This is quite simply, an amazing boat. This strong, robust, and purposefully built 53 ft yacht was commissioned by its original owner with an uncompromising dedication to things being done right. Taking 5 separate trips to the factory in Taiwan during the build, this yacht was delivered to the highest standard. Incorporating large yacht features in a practical size for easy upkeep and owner operability this example of a Jefferson 53 is unparalleled. Since delivery, she has been kept in a boathouse on Lake Union in freshwater until coming to Canada in the fall of 2020. The current owners have a similar dedication to maintenance and upkeep which is obvious when walking aboard as appears to be almost new.
All systems are extremely well thought out. From stern docking lights to multiple, well-placed side deck doors and purpose build golf club storage, this boat has was engineered for everything to be in its place.
The wide side decks with high rails and Portuguese Bridge provide a very safe and protected space of guests, crew, kids and four legged visitors.
The open upper helm, cockpit remote control, and Wesmar bow thruster allow precision control in tight marinas and anchorages. Navigational gear highlights include radar, forward-looking sonar, and autopiloting via GPS. The custom pilothouse and floorplan allow the skipper unobstructed views of their surroundings and a clear view aft. As well as an efficient cruising speed of 9 knots using 10 gal/hr, the twin Caterpillar C12’s are capable of driving this 53 footer to over 18+ knots when necessary.
It includes top-of-the-line galley appliances, Vacuflush fresh water heads, and a 2020 Planar diesel furnace system ducted to all cabins and heads. Thoughtfully outfitted, beautifully crafted, and maintained, Monkey Joe is everything you could want in a safe, serious, destination pilothouse vessel.
Forward is the VIP guest stateroom featuring a centerline walk-around queen pedestal berth with a new mattress in 2019. Includes built-in locker and drawer storage with cedar-lined hanging locker with automatic lighting, wall mirror, overhead halogen lighting plus valence accent lighting, and bedside reading lights. There is a solid wood door and private access to the guest’s head. Overall, it provides excellent privacy for visiting guests. The guest head may also be accessed via the companionway and offers Vacuflush freshwater marine toilet with full-size seat, Corian vanity with mirrored storage cabinet above, walk-in shower with seat, and folding aluminum framed door. There is an automatic shower sump pump and the forced air heat is ducted to keep visitors comfortable on cool days.
Continuing aft in the companionway is the starboard guest bunk room with 6’6” twin stacked berths. This cabin includes built-in teak storage drawers, cabinets, and a cedar-lined hanging locker with automatic lighting, wall mirror, overhead halogen lighting plus valence accent lighting, and bedside reading lamps. Accessed by a wood sliding door.
Just aft of the bunk room is the dedicated ships laundry cabinet with GE stacked clothes washer and dryer centrally located for anyone to access. Aft again is the full-width midship owner’s cabin with a walk-around queen island berth with a new mattress in 2019. Plenty of light including overhead halogen lighting, valance accent lighting, and bedside reading lights. Plenty of built-in storage includes a walk-in closet, cedar-lined hanging locker with automatic lighting, built-in dresser with drawers, and shelved cabinets. Underneath the berth is dedicated golf club storage. The ensuite head has generous cabinet storage, Corian molded vanity with sink, Vacuflush freshwater marine toilet with full-size seat, and large walk-in shower. The shower has an automatic sump pump and the forced air heat is ducted in to ensure comfort. Above and forward is the custom-designed pilothouse engineered to maximize visibility for safety while underway and maneuvering in anchorages and marinas. Features include a responsive teak wheel and Pompanette adjustable custom leather helm chairs. The L-shaped lounge seating and Jefferson signature teak starburst table is the natural place to enjoy meals. Dual sliding access doors provide quick access to both side decks. The vessel system panels and controls are close at hand and well labeled. They include AC and DC master breaker panels with selector switches, generator, and inverter remote panels, bilge alarm, and monitoring panel, Fireboy extinguisher pull station and monitor/indicator, Tankwatch monitor, searchlight remote, windlass breaker & remote, Exalto wiper switches with variable speed controls and BRNKL remote yacht monitoring system.
Aft and down is the main cabin with a U-shaped galley to starboard. The galley is open to the raised pilothouse and salon for easy conversation and entertaining. The salon offers a built-in settee, teak storage cabinets, a dedicated teak bar, and TV cabinet. There is a Jefferson signature coffee table and the salon has full window coverings. The interior was designed with satin-finished teak paneling and joinery as well as teak plank sole throughout. Boat heat is via Planar (new in 2020) diesel-fired furnace system ducted throughout the boat including heads. Entertainment electronics include Kenwood AM/FM/CD/Sirius stereo system with dual amplifiers and speaker selector switch for (14) speakers in all cabins, bridge, cockpit, and engine room. Salon accent lighting was upgraded to LED in 2019 to provide bright and efficient background lighting
Twin CAT C-12’s provide 1400 hp overall with an efficient 10 gallons per hour cruising at 9 knots and can push the boat past 18 knots when needed. Freshwater cooled with dual Racor fuel filters, ZF 325A gears with electric shift, ZF electronic engine/gear controls with handheld remote control, CAT electronic engine switches for idle speed and engine sync. Includes fuel tank management system, oil change pump plumbed to engines, gears, and generator. Wesmar V2-12E 24v bow thruster with handheld remote control operable from upper and lower helm stations. PSS dripless shaft seals, spurs line cutters, Fireboy automatic halon extinguisher in engine room with monitors at both helms. Craftsman tool chest built into the engine room, complete with tools. Auto/manual bilge pumps, sanitary plumbing PVC pipe with Sealand diaphragm discharge pump.
The open floorplan on the main deck keeps the galley in touch with the entire deck. Appliances include Sub Zero under-counter refrigerator and freezer units, Galley Maid Empress 3-burner electric stove with oven, GE combo convection/microwave oven, and Broan trash compactor. The double stainless steel flush-mounted galley sink with a single-lever faucet and pullout spray nozzle has hot/cold pressure water. Overall there is ample cabinet and drawer storage throughout including a teak pantry and teak appliance garage cabinets on the counter. There is plenty of lighting and the curly maple countertops with teak fiddle rails are beautiful. Ventilation is via a powerful 2-speed exhaust fan over the stove. There is also a U-Line icemaker at the bridge entertainment center.
12v plus 24v DC and 120v plus 240v AC systems with panels and fuse/circuit breaker protection, 8kW Northern Lights generator in sound shield show approximately 2170 hours, Samlex EVO 2224 primary inverter (added in 2016) and original ProSine 3000-watt True Sine Wave 24v inverter. Leece-Neville auxiliary alternator 85-amp 24v with Balmar MC-624 regulator, (2) each 50-amp/240v shore power inlets at the bow and stern, and Glendinning Cablemaster aft with 65′ hookup cable.
Batteries include 6x 8D Lifeline AGM 24v servicing the dedicated inverter, bow thruster, windlass, furnace and crane. New in 2019 are, 1x 8D flooded 12v house battery, 1x 8D flooded main engine start battery, 1x 12v generator start battery.
110v outlets are found throughout with GFCI in the galley, heads, and exterior; ceiling lighting 110v fluorescent and 12v Halogen throughout. Indirect accent lighting behind valences in salon, pilothouse & cabins, deck lighting overhead on side decks, aft deck and bridge, safety lighting on all interior and exterior stairs; and docking spotlights at the transom. CO detectors in the salon and each stateroom as well as telephone and cable inlets at bow and stern.
The vessel was built to NMMA Yacht Certification, on a semi-displacement hull with hard chines, no prop pockets for better economy, handling, and deep keel for a stable ride at any speed. (one could order with or without prop pockets) Hand laid-up fiberglass with Nidacore construction in the decks; NPG-ISO gelcoat; epoxy bottom barrier coating. Awlgrip painted exterior with Forest Green hull, plus Snow White topsides and decks. Portuguese bulwark with single door opening to spacious foredeck; sliding pilothouse doors at both port and starboard. Deck access gates at pilothouse level and side deck level on both sides; wide walk-around side decks with overhangs and raised bulwarks for safe fore-to-aft passage; wing doors from side decks to aft deck. Bottom paint and zincs were done in June 2021.
Welded stainless steel rails around bow and side decks; sliding glass door from the cockpit to salon; stairway to bridge deck; door access to the engine room; hatch access to the large lazerette storage area. Transom steps are molded into the hull with gate to swim platform; swim platform is FRP with an anti-skid surface, cleats, and swim ladder.