Meredith | Norseman 53 1987

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Yacht Name: Meredith
Builder: Norseman
Year: 1987
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Asking Price: $239,000
Hull Material: Fiberglass

This powerful turn-key world cruiser is ready to go! Quite simply, she has the best and most expensive of everything & a substantial inventory of cruising gear, spare parts & tools. The only F1 factory hard dodger, triple Reckmann hydraulic furlers, Barlow 36 powered primaries, Hood vertically battened main, Raymarine HD radar and plotter, I-pad nav station, new aft Cruisair AC, forward collision bulkhead, Mercedes OM35L with Wiseman conversion, Onan 6.5 marine genset mid cockpit crystal locker, wine cellar, forward aluminum bulkhead and built-in safe...MEREDITH has it all! Seller seeking larger vessel wants offers.

Builder: Norseman
Designer: Gary Grant
Flag of Registry: United States
LOA: 53 ft 5 in
Beam: 14 ft 10 in
LWL: 44 ft 8 in
Minimum Draft: 6 ft 6 in
Displacement: 35000 lbs
Ballast: 15500 lbs
Bridge Clearance: 74 ft 0 in
Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Mercedes/ Wiseman
Engine Model: OM352 
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 8600
Engine Power: 130 HP
Fresh Water Tanks: (250 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (125 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (45 Gallons)


Aft of the collision bulkhead is a double V-berth, power cord storage, crew/child cabin on port side opposite work/scuba room and head with enclosed phone booth shower to starboard. Passage aft leads to a redecorated 6.5’ high main saloon featuring a new dining table with wine storage under & opposite wine cellar; chart table/nav station; and new galley with granite counters. Continuing aft there is a walk in engine room adjacent to area for washer dryer. Opposite is a fold out chart bin under a captain's bunk/storage locker.  The owner's aft cabin contains a California king sized centerline berth with Tempurpedic covers, vanity, and cedar lined hanging locker.  The ensuite head has an enclosed shower.  Vacu flush heads forward and aft with separate holding tanks.  All accommodations are in satin varnished, light ash with mahogany accents, salmon leather upholstery is slip covered in fresh cotton.


Forward bulkhead shows sepia supergraphic of owner racing on a Farr 65 in Antigua.  Entertainment system includes Marantz surround sound with Samsung Blue Ray feeding 4 NHT speakers mounted in cabinets.  A 35" Samsung flat screen TV was installed in 2012. There is a Polk Audio Sub-woofer.  Three red LED's and floor lighting, light the cabin at night.  There are 6 large storage lockers behind the settees.  One contains a Magnum digital inverter/charger cooled by twin Hella Turbo fans.  The 600 Amp hours, 12v battery bank is new in 2014. This salon is big and beautiful!

Master Stateroom

Lighted by surrounding port lights and 3 deck hatches, the aft stateroom has new white/red lighting throughout, separate reading lights and hella fan.  There are three drawers under the king size sleeping area and four lockers plus a cedar lined interior lighted hanging locker.  The vanity has a swing out seat and storage drawer.  The enclosed head contains a new sink and Grohe faucet.  The shower is both stand-up and sit down and seals with a clear plexi door.

Guest Staterooms/Crew or Child Cabin

The forward large V berth has two storage lockers as well as a cedar lined interior lighted hanging locker, reading lights, plenty of ventilation, hella fan and storage.

The child and/or crew cabin has 6.5’ over/under bunks with lee cloths, four opening lockers, a cedar lined interior lighted hanging locker, hella fan, separate reading lights and storage under the bottom bunk. Both cabins are served by enclosed forward head with plexi glassed shower stall, new sink and Grohe faucet.


Abundant storage with six lockers over and four drawers under the counter. The garbage unit is a pull out adjacent to the sink and aft of the wine locker.

Crosby/Grunert 110V plus an engine driven compressor,  (2) 12 cubic foot areas with 4.5" insulation plus granite tops.  Currently, the engine driven compressor is not connected.

Mariner propane stove/oven, 4 burner, serviced by one propane tank in a double locker with overboard vents.

Sentry sniffer/alarm system, currently disconnected.

Stainless steel single sink with large pull down faucet

Water manifold under sink leading to 3 separate water tanks as well as foot operated fresh and sea water pumps.

Navigation Station

Renewed in 2013/14, the Nav Station runs off a Raymarine Hybrid touch screen E8 GPS and HD radar unit which connect via Bluetooth to I-pads and I-phones.  There is a Platinium + Caribbean & Bermuda chip available within the offering price.  A special I-pad mount is attached forward of the steering station under the factory installed hard dodger. Additional units include:  Standard Horizon Matrix AIS/GPS & remote, VHF Marine Transceiver, ICOM IC-706 MKIIG SSB, Pactor Modem & Skymate. 

  • Brooks & Gatehouse depth 
  • Simrad AP-26 auto pilot with spare head unit
  • Hand held VHF
  • Emergency Garmin Geko 201
  • Garmin Glo Blue Ray GPS (Feeds either Garmin or Navionics Cell/I Pad apps.)
  • Ubiquiti masthead wifi system partially installed

  • 12V system, 600 amps:
  • Batteries: all new 2017
  • Magnum 12 Volt/ Inverter-Charger
  • Re-built 125 Amp engine driven charger with spare(24V)
  • 24V system, 4 batts
  • Phase Three 24 Volt Charger
  • New Balmar 12V regulator, Max Charge MC-624 (2017)
  • Re-built 125 amp engine driven charger with spare.
  • 12V Genset starting battery (1 year old)
  • 24V Balmar regulator
  • 110V system w/8 outlets
  • Onan 6.5kw Marine Genset
  • All thru-hulls and underwater fittings are bonded and grounded against lightning strikes.
  • 2015 solar panels & regulator 

Engine and Mechanical
  • Mercedes OM352 six cylinder Wiseman Marine non-turbo 130 hp diesel engine
  • Webasto diesel fired heater with hot water system feeding separate cabin radiators- not connected
  • New Cruisair AC with SMX 11 Control Systems aft
  • Max Prop, factory serviced in 2016
  • Bauer scuba tank compressor, deck compartment for two scuba tanks
  • Spare refrigeration water pump
  • Spare Mercedes water pump
  • Spare Mercedes 24V starter

Hull and Deck
  • 24V Horizontal anchor windlass (feeding two separate chain lockers below)
  • Dual heavy-duty anchor rollers, 60Kg Delta Bow Anchor with approximately 200' of chain
  • Bruce 30Kg bow anchor with approximately 100' of chain
  • Ultra chain & anchor connector flips anchor onto bow roller
  • Danforth 18 kg stern anchor
  • Aluminum toe rail
  • Teak side, forward, and aft decks regularly serviced
  • Gary Grant designed hard dodger (only one ever fitted to a 535)
  • Stainless steel dinghy davits with Simpson winders
  • Stainless life lines 
  • All deck hardware including genoa tracks, pad eyes, traveler, double foot blocks and turning blocks are made by Lewmar.

Sails and Rigging
  • Mast was completely refurbished and painted by Seatek in 2010
  • Rigging- refurbished and inspected yearly 
  • Reckmann hydraulic furling on both headsails and main. Fully battened Hood mainsail installed in 2005 and continually serviced
  • North genoa and stay sail
  • Spinnaker, 1.5oz 
  • ATN Mast Climber (2 years old)
  • Electric primary winches, Barlow 38's
  • 8 Chrome deck and mast winches
  • Andersen traveler winch
  • 2 sets of new sheets

  • Deck hatch covers
  • Winch covers
  • Dinghy cover

  • 8 Dock lines
  • 4 fenders
  • Massive kedge anchor in custom locker forward
  • Collision mat
  • Sea worthy life jackets
  • Flares (many dated)
  • Engine Halon system (needs servicing)
  • Alarm system
  • 2 main and 1 high capacity bilge pumps
  • Hand operated bilge pump
  • Red foot/night lights
  • Solar powered deck lights
  • Mast strobe
  • Twin radar reflectors
  • Air horn

  • All artwork and ship’s clocks
  • All personal effects

Closing Remarks

Bought by her present owner in 2005, MEREDITH was first used by him and his family as a daysailer on  San Francisco Bay.  In 2008 she began to cruise as far south as Puerto Vallarta and as far north as Victoria, B.C.  She was caught in a 4 day gale off the coast of Oregon and kept her crew dry and comfortable throughout.   In 2012 she embarked for Panama, Cartagena, Grand Cayman, Key West and Fort Lauderdale.  In 2014 MEREDITH cruised the Berry Islands, Nassau, and the Exumas in the Bahamas.  She resides, at present, in Fort Lauderdale where she serves as a part time SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA, and sports a kangaroo on the plexi cover of her wine cellar.  MEREDITH is the owner's family name and loosely translates from Welsh as "Guardian of the Sea."   She turns heads wherever she goes! 


Length: 53
Beam: 14' 10
Draft: 6' 6
Power: 130hp
Engine Hours: George Eberhard