2016 Mikelson 50 Sportfisher

Palm City, FL


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Vessel Name: Aquatic Therapy
Manufacture: Mikelson
Country: US
Category: Sportfish, Motor Yachts
Model: 50 Sportfisher
Year: 2016


Length: 50.42 ft
Draft: 3.83 ft
Beam: 16.67 ft


Heads: 2


Cruising Speed: 19 kn
Max Speed: 25 kn
Number of engines: 3
Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine year: 2016
Engine Hours: 1000
Fuel Capacity: 1000|gallon
Water Capacity: 250|gallon
Holding tank: 1

Seller is willing to help Relocate

This Beautiful Mikelson 50 Luxury Sportfisher (Hull #92) is a Rare East Opportunity to own one of the Legendary Tom Fexas designed Pacific Long Range Tuna Boats. Twin Cummins QSB8.3 600hp inboard V-Drive engines provide incredible Long Range Cruising capability at 1200 rpm, or a 22 kt cruise at 2600 rpm burning only 44 gph. Bow Thruster for stress-free docking. The optional stairway up to the Bridge is a Great Feature. Onan 13.5kw Diesel Generator in a sound shield, Garmin HD Navigation Equipment, Huge Flying Bridge with amazing seating and layout. Voluminuos interior layout, tons of storage space and an Amazing use of space. Davit on the bow for carrying a tender. Top loading Deep Freezer, Onboard laundry, plus more.


Zorn Yacht Sales is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Bluewater Yacht Sales.

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    • Full Beam Fiberglas Swim Platform
    • (3) Lumishore multi-color LED Underwater lights with Multi-Function controller
    • Waist tall Stainless Steel Swim Platform Rails, removable
    • Port transom doom Door, Heavy Duty w/ Stainless Steel Hardware
    • Heavy Duty 12 inch Stainless recessed Stern Cleats and Hawse pipes
    • Transom Fishbox, plumbed as a Livewell with (2) Livewell Pumps and light
    • Folding Rigging Table mounted to the Transom Box
    • Teak Decking
    • (2) In-Deck Fishboxes (Eskimo Ice Machine dumps into the port box)
    • (1) In-Deck Bait Box with Aluminum Bait Tray
    • (2) XL Engine Hatches, electrically actuated
    • (1) Engine room hatch, located along the center line, with ladder into engine room
    • Multiple Cockpit Tackle Storage Boxes located aft in the cockpit
    • Tackle Storage Cabinet, located forward in the cockpit (the top is at Seating Height, perfect for watching Trolled Baits)
    • Garmin VHF200
    • Garmin 8612 full color MFD
    • Garmin “eyeball style” cockpit camera
    • Port Forward tall compartment suitable for hanging rain gear or stand up rod/reel combos with Door.
    • Stbd Side cockpit control station, Electronic engine controls and Bow Thruster Control (with custom cover)
    • (6) Flush mounted gunwhale rod holders
    • (23) rod Rocket Launcher (stainless steel)
    • (2) LED cockpit spreader lights
    • Overhang from flybridge for shade from the Sun or protection from the rain
    • LED Lights and Fusion speakers mounted in the overhang
    • Stairway Up to the Flying Bridge
    • Lockable Salon Door
    • 50 amp shore power connection and cord
    • Fiberglass Outriggers
    • Cockpit Electrical Sub Panel: Cockpit light switch, Overhang light switch, Engine Room light switch, Courtesy light switch, Baitwell light switch, (2) individual Baitwell Pump switches
    • 110volt outlet with weather proof cover

    Flying Bridge

    A molded-in 8 step stairway, with Teak Treads, make getting to the Flying Bridge very easy, in any type of sea conditions.

    • A stainless steel safety gate, protects from accidental falls down the stairs
    • Fiberglass Hardtop on a Stainless steel frame
    • Crystal Clear-Full 4 sided EZ2CY enclosure (recently replaced)
    • Stbd Side Sofa style seating with storage beneath
    • Norcold Flybridge Refrigerator
    • Fusion Stereo Speakers
    • (2) Stidd Helm Chairs, fully adjustable with folding footrests
    • Carpeted flooring for the Flying Bridge
    • Brightly finished Maple Dining Table on a Hi/Low stainless steel pedestal
    • Sleeping Cushions for the Flybridge Table (when in the down position)
    • U-Shaped Sofa, very large, located aft of the Stidd Chairs (near perfect condition)
    • All of the Fly Bridge Upholstery is White with Tan Piping
    • (2) Garmin 8616 full color MFD’s
    • Garmin XHD2 6 foot open array Digital Radar antenna, full color with Plotter Overlay
    • Garmin VHF200
    • Garmin Autopilot (integrated with  Plotters)
    • GRID (Garmin remote interface device) for updating software
    • Bennett Trim Tabs
    • (2) Cummins Smart Craft Gauges
    • Maxwell Anchor Windlass Control panel
    • SidePower Bow Thruster control
    • Stainless steel 5 spoke Steering Wheel
    • Glendinning fully electronic engine controls (3 stations), with Sync and Warm functions
    • Ritchie Powerdamp Compass
    • Fresh Water sink
    • Chart Table
    • Dometic 27k btu Heat/Air Conditioning system for the Bridge
    • Overhead lighting in the Hardtop
    • Aft Flybridge Docking Station with Engine Controls, steering, (1) Smart Craft engine screen, Bow Thruster Control, Engine Start/Stop, Horn button
    • Very Large Rear Bench Seat
    • (6) step ladder up through an overhead Glass and Stainless hatch in the Hardtop to the Observation deck
    • Observation Deck with Seat and Back Rest
    • VHF antennas, Radar antenna, Sat TV Antenna, all mounted to the hardtop giving Clean/Unobstructed side decks.

    Salon and Galley

    The Salon is Very Wide, bathed in Natural light from all of the front side and rear windows (all slightly tinted to cut down on the heat gain). There are pull down shades for the side windows. The Galley is located aft, with a Full-Size Refrigerator/Freezer, Granite counter tops and Upscale appliances. Leather Upholstery for the opposing sofas, flat screen TV in the stbd aft corner, Bose Surround Speakers with Sub. (2) zones of Heat/Air Conditioning for the Salon, PLUS a “Basement” space.

    • Locking Salon door  
    • Port Aft Galley location
    • Granite Counter tops with Cherry Border
    • Large Stainless Steel undermount sink with combination faucet/sprayer and soap dispenser
    • Cherry Cabinetry
    • Fisher & Paykel full sized stainless steel Refrigerator/Freezer
    • Sharp Carousel Convection/Microwave oven
    • Princess Gourmet 3 burner glasstop stove
    • (2) Bar stools
    • Port forward Very Large Leather Sofa with storage beneath
    • XL Maple dining table on twin stainless steel hi/low pedestals (with cushion for sleeping here)
    • Tray Style Ceiling with LED Lighting and Cherry Border
    • (2) Salon HVAC Units each with their own control panels, Upper Air Supply Cherry louvered boxes for spreading the air evenly across the room
    • Stbd side, just inside of the Salon Door, cabinet houses Engine Hatch Switches, Lumishore LED Underwater light controller (multi function Wifi Enabled), Tank Tender Gauge for Fuel and Water tanks, Dometic Eskimo Ine Machine control panel, Magnum Energy Inverter/Charger control panel, Onan Generator control panel
    • Main AC/DC Breaker Panel
    • Vizio Flat Screen HDTV 39 inch display
    • Bose Surround Sound Speakers with SubWoofer
    • Fusion Marine Stereo (model MSUD750) AM/FM/Bluetooth/SiriusXM/Pandora
    • Samsung DVD Player
    • DirecTV receiver
    • Stbd side Salon Sofa, Leather Upholstery with storage beneath
    • Carpeted flooring

    “Basement” storage space beneath the Salon

    Easy access to this Surprisingly Large Storage and Mechanical space. Lift up the second step as you go down from the Salon into the Lower Accommodations Space to get into the Basement.

    • well lit
    • Main and Back up Fresh water pumps conveniently located here for easy servicing
    • Water Heater
    • Top Loading Deep Freezer: Avanti Chest Freezer, model CF10016PE, easy to access from the Salon (beneath one of the Sofa Cushions)
    • Fresh Water Filtration system
    • Splendide 2100xl Automatic Washing Machine with Vented Dryer
    • Magnum MS2012 Inverter: 2 kw continuous power, 3.3kw Surge Power
    • NewMar Phase Three, 3 stage Smart Battery Charger, model PT-40U
    • Flybridge Table sleeper cushions stored here
    • Salon Table sleeper cushions stored here
    • Volumes of Storage Space located here

    Guest Head and Shower

    Located at the bottom of the companionway stairs, on the stbd side you will find the Guest Head.

    • Cherry Cabinetry and Framework
    • Granite Countertop
    • Stainless steel undermount sink with designer faucet and soap dispenser.
    • Overhead Hatch with Screen, Cherry Trim
    • Stand-Up shower with Safety Glass Enclosure and Safety Glass door
    • Jabsco electric flushing toilet with Y-Valve for overboard discharge.

    Guest Stateroom

    Across the hall from the Guest Head you will find the Guest Stateroom. With a sliding “Pocket Door” for privacy, you will find a Cherry Pedestal and Cabinetry, overhead lighting and hull side windows.

    • Double Berth, mounted on a Cherry Frame 
    • (4) storage drawers beneath the bed
    • Built in Night Stand with 110v electric outlets
    • (2) Hull side Portlights (operable)
    • (2) Reading lamps
    • (4) storage compartments
    • Pullman Style upper berth, pulls down to sleep another person
    • (2) Fusion stereo speakers
    • Overhead Hatch with screen, Cherry Trim

    Master Stateroom and Ensuite

    Located forward in the boat you will find the Master Stateroom. Adorned with Beautiful Teak Cabinetry, mirrored headboard with overhead lighting and subtle courtesy lighting.

    • Queen Sized pedestal bed, 3 sided walkaround with excellent headroom
    • (2) hull side operable Port Lights
    • Overhead Hatch with screen and Cherry Trim
    • 24 inch Proscan Flat Screen TV/ built DVD player
    • (2) reading lamps
    • (2) cedar lined Hanging Lockers (closets) with lights, one closet is significantly larger than the other
    • (6) storage drawers located beneath the Bed Pedestal

    Ensuite Head and Shower: located on the Stbd side of the Master Stateroom you will find this space.

    • Granite countertops
    • Stand-up shower with safety glass enclosure and door, Cherry Trimmed
    • Medicine Cabinet with mirrored face
    • Overhead Hatch with Screen, Cherry trim
    • Jabsco Electric Flushing toilet with y-valve for overboard discharge.

    Deck and Equipment

    • Stainless steel handrails along both sides of the house
    • “West Coast Style” Stainless steel Bow and Side deck railing
    • molded non-skid walking surfaces with moulded in Toe Railing
    • Brower System WC800 “bow crane” for loading and launching a dinghy, 800 lb capacity, fully functional wireless remote
    • Stainless steel dinghy cradle
    • Stainless Steel D-Ring tie downs for dinghy, mounted to the foredeck
    • Thru Stem Anchor Windlass by Maxwell (Chain Gypsy and horizontal capstan), with foredeck foot pedal style controls and Helm Controls
    • Galvanized Steel “Plow Style” anchor with chain
    • Raw water washdown in anchor locker
    • Fresh Water washdown in anchor locker
    • (2) Heavy Duty 12 inch Stainless bow cleats
    • (2) Heavy Duty 12 inch Stainless mid-ship cleats
    • Waist High stainless “Casting Pulpit” over top of the anchor locker
    • (1) LED Foredeck spreader light
    • Garmin XHD2 6′ open array digital radar antenna, mounted to hardtop
    • KVH TV5 dome Sat Tv Antenna, mounted to hardtop
    • (2) VHF Antennas, mounted to hardtop. This arrangement leaves the side decks Uncluttered.

    Engine Room

    Easily accessed by way of three large deck hatches. Two of these hatches are very large and open via Electrical Rams with individual switches.

    • Twin Cummins common rail QSC8.3 600ho, inboard ebngines in a V-Drive configuration, 1000 hrs 
    • Dual Shift-on-the-fly Racor Primary Fuel Filters (2 for each of the engines)
    • Tides Dripless Shaft Seals, with Spare Seals and crossover hose
    • Eskimo Ice Machine, 600 lb capacity, Model E1600SC-D-230, dumps into port in-deck Fishbox
    • Cummins Onan diesel powered marine generator, in Sound Shield. Model MDKDW 2110060, 13.5 kw, 80 hrs (New in 2022)
    • 24v Genset Batteries (New 2022)
    • Guest ChargePro 10/20 20 amp Dual Bank Smart Charger, dedicated to Generator Battery Bank
    • Fecteau Yacht Watermaker (currently pickeled)
    • Aluminum Diamond Plate engine room floor
    • All Sea Cocks are labeled and easy to reach
    • Garmin “eyeball style” engine room camera

    Manufacturer Provided Description

    Mikelson has delivered well over seventy-five of these custom built, Fexas designed sportfishers since the models introduction in 1988. Boasting an exceptionally wide beam, huge flybridge with aft tournament station, and a luxurious fit second to none, the Mikelson 50 Luxury Sportfisher has raised the bar in West-Coast sportfishing.Powered with twin QSC-600 “Common Rail” Cummins diesels, running on a highly efficient Tom Fexas hull and holding 1,000 gallons of fuel, the Mikelson 50 Luxury Sportfisher is a serious fishing machine with the cruise-ability of a long-range motoryacht. The optional flybridge staircase access (in lieu of a ladder) make the giant flybridge far more accessible and much easier on the knees. Available in 2 or 3 stateroom layouts, the Mikelson 50 Luxury Sportfisher has revolutionized boat building and become the ultimate fish/cruise vessel.

    Performance Report

    RPM     Kts     GPH     Range

    610       4.3         1        3870

    900       6.2         2.2     2536

    1200     8.0         4.4     1636

    1500     9.6         9.5       909

    1800    10.9       18.3      536

    2100    14.5       28.0      466

    2400    18.9       37.1     456

    2700    22.5       48.2     420

    3000    25.6       65.0     354    

    Power and Motoryacht Test Article……
    It may be time for east coast anglers to find out why the Mikelson M50 Sportfisher continues to be popular with west coasters looking to go beyond the horizon.

    It’s hard not to see a smattering of another famous Fexas design—the Midnight Lace—within the profile of the Mikelson M50. The frameless windows and flared bow have pleasing similarities to the Lace. 

    “Our primary market for Mikelson Yachts is anglers requiring long-range capabilities; about 70 percent of our customers are previous owners,” said vice president Patrick Sullivan.

    Originally the Sportfisher was sold as a 48 Sedan, evolving into a 50 with hull number 19. In the 1990s, the hull mold was redesigned and the integral swim platform deleted. 

    “Usually conditions on the trip north have us running into a horrible 5-foot, head-sea chop,” said Mikelson Captain Paul Fecteau, describing the typical 850-mile or so run back from Cabo San Lucas. “Many larger boats with hard chines and flatter bottoms can’t make the speed we can on this 50-footer.”

    The solid ride is the result of the hull design as well as the placement of the engines and fuel tanks. V-drives allow Mikelson to mount the engines under the cockpit sole. Our test boat had a pair of the now-standard 600-horsepower Cummins QSC 8.3 engines. The common-rail diesels and the Centek underwater exhausts—with search-tube design and idle by-pass—provide a quiet and smoke-free environment.

    The engines are accessible via a centerline day-hatch in the cockpit sole and, when needed, two huge, 12-volt activated hatches expose the entire diamond-plated engine room. The optional watermaker and air compressor for refilling dive tanks are housed here as well. A bank of fuel/water separators are on the forward engine room bulkhead.

    Three fuel tanks, a large one on centerline and two others outboard, are situated deep in the hull, creating a low center of gravity. A manifold system allows the engines to draw and return from/to any tank; the tanks are cross-connected and gravity-fed. The 1,000-gallon capacity provides an impressive range, approximately 900 miles at 9.6 knots and 450 at close to 19 knots. 

    Fecteau eased the M50 out of her slip without even contemplating touching the bow thruster toggle switch. As we passed a large channel marker in San Diego Harbor, it was quiet enough on the bridge to hear barking harbor seals vying for a position in the sun.

    Behind the gelcoat facade is a weight-saving, Divinycell-cored hull. The bulkheads are constructed of marine ply and the stringers of foam-cored fiberglass; both heavily built. It was easy to feel her rigid construction and seakeeping capabilities even in calm seas. The bow lifted slightly as we powered from idle to wide-open throttle. She planed off at 2100 rpm and found her comfort zone at 2600. At that rpm the engines were at 75-percent load, fuel burn was 44 gallons per hour, and the GPS displayed 22 knots. 

    The 50-footer truly impressed in a simulated fish-fighting exercise. She proved nimble, quick, and vibration-free when backing down, and was equally impressive spinning in slightly more than one boat length.

    It’s an easy climb—via six molded-in steps—to the full-beam flying bridge. The console is huge with sufficient space for large screen displays. All of the remotes, switches, breaker panel toggles, and gauges are unencumbered. Air conditioning is optional, as are the Stidd helm chairs. A semi-circlular settee with table, a small sink portside behind the Venturi windshield, a chart flat, and a refrigerator are all nice cruising features. There is an aft station on the bridge, maybe a little overkill since there is also a cockpit station and tower controls.

    The marlin tower is accessed through a hatch in the hardtop and is a great perch for spotting bustin’ fish. Lee double-spreader outriggers are affixed to the bridge sides. A 12-station rocket launcher holds plenty of weapons.

    The M50 Sportfisher doesn’t taper aft so the cockpit is full beam. It takes a little time to get used to the height of the sole off the water due to the clearance necessary for the engines below. But in short order, the high freeboard actually had a nice secure feel to it. 

    The cockpit is all West Coast-style. Rails are constructed of stainless steel, rather than aluminum. It’s a sharp look. The baitwells are large capacity, lighted with windows. The fishboxes were minimal on hull 88; however, the boxes can be expanded and chilled on this semi-custom boat. A hanging locker to port can be customized for additional rod stowage or a dayhead. The transom door opens to a platform secured by a waist-high rail, perfect for fighting a fish under the right conditions and on/off access for dive enthusiasts. 

    The side decks are snug, yet very secure—nonskid underfoot and tall rails and handholds make the trek forward in most seas comfortable. The optional bow pulpit with rail is pitch-bait heaven; it’s rock solid, no springy, diving-board construction here. The windlass is mounted below a hatch to keep the bow obstruction-free. The lower position of the anchor rode makes for better anchoring, according to Sullivan.

    The M50 is user-friendly from bow to stern and in between. The cockpit door opens into a huge cherry-finished saloon, the size of which is not usually found on a 50-footer. The boat’s near 17-foot beam becomes very apparent here. Mikelson used a satin finish on the flat surfaces and high-gloss finishes on the joinery caps; the look crisply accents the quality workmanship. 

    Behind the first cabinet door to starboard are various gauges and stop/starts for the watermaker, genset, satellite TV, tank tender, and inverter. This is smart positioning for quick access. To port is the aft-located galley, complete with stowage galore for those long offshore runs. And there’s a four-burner Kenyon cooktop that can actually fit four pans, though it had no fiddles. The cored-granite countertops are lightweight, and have sufficient surface area—enough so the builder could eliminate the split matching sink covers.

    Cold air flows evenly over the colossal U-shaped dinette and opposite ultra-leather settee via handcrafted valences that are likely to be efficient even in the hottest climes. Light switches are easily found within custom strike plates.  

    Below a hatch in the saloon sole is a compartment that houses a hot water heater, battery charger, and inverter. It’s here that long-range provisions can be stowed alongside a washer and dryer. There’s plenty of space for separate units. In the saloon proper, there are three overhead hatches in the headliner that provide access to a functional rod locker, not an afterthought. A bevy of 50-pound-class rods (or even larger) could be nicely secured in the fabricated mounts. 

    The master is forward with a centerline queen, twin hanging lockers, and a private head. Mikelson can accommodate most owner requests for alterations; that’s the beauty of a semi-custom build. 

    The guest cabin has a unique pullman-style berth that an adult can comfortably fit on. The berth follows the line of the hull and is wider at the head, tapering slightly at the foot.

    The bulk of Mikelson Yachts’ production hangs on the left coast. But given my recent experiences onboard the fast, far-ranging, and capable M50 Sportfisher, I think there may be a few East Coasters who’ll be tempted to make that trip through the Panama Canal they always wanted to do.


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