Length: 48' 0" (14m)
Beam: 15' 2" (4.62m)
Year Built / Refit: 1989
Engines: 2 x Caterpillar 3208 TA
Staterooms: 2
Flag: United States
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1989 48' Californian



This lovingly cared for 48’ Californian Cockpit Motor Yacht has been maintained by the same owners for the last 14 years and it shows wherever you look. DEFIANT has been their home on the water and now their plans have changed and the time has come to sell their baby and move on. If you are in the market for a wonderful, well built, and well cared for motor yacht that has the versatility and range to cruise the Keys and Islands, and be a comfortable and practical platform for living aboard, entertaining, diving, snorkeling, and even some fishing, you owe it to yourself to give DEFIANT a serious look. You will not be disappointed. Call today to arrange for an inspection at your convenience


DEFIANT is a very well kept example of this popular and classic Californian sundeck cockpit motoryacht design. Spacious, practical, economical, with  excellent seaworthiness have made Californians in demand among savvy buyers on the re-sale market for many years. 

The boat features a split multi-level floor plan that offers space, privacy, and very comfortable living and dining accommodations rolled into an attractive and well-crafted yacht design that remains as good looking and practical today as it was when it was originally introduced. 

Commencing all the way aft, the transom mounted swim platform and generous cockpit area provides a wonderful space for staging all sorts of water related activities from swimming to snorkeling and diving to fishing and barbequing. An entrance on the port side of the cockpit allows for easy access into and out of the aft master cabin and a wide rung ladder on the starboard side leads up to the aft sundeck area featuring all weather outdoor white wicker furniture and a teak large cabinet and counter top for servicing the outside areas. Forward to port and up three steps is the large flybridge with the command helm area featuring the captain’s chair and companion seat, L-shaped lounge behind and to starboard, and of course, a complete package of navigational electronics. Mounted on the aft deck hard top is a dinghy and davit crane.

From the aft deck moving forward and down three stairs, we enter the bright and airy interior salon . To starboard is a large L shaped settee with an upholstered club chair and ottoman opposite top port. Light fabrics and carpet are set against the rich teak paneling and cabinetry. Large sliding windows all around allow for great vistas and natural cross ventilation.  

Continuing forward and down three steps is the generous and fully appointed galley to port and the opposing U-shaped dinette to starboard that converts to a sleeping area for overflow guests. All the way forward is the guest cabin and accompanying head with separate shower. The guest quarters include a centerline double berth, and generous hanging locker and drawer space. 

Convenient access to the engine and machinery spaces is located under the forward stairs to the salon between the galley and dinette. 

Finally, all the way aft from the salon is the full beam master stateroom with its centerline queen berth, hanging lockers, ample drawer space, full private head with separate shower, and aft door access directly to and from the cockpit.


  • Phifertex Plus mask panels for foredeck windows 
  • Stainless Bow Rail
  • (6) fenders and stainless holders
  • Electric windlass at bow with foot and helm switches
  • Bow pulpit with stainless steel rollers
  • 75 lb. plow with 200' of chain
  • Raw water anchor washdown system at bow
  • 50 Amp Marinco  shore power cord
  • Port and starboard boarding gate 

Electronics and Helm

  •  Autopilot
  • VHF Radio
  • Glendinning synchronizer
  • Clarion remote stereo and AR speakers and woofer
  • Robertson autopilot (interfaced)
  • Raymarine radar, chart plotter and sonar
  • CMap Electronic charts
  • Ritchie compass
  • Rudder angle indicator

 Aft Deck

  •  Low Boy davit crane on aft deck hardtop with 11' Inflatable Severn dinghy
  • Large storage cabinet with countertop
  • Stainless steel sink
  • Fiberglass wicker sofa
  • 2 fiberglass wicker chairs and footstool
  • 2 fiberglass wicker side tables
  • Port and starboard teak access doors  leading to walk-around side decks and bow area
  • GE refrigerator
  • Ladder leading to bridge
  • MarQuipt 45 degree boarding stairs   


  • Large sliding windows
  • Overhead LED lighting
  • Electrical panel
  • Mirror
  • LShape Lounge sofa sleeper
  • Samsung 32" mounted television
  • Cabinets
  • Teak steps
  • Clarion stereo system
  • Mermaid 12000  BTU AC
  • Club chair and ottoman
  • Wall to wall carpet
  • Storage chest table
  • VHF radio

Galley and Dinette

  • Teak and holly deck sole
  • Large windows
  • LED lighting
  • Opening portlight
  • Princess Gourmet glass top 3 burner stove
  • Double round stainless sinks
  • GE refrigerator
  • Sharp convection microwave
  • Ushape dinette that converts to berth
  • C02 detector
  • Tank monitor
  • Seagull water filter
  • Storage cabinets and drawers

 Master Stateroom and Head

  • Located aft
  • Private access door to cockpit
  • Queen berth - centerline
  • Drawer storage
  • Large mounted mirror
  • Cedar lined hanging lockers
  • Sliding windows  port and starboard
  • Samsung TV
  • Mermaid 12000 BTU AC
  • Glendenning cord retractor in cabinet
  • Just outside master, Frigidaire washer/dryer combo
  • Sink and vanity 
  • Raritan electric head
  • Sliding window
  • LED lighting and lighted  mirror
  • Shower stall 

VIP Stateroom and Head 

  • Island queen berth
  • Drawer storage
  • Overhead opening hatch and portlight
  • Mirror
  • LED Lighting
  • Mermaid 12000 A/C
  • Hanging closet
  • Shower Stall, sink, and storage
  • Raritan electric head 

Engine Room 

  • 2 3208TA Caterpillar 375 HP engines 
  • Kohler 12.5 KW generator with Sound Shield
  • Raw water sea strainers
  • Batteries and Lighting
  • Insulation
  • 190 gallon fresh water tank
  • 90 gallon black water tank
  • (2) 250 gallon fuel tanks
  • Racor 100 Fuel filters
  • Walker AIRSEP
  • FireBoy Halon fire suppression system
  • XChange oil changing system
  • Waterguard water filtration
  • Dripless shaft logs (new Feb 2017)
  • Reconditioned props,shafts  straightened, struts aligned w/transmission (Feb 2017)
  • Motor mounts replaced (Feb 2017)
  • Port transmission rebuilt  (Sept 2017)
  • Port turbo charger rebuilt (Sept 2017)


  • 120/240  VAC 50 AMP shore power
  • (1) 908D battery
  • (8) 6V DC golf batteries
  • Sentry battery charger 


  • Transom  mounted swim platform
  • Sliding door to master stateroom
  • In deck hatch to access cockpit lazaratte
  • 2 spare 4 blade props
  • Scuba tank holders
  • Sunbrella cockpit cap covers
  • Stainless steel ladder
  • Opening  transom door
  • Boarding ladder
  • Shower  head


  • Personal  gear
  • Ditch bag
  • Galley items
  • Toaster Oven
  • Barbque grill
  • Dive equipment
  • Tools
  • Kayaks
  • Gangway
  • Samsung  sound  bar
  • Office desk and chair
  • Personal  computers and electronics