Model: 53' Custom Sportfish
Length: 53' 0" (16m)
Beam: 16' 5" (5.00m)
Year Built / Refit: 1977
Speed: 26 / 32
Engines: 2 x Cummins QSM11
Staterooms: 2
Flag: US
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This 53' Merritt is equipped with the desirable Cummins QSM11 engines. She is very fuel efficient at 2000 RPMs cruising at 26 knots and burning just 42 gallons per hour. Over the past 5 years this owner and his Captain have spared no expense in bringing this beauty to current Merritt quality. 


This 53 ’Merritt radiates beautiful craftsmanship that only a Merritt can portray. Her fresh paint job, exquisite teak cockpit, highly varnished bulkhead and transom will certainly draw attention among her peers. LAGNIAPPE was re-powered in 2005 and equipped with desirable Cummins QSM11 engines (in-line 6-cylinder) 680 hp. She is very fuel efficient at 2000 RPMs, cruising 26 knots and burning just 42 gallons per hour.

In 2013, this owner had a major refit refit at Merritt's Boat & Engine Works including paint, wood, varnish, steering cables, installed 30-gallon holding tank, installed tank tender, new plumbing (A/C, refrigerators and raw water), new A/C handlers, new insulation (refrigeration and engine room), new engine room air vents, LED salon lights, bridge isinglass, release helm chair, new bow rail, interior soft goods, and more.

Over the past 5 years this owner and his Captain have spared no expense in bringing this beauty to current Merritt quality. From the moment you step on board LAGNIAPPE, her fit and finish will amaze you.



LAGNIAPPE's comfortable Salon features a custom L-shaped leather sofa, barrel chairs, galley up layout, two staterooms and a third berth in the companion way for that extra guest. The Master suite is to port with side-by-side twin berths and an ensuite head.
The Forward Stateroom has cross-over bunks with an access door to the Guest Head in the companionway. The Flybridge features a teak center helm station, recessed electronics, single Release teak helm chair, and side and forward bench seating for guests.


  • New custom-made L-shaped blue leather sofa
  • 2 Barrel chairs
  • Custom Merritt coffee table that raises up and opens to use as a dining table
  • New carpeting, carpet runner, curtains and custom decor
  • 21” Samsung HD TV located in starboard lower credenza
  • Digital satellite dome
  • New LED lighting installed
  • Teak interior finish
  • Insignia stereo with Cambridge subwoofer


  • Custom Merritt stainless steel-lined refrigerator and freezer, starboard forward, re-insulated and new compressors in 2013
  • Under-counter EuroKera Princess stove top burners (2013) never used 
  • GE convection/microwave oven (2013)
  • Double stainless steel sink with faucet/fixtures
  • Galley freshwater filter
  • Whirlpool ice maker (2013)
  • Seaward 1200: 11-gallon water heater 
  • Formica counter tops (2013)
  • Wood cabinetry and drawer storage
  • Teak and holly sole
  • Central vacuum system

Master Stateroom

  • Located portside
  • 2 Side-by-side twin berths with storage below
  • Full hanging locker and storage cabinets
  • Ensuite head with private stall shower and curtain
  • Headhunter toilet
  • Custom ceramic sink in vanity with upper and lower cabinet storage
  • Small linen storage cabinet

Forward Guest Stateroom

  • Cross-over berths with storage below
  • Tackle storage closet
  • Access to anchor locker forward


  • Guest Head with custom ceramic sink in vanity, upper and lower cabinet storage, stall shower with curtain, and Headhunter toilet
  • 6 foot guest berth with storage cabinets below
  • Access to engine room under steps


  • Robertson 200 DL autopilot with remote
  • 72 mile Furuno radar
  • ICOM M127 VHF radio
  • Datamarine Datalink
  • Depth, speed, temp & wind with remote in tower
  • Alpine AM/FM stereo with 6/CD changer
  • 2 compasses, 9" and 4"
  • Northstar 952 GPS & plotter
  • SEA 322 main frame with 2 heads
  • ICOM M84 VHF radio
  • Iridium Handheld Satellite Phone
  • 2 Furuno Navnet C-Map Plotter/ Sounders
  • Miya Epoch CXQ teaser reels (12 V)

Flybridge and Tower

  • Jack Hopewell Tuna Tower with aluminum wheel and engine controls
  • Buggy top with fiberglass sunshade
  • White vinyl coaming aft and belly band
  • Fiberglass bridge hardtop with KVH Gyro Sat antenna and radar sweep
  • Hand rails on underside of hardtop, fore and aft and forward of helm
  • Rod holders, port and starboard aft leg to cockpit
  • 5 Rod holders on aft bridge rail
  • Epoch electric reels recessed in hardtop
  • New Release helm chair on flybridge
  • Port and starboard bridge seating with rod storage locker below and vinyl cushions
  • Forward bridge seating with white vinyl cushions
  • Storage forward in bridge brow compartment
  • Bose speakers port and starboard with 12 volt stereo/ CD and Sirius receiver
  • Isinglass curtains (2013)
  • Rupp 36' triple spreader outriggers with center rigger
  • Murray Products fighting chair with teak footrest, 4-rod rocket launcher with bait tray and tackle drawer
  • Insulated cockpit box under port hatch with Eskimo Ice machine disposal
  • Live in-deck bait well under starboard hatch
  •  Top loading chill box and engine control station, port forward cockpit
  • 4-drawer tackle drawer with freezer below portside
  • Top loading chill box with freezer and 4-drawer tackle storage below, starboard forward cockpit
  • Teak cockpit sole, fabricated and installed with new cockpit drains
  • Lazarette access hatch, aft cockpit
  • Generator access hatch, centerline forward
  • Engine room access hatch from center step
  • Stainless bridge ladder with teak steps and anodized aluminum handrails
  • Cockpit step box
  • Port and starboard overhead cockpit poly planer speakers
  • Teak transom and transom door
  • Teak covering boards with two (2) flush-mount rod holders on each side
  • Wired for LP deep drop under starboard gunwale
  • 12 volt outlet under port & starboard gunwale

Deck Equipment

  • High gloss finished toe rails
  • Teak high gloss finished bulkhead, cockpit wings, salon entry center doors and consoles
  • Teak salon entry step with access hatch to engine room
  • Teak high gloss finished tackle center with exterior cushions
  • Hawse pipes located aft cockpit, port and starboard
  • Foredeck escape hatch and anchor locker  
  • Fortress anchor with chain and 600' rope
  • Spare fortress anchor
  • 6 life jackets
  • Deck saltwater, freshwater wash down system
  • Fenders with lines
  • Navigation lights
  • Air horns (2013)
  • Revere 6-man life raft

Mechanical Equipment

  • CruisAir reverse cycle A/C (2 x 16,000 BTU units, 1 x 10,000 BTU and 1 x 7,000 BTU)
  • Re-plumbed all A/C and refrigerator raw water system
  • Replaced all tower, bridge and cockpit steering cables
  • Halon fire control system
  • Fresh water cooling
  • Oil transfer system
  • 2 spare 4-blade propellers 
  • Dripless shaft seal
  • Raw water sea strainer
  • Manual wheel steering
  • 1½: 1 transmission ratio
  • Trim tabs
  • 600 gallon water maker
  • Bilge blower
  • Racor 1000 fuel filters (primary); Cummins (secondary) filters
  • Engine fuel shut off valve
  • Remote mounted filters
  • 6 manual/automatic bilge pumps and switches (new in 2013)
  • Re-bonded ground wiring (2013)
  • Installed Tank Tender (fuel, water and holding tanks 2013)

Engine Room and Electrical Systems

  • Twin Cummins 660 hp diesel engines installed 2005; recent updated service completed (2016)
  • Turbos and exhaust manifolds (2016)
  • New Injectors (2016)
  • New air vents installed (2013)
  • Re-insulated engine room hatches (2013)
  • 110 volt, 220 volt AC electrical system
  • 12 volt DC electrical system
  • 50 amp shore cord with port aft Hubbell connection in cockpit
  • 21 kW Phasor generator (220 volt)
  • 110 & 12 volt Headhunter pressure system
  • 12 volt / 40 amp automatic battery charger
  • 4 New batteries (2016)
  • Battery parallel switch
  • Reversible Oil X-change pump (12 volt)
  • Fuel transfer pump
  • Sight glass (fuel & water)
  • Engine room exhaust blowers (port & starboard)
  • A/C compressors raw water cooling pump
  • Halon Fire control system

Additional Features

Spare parts on board 


Owner's personal items.