• Price$1,375,000
  • Length53'
  • MakeMarlow
  • Built2008

Saint Petersburg, FL

(BELLA VITA VIDEO) https://www.youtube.com/embed/tiRlPIfefGoBella Vita is a wonderful opportunity to own a well-maintained Marlow Explorer that shows like a much newer vessel. The owners of Bella Vita have spared no expense updating and upgrading every aspect of this beautiful yacht. She is the ultimate example of a "turn key" yacht available for sale.She can be cruised at an efficient 8 knots using a mere 4 GPH per engine or cruise at 18 knotswith a top speed of 21 knots. The 18' 2" beam makes her 53 feet feel more like a vessel in the 60+ foot range.The Portuguese bridge and full side decks make handling the boat very safe and easy for a cruising couple. There is a remote in the cockpit as well as a wireless yacht controller to make docking a breeze. Spacious and full standing height engine room, affording easy access to the beautifully arranged machinery spaces. This is a great opportunity to own the only 53C Marlow Explorer currently on the market.


  • Current Price$1,375,000
  • Year2008
  • Length53'
  • Hull MaterialComposite
  • Fuel Capacity1200|gallon
  • Beam18.17 ft
  • Location (city)Saint Petersburg
  • Location (state)FL
  • Location (country)US

Essential Information

  • MLS® #7306115
  • ModelExplorer 53C
  • Builder
  • TypePower
  • Sub-TypeMotor Yachts
  • StatusActive


  • # of Heads2

Engine 1

  • TypePower
  • Fueldiesel
  • MakeCaterpillar
  • ModelC12
  • Hours900
  • Power715|horsepower

Engine 2

  • TypePower
  • MakeCaterpillar
  • ModelC12
  • Hours900
  • Power715|horsepower


The raised pilothouse, Portuguese bridge, wide side decks, combined with her state of the art semi-displacement hull makes the Marlow Explorer one of the most comfortable, safest yachts in any sea condition. The hard chines coupled with the twin Velocijet Strut Keels provide a stable platform that keep the vessel from rolling around and going straight while protecting the running gear and enhancing performance. The side decks are fully protected by bulwarks topped with teak cap rails that are waist high aft and higher forward. The foredeck is accessed through the Portuguese bridge double doors. The twin stainless steel anchors are set up with all chain on the dual gypsy windlass. On either side of the windlass, deck lockers open to expose the forward set of cablemasters. Power 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. The teak decks offer the best surface under your feet whether wet or dry and look beautiful. They are epoxied in place without any screws so they will be easy to maintain for years to come. Bella Vita is equipped with a yacht controller for wireless docking as well as a hard-wired remote control station which allows operation of the gears, 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 18'2" beam. The composite construction allows this space to be very open with a good view beyond the salon and galley to the front windows. The tinted windows and wooden blinds allow just the right amount of light. The aft salon door is one of a pair. On nice days when you want natural ventilation the second aft door can be unlatched and slid open to a 5' wide opening. The large L-shaped settee is upholstered in Ultraleather. Under the salon seats there is a string of 110V lighting that provides perfect accent lighting. The deck light circuits and 110V plugs are on the 4,000 Watt inverter so you do not need shore power or the generator to operate these lights. Across from the built-in settee is an additional section of built in seating with storage underneath. On the forward end of the salon there is a large Sony flat-screen TV. There are 5 overhead lights in addition to the 24V Italian and Cabin Danmark lighting and valance lighting. There is a beautiful large teak table in front of the settee with two magazine racks on either side. In the forward passageway as you leave the salon is a storage cabinet with two slide out storage shelves that have inserts to securely hold glasses and bottles. The bar has a stainless steel sink, refrigerator with ice maker, and a teak cabinet for glass storage. The overhead teak valance on the starboard side has slots that diffuse the air-conditioning through the room.

Pilothouse / Galley

The pilothouse is up three steps from the salon and includes the lower helm station, dinette and galley. There are port and starboard exterior doors, a staircase forward descends to the staterooms and a staircase on the port side aft ascends up to the flybridge. The galley is very well equipped with top of the line appliances and plenty of storage for provisions and housewares. The galley is U-shaped with beautiful Raw Silk granite countertops. The lower helm is another very comfortable area, complete with Stidd helm chair for the captain next to a gorgeous teak dinette with Chamois Ultraleather seating for guests. The helm was offset 7 inches to starboard in order to provide a nice spacious seating area to port. In front of the helm chair you have all the systems a captain would need. The two new Garmin GPS map7215 touch screen displays can be set up to display any combination of GPS chart, radar, and depth. The engine displays, VHF, autopilot, and other critical systems are all within easy reach. The overhead panel has electronics circuit breakers, inverter control, Naiad stabilizer control, electronic tank tender, Sentry fluid level monitor, bilge pump controls, the vessel safety and control center.

  • Two Sub Zero refrigerator/freezer units (4 drawers)
  • Dacor cook top smooth with Stainless searails/potholders
  • Microwave/convection oven
  • Grohe faucet
  • Franke stainless steel sink with decorative cutting board cover
  • Drinking water faucet
  • Miele dishwasher
Master Stateroom

The master stateroom is amidship and full beam, making it very light and roomy with teak and holly sole throughout. Bella Vita has an athwarship berth with eight large drawers under the berth. The walls and cabinetry are all satin finished teak. There are two cedar lined hanging lockers and several lockers with shelving along the starboard side. The forward port corner of the stateroom has a full length beveled dressing mirror. 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 Cabin Danmark lamp is mounted just outside the headboard on each side to provide perfect light for reading. A beautiful curved solid teak valance over the bed has small halogen lights on a dimmer. The slots in the top of the valance diffuse the air-conditioning and send it out into the middle of the room, keeping cool drafts off the bed. There are four opening port lights with screens. When you want privacy, drapes can be closed to cover the port lights. The en-suite head is very spacious with vanity, Cream Marfil granite counters, under-mounted china sink bowl, Grohe faucet, several drawers and cabinets with shelves for storage of toiletries. A large linen closet over the head allows storage for several sets of towels and bed linens. The shower area has a large teak-framed Lexan door and the shower sides are finished in high gloss gelcoat trimmed in teak. There is a nice cabinet in the shower area to store toiletries. The tank tender is next to the head allowing you to see the state of the holding tank at a glance.


The VIP stateroom forward has a centerline berth with six large drawers under the berth. All the cabinetry is satin finished teak. Each hull side is finished with overhead lockers with louvered teak doors and a cedar lined hanging locker. There is a 15" flat screen TV that is mounted in a custom teak frame. This stateroom has a telephone jack, stereo volume control and berth reading lights. Two Manship screened overhead hatches provide light and fresh air. VIP Head.

There is a full head with separate stall shower accessible from the stateroom or the companionway to allow use as a day head or for guests in the port side stateroom. The Lexan shower door is a beautiful curved shape framed in solid teak to make the best use of the space. Both the head and the shower have exhaust fans vented outside the vessel. The sink is an undermounted china bowl on a Cream Marfil granite top finished with teak fiddles.

Port Guest Stateroom

The port guest stateroom is on the port side of the vessel at the base of the stairs from the pilothouse. This stateroom provides two comfortable bunks and a cedar-lined hanging locker. A 15" flat screen TV is on the aft bulkhead viewable from the berths and a radio volume control. Double doors open this area to the cabin way where you descend from the pilothouse so the yacht has a very open feel.

This stateroom doubles as an office with a nice desk that is designed to securely store a laptop with easily accessible power and phone line. There are three large drawers and a teak cabinet for storage.


The full-size stacked Whirlpool washer and dryer is in the master stateroom. Laundry is taken out of the dryer and directly onto the bed for easy sorting and folding.


The vessel was designed with the inverter standard. All outlets and the galley refrigeration are on the inverter so they are powered with or without generator or shore power.

  • Electrical bonding system
  • Upgraded Twin 16KW Northern Lights generators in sound shields (700 hours)
  • Trace 4000-watt inverter
  • Battery parallel switches
  • Upgraded AGM Batteries
  • 110 Volt and 220 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
  • 4 Glendinning cablemasters (two forward and two aft)
Deck and Hull

The Marlow Explorer is one of the few yachts in the world in which time has been taken to optimize the basic 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 on land you 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 keels. The propellers are 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 these strut keels will make the boat handle in a following sea. The lateral resistance provided makes the boat track straight with very little rudder correction required. On deck you can see that the teak planks do not have bung holes hiding screws, they are epoxied in place. 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 what most builders use in vessels below 100'.

The teak rails are perfectly finished with 10+ coats of the finest varnish and finished with a few additional protective coats of clearcoat. The hull is molded in gel coat and topped with numerous coats of primer and blue Awlgrip keeping her shiny. It is obvious that the mold was perfect because you cannot find a ripple in her 53 feet.

She will keep her form 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 laminate is all high tech non-woven fabrics. The bilges are smooth and finished like the rest of the yacht.

In the cockpit cabinet under the stairs is a fresh and salt water washdown and shower.

  • Electric grill, refrigerator with icemaker, and sink on boat deck
  • 1000# Aritex full rotation davit
  • Cockpit shower
  • Swim ladder
  • Stainless Steel Danforth anchor
  • Stainless Steel Bruce anchor
  • Fresh water and sea water wash down system at bow and stern
  • Maxwell windlass VWC 3500C
  • Dinghy chocks
  • Winslow life raft
  • 11’ Boston Whaler tender with 25HP Mercury Outboard
  • Sidepower bow and stern thrusters
  • N-rails on Swim Platform

The flybridge is an excellent place for fair weather cruising and entertaining guests with two Stidd helm chairs, one on centerline. The Garmin GPS 7215 plotter can be set up to show any combination of GPS Map, Radar, or depth data. A full set of Caterpillar electronic controls is immediately forward of the large stainless steel wheel. The console also has displays for wind velocity and direction, water depth, and boat speed. The VHF and yachts intercom phone are within easy reach. The flybridge is protected by a full fiberglass hardtop. The flybridge is accessible by stairs from inside the pilothouse and outside from the aft cockpit. There is comfortable seating for eight people, with a table. There is a sink, refrigerator with icemaker and plenty of storage as well as a Gaggenau electric grill.

The 1,000 pound hydraulic davit with remote control and the dinghy with outboard are aft of the flybridge seating area.

  • Two Stidd helm chairs
  • Garmin GPS map7215, Radar, Sounder
  • Garmin OHS 10 VHF
  • Garmin GAC10 autopilot
  • Refrigerator with ice maker
  • Naiad stabilizer controls
  • Wireless yacht controller
  • Nautical Structures 1000# hydraulic davit with rotation - telescoping
  • Raymarine boat speed
  • Raymarine water depth
  • Raymarine wind speed & direction
  • Electric Grill
  • Sink
  • Under seat storage with drain mats
  • Second Table
Engine Room

Most professional captains tell us that we have 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. The area is well lit with 110V and 24V lighting. There are 110V and 24V blowers to cool the space down after a run and the area is air-conditioned so maintenance can be done in comfort. Each diesel engine 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 of the Aquadrive units. The dripless shaft seals have a crossover tube that supplies water from both engines so you can safely run on one engine. There are two 16 KW Northern Lights generators in sound shields.

Just forward of the engines is the sea chests with removable clear cleaning cover. Each of the engines, generators, air-conditioning system, salt water washdown and all the other components of the yacht that require salt water have their own shut-off valve on the sea chest. One hull opening for all sea water needs provides great safety. The 715 HP Caterpillar engines are connected to the underwater exhaust system via high temperature silicone hose to further isolate noise.

  • Fuel polishing system
  • 12V & 110V AquaSignal lighting
  • Exhaust blowers
  • High capacity induction blowers
  • Chilled water reverse cycle air conditioning compressors with soft starts
  • Fire extinguishing system
  • PSR pressure fresh water system
  • Dual Racor fuel separators with vacuum gauges for each engine and generator
  • Aqua Drive shaft couplings
  • Engine hour meter and gauges
  • 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
  • Oil temperature alarm
  • 3 Fire extinguishers
  • Soft engine mounts

You enter the lazarette from the aft cockpit and when you stand at the bottom of the ladder you have full head room. On either side of the lazarette there are beautifully finished teak doors that enclose the batteries, cablemasters, and other equipment. Most of the space is open for your use as general storage. The forward bulkhead of the lazarette is the aft engine room wall where the main battery distribution switches are mounted. The aft 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

Bella Vita is a wonderful opportunity to own a well-maintained Marlow Explorer that shows like a much newer vessel. She was built with all of the most popular options including 700 HP Caterpillar engines, bow and stern thrusters, factory hard top, Stidd helm chairs, and chilled water air-conditioning. Like all her sisters the lumber in her interior shows off the attention to detail and craftsmanship that goes into every Marlow Explorer resulting in the most beautiful woodworking we have ever seen, with a rich deep color and beautiful grain and wood accents throughout.

Her engines 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 53' feel more like a vessel in the 60+ foot range. The full beam master stateroom is amidship with a private head. The full standup engine room with air-conditioning will be a pleasure to work in.


Owner's Personal Belongings

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