John martino, annapolis school of seamanship and annapolis yacht         management
The following review was written by John Martino and prepared by the marketing department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Mr. Martino is the founder and president of Annapolis Yacht Management and Annapolis School of Seamanship. He develops and teaches hands-on training courses for recreational boaters and professional mariners, and offers yacht delivery and onboard training services for powerboaters as well as sailors.
Post 53 Convertible
DECEMBER 2007
 
   
Length overall  52' 10"

Beam  16' 11"
Draft  5'
Displacement  59,500 lb
Fuel Capacity  926 gals
Water Capacity  240 gals
Base Price  $1,476,000  



For fifty years, Post Yachts hasbeen building boats in Mays Landing, N.J. The company mantra, established by Russell Post in 1957, was and remains, “Yachts of quality, not quantity.”  The new 53 Post Convertible is no exception to this rule. For several years now,  potential buyers having been asking the Post design team for a convertible sport fisherman yacht bigger than the popular 50 footer but smaller than the 56. The company responded by developing the 53, which has nearly the same interior layout as the 56 but costs roughly $500,000 less.

Style wise, the 53 is sleeker looking than her predecessors. Post has redesigned the profile of the boat to add more rake from the bow to the top of the flying bridge. Aft, the cockpit is quite large and identical to the cockpit on the 50. There are two large fishboxes built into the sole, and a transom fish door makes it easier to pull those big fish aboard. Along the forward perimeter of the cockpit, there is a tackle center with plenty of drawer and locker storage as well as a built-in cooler which doubles as a step for the saloon door. A Glendenning Cable Master system (standard) handles the 50-amp shore power cord.

A ladder leading from the cockpit to the flybridge passes through a contoured opening so you can lean into it in heavy seas without falling backwards or smacking against a hard edge. On the bridge, the helm station is aft, allowing the operator a clear view of the cockpit without having to leave the controls (an important feature for fishing or just backing into a slip). Our test boat was equipped with an optional hard top and EZ2CY enclosure. Add air conditioning to that combination and you have pleasant weather on the bridge any time of year. Forward of the helm, a large L-shaped settee provides a commanding view for guests and keeps the captain in the conversation. If that’s not enough seating for you, another six-foot settee lines the port side of the bridge. The front of the helm console opens to reveal a large rod storage area.

While the 53 Convertible is built to be a stout and capable offshore fishing boat, it is equally well suited to inshore and coastal cruising. "In fact," says Phil Robeson of Integrity Marine (the mid-Atlantic dealer from Margate, N.J.), "many of our customers buy these boats to cruise." That becomes clear when you head down below. The three-stateroom layout and spacious saloon and galley are equipped with tons of storage, making her ideal for family cruising.

The master stateroom is to port with a walk-around queen bed and private head with separate stall shower. The guest stateroom is forward, also with an island queen. A smaller stateroom with over-under bunks is to starboard.

Under way the boat gets on plane quickly and with no fuss. While dead batteries in my handheld GPS prevented me from getting accurate speed numbers, Post Yachts reports a top end of 36 knots burning just over 100 gallons per hour with Caterpillar C-18 diesels. At 2000 rpm she should cruise at around 30 knots. At this rpm our test boat burned 80 gph.