Lionheart IS SOLD



1991 DeFever Raised Pilothouse 54 (49 RPH + 5) Stabilized, Hydrolic Bow Thruster

The current 2nd owners purchased MY Lionheart in 1998, and have cruised extensively on the US West and East Coasts, and have lived aboard for 5 years. They now plan to move back to So. Cal. to build a home in Oxnard.

Year: 1991
Length: 54 (DeFever 49 RPH+5)

Boat Details

Fuel Diesel                                                                    Hull Fiberglass
Beam 15 Feet                                                                Max Draft 5.4 feet
Weight 70,000 Pounds                                                  Horsepower 320 X 2
Fuel Tank 1220 USG - 5 tanks                                      Holding Tank 60 USG plastic
Water Tank 450 USG SS                                              Engine Hrs. 4730
Designer Arthur DeFever                                               Cruising Speed  7.0 - 9.5

General Description

This popular design by Arthur DeFever and produced by CTF in Kaoshing has been superb for cruising and as a live aboard. The current owners of 10+ years have cruised Lionheart from Glacier Bay, AK through the Panama Canal, and then around Americas Great Loop. She also cruised to circumnavigate Vancouver Island, to the Bahamas, as well as out the St. Lawrence Seaway and around Nova Scotia, and down the US East Coast. The layout is 2 staterooms below forward with two heads and one dedicated shower, raised pilothouse, galley and salon aft of the pilothouse. The interior is accessed through p & stb. doors to the pilothouse, stb. door adjacent to the galley and wet bar, and double doors aft. The side and aft decks are covered. Boarding is through 2 side coaming doors and an aft door. The 5.5 foot extension makes boarding the dingy safe and easy. The extension stabilizes the boats performance, and is great for swimming, fishing, storage, and contains a 220 USG fuel tank. The Portuguese Bridge is a wonderful amenity and contains additional storage. The state rooms and saloon are air conditioned. The engine room is accessed through the stern lazarette, and can be accessed through a galley floor hatch. The dingy is a Zodiac Yachtline with a 30 hp 4 stroke (power tilt and trim). The crane is Brower Systems 800 lb. capacity and utilizes a hydraulic arm and 12 volt powered cable, making launching and stowing a breeze. Storage is abundant. She has active hydraulic stabilizers and hydraulic bow thruster. There is much more equipment and extensive upgrades which will be listed where appropriate. Note: The radar arch is reversed from the standard layout.

Guest Stateroom and Head Forward

There are two bunks, high and low, stb. and port. The mattresses are hinged for easy access and management and have custom fitted sheets. The lighted chain locker is forward, and there is storage above and below the port bunk. There are three large drawers and a hanging locker to stb. Lighting is high intensity as well as one reading lamp at the head of each bunk. One of three access points to the forward bilge is in the sole. The Wesmar Hydraulic bow thruster is in the bilge as well as 2 bilge pumps. There are blackout shades for all 4 ports. Additional shelving has been built into lockers and cabinets. One AC (heat-cool) outlet and one electric heater serve this room. A dehumidifier is mounted beneath the stb. bunk. An Air Lights air purifier is in the head.

Guest Head

The head is a Galley Maid electric head and is served with fresh water. Three spacious lockers are conveniently located in this head. There is a large mirror and two light fixtures. The basin fixtures are new. (This is the captain’s private head when no visitors are aboard)

Master Stateroom and Head

Just outside the master stateroom is a large lighted hanging locker with upgraded shelving. The bed is an island queen with a hinged “Handcraft Mattress“, and custom fitted sheets. Storage is in seven large drawers, 3 hanging lockers, and another locker beneath the stairway to the pilothouse. The central vacuum unit is located in this space, and custom shelving provides additional storage. There are 6 high intensity lights in the ceiling on 3 separate circuits - 2 reading lights, and lights in the hanging locker, and recessed low intensity lighting above the port ports. Black out curtains and custom shades enhance sleeping comfort. Large wall mirrors are forward and aft. A large locker is beneath the bed, and 2 additional access hatches to the forward bilge are in this stateroom. One AC (reverse cycle) and 1 electric heater as well as a cruising heat outlet serve this stateroom. The in suite head has high intensity lighting, 2 large mirrors, a shower stall with an evacuation blower, 2 large lockers , and a Galley Maid electric head plumbed with fresh water.


The pilothouse includes an L shaped settee with very large cabinets beneath and behind, two book cases, a 6 pole fishing pole rack, high and low intensity lighting, custom wheel, helm seat, two large chart drawers with chart table above, and another large cabinet. The electronics cabinet has full access from behind - there is a smoke detector within. There are 2 - 4D glass batteries dedicated to inverter power for maintaining the ice maker and freezer when shore power is not available. Access to the flying bridge and galley is to stb. aft. Steps to the state rooms are stb. forward; the central vacuum outlet is adjacent to the steps. A Galaxy magnetic compass, clock, barometer, electric heater and a cruising heater outlet are in the pilothouse. The bell and Sattelite2 - 406 EPIRB are secured above the passage to the galley.

Pilothouse electrical and electronics -
-Jensen tape, CD, am, fm stereo with 6 disc changer. and a remote control
-Loud hailer including programmed fog horns
-Icom IC M120 VHF radio
-Robertson AP 200 DL auto pilot controller
-Wesmar hydraulic stabilized controller
- Horizon Intrepid VHF
-Trace RC-2000 inverter remote control
-Davis Weather Wizard III
-ICOM M-802 HF, SSB Marine radio with antenna tuner and Pactor III modem
-Garmin 128 GPS
-Furuno 1724C Radar
-Aetna digital tachometers
-VDO RPM balance
-JRC FF-50 depth sounder
-Hydraulic bow thruster control
-Rudder angle indicator
- Port and starboard engine gauges
-Maxwell windless controller
-Bilge alarms
-Wiper controls
-Horn actuator button
-5 station intercom with shore phone hookup and cord
-5 KW generator gages and controls
-12.5 KW generator gages and controls
-switches for nav. Lights, foredeck light and anchor light
-AC power panel for forward and aft. Dual 50 amp. shore power management
-DC breaker panel
-Electric cabinet cooling fans.

Galley and Wet Bar

The galley is a U-shaped area with a large counter separating it from the salon. Spacious storage is over and under counters and double sink, and this includes 7 drawers, 10 cabinets, and a pantry. Main lighting is high intensity. There are underneath cabinet glass racks and lighting. The refrigerator has it’s compressor in the engine room (freezer top deck) to increase internal space. The stove is a 3 burner gas princess with 2 aluminum gas cylinders (1 is a spare) in the gas locker. Counter tops are Corian, and there is a trash drop thru and 1 large below counter locker. The oven is a Sharp Convection - Microwave. A spice rack is above the stove. An exhaust blower, AC (heat - cool), and cruising heater outlets serve this area. An ice maker (new 2008) is beneath the wet bar. The Dickinson BBQ is just out side the galley - wet bar, to stb. A large window is to port above the dual sink (with custom cutting board).


The salon is open to the galley, separated by a large counter. Port and stb. windows and windows aft make it a well lighted space. Blinds provide privacy and dim lighting for TV viewing. Lighting is high intensity, with a peripheral recessed mood light. The TV is a 30” Sharp AQUOS with DVD, VCR, shore cable hookup, and a KVH TracVision antenna. A large built in storage unit with 14 drawers, 2 cabinets, and an open counter above is to stb. An L-shaped settee with internal stowage and a high-low table is to port. A liquor cabinet is adjacent to the wet bar, and a swivel chair is in the aft stb. corner. Comfort is facilitated by AC (heat and cool) and an electric heater. Two clocks, one in the wet bar area, and one in the salon are included.

Flying Bridge and Upper Deck

An L-shaped seat with internal stowage and a helm seat are on the bridge. There is a pedestal table which can also be relocated to the aft deck. The bimini is a custom rigid stricture with canvas cover. The helm station provides marvelous visibility and is equipped with:

-Garmin 128 GPS
-Standard VHF radio
-Garmin Fishfinder 240
-Stabilizer Control
-Rudder angle Indicator
-Port and Stb. Engine Gages and alarms
-Computer Monitor Cable, Mouse and GPS Hookup to the Pilothouse
-Switches for anchor light and spreader lights
-Fireboy engine room auto extinguisher monitor-Zodiac Emergency Life Raft

The spacious upper deck is surrounded by a canvas dodger. A Kenmore 8 freezer is insulated, canvas covered and situated to stb. A Brower Systems 800 lb. capacity crane with hydraulic arm and electric cable winch is to stb. The tender is a Zodiac 340 Delux and is VERY securely mounted to chalks. It has canvas chaps to cover the tubes, a canvas console cover, and a full canvas cover. It is equipped with depth sounder, fire ext., paddle, spare prop, life preservers, emergency gas, and anchor. The tender engine is a Nissan 4 stroke 30hp with power lift and tilt. To port is an emergency life raft, and a hatch and ladder to the lower aft deck. The KVH TV antenna is mounted so it can be lowered to allow the vessel a max. air draft of 18.9 ft. Fishing pole mounts are secured to the back of the seat and there are 3 pole holders on the aft rail. There are 2 canvas covers for the bridge area.

Fore Deck

The deck is nonskid covered, and there is a hatch to the forward stateroom and a foredeck stowage locker. 2 fish pole holders and burgee pole are mounted on the rails. The windlass is a Maxwell - Nillson, gravity down, power up with deck control. There is a backup chain and rode on the stb. side. Moving aft is the Portuguese Bridge with a door and 3 large lockers. 1 fresh water bib and hose, and 1 raw water bib and hose serve the foredeck.

Side and Aft. Decks

The decks are teak and well drained. Side and aft. decks are well lighted. The BBQ is rail mounted on the stb. side adjacent to the wet bar and galley, and the pedestal table can be mounted to the aft deck. An aft. outdoor shower is to port, and power capstan is to stb. aft. for managing lines and rodes aft. A ladder to the upper deck is to port. Stowed are 2 sets of “flopper stoppers” for minimizing roll at anchor. All outside teak (except the deck) has been painted or replaced to minimize maintenance and give the vessel a more modern appearance. All the rails have canvas covers, and the windows (except those facing aft.) have snap on sun blocking covers. 3 fish pole holders serve the aft deck. The aft. lazarette has a large opening and is the engine room entrance. Storage lighted and is voluminous and the steering gear is readily accessible. Emergency tiller handle and emergency windlass handle are stowed. The life ring is inside the transom.

Aft Extension

The extension is a full hull extension completed in 2002. It has a large water tight hatch, 220 USG diesel, 18 USG gasoline (for tender use vented outside and hand pumped to the tender), light, bilge pump, and more storage. There is a swimming ladder and pole holders and a hookup for the live bait tank. On deck is a bollard for securing lines. An underwater light is on the stb. side. 2 spare propellers, port and stb.

Engine Room

-2 X 3208T Caterpillars
-Oil Change System plumbed to both engines, generators, and transmisssions
-Lewco Battery charger - 40 amp
-140 amp Balmar Alternator Port
-55 amp Cat Alternator Stb.
-2 X Twin Disc MG 506-1 Transmissions
-5 KW Westerbeke Gen.  with dedicated battery
-12.5 KW Westerbeke Gen. with dedicated battery
-Splendide Washer / Dryer
- Aqua Marine 200 GPD Water Maker
-Cruising Heater
-Refrigeration Compressor
-Air Compressor
-Fuel Management Manifold
-2 X Fresh Water Pumps wired and plumbed in parallel
-Wesmar Active Stabilizers
-2 X Bilge High Volume Pumps and bilge high water alarm
-Dual Racor Fuel filters port and stb. --with vacuum guages
-Racor Primary Filters for each gen.
-Fuel Transfer Pump and Filter
-Accessory 12V Panel
-Fireboy Halon Fire Ext. (automatic monitors pilot house and bridge)
-Hydraulic Pump for Crane
-4 X 8D Batteries
-Hydraulic Pump for Stabilizers and Bow Thruster / Oil Tank.
-2 Work Benches and Vise
-Tool Box (box only)
-Extensive Spares, filters, zinks, pumps, rebuild and repair parts, etc.

Deck, Safety and Ground Tackle

-2 X Boat Hook with Poles
-Deck Brush and Handle
-6 fenders
-Dock and Mooring Lines (numerous)
-Shore Power Cords
-50 amp X 2 - 50’ with adapters to 30, 20, and 15amps
-30amp X 3 - 50’, X 1 - 25’ with adapters to 50 amps
-Telephone Shore Cord 50’
-Spot Light - Hand Held

-Spurs on both prop shafts

Ground Tackle

-Forfjord 8 with 320‘ - 5/16BBB (Primary)
-Forfjord 6
-Rode - spare approx. 200' and 50' chain in in separate bow locker

-Life Preservers (approx 10)
-Extinguishers - 5 (plus auto halon in engine room)
-Navigation Rules
-Throwable Life Ring
-Flare Gun

There are too many other upgrades and improvements to list - see the boat to appreciate!

Comments: The descriptions above are believed, but not guaranteed, to be accurate. Items not detailed in these specs, and personal items (clothes, tools, most décor…..) are not included in the sale of this vessel.
Contact: Rich Van Gemert 562 413 5631

Richard and Sue Van Gemert
562 413 5631 or 562 413 5632

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