“Aragenda” should be on your agenda, as the new owner planning your long-dreamed-of cruise north, exploring an endless coastline of captivating marvels in utter safety and comfort.
Why “Aragenda?” It is as if she was designed and built and outfitted for our waters, our conditions, and your needs. She is a sea-going, strong and handsome, Arthur DeFever design, with high bow and dry ride; a true semi-displacement hull with keel protection, precise tracking and hard chines aft for stability. That semi-displacement hull and optional engines chosen for “Aragenda” provide a range of cruise speeds - from sipping fuel to “let’s stay late, run harder and get home on time.” The Grand Alaskan brand is renowned by owners and brokers - the name a reference to some of the early Alaskan Grand Banks designed by DeFever. The line was created by Oviatt Marine, known for big cruisers, with a careful attention to design detail and yard oversight of a solid Taiwan builder, Tania Yachts. A timeless pilothouse style, yet designed with little exterior teak to maintain, the proven raised pilothouse arrangement is all about ease of boarding, a generous cockpit flowing out of the salon, safe and covered side decks with a secure Portuguese bridge, and a bright, spacious salon for entertaining, or curling up with a fresh novel sitting safe at anchor, somewhere wonderful. The “U” shaped galley is perfect in feel and layout, storage and prep space, and features all the appliances of life. Then up to the pilothouse; the command center. A place to hang out with the skipper, with stunning views of the seascape passing by, and the all the navigation tools for the seasoned seafarer. Is it time for a rest? Steps lead down to two equally fine cabins, the master with an island queen and ensuite, the VIP with queen forward access to the day head. Or visit the engine room - it is a “room,” not just a place the put the engines - and tinker or just admire a pair of working Caterpillars - and a total of 900 horses!
The Grand Alaskan is a brand known for a larger, semi-custom yachts (most Grand Alaskans are 64 to 115 feet), for strong, muscular lines, the clear design reference to a long line of classic Pilothouse designs stemming from Grand Banks, and carrying on with Fleming, DeFever, Marlow. She keeps good company, that of serious cruising yachts! Grand Alaskans are also know for inventive and well proportioned layouts. The 53 Grand Alaskan is a two stateroom design. She is easily managed by a couple, and feels well proportioned and easily managed the moment one steps aboard. The two stateroom layout means there is sufficient volume for a wonderful sense of space in the cabins and two excellent heads with shower stalls, and the pilothouse settee converts to and additional single berth.
Beyond brand, design, layout and a vessel ideally suited to our waters, “Aragenda” shows off the care she has enjoyed by her owners, and in particular, by the current, fastidious owners. Proud yachtspersons who are actively involved in understanding systems and keeping ahead of the scheduled maintenance. Recently serviced machinery, recently bottom service, with safety gear checked out and ready, and last years list of “must dos” actually done, “Aragenda” is ready to be on your AGENDA! Ready to provision and head out, ready for sea, or just to be seen front and center at the next Yacht Club function.
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The owners describe “Aragenda” as a perfect couple cruising vessel. She feels solid and capable, and with wide, covered side decks, feels safe, even if we felt we had to go out on deck on a foul weather day. She has proven herself to us over and over again. We rarely decide not to go because of weather - she may have stabilizers, but we normally leave them locked in neutral - and that is enough. We enjoy taking guests with us - they love the VIP cabin - and there are so many spaces to enjoy on the boat - from basking in the sun on the flybridge or up forward, or under the covered cockpit on a dull or damp day. And our boat is often the destination for happy hour; she just has the space. Upstairs when the weather is right, there is such a commanding view. And the salon, with big windows, ample seats, and huge galley counter for serving - the space flows from the galley right out to the cockpit - everyone is part of action! We have never felt unsafe, and always felt the comfort and dependable and easily handled nature of "Aragenda.'"
Notable features that are throughout “Aragenda” include:
The interior style is consistent with the design and concept of vessel; traditional, warm, engaging, open and impeccably finished throughout, and comfortable with loose furniture in the salon, and large built-in settees in the pilothouse, on the fore deck and on the flybridge. Truly a liveable vessel, a comfortable home, and an elegant space with black accents setting off the superb teak. There is an opening table in the pilothouse, perfect for breakfast at anchor, or lunch underway, or an elegant evening meal, and a large table on the flybridge - the happy hour place of choice.
Exquisite, grain-matched teak joinery throughout, with a comforting satin finish throughout, all set off by the cabin soles, varnished teak and holly throughout, tastefully enhanced by area carpets. The sleeping cabins are carpeted, for the warm feel sliding out of bed.
Window glass is clear throughout, allowing maximum light into the interior and open view of the surroundings. The galley window opens for ventilation, as do the screened port lights in the sleeping cabins and heads. There are teak, wide slat venetian style blinds in the salon, a additional roman blind in the galley, and curtained port lights in the staterooms.
The owners have installed bright LED bulbs in the galley, and LED strip lighting in the engine room. The engine room is BRIGHT! There are dimmers in the salon pilothouse and master to set an evening mood.
The vessel is air conditioned throughout - even in the engine room - and also features a diesel fired Kabola hydronic furnace, with zone heating throughout the vessel. The Kabola runs on DC power, and quietly warms people and surfaces, not just the air!
Entertainment in the salon is stellar - with a Bose 5.1 Lifestyle 20 Surround Sound system, with unobtrusive speakers mounted high and out of the way, and a subwoofer tucked out of sight. The system features a CD/DVD player and iPod connection, and is wired to the salon TV and the pilothouse. The flybridge has its own JVC stereo deck.
For extended summer cruising, storage is critical. The detail of storage is outstanding - a DeFever hallmark. Every space has the right storage. The galley, with large lockers for plates, dishes, gadgets, cooking and serving utensils is amazing. Note the bar cabinet in the forward upper corner, and, next to the side-by-side fridge and freezer unit, the full height pantry, with shelves and drawers - a rare boat feature! The pilothouse has a chart drawer, a book locker, and locker and storage under the settee, and each sleeping cabin features hanging lockers (with a walk in closet in the master!), and clothes lockers, with drawer or bin storage beneath the berths. The flybridge settees and serving/barbecue counter area, and flybridge cowl provide outside storage, as does the vast lazarette.
There are 110VAC receptacles throughout, and 12VDC lighting throughout. There are intercom handsets in all cabins, the engine room and flybridge. Hot and cold pressure water is available in the cockpit, galley, the two heads. And zone temperature and fan controls, and air conditioning controls are in all cabins as well.
Boarding the vessel is easy, for anyone. Step from the dock through a side door, on either port and starboard side into the cockpit. These side doors are ideal for boarding a side-tied tender. There is a transom door leading out onto the swim platform, itself secure with removeable stainless steel staples, and integral to the hull. A large hatch and ladder leads down into a spacious lazarette. There is access forward on the same level as the cockpit to the side decks either side - wide, safe, covered. All decks are non-skid. Steps on the side decks lead up to the pilothouse level, and around the Portuguese bridge, with a door leading to the lounging area forward, and working deck featuring a dual anchor launch. From the side decks at the pilothouse doors, there is a boarding gate either side.
From the cockpit, a double teak door, opens up and the space flows into the salon rich in teak with black accents. To starboard, aft, there is a corner cabinet (upper and lower) with a TV angled to face into the salon, and comfortable cane and leather chairs and loose cushions. Between the chairs is a cabinet with three drawers. To port, in the aft corner, below the aft facing window, is a cabinet that hold liquor bottles, with lamp. There is a comfortable sofa bed, which is not included in the sale. There are two leather footstools, with storage and lids that reverse to form ship style trays. Overhead is a centreline grab rail. Much of the furniture is loose, home like, and easily changed to suit a different taste.
Forward, is the galley - extending the full width of the cabin - with a passage to stairs leading up the pilothouse, off centreline to the starboard side. The immediate sense is refined galley - elegant, again with teak and black accents, set off with stainless steel appliances. Salon-like elegance and yet highly functional - featuring the stunning flow of U-shaped, Butterfly Verde granite countertop with a subtle tile backsplash. Note the custom bar cabinet, with beveled glass door, mirrored and back lit interior. The elegance in part is due to some appliances being “hidden” from sight from the salon. The stove top is black and blends with the granite, the dishwasher and trash compactor face into the galley, not the salon. The granite area adjacent to the salon is perfect for serving, or to set up a couple of stools to entertain the chef. To starboard is the stainless steel fridge and freezer, and the full height pantry.
At the accommodation level, aft is the master cabin with ensuite; the day head is to port, and the VIP guest cabin is forward. Each of these cabins is spacious, utilizing all of the volume of the hull and height of the bow to give that sense of space, and elegant warmth. Custom bedspreads with a subtle motifs and shams add to the elegance. The master cabin, features a centre line island queen berth, and the space is further expanded with a framed mirror at the headboard, and mirrored cabinet doors on at the vanity to port. There are fitted reading lights, warm fabric wall panels, a light carpeted floor, all accented with rich teak cabinetry. To either side of the bed are night stands, with lockers and drawers along the port side, with a large locker with louvered door forward and a TV cabinet above (used to store bedding). Aft is a low door, through the heavily sound-proofed bulkhead, leading into the engine room. To starboard, there are two doors, the forward leading into a large closet, positioned to take advantage of the space under the stairs from the pilothouse, where, behind a further door, is the hot water tank. The second door, leads into the master ensuite head with shower stall.
The VIP cabin features an island queen berth in the forepeak, similar in finish and soft goods to the master, perhaps with more teak joinery, Again, lockers, drawers and bin storage under the berth, a large locker with TV locker above used for bedding storage, and a very generous hanging locker feature this cabin, perhaps a cabin too comfortable. Guests may never leave! A door leads aft, port side into the day head/guest head, giving private access from the cabin into the head.
Both heads feature Sealand Vacuflush heads, Butterfly Verde granite countertops, Grohe fixtures, under mount stainless steel sinks, opening port lights, and teak cabinets and teak trim. The shower stalls feature Lexan doors and teak slat seats, and hand held shower heads. The teak and holly soles are brightly varnished.
he “real heart of the Grand Alaskan is the pilothouse,” wrote one reviewer, “where the centre helm commands good views through the three big panes of the windshield and expansive side windows. Sitting in the Stidd helm seat, with the big, teak rimmed wheel, expansive control console, and a big chart table to port, you feel like setting a course for _____ .” It is true. Fill the blank with Haida Gwaii or Prince William Sound. The pilothouse is spacious. A large, leather covered, L-shaped settee, with a fold out table, and a reversing helm seat comfortably seats 4 or 5 at table. Equally, the settee serves as a watch berth, or as a comfortable place underway, to keep the skipper on course. The pilothouse is, in its own terms, as perfectly conceived as the galley! The chart drawer is below the chart table. The AC panel is port side and the DC panel to starboard, both close at hand the helm. The console, with full engine instrumentation, is formed by three panels, with dull surfaces to reduce reflection, and angled to set instruments in clear view. An overhead panel houses more instruments, along with a visual warning display, showing bilge pumps, nav lights etc. Add red night lights for night running and three pantographic wipers and a windshield defroster for rare wet, colder days, and this helm works perfectly. Overhead there is a centreline safety rail; to starboard forward, an elegant, curved stair case leads down to the accommodations, and, also to starboard, leading aft, is the staircase up to the flybridge.
Accessed from the pilothouse, the flybridge is huge, by virtue of extending over the cockpit and side decks and is comprised of a helm area, living area and the working deck, for launching the tender. This space is anchored by the centered helm and L-shaped settee, with Hi Low FRP coffee table with removable wood dining table sized top.The helm is, like the pilothouse, logically laid out with full instrumentation and controls at hand. Visibility forward is excellent from the helm seat even at speed, and the second helm seat is the perfect perch for the first mate. The settee, table, open space, helm area and the built in counter with cabinets will suit entertaining, with a commanding view of the anchorage! The barbeque is set out on the countertop, or stowed when not in use, the liferaft is outboard to starboard, and there is ample room for kayaks, bikes, or whatever land water toys fit your needs!!
The engine room (the “Throne Room”) is accessed from either end of the engine room, through the master cabin or from the lazarette. Each bulkhead is semi-watertight, and fitted with a sealing door with viewing window. The engine room is heavily insulated to control sound. The master cabin bulkhead features about 6” of insulation, the outboard fuel tanks are insulated, as the the deckhead. The insulation is generally covered with shiny aluminum panels, contributing to the overall finished appearance, and reflecting light from the LED light strips. There are overhead hatches, dogged down again for sound control, in case removal of machinery is required. The engine room is clean, tidy, orderly and reflects a high level of care from owners, past and present. There is good room between the engines, and reasonable access outboard. Rubberized panels line the bilge. The engines are mounted on heavy stainless steel channels, bolted through the engine stringers. This is a place to spend time.
The electrical system is robust, befitting a proper cruising yacht. The typical pattern is to run the generator for an hour at breakfast and for an hour or two preparing the evening meal. Staying for several days involves running the genset for a an hour or two. Wiring is neatly run in channels, and are labeled and coded at either end for future service, all to ABYC standards.
220V/110V AC power is provided by shore connection, the onboard generator, and, for light loads, from the inverter (in turn supplied by battery power). There are two shore connection inlets, forward and aft, the main aft being a Glendinning Cable Master power wind system. There are two Acme Transformer 15KVA isolation transformers to assure clean shorepower. And the vessel is equipped with galvanic ground isolators. AC distribution is via the AC panel in the pilothouse, complete with three leg switching, and volt and amp meters to moniter each leg. Circuit breakers at the panel protect ship circuits, and are clearly labelled and show indicator lights.
12Volt and 24Volt DC power is provided by batteries. The 24VDC is used for the anchor windlass and the bow thruster, and the batteries are located forward. 12VDC is used for engine start and general ship purposes. The 24V and 12V switch and distribution panels are in the pilothouse. There are also battery disconnects in the engine room. Both panels have main breakers and distribution breakers labeled and with indicator lights. Volt and amp meters for 12 volts and 24 volts are clearly marked. The batteries are charged by the charge side of the inverter and two battery chargers (one 12V, one 24V), when AC is present (shore connection or genset running) and by two belt driven alternators on the main engines (engine start bank and house bank). The generator start battery is charged by the genset alternator).
In all, the system is straight forward. Note:
The navigation equipment was designed to provide redundancy in most area, and was top quality gear at the time of installation. The brands and models of the chosen equipment are outstanding, and the layout of installations is ideal.
There shall be removed prior to closing of sale personal gear, fishing equipment, tools, and in particular: the sofa in the salon, the brass clock in the salon, some artwork.
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.
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