon
  • Single Berths: 4
  • Double Berths: 2
  • Cabins: 3
  • Heads: 2

Interior Overview

RESOLUTE sleeps six in three private staterooms, with two heads and two stall showers, plus two berths in main salon. The interior features traditional Little Harbor teak joiner work with solid teak trim, teak veneer and solid teak and holly floorboards, all finished in satin varnish with gloss accents. All exposed hull surfaces are lined with varnished teak ceiling strips. The overhead is of removable white Formica panels with teak trim. Hanging lockers are lined with aromatic wood and have automatic lights. All other lockers above seat level are meticulously lined with teak or Formica.

Galley countertops are Formica with stainless counters around sink, while all other countertops are marble. The head and shower floors are molded FRP covered with teak grating rounded off on the edges for comfort. Varnished teak towel racks, toothbrush/cup holder and other accessories are provided to match the interior. Canvas lee cloths are installed for all berths. Ample shelving, bookshelves and handholds are provided throughout the interior. There are sheets, bed covers, shams, pillows, mattresses and area carpets.

All water and fuel tanks are below floor level, providing extensive storage under seats and furniture throughout the interior. All wiring and plumbing is completely hidden from view behind removable panels.



Starting forward is the full-width VIP cabin with queen berth on center. There are overhead lockers outboard on each side, two hanging lockers, multiple drawers and lockers, and a small settee each side. Light and ventilation are provided by a large deck hatch and two dorade vents.


Aft and to starboard is a second guest cabin featuring upper and lower berths, bureau, a hanging locker and curved lockers outboard each berth. A deck hatch, opening porthole, dorade vent and prism provide light and ventilation.


To port of the forward passageway is a guest head with separate shower stall, featuring a vacu-flush toilet, vanity sink, mirror and teak grate. A separate shower stall is adjacent with teak grate, with the area ventilated by a deck hatch, opening porthole and dorade vent.


The spacious main salon features a comfortable U-shaped settee and oval dining table with built-in bottle storage to starboard. A second full-length settee and coffee table is to port, providing an additional sea berth or overflow seating. Six topside windows, a unique Little Harbor trademark, provide exceptional visibility and an open feeling while seated – further enhanced by several hatches and opening portholes.


Aft of the salon and to starboard is a full-length, sea-going galley with full-height refrigerator with vertical door, and top-loading deep freeze. There is exceptional countertop and storage space, with several opening portholes for great light and ventilation.

Additional Features:

  • Force 10 three-burner stove with oven and solenoid control
  • GE Microwave oven
  • Twin stainless sinks with stainless counters; Corian counters elsewhere
  • Grohe retractable faucet
  • Knife rack
  • Seagull water filter
  • Exhaust blower
  • Broan trash compactor
  • Full galleyware, including Wedgewood china and glassware


Aft of the salon on the port side is a fully functional nav station with built-in nav instruments and a full seat, while inboard and just aft of the companionway are custom electrical panels, all easily accessible from the cockpit.


Dual passageways from either the galley or nav station lead aft to the owner’s cabin, which features a generous queen berth on centerline with seats on both sides. There are overhead lockers outboard, two hanging lockers and multiple drawers and lockers, as well as a vanity with removable seat on the forward bulkhead. Light and ventilation are provided by two deck hatches, four opening portholes and two dorade vents.


A private head with separate shower stall is to port, featuring a vacu-flush toilet, vanity sink, mirror, teak grate and opening porthole.

Navigation And Entertainment Equipment

  • Raymarine 12" hybrid touch chart plotter at helm (2016)
  • iPad repeater for use at nav station with useful boat data
  • Raymarine autopilot (2016)
  • B&G sailing instruments with MFD and analog wind at helm, (2) MFDs and (2) Analog wind above companionway, and (1) MFD at nav station
  • Sirius Go system for sat phone and email
  • Sirius XM radio and weather
  • Fusion Bluetooth sound system with speakers in salon, aft cabin and cockpit
  • Retractable flat screen TV with DVD player
  • Iridium Sat phone

Mechanical Equipment And Engine Details

Westerbeke 100 hp freshwater-cooled diesel engine (10,250 hours) has been professionally serviced since current owner purchased her in 2002. Recent work includes new cooling manifold 2013, new transmission 2014, new exhaust elbow 2017 and new shaft seal 2017.

The main engine turns a 21" diameter MaxProp feathering 3-blade propeller that improves sailing performance by reducing propeller drag. An Aquadrive CV joint (rebuilt 2012) connects the thrust bearing to the engine, allowing for installation on flexible mounts to eliminate nearly all engine vibration.

More details:

  • Dual Racor fuel/water separators
  • VDO instruments for tachometer, (2) amp meters and volt meter
  • Low oil pressure alarm and high water temperature alarm
  • Automatic engine room fire extinguisher
  • Exhaust blowers for engine room and each head
  • Bow thruster with two independent batteries (new 2017)
  • (1) Electric bilge pump with automatic switch
  • (1) Electric bilge pump (manual mode only)
  • (2) Manual bilge pumps
  • Vacuflush toilets with holding tank and by-pass for direct overboard discharge for each, and new discharge hoses 2010
  • Generator exhaust and all drain hoses replaced (2011)
  • Passagemaker refrigerator and freezer system (2012)
  • MarineAir air conditioning with (3) zones
  • Espar diesel cabin heater
  • Pressurized hot/cold water, with new pump (2019)
  • Allcraft 20 gal. hot water heater
  • Pressurized salt water system for anchor wash-down
  • Hot/cold shower in flush stern locker
  • Tank tender gauges for water/fuel/holding tanks
  • All thru-hull fittings below waterline have bronze ball-type seacocks with double hose clamps
  • All thru-hull fittings are installed flush with outside hull surface to reduce drag

Electrical System

The yacht's DC electrical supply is 12-volt supplied by (4) heavy-duty 4D AGM batteries (new 2018), with a total capacity of 1,000 amp hours. Two independent 200 amp-hour AGM batteries are dedicated to engine and generator starting. House and engine batteries are charged by twin Balmar 55 and 90 amp alternators. Alternatively, all batteries may be charged by a Xantrex 12-volt, 120-amp automatic battery charger/ inverter run off the generator or shore power.

The yacht's AC electrical is 110-volt/60 cycles. AC power is supplied by (2) 50-amp shore power inlets. AC power is also supplied by a Westerbeke 8 kW diesel generator with sound box (8,740 hours) or by the Xantrex inverter/charger. AC functions include water heater, battery charger, refrigeration, electrical outlets, air conditioning, microwave oven, water maker etc.

More details:

  • Multiple-switch panels inboard of nav station
  • (2) Shore power cables with adapters and splitter
  • Stainless Frigast reading lights
  • Fluorescent lights in heads and galley, stainless overhead lights throughout
  • Forepeak, lazarette and engine room lights
  • Night vision lights throughout interior
  • Variable-speed fans in cabins
  • GFIC waterproof AC outlets in heads and galley
  • Waterproof 12-volt outlet in the cockpit
  • Copper screening fiberglassed into hull for radio antenna ground
  • Running lights, masthead light, spreader lights and steaming/flood light

Sails And Rigging


  • Hood electric Stoway mast with new furling motor (2019)
  • Profurl genoa furler with new drum (2019)
  • Navtec rod rigging (all new 2012) with stainless shroud rollers
  • Spinnaker pole with storage on mast for short-handed deployment
  • Removable inner forestay with running backstays
  • Navtec hydraulic boom vang / backstay with control panel in cockpit
  • Navtec backstay insulators for SSB antenna


  • Doyle furling mainsail (2010)
  • Doyle 130% genoa (2010) with new sun protector (2019)
  • Forestaysail
  • Doyle cruising spinnaker


  • (2) Barient 32 electric self-tailing primaries
  • (2) Barient 32 electric self-tailing mainsheet and outhaul winches
  • (2) Barient 27 self-tailing secondary winches
  • (2) Barient 22 halyard winches on mast (one self-tailing)
  • (1) Barient 21 halyard winch
  • (1) Centerboard hoist winch

Hull And Deck

The hull was molded in FRP with 3/4" Airex foam core for added strength and sound/thermal insulation. Internal lead ballast capped with 3/8” FRP. The centerboard is two-part female molded FRP with bronze protective shoe on leading edge and solid FRP around pin area. The centerboard has a highly efficient foil shape and is filled with lead ballast to provide negative buoyancy. Centerboard hoists via wire cable to winch on deck and offers a minimum draft of only 5’-6” with board up and a maximum draft of 11’-4” with board down (system rebuilt 2010). The balanced, high-aspect spade rudder is two-part female molded FRP with 3-1/2" stainless steel rudder stock (rebuilt 2010). Bulkheads are built of marine grade plywood, reinforced with FRP in areas of chainplates. FRP fuel and water tanks integral to the hull, for additional stiffness to hull laminate and to use the maximum amount of volume available.

The deck is one-piece molded FRP with foam core for strength and stiffness. It is bonded and bolted down with epoxy putty to the inboard angled hull flange with 5/16" bolts on 8" centers. Hand-laid teak side decks and cockpit sole was fully re-conditioned early 2019, including all new screws, plugs and seams. All deck hatch landings are molded in FRP. The propane locker is molded separately and ventilated with direct drain overboard.

The main cockpit is large and functional, designed for easy exit on each side without climbing over coaming. The steering pedestal houses all engine instrumentation and sail handling functions, and deck winches are all easily reached from the helm – a feature rarely found on any other yacht. There is also a large cockpit table with built-in cooler and fold-up leaves to seat six comfortably.

Topsides are dark blue Awlgrip with gold cove, double white boot stripes and black bottom. Cabin house is white with beige nonskid. New epoxy barrier coating (2011). Painted rubrail with stainless striker.

More details:

  • Lewmar 12-volt anchor windlass (new motor, 2018)
  • Bruce 66 lb. anchor with 250’ 3/8” chain
  • Fortress anchor with rode and chain
  • Stainless stemhead fitting with twin anchor rollers and well-rounded, built-in chocks
  • Stainless bow pulpit with varnished teak seat
  • Stainless stern pulpit with boarding gate
  • 27" Stainless stanchions and double stainless wire lifelines (new 2011) with side gates
  • Custom fold-down stern ladder with stainless frame and teak steps
  • Stainless stern and spring line chocks flush with toerail
  • (6) Stainless mooring cleats
  • Stainless steering wheel with varnished teak rim
  • Stainless genoa and staysail tracks with reference numbers stamped on top
  • Custom stainless turning blocks and deck blocks
  • (16) Stainless opening portholes with screens
  • (6) Tinted heavy duty Lexan topside windows
  • (8) Stainless deck hatches
  • (8) Stainless cowl vents with varnished teak dorade boxes
  • Varnished teak toe rail, drip rail, handrails, cockpit backrests and cockpit table with drop leaves (all stripped and built up early 2019)
  • Custom dodger with roll-up front, grab bar and oversized stainless frame (new 2018)
  • Bimini with bimini connector (new 2018)
  • Ritchie 6" compass installed on the steering pedestal
  • Built-in lockers for storage of rope tails outside of cockpit
  • Closed-cell foam cockpit cushions with backrests
  • Full-width deck awning, foredeck to transom
  • Viking 8-man life raft (2018)
  • Switlik MOM 9
  • (2) Horseshoe life rings
  • (6) Auto-inflate life jackets
  • (4) PFDs
  • First aid kit
  • Flare kit
  • Portable fire extinguishers throughout
  • Hand-held spotlight
  • Fenders with covers
  • Dock lines
  • Achilles 11’ dinghy with Yamaha 9.9 hp engine (2015)
  • Outboard motor hoist davit
  • Chelsea clock and barometer
  • Nautool custom stainless propane BBQ
  • Numerous spare parts


  • Owner’s personal effects
  • Tools



Denison Yacht Sales offers the details of this yacht in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of this boat for sale. A yacht buyer should instruct his yacht broker, or his boat surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This yacht for sale is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice. Denison Yachting is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Wellington Yacht Partners, LLC.

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