classic sailing yacht / center cockpit
16.1 m (52'09")
Based on the successful design of her little sister, the Friendship 53 continues the unmistakable luxury, craftsmanship, and ease of handling that have become synonymous with the Friendship Yacht Company. Still a single-handed yacht, the 53 sacrifices nothing towards volume, comfort, and finish.
True to Ted Fontaine’s design philosophy, the Friendship 53 is fast, exciting to sail, yet extremely comfortable with a 15-foot beam and cockpit that fits up to eight with ease; a feature that is unheard of on other yachts of this size. The shallow draft of the underbody shape provides little drag through the water, and when fit with the tall rig and high aspect headsails, the boat is one of the faster 50-foot cruising boats on the water.
One of the defining features onboard the Friendship 53 is a technologically advanced sail handling system to enable effortless single-handed sailing. The 110% genoa is electrically furled using foot buttons adjacent to each primary winch. The jib sheets are led to electric winches at either side of the helm, within easy reach of the helmsman. Controlled by two buttons at the helmsman’s feet, the sheeting of the in-boom furling mainsail is simple, fast and accurate. The large cockpit table houses a Garmin 5200 GPS touch screen plotter and Simrad auto pilot control. Both electronic units can be folded away when not in use.