Boat Review: Post 53 Convertible

Post's newest mare in the stable, the 53, features a solid fiberglass bottom, as well as cored topsides, decks and cabin.

Post 53 Convertible

Post 53 Convertible

Post 53 Convertible

Post 53 Convertible

Post 53 Convertible

Post 53 Convertible

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Post 53 Convertible

Post 53 Convertible

Post 53 Convertible

Post 53 Convertible

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This quiet company must be doing something right since it has enjoyed good sales and popularity for nearly 60 years. One of the classic New Jersey builders, Post offers semicustom convertibles with a reputation for clean lines, excellent quality and solid resale value.

Post's newest mare in the stable, the 53, features a solid fiberglass bottom, as well as cored topsides, decks and cabin. Two vinylester barrier coats combined with isophthalic gelcoats assure a durable, high-gloss hull laminate impervious to weathering and water intrusion.

The large, tournament-ready cockpit boasts standard features such as a top-loading bait freezer, lift-out in-deck fish boxes, a transom livewell, fresh- and saltwater washdowns, tackle storage and a bait-prep center. An insulated drink cooler hides under the salon-entrance step.

The centerline helm on the flybridge provides unobstructed views both fore and aft for docking and fish fighting. And every helmsman will appreciate the power-assisted hydraulic steering and hydraulic engine controls that take all the work out of maneuvering.
A traditional electronics console offers space for a sizable, flush-mounted instrument suite behind clear Lucite panels. Post also provides a straight settee to port and another across the console front for guest seating, as well as a hidden refrigerator for cold drinks topside.

The Post 53 offers substantial headroom between the engines as well as plenty of space to access the outboard sides. Standard features I particularly like here include labels attached to each thru-hull fitting, fiberglass battery boxes, crash pumps on each engine, Dri-Deck vinyl flooring and dripless shaft and rudder seals.

Being a semicustom builder, Post offers just about any engine you could want. Presently, the price list touts twin MTU Series 60 engines rated at 825-hp each at the bottom of the ladder and 1,200-hp MTU 8V2000s at the top with 1,000-hp CAT C-18s and 1,100-hp common rail MANs in the middle - quite an impressive gamut of power choices.

The salon's upholstered window valances, high-gloss teak cabinetry and frameless windows combine with premium fabrics and carpeting to create an understated elegance. A U-shaped galley makes cooking underway a snap, while the undercounter refrigerators and freezers keep the entire salon open and airy. The chef never feels isolated. Corian counters, convection oven, electric cooktop and other high-end appliances assure that cooking aboard is as easy as it is at home.

Below, a three-stateroom layout finds the master stateroom immediately to port with a queen-sized walkaround berth, mirror-image nightstands and private head with stall shower. One guest cabin with over/under singles shares a head with the forward cabin, which sports your choice of a queen-sized island berth or over/under bunks.

Don't let the lack of self-promotion fool you; Post builds superb boats. Just ask any of the company's fanatically loyal owners.

SPECIFICATIONS
LOA ** 52'10" **BEAM 16'11" DRAFT 5'0" WEIGHT 59,000 pounds FUEL 926 gallons WATER 240 gallons MAX POWER T1,200-hp diesels BASE PRICE $1,287,500 (w/ C-18 CATs)

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