Grand Alaskan

53 Pilothouse

$775,000 CAD

Sidney, BC

NEW PRICE REDUCTION!! DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A LEGENDARY YACHT! VIEW HER AT OUR SALES DOCKS AT PORT SIDNEY MARINA Aragenda should be on your agenda! She is a comfortable and safe pilothouse design with a two cabin / two head layout, bow thruster, stabilizers, superb galley, and reliable Cat power. She is perfectly suited to our waters, and is ready for the season.

To view this vessel or for additional information, please contact Bruce White, CPYB at (604) 687-8943 or (604) 220-8004 (mobile). Available seven days a week.

Location Sidney, BC
Condition Used
Category Pilothouse
Overall Length 53'
Year 2002
Hull Material Fiberglass
Hull Beam 15' 3"
Engine Power 900 HP
Displacement 53,000 pounds
Displacement Dry Load


fresh water 1 x 350 gal
fuel 1 x 1000 gal
holding 1 x 100 gal

Engine 1

Make & Model Caterpillar 3126-B
Type Inboard
Fuel diesel
Year 2002
Power 450 horsepower
Hours 2700
Propeller Type 4 Blade, Bronze
Transmission Direct

Engine 2

Make & Model Caterpillar 3126-B
Type Inboard
Fuel diesel
Year 2002
Power 450 horsepower
Hours 2700
Propeller Type 4 Blade, Bronze
Transmission Direct

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.

Owners have described Aragenda as a perfect couple cruising vessel. She feels solid and capable, and with wide, covered side decks, feels safe, even if there is need to go out on deck on a foul weather day. She has proven herself time and time again.

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 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 yachts 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. 

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. 

Beyond brand, design, layout and a vessel ideally suited to our waters, Aragenda shows the care she has enjoyed by her current and prior 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 year’s 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 centre at the next Yacht Club function.

Special Note.     

The owner had a very extensive survey done on June 10 2023, nothing of importance was found, but like all surveys minor maintenance issues came up, all were dealt with at that time. If you are serious buyer this survey will be available.

Features Throughout

The timeless and proven pilothouse arrangement is all about ease of boarding, with 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 centre. A place to hang out with the skipper, with stunning views of the seascape passing by, and all the navigation tools for the seasoned seafarer. Steps lead down to two equally fine cabins, the master with an island queen and ensuite, the VIP with queen forward, and access to a private guest / day head.

The interior style is consistent with the design and concept of such a vessel; traditional, warm, engaging, open and impeccably finished throughout, and with comfortable furniture in the salon, and large 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, all set off by the varnished teak and holly cabin soles, tastefully enhanced by area carpets. The sleeping cabins soles are carpeted, for warmth and comfort.

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 vessel is air conditioned throughout, including the engine room, and also features a diesel fired Kabola hydronic furnace, with zoned heating throughout. The Kabola has a cooled exhaust, and quietly warms people and surfaces, not just the air.

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 full size fridge and freezer unit, the full height pantry, with shelves and drawers - a rare 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.

Generous headroom throughout giving an extra sense of space and light.


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.

The master cabin features a centreline 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. A door leads aft, port side into the day / guest head, giving private access from the cabin.

Both heads feature Sealand Vacuflush marine toilets, 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.


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 with a TV angled to face into the salon, and comfortable cane and leather chairs. Between the chairs is a cabinet with three drawers. To port, in the aft corner, below the aft facing window, is a cabinet that holds liquor bottles. There are two leather footstools, with storage and lids that reverse to form trays. Overhead is a centreline grab rail. Much of the furniture is loose, and easily changed to suit a different taste.

Entertainment in the salon includes 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.

  • Big, clear windows provide great views of the anchorage, or the seascape underway 
  • Port settee is also a hide-a-way bed
  • Bose Surround Sound CD/DVD with 4 ceiling mounted dual/cube speakers and a subwoofer
  • Sony Bravia flatscreen TV
  • Samsung DVD/VHF and Panasonic DVD529
  • Salon lighting on dimmers

An amazing galley. The expansive granite counter, double sink, mirrored bar cabinet, tile backsplash, and large cabinets, and fridge and pantry across, simply works so well, and is so well positioned for serving up to the pilothouse or flybridge, and to be part of the entertainment.

The galley is forward of the salon, extending the full width of the cabin, with a passage to stairs leading up the pilothouse. The immediate sense is refined and elegant, again with teak and black accents, set off with stainless steel appliances. 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 engage the chef. To starboard is the stainless steel fridge and freezer, and the full height pantry.

  • LED lighting
  • GE Profile black 4 burner electric range top
  • Stainless steel side by side refrigerator with lower freezer drawer
  • GE convection oven and microwave combination, with 2 speed fan
  • Broan trash compacter
  • GE compact dishwasher
  • In-Sink-erator disposal unit

The “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, or your favourite Desolation Sound anchorages.

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 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 those wet, colder days, and this helm works perfectly. Overhead there is a centreline safety rail; to starboard forward, an elegant, curved staircase leads down to the accommodations, and also to starboard, leading aft, is the staircase up to the flybridge.

  • Chart table with chart drawer below 
  • AC and DC panels - both close at hand to the helm
  • Glendinning electronic controls, engine synchronization, slow vessel and troll functions
  • Cat engine instruments
  • Hynautic hydraulic steering, stainless steel wheel with teak rim
  • Well organized and accessible electronics, engine controls, monitors and navigation equipment
  • Stidd helm seat
  • Digital engine instrumentation
  • Xantrex Link 20 battery monitor
  • Magnum inverter / charger remote control panel
  • Three windshield wipers, and windshield fresh water washers
  • Danforth Rule compass
  • Bow thruster control
  • Tank Tender water and fuel level monitor
  • Tankwatch 4 holding tank monitor 
  • Fire Quench control 
  • Ship monitor panel, with auto and manual bilge pump switches
  • ACR spotlight control
  • Davis Vantage Pro 2 weather station, with inside and outside temp and windspeed
  • Maxwell remote anchor up/down windlass control
  • Naiad Marine roll stabilizer control
  • Chart light
  • USB wire from Furuno GPS for laptop navigation connection
  • AC distribution and breaker panel, with gauges, with shore power selection switches
  • Northern Lights generator remote start panel
  • DC 12 VDC and 24VDC distribution and breaker panels, with gauges 
  • Volume control for Bose music system in salon
Main Decks

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 removable stainless steel staples, and integral to the hull. A large hatch and ladder leads down into a spacious storage lazarette. There is access forward on the same level as the cockpit to the side decks either side. They are wide, safe, and 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 to the working deck featuring a dual anchor launch. From the side decks at the pilothouse doors, there is a boarding gate either side.

  • The swim platform, an integral part of the hull, with staples, provides safe access to the water, for a swim or for getting in and out of the tender. Note the tap for cleaning fish and a hot and cold shower for cleaning the dog! 
  • Low maintenance exterior - the only brightwork being the varnished cap rails
  • Foredeck settee with Sunbrella cover just ahead of the Portuguese bridge
  • Maxwell 2200, 24 VDC reversible windlass with controls on deck, at the pilothouse helm, and at the flybridge helm
  • Stainless steel 60 lb CQR anchor with 200'+ of 3/8" HT chain
  • Delta 45 lb plough 30' anchor chain and 200' of 3 strand, spare rode
  • Bruce 33 lb spare anchor with 200' rode
  • Dual stainless steel anchor chutes
  • ACR 406 EPIRB with hydrostatic release (not current)
  • Heaving line and Life Sling
  • Storage lockers in Portuguese bridge
  • Aqua Signal Navigation lights
  • Salt water anchor wash down on foredeck
  • Exterior windshield cover
Flybridge and Boat Deck

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 varnished drop leaf table.

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 or water toys fit your needs.

  • Canvas bimini top on heavy stainless steel frames, with full enclosure using Lean windows
  • Full Lohman winter cover for entire vessel - in serviceable condition
  • Fixed factory radar arch, but hinged for fore or aft lowering, with lights, CTEL satellite dome, 3 radio antennas, a Davis weather station antenna transducer, and a Furuno 48 mile open array radar transducer
  • Built in serving counter with lockers and fresh water faucets
  • 2 Pompanette helm seats
  • L-shaped seating with large teak table
  • Gate to aft working deck area
  • Aft facing settee with canvas cover
  • 2002 Novurania 12' RIB with canvas cover and 2001 25 hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboard
  • Nautical Systems 1,000 lb electric tender davit
  • Switlik liferaft in hardcase (not certified)
  • Glendinning electronic controls, engine synchronization, slow vessel and troll functions
  • Hynautic hydraulic steering
  • Remote windlass control
  • Cat engine instruments
  • Remote spotlight control
  • Bow thruster control
  • Remote Naiad stabilizer monitor
  • Anchor up/down control
  • JVC stereo KDS640 CD deck
  • Stainless steel safety rails
  • Kahlenberg ship's horn, with triple trumpets
  • ARC RCL100 spotlight control
  • Sunbrella helm cover
  • Portable battery charger for tender and foot pump for tender
Electronics and Navigation Equipment

The navigation equipment was designed to provide redundancy in most areas, 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.


  • 5" Danforth Constellation magnetic compass
  • Simrad AP20 autopilot 
  • Furuno 48 mile radar
  • Furuno LS4100 video depth sounder 
  • VHF-ICOM IC-M127 marine radio
  • Northstar 941X plotter
  • Furuno Navigator GPS receiver
  • AIS receiver
  • 15" Viewsonic monitor linked to a computer with Nobeltec navigation software, and linked to the Furuno GPS
  • Electronic charts from Puget Sound to Alaska


  • Danforth Constellation compass
  • Simrad AP22 autopilot control head
  • Raymarine ST60 depth sounder
  • Garmin 14” GPS chartplotter
  • ICOM IC-M502 DSC marine radio
Engine Room and Mechanical Systems

The engine room and machinery space is accessed from either end of the engine room, either 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 between the engine room features about 6” of insulation, the outboard fuel tanks are insulated, as is 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.

  • Bright LED lighting throughout
  • Twin Caterpillar 3126-B - 450hp - 6 cylinder inline, turbocharged diesels, 450 hp and fitted with airseps
  • 2,700 engine hours
  • Real economy at slower speeds, with an ability to pick up to run ahead of weather, traverse tidal passages or just get somewhere sooner
  • Diverter valve at through hull converts the starboard engine raw water pump to an emergency bilge pump.
  • Coolant recovery bottles
  • Bronze sea through hulls and seacocks
  • Dual Racor 75/900 MAX fuel filters to each engine, with gauges
  • Twin disc MG5075A - 2.53:1 gears
  • 2 1/4" stainless steel propeller shafts
  • Propellers are by Faster Propulsion Systems, 30.5" x 27”
  • Shaft spurs - line cutters
  • Tides Marine dripless shaft seals
  • Reverso oil change system, to all three engines
  • Engine room start panel, both engines and genset remote start panel with gauges
  • Sight gauges on all three fuel tanks (2 x 425 US gallons, 1 x 150 US gallons
  • Stainless steel fuel manifolds, labelled
  • Groco SPO-60 fuel transfer pump
  • Side power SP155TC- 24VDC bow thruster
  • Naiad Multisea II hydraulic active fin stabilizers with electronic controls
  • Kabola B17 diesel fired hydronic heat with remote heat exchangers, zone control, and remotely switched fans. Heat exchangers to the engines. The furnace is located in the lazarette and is very quiet, with cooled exhaust
  • Cruise-Air reverse cycle air conditioning, with five units, forward cabin, master cabin, pilothouse, salon and engine room, with zone temperature control.
  • Fireboy FE241 33 lb automatic fire suppression system. Halon is no longer serviceable.
  • Water tanks, one stainless steel 350 US gallons.
  • 20 US gallon hot water tank, heated by AC power and by engine heat
  • Hot and cold water system, with Flowjet pump. 
  • In the lazarette:  Asko washer and Asko dryer with outside venting
  • Fans to flood and vent the engine room, a hose bib, AC outlets, intercom
  • Holding tank with Sealand T series discharge pump and inline filter
Electrical Systems

The electrical system is robust, befitting a proper cruising yacht. Staying put 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 on a Glendinning Cablemaster 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 monitor 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 reliable and straight forward.

  • Northern Lights 16 kw diesel generator with 2,032 hours
  • 2 - Acme 15 KVA iso-transformers
  • Magnum 2.8kW inverter/charger with remote panel and battery monitor at the lower helm (charges house bank)
  • Sentry 12V/60Amp charger (start batteries)
  • Sentry 24V/25Amp charger (thruster and winch bank)
  • Link 20 battery monitors 2 banks
  • Zinc Saver lll galvanic isolator
  • Bonding system, with zinc anode protection
  • House battery bank: 8 x 6V L16 deep cycle approx 800 plus amps
  • Gen start battery is G27
  • Engine start bank, 2 x 4D 12V - one each engine with parallel switch
  • Thruster / winch bank, 2 x 4D 12V = 24V
Exclusions and 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 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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