Motor Yachts 1986 Southern Cross 53 boat for sale at a glance:

  • Offered by Tommy's / Comstock Park for $275,000
  • Powered by twin Detroit 6V92 / 550 hp
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Price Improved May 2024!

The Southern Cross 53 is known as an Australian-built version of a Hatteras with a modern open layout on the main deck and lots of volume. The single flush deck runs almost the full length of the vessel with no steps or bulkheads from the covered aft deck through the salon and galley all the way up to the helm.  Side access doors on port and starboard provide easy access from the lower helm to the bow and side decks. Down below are 3 staterooms and 2 heads including an incredible redesigned primary stateroom with an oversized head with stall shower and large walk-in closet.

Audacious can be operated economically at trawler speeds or cruise at 18 knots if you need to get somewhere quickly, she has the upgraded 550hp engines, most had the 435s. Live-aboard owner-operators will love these features: the massive flybridge, stand up engine room, open layout in the salon/galley and the incredible primary stateroom.

With one owner since 1997, Audacious has been thoughtfully and tastefully updated over the years with a good maintenance history and is worth a look if you're in the market for a live-aboard trawler.  She is in the water and available for showings by appointment.

Hull and Deck

  – White gelcoat hull with black boot stripe
  – Black antifouling bottom paint
  – Black "mask" paint around windows and brow
  – White gelcoat superstructure
  – Black canvas soft top on flybridge
  – Teak decks NEW 2020
  – Teak combing boards in the aft cockpit NEW 2020
  – Handrails painted black
  – Stainless steel handrails on bow
  – Galvanized fairleads and cleats
  – Large swim platform with telescoping swim ladder
  – Transom access door
  – Aft cockpit features engine room access, and small wetbar sink and storage
  – (4) teak folding chairs with cushions
  – (3) Shore power cord inlets port and starboard aft and forward
  – Main deck windows re-done
  – Electric windlass with helm remote
  – Galvanized chain 150' with galvanized CQR anchor
  – Forward sunpad with storage below
  – Huge Frigibar top load freezer on aft deck


  – Open layout with zero steps from the aft deck, through the salon, galley and all the way up to the helm
  – L-shaped Stickley sofa NEW 2021
  – Hi-low folding leaf table for coffee table or dining
  – Loveseat to starboard just inside entry sliding door
  – Bankette to starboard has a flatscreen tv, electronic equipment and ULine fridge/icemaker
  – Bose surround sound
  – Oversized side windows bring an impressive amount of light into the salon area
  – Soft touch overheads with wood battens
  – Snap-in canvas sunbrella walkway cover to protect carpet


  – U-shaped galley up
  – Double basin undermount sink
  – GE dishwasher
  – GE Profile 4 burner stove with Corian filler pieces
  – Viking microwave convection oven with range vent
  – Trash compactor 
  – Dual drawer fridge NEW 2017
  – Custom Corian countertops
  – U Line fridge and Icemaker in starboard bankette NEW 2019
  – 2 person dinette breakfast nook opposite the galley with storage below
  – Lots of above and below counter storage
  – Sit up bar area on aft end of galley

Helm and Electronics

  – Arrigoni helm chair
  – Bench next to helm chair with dedicated storage beneath
  – Port and starboard side access doors provide phenomenal access to the bow and side decks for easy docking, anchoring and maneuvering
  – Furuno Navnet multifunction chartplotter
  – Furuno open array radar
  – Dual lever throttles
  – Garmin handheld backup GPS on mount
  – Analog engine gauges
  – iCom IC-M80 VHF radio
  – BG HS 911
  – Robertson AP 100 DL autopilot
  – Bennett trim tab gauges
  – ACR RCL-100 search light
  – Ritchie compass

Mechanical and Electrical

  – Twin Detroit Diesel 6V92 550hp engines (much larger than the standard 435hps that are in most of the SC 53s)
  – All 4 brand new turbos NEW 2024
  – Port engine rebuilt at 2500 hours Starboard rebuilt at 2000
  – Allison reverse transmission gears
  – DeAngelo marine exhaust
  – Isuzu 15kW primary generator with 5970 hours (rebuilt at 5000 hours)
  – Fisher Panda mini 12kW secondary generator with 150 hours
  – AGM batteries
  – Water heater
  – ProNautic battery chargers
  – Fireboy Fire suppression system
  – Air conditioner with reverse cycle heat
  – Electric heaters throughout
  – LED lights throughout
  – Bilge pumps
  – Pre-plumbed for a watermaker


  – Huge flybridge covers the aft deck, with varnished teak ladder access from there
  – Sliding hatch for sun and rain protection below
  – Large L-settee to port with long bench to starboard
  – Dual pedestal table to port 
  – White vinyl cushions with black piping
  – Pedestal helm seat centerline with swing around footrest
  – Pioneer stereo system
  – Flybridge helm electronics and gauges match lower helm
  – Plumbed storage box to starboard of helm, owner uses this as an ice box
  – 11' Boston Whaler with 25hp Yamaha outboard mounted centerline aft on custom wood chocks
  – Davit
  – Life raft mount (life raft is mounted but overdue for inspection, will need replacing)
  – Large fixed bimini frame painted black with black canvas
  – VHF antennas, GPS and open array radar mounted on bimini
  – Aft flood lights

Primary Stateroom

  – Primary stateroom was redesigned to be full-beam with the head and closet aft
  – Full walk around center island berth with bedside tables either side
  – Bankette with storage and small bench seat to port
  – Bankette with storage and desk with fold out seat to starboard
  – (4) opening portlights
  – Walk-in closet to port with lots of hanging space and built in shelving
  – Samsung flatscreen tv
  – Head is to starboard with full stall shower, custom Corian countertops and plenty of above and below counter storage
  – Framed picture mirror
  – Vacuflush marine toilet
  – Black water tank gauge

Guest Cabins and Accommodations

Forward Guest Cabin

  – (3) Single berths, 2 bunks above and 1 below
  – Small built-in love seat 
  – Flatscreen TV
  – Vanity to starboard with mirrored doors to hanging locker and cabinet storage below
  – Privacy door
  – Overhead hatch opens for ventilation

Mid Guest Cabin

  – Large double berth with drawer and cabinet storage beneath
  – Opening portlight window for ventilation
  – Privacy door

Guest Head

  – Accessed from the companionway, port side
  – Stall shower with molded seat and tile floor
  – Vacuflush marine toilet
  – Basin sink
  – Medicine cabinet with mirror
  – Drawer and cabinet storage under counter

Laundry Room

  – Accessed from companionway starboard side
  – Splendide combo washer/dryer
  – Surprising amount of counter space for folding clothes and storage
  – Spare parts storage above and below counter
  – Shelving forward for cleaning supplies and tools

Additional Information

  – Any clothing, artwork, tools, or personal items seen onboard or in photos are at the discretion of the Seller.
  – The Liferaft is out of service
  – Boston Whaler 11' and Yamaha 25hp outboard conveys with the purchase

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East Coast Yacht Sales, the broker and the seller 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. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice. Engine hours should be verified.

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