2016 Mikelson 50

50 ft

Seller is Willing to Help with Relocation

VIRTUAL TOUR: https://seekbeak.com/v/YD1GOxNW1by

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 surge-tube design and idle by-pass, provide a quiet and smoke-free

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

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

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

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.

Mikelson M50 Sportfisher – layout diagram

Optional Equipment

NOTEWORTHY OPTIONS: Village Marine Water Maker ST-800W ($10,440); Oceanus Air
Compressor ($5,100); Brower System WC 800 Davit ($8,925); Bow Plank w/ Rail

Other Specification

Generator: 1/13.5 kW Cummins Onan

The Test

Conditions During Boat Test

Air temperature: 75°F; humidity: 75%; seas: flat

Load During Boat Test

150 gal. fuel, 200 gal. water, 3 persons, and 200 lb. gear.

Test Boat Specifications

Test Engine: 2/ 600-hp Cummins QSC 8.3 diesels

Transmission/Ratio: ZF 286 IV/2:1

Props: 30 X 27.5, 5-Blade Nibral

RPM      Speed/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         18.8         37.1     456

2700         22.5         48.5     420

3000         25.6         65.0     354 

Cay Marine Group is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This
boat is centrally listed by Bluewater Yacht Sales. It is offered as a
convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey
direct representation of a particular vessel

Vessel Year:
Engine Mfg:
Engine Model:
QSC 8.3 Common Rail
Engine Hours:
1000 Hrs

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