Lexicon: Gorbon 53 Deck Salon


This gorgeous yacht is designed to give ultimate comfort to her guests and crew. From her 360 degree view pilothouse, to her self-tacking jib, to her level cabin entry, she is brilliantly thought-out and designed to please. Originally conceived as a production boat, she sadly is a one-off, and we are the fortunate ones who are able to enjoy her many features that are so perfectly suited to our Pacific Northwest cruising grounds!

The Gorbon 53 is a 2 private stateroom layout. The interior woodwork is satin varnished Cherry. The overhead is painted bead board with Cherry beams.The cabin sole is solid mahogany varnished planking. Lighting is overhead lamps with dimmer switches and night lighting throughout. There are 7 SS Bomar hatches, each with Ocean-Air Sky screens and shades and 8 SS opening ports. Reverse cycle heat and air and an Espar forced hot-air furnace.


The unique aft situated cockpit is designed for entertaining and provides comfortable seating for 10 or more with a large teak cockpit table with folding leaves. Views from the twin helm pedestals are unobstructed outboard and through the main salon. Port and starboard helm pedestals each have engine controls and instrumentation, bow thruster control, elkhide covered destroyer wheels, B&G autopilot, Garmin GPSmap 7612 chart plotters, ICOM VHF and B&G sailboat instrumentation. Primary, mainsheet and halyard winches are 2-speed Harken electric within easy reach of the helmsman. The engine is accessed through two hatches in the cockpit floor. Cockpit lockers to port, starboard and aft provide an abundance of storage space.

Steps port and starboard for easy access to cockpit, and walk-in door with level entry inviting you into salon.

Propane locker (starboard)

Liferaft (new in 2020) and Lifesling (port)


One of the highlights of the Gorbon 53 is the pilothouse salon. Whether sitting or standing, visibility is an unobstructed 360 degrees. It is fitted with a large L-shaped settee that has a pullout that can convert it into a bed, drop leaf dining table with drawers at each end and storage underneath, and a navigation and communications center. There is a large storage area under the settee. An additional seat to starboard also contains a storage locker.

New upholstery lends a fresh clean look to the beautiful salon.

A functional inside helm station is complete with engine controls, joystick, bow thruster, navigation equipment and Stidd helm chair. The engine is located under the cockpit so engine noise is substantially reduced in the boat's interior. The salon door opens to the cockpit – no hatch boards to struggle with here! A large hatch in the sole provides access to the generator space, fuel manifold system and other ship's systems. All navigation electronics were replace in December of 2016 with B&G Hydra 3000 Sailboat instruments and three Garmin chartplotters.

Amenities include Bose surround sound speakers, windshield wipers with washers, Sky Sol screens and shades concealed in the overhead hatches, solar vents in the overhead hatches, courtesy lights, 6 overhead lights with dimmers, nav lights at the interior helm and communication center, 2 Hella cabin fans, and 16000 BTU reverse cycle heat/air for comfort year-round.

Ship's papers are stored under nav station.

Generator room with access from pilothouse floor


U-shaped galley is midship and down 3 steps from the pilothouse. Features ample lockers and drawers, a large SS sink, and granite counter tops. Cooking options include a GE Space Saver microwave and a Force Ten 3 burner propane stove and oven. Refridgeration is a Frigoboat with SS front and a Frigoboat top loading SS freezer.

Galley showing refrigeration, 3-burner propane stove, and microwave.

Storage under galley stairs

Freezer drawer


The master cabin is forward and features a queen island berth. There are 5 drawers, 8 lockers, 2 open bookshelves, 2 open lockers and a large hanging locker. There is an ensuite head with shower stall. In the shower stall there is a wetlocker and additional shelving behind cupboard doors. A Vetus 24v fresh water electric head is plumbed to a 35 gal holding tank with Tankwatch gauges. The head sink is plumbed to a 35 gal gray water tank.

Storage cupboards in shower

Wet locker and storage for first aid kit, towels, and toilet paper

The guest cabin has two separate berths, 7 drawers, 4 lockers, an open bookshelf and a large hanging locker.

Adjacent to the guest cabin is a Vetus 24v fresh water electric head with a y-valve for overboard discharge or to the holding tank with a Tankswatch gauge.

There is 9000 BTU reverse cycle heat/air in the master cabin, as well as Espar heat in the master cabin, galley and guest cabin.

Engine Room

The engine room is located under the cockpit and is accessed through two hatch doors in the cockpit floor. The engine room houses the 220hp Yanmar Electronic 6BY220 engine with a cruising speed of 8-9 knots. The engine room contains a fresh water spigot, 110v outlets, 12v engine starting battery, Balmar 24V 70amp alternator, Newmar 24V-12V converter, PSS shaft seal, dual racor cross-over fuel system and a Fireboy system both in the engine room and geneset room.

Engine room is accesed through the cockpit floor

Steering quadrant


Ship's service is 24 volt, 12 volt and 120 volt. The highest grade tinned wire is used throughout. An Onan generator and an inverter supplies all of the 120V service. 50amp dockside service is handled by a Glendinning Cable Master shore cord retriever. The master circuit breaker panel is located at the communications center. There are separate batteries for the house, engine, generator, bow thruster, windlass and inverter.

Sails & Rigging

Primary considerations in the design of the Gorbon were for a good all-around performance cruiser that is easily handled by one person or a short handed crew, good performance on an easily driven hull, in a wide range of wind and sea conditions, all control lines lead aft to the cockpit, and great visibility from all 3 helm stations

All sails are 2008 and from Hallett Canvas and Sail, Falmouth, ME

Leisure furl in-boom furling

Mast boot and track for self-tacking jib


In November of 2018 the faded red hull was given a face lift by Viking Boat Works in St. Petersburg, FL, and is now a beautiful lustrous white.


Her wing keel affords a moderate draft of 6'5" allowing an expanded range of cruising grounds.

Newly installed bimini frame (2020).

New dinghy with newly installed davit system.

Forepeak locker

Port cockpit locker

Starboard cockpit locker

Deck Equipment

A large lighted foredeck locker provides access to the bow thruster, thruster and windlass batteries, battery charger, anchor chain, spare rode and chain, spare sheets, fenders and miscellaneous lines.

Side decks are uncluttered as lines are lead aft on a raised portion of the deck, providing easy access forward from the cockpit. Fixed stairs and handrails provide easy and safe exit or entry to the cockpit.

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