Post 50
JULY 2001
Length overall 50'7"
Waterline length  45'
Beam 16'11"
Bridge Clearance  2'3"
Draft 4'6"
Displacement  57,122 lb
Fuel Capacity  870 gals
Water Capacity  240 gals
Standard power  Twin Cat 3406E 800hp diesels
Base price  $979,000

(Above) The quality of the interior workmanship shines through in the gleaming varnish of the solid teak dining table and the cabinets of the entertainment center in the saloon. Even the vanities in the heads (below) are tastefully decorated for gracious cruising.

If there were ever an apt example of gilding a lily, it's the teak-and-holly sole you'll find as an option when you order your new Post 50 Convertible. It's not that this yachty kind of flooring is all that unusual. But on this boat, you can get a teak-and-holly sole in the engine room. Take that somewhat far-out attention to quality and detail and apply it to the rest of this very big 50-foot sportfisherman cum long-range cruiser, and you've got the concept of what Post Yachts strives for.

It's a wide boat, which makes for a very big cockpit, with nearly 200 square feet of working space. The 16' 11" beam allows room for a good-sized bait-prep station to port, with a deep sink and tackle storage in drawers underneath, and a deep Cruisair refrigerator unit to starboard. In the middle, there's a sturdy aluminum ladder up to the flybridge, a counter that opens up to the engine room below, and beefy sliding door leading into the saloon. There are two cavernous fish boxes in the cockpit sole, and massive stainless cleats and rod holders mounted into the gunwales.

But the Post 50 isn't just about sportfishing. The accommodations below are first-class for entertaining or cruising. The extra-wide beam provides a spacious feel, augmented by the light tone of the upholstery, carpeting and headliner. The saloon is beautifully appointed, with finely crafted, solid-teak cabinetry and paneling, all brilliantly varnished.

In one corner, there's a bar with an icemaker. A massive, faux-leather settee faces another in the opposite corner that wraps around a dining table. Backing this is the entertainment center with a large-screen Sony Trinitron TV and Bose Theatre stereo system. The galley is three steps down and set apart by a gleaming, teak-topped counter. The L-shaped galley counter is the ubiquitous Corian with a deep, molded-in sink and a full-sized refrigerator/freezer paneled in matching teak.

A two-burner electric stove top waits underneath a counter-top panel and a convection/microwave oven is mounted neatly into the cabinet. All-in-all, it's a workspace that's as functional as it is attractively appointed.

Two more steps down toward the bow is where you'll find the three separate staterooms. The first guest room to port has twin over/under bunks and a good-sized, cedar-lined hanging locker. The second guest room is up in the bow, with a full-sized berth on the starboard side and a single upper bunk crossing over from the port side. Again, there's a cedar-lined locker as well as large drawers under the bigger bunk, not to mention apartment-sized over/under washer and dryer tucked inside a cabinet. There are some options available with this layout.
These two staterooms sharethe day head, which is a roomy compartment with a nifty cedar linen locker and a separate shower stall.

The owner's stateroom is amidships on the starboard side, and boasts a walk-around queen-sized berth, cedar locker and cupboards, and a built-in TV/VCR. A separate head features an enclosed shower stall, a built-in pull-out hamper, more cedar linen cupboards, and a vanity with a molded-in sink and attractive stainless-and-brass faucet.

The creature comforts below decks are delightful, but it's up in the flybridge that you really get a feel for the Post 50. Like the rest of the boaside and morefacing forward in front of the helm station. The steering wheel ist, there's plenty of room up there,with comfortable lounge seating fore-and-aft along the portcentered and has good visibility across the bow and down into the cockpit, even through the full 360-degree enclosures. The optional fiberglass hard top is supported by massive welded-aluminum tubing.

At the wheel, there's acres of room across the console for any imaginable arrangement of DGPS, fishfinders, or other electronics. Directly in front of the stainless wheel is the new Catarpillar control system, which accurately monitors all the functions of the twin Cat 3406E 800 HP diesels.

Base price for the new Post 50 is $979,00, but all decked out with such desireable options as the hardtop, flybridge enclosure, 'Sport Pod' helm station with single-lever Glendinning controls, power-assisted steering, rod holders, Rupp center riggers and 36-foot outriggers, upgraded decor package and a whole list of other factory-installed luxuries, the tab comes to $1,081,135. Incidentally, in case you're wondering, that includes the teak-and-holly sole in the engine room.