Bestevaer 53 S/Y

53 Foot Aluminum Sailboat

The 53 is perhaps best described by Bestevaer designer and owner Gerard Dykstra; “Designing any boat is a balancing act between many desirable characteristics and inevitably the end-product is a compromise, never perfect in all aspects. However, the Bestevaer comes close to my ideal. The past voyages proved this right.” This is truly a yacht for a sailing life, no matter the destination.

Designed And Built
For True Adventure

Designed and built with rugged distance sailing in mind, the 53 Bestevaer is the most capable semi-custom sailing yacht built today. While her strength of build and exceptional design are unquestioned, she truly shines because of her unique and carefully considered features.

This uncompromising design has everything that experienced sailors desire while also being easy to handle for those experiencing blue water sailing for the first time.


Bestevaer Design, Quality, & Safety


Bestevaer yachts are designed by one of the world's best design teams and built by one of the world’s very best yards. Dutch builders are known for crafting some of the best boats in the world and when stepping aboard any of these magnificent vessels, quality is evident everywhere.

Exceptional Strength

Building boats with exceptional strength means that each safety measure is enhanced. Watertight bulkheads, integrated chainplates, welded aluminum bollards, integral tanks, and deep cockpits allow owners to sail with the assurance that they will be safe in even the harshest conditions.


Reliability is synonymous with quality and every detail matters in the eyes of the Bestevaer design and build teams, from the construction of the hull to perfectly placed handrails. A quality sailboat built to the highest standards is a safe and reliable boat that provides her owners with comfort at sea.

Exterior Highlights


The pilothouse has excellent visibility and ample space to take a watch to get out of the weather. The feeling of security while in the pilothouse is one of the features that makes every Bestevaer capable of sailing in waters that other vessels avoid.


The cockpit is deep and comfortable, creating a safe and secure space to pilot from. Cockpits on a Bestevaer are protected from wind and seas by the pilothouse and all lines are led to the cockpit so the need for going forward in a sea is greatly mitigated.


Bestevaer sailboats are offered with tiller or wheel steering. The tiller allows for an extra large cockpit while the wheel gives owners a smooth familiar feeling underway. Both are created with excellent sailing in mind.

Excellent Visibility

The visibility from the helm and the 360 degree views from the pilothouse are exceptional and create a design that is very easy to enjoy.

Rig Options

The Bestevaer 53 can be built as a cutter, solent, or left as a sloop. The versatile rig choices are in keeping with KM Yachtbuilders' tradition of creating customizable options on each design.

Fold-Down Swim Platform

Integrated fold-down swim platform, manually operated and accessed from the cockpit. Additional swim ladder for emergency or quick boarding available.

53 S/Y Exterior Photos

Bestevaer Interiors

While the exterior of Bestevaer sailboats are aluminum and purposefully rugged in order to withstand all elements and any sailing conditions, the interiors are beautiful, luxurious, and built for comfort.

Whether you enjoy the warm feel of a traditional wood finish, or prefer a sleek and modern look, the interior can be outfitted with various materials and finishing options. Certain elements of the interior layout can also be modified, such as the size and placement of the galley. Bestevaer works with owners to create a space that meets their lifestyle and cruising needs.

Interior Highlights

Exceptional Craftsmanship

Every Bestevaer interior is built to the highest standards. From the finest quality carpentry to world renowned metal work, every interior is truly exceptional.


While the standard layouts on every model are designed with distance cruising in mind, customizations are always available. Each owner is asked for input on the final interior design of their vessel, which helps create a vessel built to suit her owner's desires.


Spacious pilothouses are a hallmark of the Bestevaer designs. Made of solid aluminum, the pilothouse is a dry comfortable area to work should the weather turn, or a cool spot to relax on a hot day.

53 S/Y Interior Photos

Bestevaer 53 S/Y Specs


  • LOA: 53 ft
  • LWL: 48 ft 9 in
  • BEAM: 15 ft 2 in
  • DRAFT: 7 ft 6 in
  • DISPLACEMENT: 44,092 lbs


  • CABINS: 2 or 3
  • BERTHS: 6 or 8
  • HEADS: 2


  • RIG: Sloop (9/10)
  • MAIN SAIL AREA: 249.3 sq ft
  • GENOA SAIL AREA: 196.9 sq ft


  • ENGINE: Yanmar 80 hp
  • FUEL TANKS: 264 gal
  • FRESH WATER TANKS: 211 gal
  • HOLDING TANKS: 32 gal

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