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READY TO CRUISE! Check & Mate is a magnificent example of this popular PNW cruiser. Proud, experienced, and attentive owners have lavished care and have added thoughtful upgrades making this a comfortable, super-reliable vessel that is always ready to cruise. Big twin 610 hp power with 1,750 hours - up to date service Bow and stern thrusters Enclosed flybridge and cockpit Watermaker Heat and air conditioning These owners love this boat, and have now purchased a larger boat to continue enjoying our coast and the cruising that goes with it.
Location Vancouver, BC
Condition Used
Category Motor Yachts
Overall Length 53.75 feet
Year 1998
Hull Material Fiberglass
Hull Beam 15.33
Fuel Capacity 400
Engine Power 1220.0
Engine 1 Make & Model Volvo Penta TAMD122P
Engine 1 Type Inboard
Engine 1 Fuel diesel
Engine 1 Year 1998
Engine 2 Make & Model Volvo Penta TAMD122P
Engine 2 Type Inboard
Engine 2 Fuel diesel
Engine 2 Year 1998
Elements of Check and Mate

One of Carver’s most popular models, the Carver 53 Voyager Pilothouse was a best seller in her class and continues to enjoy a strong following.

Check & Mate will compare well to much newer boats thanks to its forward thinking design and excellent condition. She has been the beneficiary of a long history of fussy ownership focused on upgrades and preventative maintenance, and the current owners have continued and refined that program. In regards her systems, operations and cosmetics, Check & Mate is always kept in top condition, and over their eight-year stewardship, and as a result of their attentiveness, these owners have had reliable uninterrupted enjoyment. Due to a growing family, the owners have purchased their next and larger boat thus making Check & Mate available to the next family to enjoy for years to come.

The owners are experienced boaters who enjoy spending time on the hook. Check & Mate is designed and outfitted with that self-sufficiency in mind with a large battery bank, ample tankage, and a water maker.

This Carver 530 Voyager Pilothouse is finished with a beautiful cherry wood interior, which  is complemented by tasteful carpet, fabrics and furnishings. She has a sleek profile and all-season cruising capability thanks to great heat and air conditioning.

Throughout Check and Mate

A roomy cockpit opens to the salon through a large sliding glass door. The interior is arranged with the galley adjacent to the salon, an excellent set up for casual entertaining.

Up two steps to the pilothouse with the inside helm, and wrap-around settee, and up from the pilothouse to the flybridge, upper helm station, and boat deck.

Down from the pilothouse to the accommodation area with three private cabins and two heads with shower stalls: The full beam owners’ cabin is mid-ship, VIP forward, and port cabin guest bunks.

There are numerous opening hatches and portlghts throughout the boat for natural light and fresh air.  All have updated bug screens and all have privacy curtains or blinds.


Descend the steps to the accommodations with courtesy lights on the steps, a shelf to starboard, as well as a recessed art display case in the foyer. The owners’ cabin is mid ship, and is the full beam of the boat with a walk-around queen berth with side tables. Finished in ample varnished cherry, this is an elegant and comfortable space. The owners cabin also features a private ensuite head and shower with vanity and dressing area.

  • queen berth with inner spring mattress
  • two opening port lights for natural light and fresh air
  • overhead lighting, indirect lighting, and reading lights
  • a bureau of drawers, three hanging lockers, side tables, cubbies, and storage under the berth
  • side by side washer and dryer behind cherry cabinet doors
  • entertainment centre with stereo, TV and DVD player

The owner’s head is to starboard of the stateroom and comprises a vanity, private head, just aft of the vanity, and a private shower cabinet with small bath tub just forward.

  • well-lit vanity with basin and storage lockers
  • private toilet stall with Vacuflush toilet
  • Tankwatch holding tank monitor
  • large shower compartment with seat
  • opening portlights in both the head and shower compartments
  • vent fan in head compartment

The VIP cabin is forward

  • island berth with inner spring mattress
  • four opening port lights and one opening hatch overhead
    shelves, side tables and lockers
  • cedar lined hanging locker
  • direct private access to the head
  • overhead lights, and two reading lights
  • screens and curtains our shades for all port lights and hatches
  • entertainment system with TV, stereo and DVD player

The guest cabin is to port

  • upper and lower twin berths
  • nightstand
  • hanging locker
  • opening port light
  • access to the guest head via the foyer

The salon is full-beam offering lots of space with an open-concept to the galley. There are two updated plush leather settees port and starboard. To port is a power reclining love seat, and to starboard is the matching power reclining sofa. These were added by the current owners are are very comfortable!

The entire aft of the salon is taken up by huge glass sliding doors, which almost seamlessly extends the living space to the cockpit.

  • upgraded salon Smart TV and Bluetooth audio system with subwoofer
  • custom cabinetry by Prodigy Marine below the entertainment centre for additional salon or galley storage
  • additional refreshment refrigerator
  • almost 7 feet of headroom
  • horizontal blinds for privacy, that hide behind a valance when raised

The galley is very well laid out for storage and workability, and is well-equipped. It is ready for the preparation of gourmet meals or just snacks. The aft counter bullnose is extended adding not just a great amount of extra counter space, but also allowed for additional refrigeration. The breakfast bar was also removed giving more room to the salon.

  • upgraded refrigeration in two Electrolux refrigerator drawers plus a large separate Frigidaire freezer with ice maker
  • separate 110V Danby bar refrigerator
  • convection microwave oven
  • Keurig coffee maker
  • microwave oven and coffee maker run off inverter for quiet mornings in the anchorage - no need to start the genset
  • three burner Princess electric stove and oven
  • hood fan
  • Seagull IV drinking water filter system
  • Corian counter tops
  • double sink
  • ample storage

The pilothouse features a comfortable wraparound helm seat with all controls close at hand. A flush-mounted overhead panel houses all the necessary navigation and monitoring equipment. In proximity to the captains seat is a comfortable L-shaped lounge that allows the skipper and guests to enjoy the passage together and be more engaged with one another. Importantly, the pilothouse also has easy staircase access to the bridge, and a side door to starboard to the side deck and foredeck for better visibility, and quick dock access when docking, or to the foredeck when needed.

  • six way power adjustable helm seat
  • L-shaped settee
  • storage outboard

The flybridge is accessed via a gently sloped stair case from the pilothouse, or from a ladder in the cockpit. This is a roomy space that accommodates a double settee to starboard with storage beneath, a U-shaped lounge to port that can easily accommodate six adults.

  • fully enclosed with newer sections aft.  Several clear panels have been replaced and the two front corners are due.  All hardware is good. Bimini cover due to be refreshed 
  • double wide helm bench
  • custom Sunbrella anti-glare cover at upper helm station
  • beautiful custom marble settee table
  • wet bar with sink, prep area, and storage cabinet
  • cover for bridge helm
  • cover for flybridge seating
Boat Deck and Tender

The boat deck is just aft of the flybridge settee. It has been modified and reinforced to accommodate a larger tender. The custom framework for the cockpit enclosure below allows the tender stowage above to be slightly further aft, which gives much more room on the flybridge, improving the space and adding storage for water toys.

  • custom sliding cover above cockpit ladder to boat deck, allowing access even while dingy is in place. This is weight bearing, adding safety, and another area for a lounging
  • custom stainless rails for tender
  • Marquipt electric davit with new Superwinch, and 1,000 lb capacity

The tender is a 12’ Rendova with steering console and 2018 50 hp Tohatsu outboard. Top speed is approximately 65 km/h with a cruising speed of almost 50 km/h at 4,000 RPM.  Tubing and skiing is no problem! This is a fun tender in great condition.  It is kept in heated storage for seven months of the year.

  • newer tubes
  • integrated fuel tank
  • chartplotter
  • lights
  • gauges
  • full storage / travel cover
  • trailer available separately
Cockpit and Main Deck

Board the vessel via the swim platform and access the cockpit via the transom door. There are steps up port and starboard to the side decks.

The cockpit is fully enclosed with removable panels and custom framework allowing for the boat deck above to be extended - unique to this particular Carver 53. This is about 9 years old and all clear sections have been replaced, along with several wipers, snaps and stick cords, but it may be time for a refresh.

  • stairs to boat deck and flybridge
  • new underwater lights
  • Maxwell Simpson Lawrence 1,200 W electric windlass
  • 33 kg Rocna Vulcan anchor with 300’ chain (all new)
  • stainless steel anchor swivel
  • fresh water washdowns both at foredeck an at cockpit
  • cockpit shower
  • mounted BBQ in cockpit
  • exterior covers for pilothouse windows
  • stainless steel handrails
  • engine room and lazarette access
  • foredeck sun pad with new cover
  • pop up cleats on swim platform to tie off tender
Electronics and Navigation
  • Cell phone booster with antenna on radar arch
  • Wi-Fi signal booster with antenna on radar arch, and router
  • Sirius satellite weather and radio antenna on radar arch, can be integrated with flybrdge chartplotter

Lower Helm

  • Lowrance HDS8 Gen 2 chartplotter (2014)
  • Lowrance 3G radar (2014)
  • Raymarine autopilot
  • Raytheon VHF radio

Upper Helm

  • Lowrance HDS10 Gen 2 chartplotter (2014)
  • Lowrance radar
  • autopilot remote
  • VHF radio
Electrical System

AC and DC power systems service the vessel through circuit breaker panels with appropriate voltage and ampere gauges. 110VAC is provided by 30 Amp or 50 Amp shore connection, by the generator, and, based on available house bank battery power, through the inverter.

This is a 50 Amp system but the vessel and guests can live nicely off 30 Amps if needed, allowing more flexibility while visiting almost any marina.

  • 13kW Kohler genset, 2,357 hours, last serviced November 2019
  • new Victron 3kW inverter / charger / power booster with remote control panel for the house bank
  • Xantrex Trucharge 20 charger for starter banks
  • house bank = 10 x 120 Amp/hour batteries
  • separate starter banks for each main engine and genset
  • alternators off main engines to charge house, engine, and thruster banks
  • upgraded house battery bank with eight batteries with 1,200 Amp / hours allowing a full 24 hours on the hook without need of recharging
  • custom battery boxes allowing additional storage options
  • battery monitor system
  • 50 Amp shore power cord on Glendinning cablemaster electric retreival
  • 30 Amp shorepower option when 50 Amps is unavailable
  • 110V outlet in engine room
Engines and Mechanical

Motive power is by twin Volvo Penta TAMD122P inline 6 cylinder diesel engines, turbo charged and aftercooled, and rated at 610 hp each. These were an important upgrade from the standard 480 hp engines.

The engines are in top condition with low hours, and with this package, the boat performs very well: At 1,850 RPM, Check & Mate cruises at 20 knots even with full fuel, water, crew and gear. Max speed is 30 knots. The engines reportedly burn no oil and do not produce any smoke. 8.5 knots is achieved at 1,000 RPM for displacement speed cruising.

  • 1,760 hours
  • always serviced and maintained by authorized Volvo technicians
  • most recent service was November 2019
  • freshwater and anti corrosive antifreeze flushed through main engines and genset prior to winter layup ensuring longevity and protection
  • annual service also includes oil samples for main engines, transmissions and generator
  • two x 400 gallon fuel tanks with crossover
  • two x 100 gallon water tanks, joined with crossover
  • two x 50 gallon holding tanks, independent to each head
  • 2018 heat exchanger service (regularly scheduled service)
  • Prop Speed on running gear applied annually
  • fresh water flush valves on main engines
  • bow and stern thrusters
  • Reverso oil change system
  • Village Marine water maker, serviced regularly, last done August 2020. Spare cartridges and filters included.
  • trim tabs
  • reverse-cycle central heat and air conditioning
  • separate washer and dryer
  • central vacuum
  • new hot water tank
  • numerous spare belts, pumps and filters
  • dockside fresh water connection
  • fresh water gauge
  • holding tank monitor
  • transom docking lights
  • windshield wipers and washer
  • pilothouse defog fans
  • engine fresh air intake covers for winter lay up
  • manuals are included for for all equipment

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.


All personal property is excluded unless specifically identified and included in the sale agreement and listing specifications. Personal property refers to all items not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, furnishings, and recreational or entertainment items. Advertisements, marketing materials, and/or other photography may depict the vessel with personal property, however, such personal property is excluded unless otherwise specifically included as provided herein.

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Disclaimer: 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 investigatge such details as the buyer desires validated. Price, if shown, may not include applicable state or government fees, taxes, destination charges, preparation charges, or finance charges (if applicable). Final actual sales price may vary depending on options or accessories selected. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, manufacturer revision, or withdrawal without notice.

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