- 2018 -


2,125,000 USD

United States


"In Lieu of" is a wonderful opportunity to own a well-maintained Marlow Explorer that shows like a new vessel. Her owners spared no expense during the build process or through their ownership maintaining every aspect of this beautiful yacht. She is the ultimate example of a "turnkey" yacht available for immediate cruising She can be cruised at an efficient 8 knots using a mere 4 GPH per engine or cruise at 18 knots with a top speed of 23 knots. The generous 17'3" beam makes this 53E feel more like a vessel in the 65 foot range. The full beam master stateroom is amidship with a private en-suite head, landing area, storage, fridge, freezer with engine room access. The Portuguese bridge with ample storage, and fully enclosed side decks make handling the boat very safe and easy for a cruising couple or those with kids or pets aboard. The full standup engine room makes the engine room checks and maintenance a breeze. This is a great opportunity to own the only FAST semi-enclosed 53E Marlow Explorer currently on the market.

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USD 2,125,000

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18 Kn




61' 0"




17' 3"


United States

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The raised pilothouse, Portuguese bridge, wide enclosed side decks, combined with her state of the art semi-displacement hull makes the Marlow Explorer one of the most stable and comfortable cruising vessels in her class. Her hard chines coupled with the twin Velocijet Strut Keels and Naiad fin stabilizers provide a stable platform that keep the vessel from excessive rolling while tracking straight with protecting running gear and enhanced efficiency and performance. The side decks are fully protected by bulwarks topped with waist high painted cap rails for lower overall maintenance and increased safety at sea. The spacious foredeck is accessed through the Portuguese bridge double doors. The upgraded twin stainless steel anchors are set up with all chain on a dual gypsy windlass. On either side of the windlass, deck lockers open for additional storage as well as salt water and fresh wash down dual 50 AMP shore power connection and a redundant freshwater inlet. Power and freshwater connections are in the bow as well as the stern for great flexibility when docking. The 1200-gallon fuel tank can be filled from either side of the yacht amid ship. The upgraded color matched nonskid decks offer the best surface under your feet whether wet or dry and look absolutely beautiful. “In Lieu Of…” is equipped with a yacht controller for wireless docking or anchoring as well as a 2nd fixed control station on the aft deck which allows operation of the throttles and both bow and stern thrusters.

Main Salon

When you enter the salon from the aft deck you feel the spaciousness of the vessel's 17'3" beam. The composite construction allows this space to be very open with an unobstructed view beyond the salon and galley to the forward windows. The tinted windows and wooden blinds allow just the right amount of light into your vessel. The aft salon door is one of a pair that can be opened in two ways. On nice days when you want natural ventilation the second aft door can be unlatched and slid open to a 5' wide indoor/outdoor living experience. The large L-shaped settee is upholstered in Ultraleather. The salon settees raise with gas shocks that allow for an abundance of convenient additional storage. Under the salon settees there is a string of 110V LED Rope lighting that provides perfect accent lighting.The deck light circuits and 120V outlets are on the 3,500-Watt inverter so you do not need shore power or the generator to operate these lights and appliances while looking for quite time to anchor. There are built-in settees with storage to Port and Starboard. Aft and to Port of the salon there is a large flat screen TV with Sonos surround sound in the salon, galley, master stateroom, VIP, starboard, guest and flybridge. There is a beautiful large teak table in front of the settee with two magazine racks on either side and an extremely useful ottoman with hidden storage built in. To Starboard there is a beverage station and to Port an electronics cabinet that have the Sonos sound system, router and HP printer. Just aft of the 3 stairs leading to the galley is an icemaker. The overhead teak valance on the starboard side has slots that diffuse the air-conditioning through the room.


The pilothouse is up three steps from the salon and includes the large dinette seating area and galley. There are Port and Starboard exterior doors, a staircase forward that descends to the staterooms and a staircase on the Port side aft that ascends up to the flybridge.The galley is very well equipped with top of the line appliances and has abundant storage for provisions and housewares. The galley is U-shaped with beautiful custom Santa Maria Vetrostone countertops.

• Two upgraded Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer units (4 drawers)

• Upgraded Dacor cook top smooth with stainless sea rails/potholders

• Upgraded Dacor full size oven

• Grohe faucet

• Franke stainless steel sink with decorative wood cutting board cover

• Upgraded countertop mounted soap dispenser

Master Stateroom

The master stateroom is Amidship and full beam, making it exceptionally light and roomy with wide upgraded teak plank flooring throughout. “In Lieu Of…” has an athwarship berth with large storage drawers under the berth. The beautiful walls and cabinetry are all satin finished teak. There are two cedar lined hanging lockers and several storage lockers with shelving along the starboard side.The flat screen TV is easily viewed from the bed. A beautiful teak nightstand is on one side of the bed with 3 large dovetailed drawers mounted on ball bearing slides. A reading lamp is mounted just outside the headboard on each side that provides perfect light for reading day or night. A beautiful curved solid teak valance over the bed has small halogen accent lights on a dimmer. The slots in the top of the valance diffuse the air-conditioning and send it out cascading into the middle of the room, keeping cold drafts off the bed. There are four large port lights that let in an abundance of light when desired. When you want privacy, simply slide the upgraded custom Shoji screens and black out curtains closed to cover the port lights. The en-suite head is very spacious with vanity, fold down shaving mirror, adjustable make up mirror, beautiful counters, under-mounted china sink bowl, Grohe faucet, several drawers and cabinets with shelves for maximum storage. The shower area has a large teak-framed Lexan door and the shower sides are finished in high gloss gelcoat trimmed in beautiful teak. There is a nice storage shelf in the shower to store toiletries. The tank tender is next to the head allowing you to see the state of the holding tank at a quick glance.


The VIP stateroom forward has a centerline berth with six large storage drawers under the berth. All of the cabinetry is beautifully finished in satin teak. Each hull side is finished with an overhead locker in addition to open shelving for your VIP guests' gear. Both hanging lockers are cedar lined. There is a flat screen TV that is mounted in a custom teak frame. The upgraded Ocean air screened overhead hatch provides light and fresh air with a 3-option full open, bug screen or black out shade configuration.


Starboard Bunk Area

The large starboard 6' + guests bunks are at the foot of the companionway stairs from the pilothouse. This area provides for two very comfortable bunks with privacy curtains, Sonos speakers and a cedar-lined hanging locker.


The upgraded full-size GE washer and dryer is in the pantry aft of the master stateroom and forward of the engine room access door. Laundry is easily completed and taken out of the dryer and put directly onto the master stateroom bed for easy sorting and folding.


The vessel was designed for anchoring out and living "off grid" with the 3,500-Watt inverter aboard. All 120V electrical outlets and the galley refrigeration are on the inverter circuit, so they are powered with or without generator or shore power directly from the house battery bank.

• Electrical bonding system

• Upgraded Twin 13KW Onan generators in sound shields (800 hours)

• Trace 3,500-watt inverter

• Battery parallel switches

• Upgraded AGM Batteries

• 120 Volt and 240 Volt house systems

• 24V lighting system with Italian and Cabin Danmark lighting fixtures

• Overhead 24V Halogen lights

• AC/DC distribution panel with magnetic circuit breakers

• Voltage meter for all battery banks

• 2 Glendinning cablemasters aft and (2) 50 AMP shore power plugins forward.

Deck and Hull

The Marlow Explorer is one of the few yachts in the world in which much time has been taken to optimize the hull design. Most yachts built today are very similar to each other and their predecessors over the last 20 years. When you see a Marlow Explorer hauled out of the water, on land, you will notice very quickly that the yacht is blocked at the bow like every other boat, but at the stern she rests on her own twin Velocijet Strut Keels. The propellers are protected well above the bottom of the keels and it is obvious that a light grounding on a sand bar will only result in some worn bottom paint. What is not so obvious is how well these strut keels will make the boat handle in a following sea. The lateral resistance they provide makes the boat track straight as an arrow with very little rudder correction required. On deck you will notice that the teak planks do not have bung holes hiding undesirably through deck screws, they are all epoxied in place for maximum water intrusion protection. You can tell that the deck is molded as one piece because there are no seams from the transom to the bow, including the Portuguese bridge. The windshields and side windows are tinted glass and laminated with a layer of 3M Hurricane shield to a total thickness of 11mm, twice the thickness of what most builders use in vessels below 100' today. The hull is molded in gel coat and topped with numerous coats of primer and Kingston Gray Awlgrip keeping her shining like new. It is obvious that the mold was perfect because you cannot find a ripple in this 53E’s mirror like hull paint. She will keep her form through many decades because the Vinylester resin encases two layers of kevlar and many layers of non-woven fabrics that are vacuum bagged to the Core-Cell structural foam core. The inner laminates are all high tech non-woven fabrics. The bilges are smoothly painted and finished like the rest of the yacht.  The aft steps conceal a fresh washdown and shower with hot/cold feature.

  • Upgraded Kenyon Electric grill, refrigerator, and sink on boat deck
  • Cockpit shower hot/cold
  • Swim ladder
  • Stainless Steel Danforth anchor
  • Stainless Steel Bruce anchor
  • Fresh water and sea water wash down system at bow
  • Fresh water and hot/cold shower on stern
  • Upgraded Maxwell dual anchor system with 300’ chain
  • 11’ AB tender with 25HP Yamaha Outboard
  • Freedom Lift
  • Lemar bow and stern thrusters (20HP)
  • New bottom job - September 2020
  • Zincs and prop speed - September 2020

Semi-Enclosed Flybridge

The semi-enclosed flybridge is an excellent place for all weather cruising and entertaining guests with two Pompanette Platinum series helm chairs, one on centerline with upgraded A/C and heat and side fold up or removable Eisenglass panels. The two Garmin GPS 7215 plotters can be set up to show any combination of GPS Map, Radar, or depth data. A full complement of Caterpillar electronic controls are immediately forward of the large stainless-steel Marlow wheel. The console also has displays for anemometer wind velocity and direction, water depth, and boat speed. The VHF and yachts intercom phone are within easy reach. The flybridge is protected by the semi-enclosed 3 window windshield with opening venturi window, wipers, and full fiberglass hardtop. The flybridge is accessible by teak stairs from inside the pilothouse and nonskid gelcoat outside from the aft cockpit. There is comfortable seating for up to eight people, with a gelcoat table. There is a sink, refrigerator, upgraded Kenyon electric grill and plenty of storage.

• Two Pompanette Platinum series helm chairs

• Two Garmin GPS map7215, Radar, Sounder

• Garmin VHF

• Garmin GAC10 autopilot

• Refrigerator

• Naiad stabilizer controls

• Wireless yacht controller

• Garmin boat speed indicator

• Garmin water depth indicator

• Garmin anemometer wind speed & direction indicator

• Upgraded Kenyon Electric Grill

• Sink

• Under seat storage with elevated drain mats

Engine Room

Professional captains often tell us that the Marlow Explorer has the best engine room they have ever been in on a vessel of this size. You can get to everything quickly and safely with 6'2" of head room and walk around room. The area is very well lit with LED lighting. There are 120V and 24V blowers to cool the engine room space down after a long day of cruising and the maintenance can be done in comfort. Each main CAT engine and genset has dual Racor filters. The fuel system is very simple with one large tank (1200 gallons). The engine beds are very heavy polished stainless steel and secure the engine vibration isolation mounts to the hull stringers and run all the way past the transmissions to accept the thrust load. The dripless shaft seals have a crossover tube that supplies raw water from both engines so you can safely run on one engine if so desired. There are two 13 KW Onan generators in fully enclosed sound shields. Just aft and outboard of the main engines are the sea chests with removable clear access covers. Each of the engines, generators, air-conditioning systems, salt water washdowns and all the other components of the yacht that require raw water have their own shut-off valve located at the sea chest. Two main seachest hull openings for all raw water needs provides great safety as the number of holes in the hull has been reduced significantly. The upgraded 850 HP Caterpillar 12.9 engines are connected to the underwater exhaust system via high temperature silicone hose to further isolate noise and reduce vibrations for a unmatched ride.

• LED lighting

• Exhaust blowers

• High capacity induction blowers

• Chilled water reverse cycle air conditioning compressors with soft starts

• Fire extinguishing system

• Fresh water system spigot in engine room

• Dual Racor fuel separators with vacuum gauges for each main engine and generator

• Aqua Drive shaft couplings

• Engine hour meter, gauges, and start/stop

• 3" lead/foam engine room insulation

• Emergency engine stop

• 4-3700gph bilge pumps with auto and manual switch

• FRP fuel tank

• Watertight door w/window from lazarette and master stateroom

• Dive compressor with air regulator

• Fire extinguishers

• All preventative maintenance services up to date as of October 2020


You can enter the lazarette from the engine room or aft cockpit and when you stand at the bottom of the aft ladder you have full head room. Most of the space is open for your storage needs and can be customized for storage of more toys. The forward bulkhead of the lazarette is the aft engine room wall where the main battery distribution switches are mounted. The aft access doors in the lazarette give you access to the steering gear, autopilot ram, stern thruster, and trim tab system. This area is beautifully finished in white gelcoat like all the bilges on the yacht.


Additional Salespersons Remarks

“In Lieu Of…” is a wonderful opportunity to own a well-maintained Marlow Explorer that shows like a new vessel. She was built with many of the most popular options including upgraded 850 HP 12.9 Caterpillar engines, bow and stern thrusters, semi-enclosed bridge with hard top, Pompanette helm chairs, and chilled water air-conditioning/heat. Like all her sisters ships the interior teak shows off the attention to detail and craftsmanship that goes into every Marlow Explorer resulting in some of the most beautiful woodworking ever seen, with a rich deep color and beautiful grain and wood accents throughout. Her engines easily provide an 18-knot cruise, and her 1,200 gallons of fuel will cruise at 8 knots for 1,000 miles. The wide beam makes her 53E feel more like a vessel in the 65-foot range. The full beam master stateroom is amidship with a private head. The full standup engine room makes this space very easy to get around and perform the daily systems checks.


Engine Warranty

Platinum plus warranty expires Jan 2023 or 1500 Hrs.


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.