Honest 160-mile days, a comfort-able motion offshore, and liveaboard load-carrying capacity are hallmarks of the LaFitte 44, a Robert H. Perry design with a long fin keel and a skeg-hung rudder. Between 1980 and 1989, Chung Hwa Boatworks in Taiwan built 56 of these. Many have circumnavigated, and at least one has been sailed around twice.
LOA 44' 4" (13.51 m.)
LWL 35' 6" (10.82 m.)
Beam 12' 8" (3.86 m.)
Draft 6' 4" (1.93 m.)
Sail Area (100%) 927 sq. ft. (86.1 sq. m.)
Ballast 11,310 lb. (5,129 kg.)
Displacement 28,000 lb. (12,698 kg.)
Water 110 gal. (417 l.)
Fuel 115 gal. (436 l.)
Engine 60-hp. Lehman or Perkins
Designer Robert H. Perry
Owner wants an offer. Easy to show in Waikiki.
|Hull Type:||Fin with rudder on skeg||Rig Type:||Cutter|
|LOA:||44.33' / 13.51m||LWL:||35.50' / 10.82m|
|Beam:||12.67' / 3.86m||Listed SA:||967 ft2 / 89.83 m2|
|Draft (max.)||6.33' / 1.93m||Draft (min.)|
|Displacement:||28000 lbs./ 12701 kgs.||Ballast:||11310 lbs. / 5130 kgs.|
|Builder:||Lafitte Yachts/Chung Hwa Boatworks (TAIWAN)|
|First Built:||1978||Last Built:||1989||# Built:||56|
|AUXILIARY POWER (orig. equip.)|
|Make:||Lehman or Perkins||Model:|
|Water:||115 gals. / 435 ltrs.||Fuel:||110 gals. / 416 ltrs.|
|RIG AND SAIL PARTICULARS KEY|
|I(IG):||56.00' / 17.07m||J:||19.50' / 5.94m|
|P:||51.30' / 15.64m||E:||16.40' / 5.00m|
|SA(Fore.):||546.00 ft2 / 50.72 m2||SA(Main):||420.66 ft2 / 39.08 m2|
|Sail Area (100% fore+main triangles):||966.66 ft2 / 89.80 m2|
|Sail Area/Disp.2:||16.84||Est. Forestay Length.:||59.30' / 18.07m|
The Lafitte 44 follows the double-ended theme that Perry popularized with his first design, the Valiant 40. However the lines of the Lafitte look distinctly more modern, with its high freeboard. The bow has a moderately fine entry and sits fairly high above the water. Going below the waterline, you’ll find a deep and long fin keel drawing 6’4″ and a skeg-hung rudder.
Up above, the boat is close to being a flush-deck with its short and low cabin, faired gracefully into the deck and 22ft of foredeck that is clear and unobstructed. The side decks are 2 feet wide with well placed handholds.
Entry below is served via two companionways, one amidships and one aft. The interior is extensively fitted out with teak trim, flat surfaces and walls are in teak laminated ply. The quality of workmanship is very high. Ventilated lockers and drawers abound, providing more than ample stowage space for extended voyaging. The wet locker is warmed by the engine. The galley is very large and functional, fit for the gourmet many would say. It’s one of the most prominent features inside the boat and is set up very extremely well.
Standard hulls were built from hand-laid fiberglass cored with Airex foam, while it was an option to have the hull constructed of solid fiberglass laminate. The hulls were built very strong and reinforced with foam-filled frames, longitudinals and also with glassed-in bulkheads. The frame under the deck-stepped mast was reinforced with a stainless-steel plate. The decks were cored with Baltek balsa.
The ballast was cast in lead and externally mounted with stainless-steel bolts. Some owners have reported nonstructural hairline cracking at this join.
The boat is setup to make passages without fuss, it’s a stiff and dry boat with a comfortable motion. Honest 160 mile days are reported.
24 Sand Island Access Road
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