16.17m 4.62m 2.30 (1.40 - 2.90)Yanmar 80hp common rail2 or 3 double

An aluminium yacht designed for short-handed, long distance voyaging in cold climates, but equally at home in the tropics. Known for its comfort, strength and excellent sailing properties. The Bestevaer 53 is not only fast in strong breezes, but is able to maintain a good turn of speed in both light and moderate conditions, a result of her moderate displacement and large efficient sail area.


The pilot house and a sturdy, straight bow are key features of the distinct Bestevaer range. The no-frills design, made entirely of aluminium, is a bold statement in understated beauty.


The 53 interior can be outfitted with various quality materials and finishing options.


  • Length Over All16.17 m
  • Loaded Waterline Length14.87 m
  • Beam4.62 m
  • Displ.20 T
  • Draught2.30 m
  • MaterialAluminium
  • EngineYanmar 80hp Common Rail
  • Sail AreaMain: 76 m2, Genoa: 60 m2
  • Diesel2 x 500 L
  • Fresh water2 x 400 L
  • Waste water60 L
  • Berths6 (8)
  • Baths2
  • SteeringWheel steering
  • RiggingSloop (9/10)
  • CertificationCategory CE-A
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Exterior Features


    The hull, pilot house, superstructure and rudder are fully constructed from aluminium. A material known for being strong, light weight and stiff, low maintenance, environmentally friendly, and incredibly good-looking.

  • Fold down swimming platform

    Lower the manually operated swim platform to extend the level floor up to the waterline. Unrestricted views over the water, dock a tender, or take a refreshing morning swim.

  • Lines led aft to cockpit

    All sail handling operations from one central position in the cockpit, including reefing. No need to go forward on the deck in heavy weather, perfect and safe for single or short-handed use.

  • Protected rudder stock and engine

    The rudder stock and engine are placed above the waterline in a watertight compartment. Ensuring use of the engine should water ingress occur in the aft compartment.

  • Sheltered cockpit

    Feel secure and safe under sail and at sea. The deep, safe and sheltered cockpit with a fixed dodger and integral pilot house provides shelter from spray and wind.

  • Pilothouse with 360° view

    Integral to the Bestevaer design is the pilothouse with an all-around view. It enables navigation of the yacht in the coldest of areas from inside a warm and protected environment.

  • Fully ballasted keels

    Choose between a fixed or centreboard keel. Both keels are fully ballasted at a ratio of almost 40% ensuring excellent sailing qualities.

  • Safety first

    Integrated chainplates, bulkheads, aluminium bollards, diesel tanks, exterior handholds and through-hull fittings. Strength, safety and reliability are what make a Bestevaer stand out.

  • Watertight bulkheads

    Safety is paramount on the water. To avoid ingress of water, the yacht is fitted with 2 watertight bulkheads in aft and bow, equalling 3 watertight compartments. For those looking for extra security an additional masthead bulkhead with watertight door can be fitted.

  • Ample storage space

    With a large sail locker in the bow and deep lazarette's in the aft there’s ample space for bikes, toys, tools and provisions. Additionally, one of the interior aft cabins can be converted to a functional storage room.


You can choose between a fixed keel or a centreboard. The fixed keel has a ballast ratio of 26,5% (5.300 kg). The centreboard keel has a ballast ratio of 23% (4.600 kg). The centreboard keel is fully ballasted to ensure excellent sailing qualities.

Fixed Keel

Layout Options

Choose between a third cabin for guest or convert it to an extra storage cabin.

Tiller or Wheel

It’s mostly a matter of one´s personal taste: tiller or wheel steering. Go for the tiller if you seek a fast, agile sailing experience with a large cockpit. Looking for comfort or are you not used to a tiller? Then the wheel is your best fit.

Interested in the Bestevaer 53 S/Y?

Enjoy the greatest freedom of all – a timeless yacht for unrestricted sailing. Feel free to get in touch for more information and we’ll be happy to answer all your questions.

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Contact Person

Jildou Huisman, Sales & Marketing