53' Selene 53 Pilothouse Trawler

Year: 2004
Current Price: US$?849,000
Located in Seattle, WA
Hull Material: Fiberglass
Engine/Fuel Type: Single diesel
YW# 78799-3978947
Courtesy of the BoatWizard MLS

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About 53' Selene 53 Pilothouse Trawler


Marco Polo is a Selene 53, one of the most successful yacht models of the Selene Ocean Trawler line. It is a displacement yacht meant for long-range cruising, big for her length and beamy. Her shape below the waterline and single engine is fuel efficient. The big slow-turning prop responds instantly to increases in throttle. Soft chines forward sharpen to hard chines near amidships, and from there to the transom, the run stays flat, much like that of a ship. It sweeps up to let solid water flow to the prop and rudder. A full-length keel of barely discernible drag becoming deeper aft than forward provides directional stability, helps damp roll, and protects the prop and rudder during grounding. It also provides good directional stability as well as prop and rudder protection.   Marco Polo has its master stateroom amidships, the area of least pitching, a general design principle for a cruising yacht.  In addition, there is a bunk room/office stateroom and a VIP stateroom with a second head.  Storage is exceptionally ample, with cabinetry in each area inside and out, a large commissary, plus the lazarette area below the back covered deck.

After finishing a circumnavigation, Donald Gumpertz, the original owner, went in search of a passage-maker for his next adventures: a Selene 53.  He specified the equipment with which he was most familiar, including a 450 hp CAT.   It is physically large and heavy giving the boat great sea keeping. The boat engine combination is also fuel-efficient and economical: 3.5 gph at just under 7 knots, or 7.5 knots at 4.5 gph. Each year the engine has undergone routine maintenance.  This year the engine has had an in-depth maintenance where the intercooler and heat exchanger were removed, rebuilt, and pressure tested.  The exhaust was also rebuilt with a new water cooler. All the engine hoses were replaced.  This was in addition to the normal annual overall maintenance.  Similarly, the generator engine was also serviced, and exhaust elbow replaced. 

The boat’s bottom was rebuilt in 2016, with the latest bottom paint done in 2021.  There are many upgrades and improvements as well:  new electronics including wireless thruster control, Ultra anchor, furnace improvements, AC and reverse cycle heating service, new shaft tube improvement and shaft seals, new house batteries in 2021, new propane tanks, relined fuel tanks, deck rails re-varnished, water maker serviced winter 2023.  The Apex tender and davit are in very good condition.

The interior woodwork is all original and in excellent condition, as are seating areas, with upholstery updates done in 2015.  The boat is very comfortable given its weight and full displacement hull.  The stabilizers are effective even in rough seas.  The master stateroom is mid-ships, the area of least movement.  Many Selene 53s travel the world, with Alaska and even points south easily within this boat’s range.  It was made for comfortable long-range cruising and is ready for more cruising adventures.

53' Selene 53 Pilothouse Trawler
Boat Name
Marco Polo
LOA59 ft 10 in
Beam16 ft 8 in
Minimum Draft5 ft 10 in
Ballast6000 lbs
Dry Weight95000 lbs
Total Power450 HP
Engine 1
Engine BrandCatepillar
Year Built2013
Engine Model3126B-TA
Engine TypeInboard
Engine/Fuel TypeDiesel
Engine Hours2833
Engine Power450 HP
Fresh Water Tanks2 (400 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks2 (1100 Gallons)
Holding Tanks1 (70 Gallons)
Number of cabins3
Number of heads2
53' Selene 53 Pilothouse Trawler

Key Features

  • Caterpillar 3126B-TA Main Engine
  • Northern Lights 12kW Generator
  • Wesmar Stabilizers
  • Cruise Air Reverse Cycle AC/Heat
  • Kabola Hydronic Heating System
  • Side Power Bow & Stern Thrusters
  • HRO Watermaker
  • Hydraulic Davit
  • SeaTel Satellite TV System
  • FRP Radar Arch with Full Canvas Enclosure
  • PC Navigation operating Nobeltec TimeZero
  • Furuno Navigation Electronics
  • Asko Washer & Dryer
  • 12' Apex Tender with Yamaha 40hp Outboard
  • Central Vacuum System


  • L-shaped Settee
  • Storage below Settee
  • Expandable, folding high-low, teak table
  • Mini-blinds
  • Five opening windows with screens with grey tint
  • Vizio Smart TV
  • Corian topped cabinet, doors/drawers
  • (2) Barrel Chairs
  • End cabinet with doors, drawers
  • Diamond Sea Glaze Dutch Door to aft deck
  • Opening hatch to engine room
  • Opening Hatch to Commissary
  • Overhead lighting and reading lights
  • In-house Central Vacuum with hose and tools


  • U-Shaped Galley
  • Corian Countertops
  • Vitrofrigo SS Refrigerator/Freezer/Beverage Drawer
  • Force 10 Galley Range
  • Double SS Franke Sink
  • Grohe Faucet
  • GE Microwave
  • Drawers & Cabinets
  • Opening Hatch with Ladder Access to Engine Room
  • Tinted opening window with screen

Master Stateroom

  • Queen Walk Around Berth
  • Drawer Storage Underneath Bed
  • Under Bed Lighting
  • 3 Cedar Lined Hanging Lockers w/ automatic lights
  • Drawers and Cabinet Storage
  • Teak and Holly Floors
  • Opening Ports w/ Screens
  • Flat Screen Smart TV
  • Blu Ray Player
  • (2) Stereo Speakers
  • Controls for Air Conditioning, Electric & Hydronic Heat
  • In House Central Vacuum with Bag
  • Master Head
  • Tecma 12V DC freshwater toilet
  • Jabsco 12V DC dia. 3" exhaust fan
  • Formica finish head lining and FRP bulkhead
  • Corian counter top and back splash
  • Vanity unit w/ integrated wash basin
  • Medicine cabinet
  • Mirrors above sink and doorway
  • Granite floor
  • Shower with teak seat and floor grate

VIP Stateroom

  • Queen-size berth
  • 2 Storage drawers under bed
  • Hanging lockers w/ automatic light
  • Burlwood counter tops
  • Stereo Speakers
  • Oceanair screen
  • 2 Cedar Lined Hanging Lockers w/ Automatic lights
  • Ample storage compartments with doors and floor compartments
  • Teak and Holly Floor
  • Controls for Electric & Hydronic Heat
  • Cruise Air Control for Air Conditioning

Bunk Room

  • Single berth
  • Bunk Folds up
  • Burlwood Countertop U-Shaped Desk
  • Filler for Desk to make Double Berth
  • Cedar Lined Hanging Locker with automatic lighting
  • Storage compartment above Closet
  • Storage compartment under counter cabinet

Deck and Hull Systems

  • FRP Radar Arch
  • Full Cockpit Canvas Enclosure & Flybridge Enclosure
  • ESI Fuel Polishing System
  • Reverso Oil Change System
  • Racor Fuel Filter System
  • Magnetic Fuel Sight Gauges
  • FRP Water Tanks - Total Capacity of 430 Gallons
  • Sealand Tank Watch System
  • Analog Water Gauge
  • Rule Electric Bilge Pumps
  • Shower Sump Pumps
  • Status Panel with Warning Signal at Helm Station of Bilge Pump Operation
  • Maxwell 2200 Windlass
  • Fresh & Salt Water Chain Washdown
  • Self-Launching Anchor Roller
  • 100lb Ultra Anchor
  • Cockpit Stairs to Flybridge
  • Transom Gate to Swimstep
  • Deployable Swim Ladder
  • Cockpit Gates - Port & Starboard
  • Manual Emergency Bilge Pump
  • 50A Shorepower Receptables at Cockpit and Bow
  • Grunert Custom Freezer in Lazarette
  • Bow & Stern Thrusters
  • PYI Dripless
  • Nibral 4 Blade Propeller
  • Wesmar RS600 Stabilizers
  • New Propane Tanks
  • Apex A-12 Tender with 40hp Yamaha Outboard
  • SS Fender Cleats

Day / VIP Head

  • Tecma Fresh Water Toilet
  • Shower with Teak Seat & Floor Grate
  • Sliding Shower Door
  • Vanity Unit with Integral Sink
  • Grohe Faucet
  • Granite Floor
  • Mirror with Teak Frame on door
  • Corian Countertop

Pilothouse & Flybridge Equipment

  • ViewSonic Touchscreen Daylight Viewable Screens
  • Furuno TZT Computer
  • Nobeltec TimeZero Navigation Software
  • Wesmar Stabilizer Control
  • 2x Furuno RG30 MultiFunction Display
  • FLIR Night Vision Camera
  • Navigation PC with Keyboard and Mouse
  • Simrad AP20 Autopilot with Wired Remote (Connections at P/H & F/B)
  • Jabsco Searchlight
  • Watermaker Remote Control
  • Stereo Speakers
  • CruisAir A/C Control
  • Magnum Inverter Control
  • VDO Rudder Angle Indicator
  • Furuno Keyboard Control on Flybridge
  • Back Up Camera with Dedicated Asus Display at Helm (Display is connected to an independent PC)
  • Fireboy Engine Room Extinguisher Remote

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