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53' Mason Cutter

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Boat Name: 53' Mason Cutter
Year: 1987
Price: 139500
Located in Marina del Rey, CA
Hull Material: Fiberglass
Engine/Fuel Type: Single diesel

"Dolphin Spirit" is a Mason 53' center cockpit full keel cutter built in the Ta Shing Yard. She is a cruise veteran having visited 54 countries over a six year circumnavigation. "Chasing Sunsets" is a book authored by the owner documenting the journey with his wife, a school teacher who had never before sailed, and his son who was six years old at the time of setting sail, and home schooled along the way.  "Dolphin Spirit" is quality built and exceptionally well maintained.  She is ready for extended cruising.  Motivated seller.

Additional Specs, Equipment And Information:

Boat Name

53' Mason Cutter


Total Power: 85HP

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Perkins
Engine Model: Perkins
Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Hours: 3000
Engine Power: 85 HP


14.83 ft


Water Tanks: (330 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (204 Gallons)
Black Water Tanks: (60 Gallons)


Number of cabins: 3
Number of heads: 2

Vessel Walk Through (Below Deck)

Right at the bow is the huge chain locker, accessed by two louvered doors from the forepeak. The forepeak was originally the crew’s quarters and is now storage space, with folding sink with hot and cold pressurized water, plumbing for a washing machine, and many shelves and lockers. The second head is next, with shower, sink with hot and cold pressurized water, a fresh-water foot pump, mirror, Groco manual toilet, large linen locker, under sink locker, exhaust fan, and electric sump pump.

Then come the two forward staterooms. The port stateroom has one bunk, hanging locker, two sets of drawers, lockers below and alongside the bunk, book shelves, reading lamps, mirror and fans. The starboard stateroom has two bunks, a hanging locker with shelf storage behind the hanging section, a set of drawers, reading lamps, fans, mirror, and lockers below and alongside the bunks. Both staterooms are separately heated from the central heating system, and each has a smoked acrylic hatch.

The salon has a U-shaped settee and dining table to port, and a long settee to starboard. Above the starboard settee are the built-in entertainment system, TV, VCR, CD player, tape player, and AM/FM radio. Behind, below and above all settees are very well designed storage units and lockers. All exposed lockers have louvered wooden doors. There are special storage units for videos, CDs and books. The table may be raised and lowered. A large mirror, forward of the table, makes the already extensive area seem even more expansive. The room is heated by the central heating system (two radiators and fans), has many reading lamps and fans, and a large hatch.

The companionway leading to the cockpit is flanked by the 406 EPIRB and a hand-held VHF radio. On the starboard side is the nav. station. A padded bench seat, large chart table (whose top hinges to reveal a storage area), easily removed instrument panels, and special navigation lighting makes this a navigator’s delight. Large storage lockers surround the area. The extensive switchboard is here, featuring hinged front panels, individual circuit breakers and meters, for every function.

On the port side of the companionway is the in-line galley with double bowl stainless steel sink, hot and cold pressure water, drinking water treatment system, salt and fresh water from foot pumps, six cubic foot refrigerator (top and front opening), six cubic foot freezer (top opening), stainless steel gimbaled propane stove with three burners, separate grill and oven, over stove exhaust fan, built-in microwave, spice rack and large storage lockers.

The master stateroom has a queen-sized bed on the starboard side, a desk on the port side, hanging locker, 13 drawers, bulk storage under the desk and bed, a large teak framed mirror, several storage lockers and bookshelves. Separately controlled heating, reading lamps, fans and a large hatch add to the comfort. The attached bathroom has a sink with hot and cold water, fresh water foot pump, mirrors, Groco manual toilet, exhaust fan, and storage lockers. The shower cubicle has a seat, teak grill floor, electric sump pump, hanging locker, linen locker, and locker under the seat. 

Vessel Walk Through (On Deck)

Stainless steel mounts at the bow hold the 110-pound CQR and 75-pound CQR anchors ready for deployment. Both are raised by the Maxwell electric anchor winch set behind them. Harken roller furling units for the jib and staysail have control lines led to the cockpit. The raised forepeak hatch and the flush port and starboard stateroom hatches are forward of the mast. Stainless steel rails are on either side of the mast to protect the area, provide storage for the outboard motors, halyards and lines. A swivel davit, with its own winch, is mounted on the port side, in position to launch or retrieve the dinghy.

Between the mast and cockpit, the canister life-raft is set in a quick release stainless steel cradle. The system allows it to be security locked in place when in port. A stainless steel folding ladder with teak steps is permanently mounted on the starboard rail. Port side fittings allow it to be easily moved to that side when necessary. The ladder is designed to cope with large people fully loaded with Scuba equipment.

The center cockpit is completely covered by a canvas dodger and bimini, zipped together so that they can be used as a single unit or separately. Isinglass curtains, individually zipped, provide a weather proof enclosure when needed. Teak seating, covered by cushions, covers the entire 1- foot by 6-foot cockpit. A box at the forward end contains the radar, VHF radio, hailer and second instrument set. Waterproof speakers allow full stereo enjoyment of the entertainment system below. The Edson steering pedestal holds the main depth, speed and wind instruments, a folding teak table and drinking glass holder. Around the cockpit are three electric winches and four manual winches, allowing almost every sail adjustment to be made by a single person, from the cockpit, with ease and safety.

Accessed by an acrylic-topped teak hatch is the huge lazarette which contains the stern anchor locker, the Webasto heater, water-maker, hydraulic manual steering and autopilot systems. Right at the stern is the separate propane tank locker, with screw-down teak hatch and space for two 20-pound tanks.

At the stern is a stainless steel arch which holds all the antennae, wind generator, main radar dome, light actuated-anchor light, propane Bar-B-Que, table, and teak seats. A 44-pound Bruce anchor is permanently mounted with an electric anchor winch.

Deck and Hull

Hull:  Laminated fiberglass, laid to Lloyds + 100 A1 specifications, with eight full length foam and GRP longitudinal stringers and 23 GRP transverse members.

Ballast: 11,360 pounds cast iron and 3,000 pounds of lead.

Deck:  Hand-laid fiberglass with vertical end-grain balsa core. Deck-to-hull flange sealed with polysulfide and two alternating layers of 1½ ounce matt and woven roving. Additional mechanical fastening is provided by full length ¼ x 2⅛ x 2 stainless steel flat stock running full length, and across the transom, sandwiching the bonded flanges and secured by 7/16” stainless steel bolts on 4" centers, covered by a teak toe rail.

(Note: In over 40,000 miles of sailing around the world, no leaks of any kind have occurred. The boat is dry inside at all times.)

9/16 x 1½ teak deck

Deck Hardware

  • All exterior stainless steel is 316 grade electro polished.
  • Chain plates are stainless steel, heavily through bolted to structural GRP hull chocks.
  • Lifelines are supported by stainless-steel stanchions, through bolted. Port and starboard gates are provided.
  • Closed stainless-steel chocksare fitted into the toe rail on both sides, forward, after and amidships. Open stainless-steel chocks are fitted on each side at bow and stern. There are a total of 10 chocks.
  • Six cleats (12" and 10" Merriman stainless steel) are fitted fore, aft and amidships.
  • Stainless-steel gallows frame with teak boom chocks.
  • Stainless-steel stern arch with built-in teak seats.
  • Stainless-steel arches on either side of the mast. 
  • All standing rigging is stainless steel 1 x 19 wire with swaged terminals.

Electronics and Navigation


  • Furuno Model 1832, 36 mile, cockpit display
  • Furuno Model 1712, 24 mile, nav-station display


  • Robertson Shipmate RS5800 (1996), connected to Furuno 1832 radar and Robertson autopilot.
  • Garmin 128 (January, 2002), connected to Furuno 1712 radar.
  • Magellan hand held.


  • SSB—Icom 7100 with AT-130 tuner
  • VHF—Icom M402 —2 units, one in cockpit, one in nav-station, with antenna switch.
  • VHF—Icom M11 hand-held with leather case.


  • Standard LH5 hailer in cockpit with mast-mounted Newmar PA40/30 speaker horn


  • Robertson AP300DLX
  • Autohelm 6000 linear drive with plug-in remote unit.


  • Simrad IS15 Combi depth/boat speed display with bronze removable transducers, wheel-pedestal display
  • Simrad IS15-WD. wind speed/direction system, wheel pedestal display.
  • Datamarine Link 5000 depth, boat speed, wind speed/direction instruments in the nav station with repeater in the cockpit.

Weather Fax:

  • Furuno weather fax with integral printer and separate antenna.
  • Navtex
  • Furuno NX-300 Navtex


Batteries (12 volt):

  • House bank—Six 8D gel batteries
  • Engine starting—One 8D gel battery
  • Gen set starting—one 6D gel battery
  • Engine and gen set batteries may be paralleled to the house bank by separate switches.


  • Heart Interface 2,500 watt, 110 volt
  • Heart interface 1,800 watt, 110 volt
  • Both inverters separately switched and connected to all 110-volt outlets.

Battery Charging and Monitoring:

  • Link Interface 2000R which monitors the house and engine battery banks
  • Heart Interface battery charging (smart unit) contained within the Heart inverters.
  • Lewco 80-amp silicon-diode marine battery charger (stand-by unit)

Generator Set:

  • Westerbeke 8KW, 110 volt, fresh water cooled. (2036 hours 6/2018)
  • Remote starting and stopping switches mounted on the switchboard.
  • Self-bleeding after fuel filter changes.
  • Groco raw-water strainer.


  • 150 amp, engine-driven

Wind Generator:

  • Four Winds, two blade, high output

Switchboard - nav-station:

  • All circuits are circuit breaker switched and protected.
  • 110V AC circuit breakers are separate from the 12 volt circuit breakers and distinctly colored.
  • Each 12 V DC and 110 V AC function is separately switched.
  • Meters for the 12 volt and 110 volt systems.

Shore Power:

  • Separate 50 Amp inlets for 110 Volt and 220/240 volt.
  • 3,000-watt 220/110-volt transformer permanently connected to the 220-volt shore power inlet.
  • 110-Volt Outlets
  • Standard household outlets in every cabin, salon and galley.
  • Waterproof marine outlet in cockpit.


  • Nine 12-volt fans mounted in all cabins, salon and galley.


  • Dome ceiling lights in all cabins, salon and galley, engine room, forepeak, lazarette, anchor locker.
  • Individual reading lights over every bunk and strategically placed in the salon.
  • Night-vision (red) lighting system at sole level.

Exhaust Fans:

  • In each head and above the stove in the galley.
  • In the engine room.

Safety Equipment

  • Alden Satfind 406 EPIRB
  • Fire Extinguishers (2 in the galley, 1 in the nav station, 1 in the starboard stateroom, 3 in the forepeak)
  • Halon automatic systems in the engine room and lazarette.
  • MOB pole and horseshoe
  • Lifesling system at stern
  • 6-man Avon offshore life raft in hard canister mounted on deck
  • All Coast Guard required equipment.

Deck and Running Lights

  • Bow and stern navigation lights, switched from the cockpit.
  • Masthead tricolor with anchor light and strobe, switched from the cockpit.
  • Bow light at first spreader, switched from the cockpit.
  • Spreader lights, switched from the cockpit.
  • Anchor light at stern arch, light activated.
  • Deck lights at gallows frame, one pointing forward, one aft.
  • Deck light on stern arch.

Bilge Pumps


  • Low level 10-gallon-per-minute pump with automatic switching.
  • High level 10-gallon-per-minute pump with automatic switching.


  • Henderson pump in the cockpit
  • Henderson pump below the sole in the galley area


  • Valve to allow the main engine to draw water from the bilge rather than from outside.


  • Edson console in the cockpit with Wagner hydraulic system.
  • Emergency back-up tiller accessed through a plate in the deck above the lazarette.


  • Ritchie, 6-inch Globemaster, cockpit mounted.


  • Perkins 4-236 diesel rated at 85 HP, fresh-water cooled. (approx. 3000 hours since major rebuild 2001)
  • Cockpit panel for engine starting and stopping, tachometer, engine temperature, engine oil pressure, voltmeter and hour-meter.
  • Start button at the engine for easier bleeding.
  • Separate electrical fuel pump to facilitate bleeding.         
  • Groco raw-water strainer.


  • Borg Warner hydraulic, 1.91 : 1
  • Flexible coupling between transmission and drive shaft.


  • Max-Prop VIP, 3 blade, 20 inch, feathering, with external pitch adjustment.
  • Original fixed 3 blade 20 x 13 (spare).
  • Hydraulic shaft brake.


  • 204 gallons in two black iron tanks.
  • Each tank has a pneumatic fuel gauge.
  • Each tank has an inspection and clean-out plate.
  • Both tanks feed into a selection manifold with separate valving for all uses and sources.

Fuel Filters

  • Perkins main engine
  • Two Racor 500 series in parallel with valving allowing for switching from one to the other with the engine running.
  • Westerbeke
  • Racor 200 series
  • Webasto Heater
  • Racor filter


  • Six cubic foot refrigerator, top and front entry - one storage plate.
  • Six cubic foot freezer, top entry - 3 storage plates.
  • All four storage plates connected in series.
  • All four storage plates are cooled by separate 110-volt driven and engine-driven systems
  • 110 volt “Stone Cold” refrigeration system, salt-water cooled, with timer.
  • Engine driven refrigeration system, salt-water cooled, with timer.
  • Refrigerator has stainless-steel shelves and door-activated light.


  • 110V AC HRO System 9—500 gallon per day (in-operable)

Cabin Heater

Webasto Model DWB 2010, 40,000 BTU, diesel-burning, forced hot water with fan convectors—2 in salon, 1 each in master, port and starboard staterooms. Fans switched from nav station.

Entertainment System

  • Magnavox 15-inch color TV
  • Sony AM/FM stereo receiver and control unit
  • Sony CD player
  • JVC stereo VCR
  • JVC cassette player
  • Rabbit system for operating remote TV
  • (All the above are permanently mounted in the salon.)
  • Two speakers in the salon
  • Two speakers in the main stateroom
  • Two Cybernet waterproof flush-mounted speakers in the cockpit.
  • (The above six speakers are selected, individually or in groups, through a rotary switch mounted in the nav station)


  • Stove—Propane, 3 burner, separate grill and oven, stainless steel, gimbaled.
  • Microwave—Panasonic 1,100 Watt, built in.
  • Sink—double, deep basin, stainless steel, pressure hot and cold water, foot-operated fresh and salt-water pumps.
  • Separate treatment system for drinking water.
  • Propane sensing and switching system.
  • Exhaust fan.


  • Two 20-pound tanks
  • Separate sealed and vented locker at the stern.
  • Sensing and switching system.


Fresh-Water Tanks:      

  • 330 gallons in four stainless-steel tanks.
  • Each tank has inspection and clean-out plate.
  • All tanks feed a single manifold with selection valves.

Pressurized Water:

  • 12-volt fresh-water pressure pump - 40 psi.
  • One-gallon accumulator tank for even flow to all outlets.
  • Hot and cold pressurized water in both heads, forepeak sink and galley.
  • Deck outlet with hose fitting.

Hot Water:

  • 11-gallon heater,110-volt and engine cooling water heated through separate systems.

Showers (2):

  • Each shower has a sump with electrical discharge pump.

Heads (2):

  • New (2018) Groco manual toilets with Y-valve to separate holding tanks.
  • Two holding tanks, one for each head. Each holding tank has manual and electric (macerating) evacuation pumps.

Deck pump-out fitting for the holding tanks.

Exhaust fans in each head.

Deck Washdown

Salt-water pump with deck outlet and hose fitting at the bow.



  • Three teak deck hatches with smoked acrylic tops (salon, main stateroom, lazarette)

Two Bomar No. 130 semi-flush aluminum alloy hatches over port and starboard staterooms.

Teak sliding hatch with smoked acrylic top over forepeak.

Teak sliding hatch over main companionway.

Dorade Boxes:

  • Four teak boxes with smoked acrylic tops and stainless-steel cowls.
  • Each box has two stainless-steel plates.


  • Salon, galley and master stateroom—ten 7" x 14" rectangular chromed bronze opening portholes with toughened glass.
  • Salon—two circular forward facing chromed bronze opening portholes with toughened glass.
  • All portholes are above deck level.

Insect Screens

  • All portholes are fitted with aluminum-framed removable screens.
  • All hatches are fitted with hinged, teak-framed screens.
  • The cockpit can be protected by a removable screen that covers it completely allowing full use and access at all times.

Deck Prisms

  • Four oblong prisms—over galley, nav-station, port stateroom, and forward head.


All winches except the Maxwell are two-speed, self- tailing, chrome-plated bronze. All are oversized for their application.


  • Two Lewmar 55 electric two-speed winches
  • One Maxwell single-speed electric winch (not sell- tailing).
  • Two Lewmar 43
  • One Lewmar 30


  • Three Lewmar 43
  • One Lewmar 30
  • One Lewmar 16



  • Forespar Stowaway, two spreader, height 64 feet.
  • Forespar main sail in-mast roller furling system.
  • Spinnaker pole is track-mounted on the front of the mast.
  • Storm trysail track is welded to the starboard rear.
  • Forespar spring-actuated boom vang.

 Roller Furling:

  • Jib is roller furled by Harkins #3 unit
  • Stay sail is roller furled by Harkins #2 unit.
  • Mainsail is roller furled by Forespar in-mast system.

Main Sail:

  • 715 square feet – roller-furling, UK Sails, new March, 1996.
  • 715 square feet – roller-furling, Sobstad, refurbished March, 1996, unused since.

130-Percent Genoa:

  • 882 square feet – roller-furling, UK Sails, new March, 1996.
  • 882 square feet – roller-furling, Sobstad, refurbished March, 1996, unused since.

90-Percent High Aspect Staysail:

  • 282 square feet – roller-furling, UK Sails, new March, 1996.
  • 282 square feet – roller-furling, Sobstad, refurbished March, 1996, unused since.

Cruising Gennaker:

  • 1800 square feet, with snuffer, red, white and blue, UK Sails, new March, 1996.

Storm Trysail by Hood, unused.

Storm Jib by Hood, unused.

Ground Tackle

Bow Anchors:

  • 105-pound CQR with 400 feet ⅜ inch ABCO high tensile chain.
  • 75-pound CQR with 30 feet 5/16 inch ABCO high tensile chain and 200 feet ⅝ inch Samson double braid nylon rode.
  • Nilsson V 3,000 electric anchor winch.

Stern Anchor:

  • 44-pound Bruce with 250 feet 10-gauge high-tensile chain and 300 feet ⅝ inch Samson double-braid nylon rode.
  • Lofrans Leopard electric anchor winch.


  • Cockpit covered with canvas dodger and bimini, zipped together and supported by stainless steel frames. Isinglass curtains, individually zipped provide complete weather protection.
  • Covers for the three hatches over salon, master stateroom and lazarette.
  • Covers for bow and stern anchor winches.
  • Complete toe rail cover.
  • Covers for all isinglass curtains.
  • Cover for the outboard motor.
  • Awning that covers the deck from mast to stern. Full length side curtain that can be moved from side to side.
  • Awning that covers the deck from mast to bow. Rain catcher fitting.


  • Boarding Ladder—custom, stainless steel, teak steps, folding, permanently in place but can be moved to either port or starboard side.
  • Boarding Ladder—custom, stainless steel, folding, stored in lazarette, can be mounted on either side.
  • Boarding ladder—custom, stainless steel, teak steps, for bow access when Med-moored, bow in. Hangs off the pulpit.
  • Spare wheel, stainless-steel, 5-foot diameter.
  • Spare parts, including Perkins starter motor and fuel pump.
  • Zodiac 12-foot inflatable-floor inflatable dinghy.
  • Yamaha 15-HP outboard
  • Five, spherical 3 foot diameter fenders.
  • Folding teak table in the cockpit, forward of the wheel.
  • Removable teak cockpit table, aft of the wheel.
  • Teak drink holder in the cockpit.
  • Bookshelves everywhere
  • Teak wine and champagne glass holder in salon.
  • Teak plate and dish storage system in the salon.
  • Teak spice rack in the galley
  • Wood knife block in the galley
  • Stainless-steel propane BBQ
  • BBQ table mounted at the stern.
  • Custom davit and winch on port side near bow.
  • Carpeting throughout.
  • Mast steps to the first spreaders.
  • Emergency tiller

Updates 2017/2019

  • All engine hoses
  • Heat exchanger
  • Oil & Fuel filters on mains & generator
  • Transmission oil changed
  • Rewired generator
  • New water pump on generator
  • Steering Hydraulics - hoses & ram reworked
  • Entire electrical wiring & lighting serviced
  • Engine driven refrigeration system reworked
  • New 12V fans throughout interior
  • New celenoid & control panel for LPG
  • Complete manuals & schematics on all systems
  • All eisenglass in the cockpit cover replaced (2019)
  • Engine and gen set fully serviced (2019)
  • Refrigeration system fully serviced (2019)


“Dolphin Spirit” is a semi-custom Mason 53, center cockpit cutter, launched in 1987. She was built and equipped for extended offshore cruising and has been rigged to be safely single-handed and easily cruised by a couple. Seven feet headroom below deck and over seven feet between deck and boom add to her comfort and safety.


All personal gear; loose items; galley gear; CD's; charts; fishing equipment; tools; spare parts; supplies & items not specifically listed on equipment list specifications sheet.


The Company offers 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.

Contact Richard Nathanson for additional information and your viewing appointment at 310-430-1769 (cell)  or 949-675-8092 (office). Bring all offers.

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