Cherubini 44

The cherubini 44 is a 44.0ft staysail ketch designed by john e. cherubini and built in fiberglass by cherubini yachts since 1977., 35 units have been built..

The Cherubini 44 is a light sailboat which is a good performer. It is very stable / stiff and has an excellent righting capability if capsized. It is best suited as a bluewater cruising boat. The fuel capacity is average. There is a good water supply range.

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Cherubini 44 Mark II

  • By Tim Murphy
  • Updated: October 3, 2008

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We are four souls aboard Elysium sailing up Maryland’s Eastern Bay in late June. Four incarnate souls, that is, but more if you count the Cherubini relatives-the uncles, the grandparents, the ancestors from a mistier Florentine past-whose own migration to the Elysian Fields can’t keep them off the water with us on this tempestuous Chesapeake day.

Dave and Joanie Ballard know a thing or two about the Cherubinis, this family of designers and craftsmen, this family whose roots are so intertwined with Old World artistry and up-to-the minute technology in media that range from pianos to automobiles, from aircraft to pleasure boats. The Ballards also know something about how objects of lasting art can become part of the glue that binds a family together through the years. In 1984, Dave’s dad bought the Cherubini 44 Sunshyner. For more than two decades, Dave and his brothers and their families sailed that boat together. Then, in the fall of 2006, when Ballard felt Sunshyner’s time for a thorough refit had come, he contacted the folks at the newly reorganized Cherubini Yachts in Delran, New Jersey. After several conversations and one overnight ponder, Ballard arranged a trade and commissioned the yard to create a new 44 along the lines of the old. Elysium was launched last April.

“One of the reasons we built this boat was for our kids,” says Ballard, 59, who retired this year from a career in home construction. “I know it’ll change our lives. It already has.”

The Art and the Science

On this June weekend, the Ballards and I are sailing aboard Elysium with Dave Cherubini. (His family’s name is pronounced with an initial “k” sound.) At 42, he’s the president of Cherubini Yachts and our living link to the clan that played such a leading role in America’s early composite-boatbuilding industry. But don’t let his executive title fool you: Dave Cherubini is a craftsman in his heart and his soul and his hands. He was 13 back in 1979 when he first went to work at the Cherubini Boat Company that his uncles John and Frit founded. Like most of his cousins and siblings, Dave reckons he was fired half a dozen times over the years; whenever that happened, he’d go build and restore pianos, often with his dad, Richard.

But these days, Cherubini’s full attention is on boats. Ask him about virtually any detail aboard Elysium, and before long he’s waxing rhapsodic. “The interior of this boat is built mostly out of one tree,” he says of Elysium’s Honduran-mahogany joinery. “One tree that we had for a long, long time.”

He points out the coamings at the base of the cabin house. “See this? This was all done by hand. You can see that there were two boards, but it was the same tree. One board was early in the tree. It was a little pithier than the other board, where the old growth was stronger by the limbs and where the photosynthesis happened, where it carried the nutrients, and they got trapped in the tighter grains. What we did was we resawed the planks, then book-matched them, brought them back over, then split the sides.”

Ask him about virtually any detail-about the hull’s laminate schedule, say, or the deck construction, or about the 44’s design history or the particular improvements featured in this boat-and you’ll soon understand that here’s a company president who knows his product to its finest details.

Elysium, hull number 34 of the Cherubini 44 line, is built of hand-laid fiberglass in Derakane vinyl-epoxy resin, all carefully squeegeed out for an optimal fiber-to-resin ratio. In fact, this hull came in 10 percent under the 6,000 pounds of previous polyester-resin 44s, allowing Cherubini to reallocate almost 600 pounds directly into ballast. A web of unidirectional fiberglass takes the rig loads amidships. A watertight bulkhead protects against a breach or any leaks around the bow thruster. In the laminate under the cockpit, more than 100 square feet of copper foil provides counterpoise should the Ballards decide later to install a single-sideband radio.

Elysium’s deck is built of AA marine-grade fir and okoume plywood, overlaid with heavy E-glass. It’s vacuum bagged and infused with epoxy. In places where deck hardware is installed, Cherubini added G-10 Garolite bolsters to facilitate bedding and to prevent water from wicking into the plywood. The deck is bolted to a massive sheer clamp that’s integral to the hull.

“The decks were always done this way, with deck beams and carlins and real through-bolted cabin sides,” says Cherubini, “because that’s what Frit wanted. He knew the boat could withstand 30 tons of water pressure anywhere. And that’s pretty much how it’s been. Every boat is still sailing.”

That said, materials have evolved since Dave’s Uncle Frit was building boats in the 1980s. Looking to the future, Dave took a mold from Elysium and built the deck of the next 44 from Corecell foam-thus removing 200 pounds from the structure and 1,500 hours from the roughly 10,000 labor hours that, on average, have gone into building previous 44s. With that in mind, he estimates the basic sailaway price of a new 44 at $960,000.

The Cherubini 44’s interior is agreeable and reassuring in a way that few contemporary yachts are. True, the boat’s 11-foot-6-inch beam doesn’t afford the volume for the aft cabin with queen-size island berth of so many of its peers in today’s 40-something category, but the tradeoff is a traditionally laid out saloon, beautifully suited to the human form, that never leaves you more than an arm’s length away from a robust handhold or from a secure place to plant your hip when the boat is under way. And as for the way the 44 sails-well, we’ll get to that.

From Elysium’s structure to the more nuanced aesthetic experience her owners and guests will enjoy over time, Cherubini exhibits uncommon care. “When you’re sitting down here,” he says, “you’re engulfed by a color value that’s going to set the mode of your day.” He points out the satin-varnished mahogany, then the white-painted raised-panel bulkhead. “We made that color and sheen,” he says. “When you’re on the ocean, everything’s glare, glare, glitzing glare. But when you come down here, you want to be here. So we softened everything.”

Details abound the closer you look. Take the main-saloon table: Its joints are all blind-splined; the sockets it sits in are mounted flush in the sole to prevent stubbed toes if the table’s ever removed, say, for racing. Now notice the spirits locker: The spaces are fitted to accommodate bottles of the Ballards’ preferred libations, exactly.

Having spent much of his career sailing and restoring older boats, including other 44s, Cherubini redesigned Elysium’s interior and mechanical spaces so that everything-engine, air-conditioning, genset, tanks-can be removed through the hatches for easier, less costly maintenance down the line. The engine has two feet of working space on the service side; its oil drip pan comes out for easy cleaning.

“This boat is perfect,” says the photographer John Bildahl after looking into Elysium’s deepest corners. “God is perfect,” Dave Cherubini replies. “But thank you.”

The End of Everything

Any adult who’s grown and evolved and taken on daunting responsibilities probably knows what it’s like to experience a clarifying epiphany along the way. Dave Cherubini does. His epiphany came in October 2003. In a Dumpster.

The storied legacy of the Cherubini brothers-the generation of Dave’s father and uncles-has been amply told in other places. (Visit to read a good selection.) In brief, John Cherubini’s design credits include the early Hunters from 25 to 54 feet; Hunter’s Child, the ultra-light-displacement boat aboard which Warren Luhrs won the monohull class in the 1984 OSTAR race; the Mainship 34 trawler; and a host of other successful production and one-off boats. Racing cars fascinated John, and he spent the 1960s designing aircraft for Boeing. In each of these media, he had an uncanny knack for translating his imagination onto the page. When it came to boats, his brother, Frit, had the uncanny knack for translating John’s drawings into three-dimensional wood and metal and fiberglass. From the mid-1970s and all through the 1980s, the Cherubini Boat Company flourished, earning praise from sailors and critics and training the next generation of Cherubini cousins.

But in 1990, with Frit having retired and John having died seven years earlier, the company foundered, a victim of the federal luxury tax that decimated American boatbuilding. In its place, beginning in the mid-1990s, the Independence Cherubini Company-founded by Frit’s son, Lee, and a partner-built trawlers and the occasional sailboat. (See “Old-World Innovation,” February 2001.) For several years, Independence employed other members of the Cherubini clan, including Dave for a time.

By 2003, that company, too, was nearing its end, and all the Cherubinis had moved on to other things. Meanwhile, Dave was at work restoring boats and pianos at a small shop he kept on the Delaware River. But he still had his own boat stored at the Independence yard. Sometime that fall he noticed that Independence had gone quiet-too quiet.

“This isn’t good,” he said to himself. So he hired a hauler to help retrieve his boat before it got tangled in bankruptcy or receivership disputes. There, on that October day, he went looking for a bit of cribbing or blocking to help with the move. And that’s when Dave Cherubini came to the big junction buoy in his life. The two channels it separated could hardly have diverged more.

“I went to the Dumpster,” Dave says, “and I saw templates, old templates of things. Of the 44 and the 48. Cockpit-coaming shapes and caprail shapes and things, you know, that we made as kids.” He describes how he felt at that moment: “It broke my heart. I’m just standing there thinking this is the end-of everything my family had done in America. Everything that everybody lived and died for is getting ready to be hauled away and tossed in a landfill. Just because it was a bad marriage of business. And economy. And circumstances.”

Cherubini saved the templates, but he didn’t decide then and there to revive the family business. He wasn’t ready for that. Still, people starting goading him to do something about it. “See that place over there?” one friend said. “Only you could put that back together.”

“That’s ridiculous,” he’d say. “I could never do that. The whole corporation couldn’t do it.”

But one thing led to another. When the folks at the Independence Cherubini Company stopped returning calls, the more persistent suitors found Dave. One of them was Chris O’Flinn. He wanted to buy White Hawk, the first Cherubini 44, from her original owner-but only if he could hire a Cherubini to restore her. Next came a call from Rob Turkewitz, in South Carolina, asking whether Dave knew anything about another 44 called First Light.

“This can’t be happening!” Dave remembers thinking. “It was like God with his big golden mallet was slapping me in the head, saying, ‘You’ve got to do this.'”

By January 2004-with a whole lot of help from family and friends-he’d done it. He’d filed his business name with New Jersey’s secretary of state. Negotiated the purchase of the yard. Sorted out the insurance. Created an accurate, trackable business plan. Hired a company to work through environmental issues. Purchased rights to build a 20-foot Eric Sponberg runabout. And secured a couple of contracts to restore a pair of the 44s his family had created.

And so begins the next chapter of Cherubini boatbuilding in America.

What It’s All About

Elysium shoulders her way purposefully up the Miles River as Dave spins his yarns for the Ballards and me. In just three hours, we’ve been through the calms and squalls that make the Chesapeake in summer so famous. The wind blasts from zero to 30 out of a black electric sky; the V.H.F. radio says it’s blowing 60 down around Point Lookout. But eventually all of that passes, and a gentle southwesterly fills in to carry us on to St. Michaels and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, where we’ll tie up alongside one of the traditional bugeye ketches that John Cherubini so admired. Indeed, the bugeyes were among his several inspirations for the 44. “I’d had the boat’s concept in mind since the late 1940s and did dozens of drawings through the years,” John Cherubini said in a 1978 Cruising World interview. “I’d draw on anything that lay flat and didn’t move-plasterboard, cardboard boxes, paper towels. I even scribed on Formica at times.” After years of working it out, John finally finished the design for the 44 in 1971. “It had been like having a mirage in mind all that time, and finally the appropriate dream took shape on paper.” This boat, he said, was his favorite of all his creations.

It’s easy to see why. For as much as we love to court novelty and innovation, some of the best things in this life are timeless. John Cherubini in his own life worked both sides of that dilemma, even seemed to glory in it, and we today are the happier for his not having surrendered too easily to either side. Elysium under full sail plants her ample tumblehome into the river, settles in at a moderate heel, and gathers speed with a seakindly deliberateness. She communicates power, comfort, and performance all at once. Yes, her displacement-to-length ratio of 208 may be higher than today’s average, but that only means she’s less prone to accelerate and decelerate in every gust and wave. While other boats pitch in the bay’s chop, Elysium’s motion is all forward-driving speed. Her sail area of more than 1,100 square feet keeps her moving in all but the lightest zephyrs. Indeed, her sister Silhouette won the 2007 Marion-Bermuda race, beating 71 other boats. You can imagine arriving at the end of a long, fast ocean passage like that feeling rested and cared for by this boat.

That’s the moment Dave and Joanie Ballard look forward to, when they’ll sail to the Caribbean next year with Dave’s brother, Tom, and arrive in the Virgin Islands aboard this boat that’s at once so new and yet so familiar to them.

As for Dave Cherubini, he’s doing exactly what he wants to be doing right now. “I’m a simple guy,” he says. “I can live in a van or a truck; I don’t care. Because our success is within our day. At the end of our lives, it’s what we left behind-something that somebody else is going to appreciate. It’s about what we can do. I’m just telling you. That’s the truth of it.”

Amen, brother.

Tim Murphy is a Cruising World editor at large, a 2009 Boat of the Year judge, and an independent book editor living in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. His most recent book project is Divide or Conquer: How Great Teams Turn Conflict Into Strength by Diana McLain Smith (Penguin/Portfolio).

LOA 50′ 0″ (15.24 m.) LOD 44′ 2″ (13.46 m.) LWL 40′ 0″ (12.19 m.) Beam 11′ 6″ (3.51 m.) Draft 4′ 10″ (1.47 m.) Sail Area 1,138 sq. ft. (106 sq. m.) Ballast 12,000 lb. (5,443 kg.) Displacement 29,800 lb. (13,517 kg.) Ballast/D .40 D/L 208 SA/D 18.9 Water 135 or 200 gal. (510 or 757 l.) Fuel 75 or 125 gal. (284 or 473 l.) Mast Height 55′ 0″ (16.76 m.) Engine 75-hp. Yanmar Designer John Cherubini Cherubini Yachts (856) 764-5319

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Cherubini 44 MKII

Performance, seaworthiness and beauty define this redesigned classic bluewater ketch

The Cherubini 44 makes me feel young again. On one hand it is hard to believe that it was introduced more than 30 years ago. It seems like just yesterday I first saw the Cherubini in Annapolis. It was the most beautiful boat at the show, maybe the most beautiful production boat I'd ever seen, but remembering beauty is always fraught with risk. On the other hand, seeing the boat reintroduced at last fall's Annapolis show made me realize that some things do get better with age and some memories can be trusted. I can state emphatically, and I know I'm going to get in trouble for it, that the new Cherubini 44 MK II was once again the most beautiful boat at the dance. Designed by John Cherubini in the early 1970s, the family-built 44-foot ketch is a classic, and it's terrific that it is once again available as a new boat. The original model blended a traditional hull and deck design-at least traditional looking-with state-of-the-art engineering. That same ethos drives Dave Cherubini, the 42-year-old hands-on president of Cherubini Yachts, who is dedicated to restoring the luster of the Cherubini brand, which by the way, is pronounced with a hard C. The details The design premise remains unchanged and timeless, the Cherubini 44 continues to be built for serious cruising. The target audience remains a seasoned couple, ready to buy their ultimate boat. The engineering process also remains unchanged, and that means incorporating the latest materials and construction techniques into what is essentially a hand-made boat. The Cherubini brothers, who began building boats in the 1930s, were early pioneers in fiberglass and sandwich construction. The new 44 MK II is a beautiful blend of modern materials, innovative concepts and time-tested attention to details, the hallmark of all great builders. The Cherubini 44 has a knifelike hull shape. It's long and narrow with a fine entry, inspired by the legendary Baltimore clippers and purposeful Chesapeake Bay bugeye ketches. While this shape does not create much interior volume, it does translate into exciting performance under sail. Double-digit speeds are not uncommon, and not just off the wind. By slicing through the bow wave instead of always settling in behind it, the Cherubini 44 is unshackled from the drudgery of strict displacement waterline rules. I am not going to tell you that it is as fast as a sport boat, but I will say that the 44's overall performance will surprise you. A 20-year-old Cherubini 44 won the 2007 Marion- Bermuda race. The 44 has a long, moderate draft keel and attached rudder. A close look at the specs reveals less than 30,0000 pounds of displacement and 1,138 square feet of sail area for an SA/D of 18.9, a nice number for a cruising boat. But numbers don't tell the whole story. The low freeboard, narrow beam, sweet tumblehome and proud clipper bow that extends the LOA to 50 feet combine to create an easily driven hull that is both swift and seaworthy. The Cherubini 44 sails fast and does it without knocking your fillings out in the process. You don't have to be a yacht designer or bluewater veteran to know that the 44 will have a soft ride in a seaway, it's obvious from the graceful way the boat sits in the water. Another inspiration for designer John Cherubini was the sagacious designer and writer L. Francis Herreshoff, who firmly believed that nothing was more revealing about a boat than the way it bobbed at a mooring. The Cherubini 44 hull is hand-laid solid fiberglass impregnated with vinylester resin and comes with a lifetime structural warranty. The sheer clamp is robust, and the through-bolted hull-and-deck joint incorporates a molded bulwark. The MK II bulwark is slightly larger than the original, providing more security on deck. The cabintrunk also is just a pinch higher, giving a bit more room below. The deck and cabintrunk include a structural foam core. The bulkheads are cut and fit and then tabbed to the hull the way a boat of this quality should be made. The lead ballast is encapsulated in the hull. The rudder is formed around a massive stainless stock that actually curves inside the rudder and then flattens out. The advantage of this detail is that there are no welds inside the rudder, no way for the rudder to come adrift of the stock. SAILING Contributing Editor Bob Pingel and I joined Dave Ballard and Dave Cherubini for a boat test last October. Ballard is a longtime Cherubini sailor. His father bought a 44 in 1984, and Ballard and his brother and their families sailed the boat for more than 20 years. "When it was time for a refit in 2006, I decided to trade in the old boat and launch the new one instead." The navy blue hulled Elysium sluiced effortlessly through the chop spawned by the hordes of powerboats jostling for position waiting to be assigned a berth for the upcoming Annapolis Power Boat show. Soon we were clear of the clutter and noise and gliding along under main, mizzen and genoa. The Cherubini 44 is a ketch It's big sister, the 48, is a schooner. The 44 features aluminum spars stepped on the keel. The chainplates are very well thought out. Instead of traditional channels that steal away into the hull, Cherubini uses case-hardened stainless U-bolts. These are attached to stainless steel angle irons that run below the deck flange and are supported by a beefed-up fiberglass layup. This serves two purposes, it transfers the rig load to the whole side of the hull and also allows easy inspection of the U-bolts. With more and more riggers suggesting chainplate replacement as the problem of crevice corrosion becomes prevalent in older boats, this is a feature you'll appreciate down the road. Cherubini's are built to last a lifetime. Dave Ballard opted for a self-tending staysail without the attendant club boom; a good choice. He also chose a genoa instead of the standard yankee, which is more effective in the light airs of the Chesapeake. On deck The 44's cockpit works well, especially for a ketch, which often feels cluttered. The helm station is isolated by curved molded sections that prove to be an ideal spot for mounting the electric primary sheet winches. Visibility is never as clean in a ketch as in a sloop. Still, with that being said, the low freeboard and low-profile cabintop are easy to see over from the helm, especially when peering over the low side with a touch of heel. The mizzen mast is mounted in the center of the forward section of the cockpit, which you'll get used to in short order and it does provide great leg support when heeled. The mizzen stays are positioned well outboard. The side decks are wide and the molded bulwark provides a nice anchor for your feet as you work your way forward. Handsome teak grabrails line the trunkhouse. The woodwork on deck is stunning. From the varnished butterfly hatch over the saloon to the teak dorade boxes and hatch surrounds, it's nice to see that someone is willing to build a boat that still requires some love and attention. Don't laugh, one of the joys of owning a sailboat is taking care of it and nothing looks better than shimmering varnish. The bowsprit provides a good platform for two robust anchor rollers. Down below The interior arrangement is practical, especially for serious cruising and is beautifully finished. However, you can't compare the Cherubini 44 to a modern production boat-they're different creatures. The 44 has a beam of 11 feet, 6 inches and tapers dramatically at the bow and the stern. The overall volume is significantly less than an XYZ 44 with a typical 14-foot beam. Ironically, the narrow beam lends a sense of Old World charm to the interior. As you make your way below you immediately realize that there is a place for everything including the crew. Open spaces are nice at the dock but borderline useless underway. I'll take the Cherubini in a blow, even a moderate one, over the XYZ 44 every time. From the companionway you enter into the aft cabin. The navigation station is aft, under the steps. The desk is on top of the engine access box and there's a clever fold down seat. It sounds more awkward than it is. Speaking of engine access, it is quite good. Once you remove the box and side panels there is a lot of room around the standard 75-horsepower turbo-charged Yanmar diesel. The aft cabin on Elysium features single bunks on each side, with a comfortable seat to starboard and a wet locker. Forward to port is a chest of draws with the electrical panel above, a good location that is close to the companionway but well out of the spray zone. Continuing forward, the large head is to starboard and can be entered from both the saloon and aft cabin. The head is now a molded piece, a practical idea that makes cleaning up a lot easier. The U-shaped galley is opposite with two deep sinks facing aft. Recessed back-up foot pumps are standard, a nice touch for a real cruising boat. The microwave and stove are outboard and the large fridge and freezer face forward. The lockers above the countertops have wicker faces that look nice and also provide natural ventilation. The saloon is bright and surprisingly airy. The white painted panels on the main bulkhead are classy and not only lighten the cabin but also contrast brilliantly with the rich teak and mahogany joinerwork. The white laminate headliners with beautiful varnished battens produce the same Down East ambiance. The large overhead hatch floods the interior with natural light. The bronze portlights are a Cherubini trademark and feature a simple but rugged wedge locking system. There are opposing settees with handsome arm supports on the end and an elegant drop-leaf table between. Aft of the starboard settee a locker houses the entertainment center controls and there are lockers and shelf space above. A 65-gallon water tank is located under each settee. One feature I like is the deep, main bilge sump; no water will slosh over the sole when the boat is heeled. Continuing forward, the forward cabin includes a decent-sized V-berth with lockers above and forward. There are hanging lockers and drawers on each side just aft of the bunk. There's enough floor space to change clothes comfortably. While some 44 owners will opt for a double berth aft, most will stake out the forward cabin as their private domain. Under sail Back on the bay the wind was light but steady. We cut through the water on a close reach, touching 6 knots on the GPS. Considering the true wind speed was less than 10, I was impressed. The steering was light and incredibly well balanced. You could leave the helm for minutes at a time. A well-balanced helm and sailplan makes life dramatically easier for an autopilot, an important feature for serious cruising. Bringing the boat hard on the wind we maintained good boat speed up to 45 degrees apparent, pretty good going for a cruising ketch. We brought the boat through the wind several times and also executed a few jibes. I was impressed with how quickly the 44 gained way on in the light air. The headsail and staysail controls are within reach of the helm. The mainsheet is led to a winch on the trunkhouse. Fortunately the wind piped up as we headed back toward the harbor. Cracking off onto a broad reach we were steadily above 6 knots. The ride was silky smooth despite a fair bit of Chesapeake chop. I would have loved to make one more tack and point the bow south toward the open Atlantic, that's where the Cherubini 44 belongs.

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44' Cherubini 44 1986

This vessel is no longer on the market.


Now listed and seriously for sale, MAGIC, a world-renowned Cherubini 44, represents one of the best examples of this timeless classic the market has seen in some time. 

With an extensive refit taking place over a number of years, all while in climate controlled, secure storage, she offers an incredible value to the next owner. The current owner who is a lifelong loyalist and true Cherubini aficionado has spared no expense, and his passion for the boat shines throughout.

From the new Flag blue Awlgrip topsides that has yet to see the water and shining fresh brightwork, to the amazing gold leaf Cherubini scroll work and beautiful interior, no stone was left unturned in the preservation, as well as updating and refit of MAGIC.

This labor of love boasts numerous upgrades and improvements to an already incredible vessel. Those are to include, but are not limited to:

  • Raytheon ST 60 Wind Indicator
  • Raytheon ST60 Tri-Data
  • Raytheon RL70 Pathfinder Radar
  • Simrad Autopilot
  • NEW fuel tanks with dual filter arrangement
  • NEW fuel lines
  • NEW water tank
  • NEW holding tank
  • NEW Awlgrip Marine Blue hull
  • NEW Jabsco manual head
  • All brightwork completely refinished
  • Rod rigging with Lewmar self-tailing winches 
  • Kept out of water, indoors in climate controlled storage
  • And much more.... 

See Full Specs for a detailed account of all MAGIC has to offer, and call today to arrange a showing of this very special vessel.


  • Price USD: $ 259,000

Florida, United States

Power yacht.

  • LOA: 50 ft in
  • Display Length: 44 ft
  • Water Capacity: 165 gals
  • Fuel Capacity: 75 gals
  • Days on Market: INQUIRE

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Cherubini 44 Cutter, METEOR

Cherubini Boat Company, Cherubini 44 Cutter Built 1977 / £169,500, + VAT

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Broker’s Comments

Cherubini 44 Cutter, METEOR is not only a very elegant yacht with stunning lines, she is also a truly capable bluewater cruising yacht. The yacht has enjoyed a number of significant pit stops throughout her life, combined with continuous care and updating along the way. From her well laid out deck and cutter rig, to the seaman like and comfortable interior – METEOR ticks the box as an offshore yacht but for those with a yearning for classic lines.

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Owner’s Comments

Cherubini 44 Cutter, METEOR was designed and built in the spirit of tradition to balance the aesthetic and performance of L. Francis Herreshoff’s Ticonderoga with modern construction methodology and equipment. Our experience sailing METEOR on the Eastern Seaboard, in the Bahamas, to Europe and the UK, has confirmed the fact that they have succeeded in meeting their objectives. She is the high performing, strong, and comfortable yacht that we expected. Her versatile cutter rig provides a variety of sailing configurations, and we have found that she is well balanced and surprisingly swift. Her full keel and clipper bow contribute to a gentle easy motion in most any sea as we have experienced in several major ocean passages, and her low freeboard, and the resulting low windage, have been favourable both underway and at anchor, as well as providing easy boarding from a dinghy.

What we didn’t expect from METEOR is how she turns heads everywhere we go.

People are drawn to her good looks, her nod to a long lineage of maritime design, her sleek, beautiful sheer, low freeboard, sexy tumblehome, and classic wineglass stern. As they get closer, they spy the bronze electroplated Anderson winches, the keyhole cockpit, the brightwork and the traditional wheel. Then, the more technical among them notice the sailing platform. The strength and performance in the Selden cutter rig, the modern mechanical equipment to sail her and power her, the bow thruster that gives us excellent manoeuvrability in close quarters, and the full keel below the waterline that ensures directional stability and a comfortable ride at sea.

When they see the interior, they are struck by the warmth of the space with its cherry wood panelling, the spacious and efficient layout, and the amount of light that pours in from the ports and hatches throughout the cabin, and especially from the elegant butterfly hatch at midships.

METEOR has been well loved by those who have had the privilege of owning her, and this is apparent in the daily care and maintenance, and various rig, mechanical and interior refits undertaken in keeping her “Bristol”, ensuring many more years of adventures for her future owners.

Interior Overview

Before walking you through the vessel, know that it isn’t representative of a conventional interior design. This is not your typical asymmetrical layout. Instead, the layout is akin to a traditional working vessel which avails of pilot berths as an arrangement to maximize shared space. And this is not your modern single deckhouse design either. Instead, it is a 75:25 split aft and forward deckhouse similar again to a traditional working vessel intended to capitalize on the added strength of deck cross beams between the two. While based on the principles of a strong traditional working vessel, make no mistake – METEOR is a yacht. The aft deckhouse contains the owner’s pilot berth, nav station, galley, port and starboard pilot berths and settee. The forward deckhouse contains the head and separate shower.

Sleeping arrangement provide an owner’s double pilot berth immediately entering the aft deckhouse and single pilot berths, port and starboard midships. Sleeping 4, dropping the saloon table provides for an additional 1-2 persons for a maximum of 6. Realistically, 4 is comfortable and 6 would be tight.

Interior Walkthrough

Stepping down into the aft deckhouse, you have the nav station, electrical panel, and owner’s double berth. To starboard, the nav station features a hinged surface that opens into a space large enough to contain a full chart kit and space for additional aids to navigation such as an iPad/laptop and reference books. As well to starboard, the electrical panel and other instruments are located immediately adjacent the nav station. The forward facing nav seat provides a secure watch position with easy access to the cockpit and sight of all panel and instrumentation information. To port, the owner’s double berth is a pilot berth style and is adjacent to the nav station. This arrangement provides the owner with full situational awareness. The aft deckhouse contains a full-size chart drawer and ample drawer and deep cupboard storage space. Two working portholes, one on port and one on starboard provide ventilation in addition to the companionway. Access to the engine is provided via a removable panel behind the stairs. The nav station/owner’s berth area is separated from the remaining cabin by a bulkhead with a door.

Stepping forward through the doorway, the u-shaped galley is to port and a sofa bench, cabinet and raised pilot berth is to starboard. The galley has front entry fridge, gimbled electric stove, double sinks, fresh (both electric and manual) water, and seawater facets and extensive storage. Just forward of the galley and adjacent to the starboard positioned settee is another raised pilot berth to port. Ventilation is provided by two hatches, eight portholes, two cowl vents, and a working skylight. Ample storage space is found throughout, including a wine cabinet for securing bottles and glasses. This area is separated from the forward deckhouse by a bulkhead and door as well as an underdeck breezeway which contains a full-length locker to port and linen storage to starboard.

Forward of the underdeck breezeway, now in the forward deckhouse is a spacious head. This area is accessible from the deck with its own companionway via foldable steps. Forward of the head, separated by a bulkhead with a door is a large shower with ample port and starboard storage. Ventilation is provided by two portholes and a companionway hatch. Forward of the shower, accessible from a removable panel in the shower and as well from a deck hatch is the forepeak. The chain locker is forward of the forepeak and accessible from deck.

Comments on Electrical Capacity

Unconventional for a small yacht is the electrical capacity both in storage and in generation. Primarily, the storage capacity provides for extended times between needing to charge while the generation capacity provides for simultaneous heavy draws. While the generator is required when cooking, the attribute of electric versus propane is an uninterrupted source, eliminating chasing down propane re-fills/canisters, their storage, and the various regulator converters needed while cruising. From an insurance perspective, not having propane on board is a positive. We have found that the generator use during evening meal preparation keeps the batteries at levels 80% and higher.

Comments on Sailing Performance

METEOR has a tall rig and larger sail area facilitated by her bowsprit, extending the sail capacity from a LOD of 44’ to LOA of 50’. This equates to great performance upwind in both moderate and light winds. Strong winds require reefing which is easily facilitated by the mainsail three reef points and robust roller furling on both headsails. Aided by an efficient Brunton prop, METEOR is fast and realizing 8 knots is a regular occurrence. Accepted in the spirit of tradition class, METEOR has raced Antiqua Classics on more than one occasion.

Comments on Overall Capability

Overall, METEOR is equipped in all respects as a larger vessel with extended capacity and stronger capabilities. No wonder she has numerous trans-Atlantic crossings under her belt and thousands of miles cruising – she is fast with excellent performance, she is safe with more than half-a-dozen trans-Atlantic crossings, and she is simply beautiful. We have found that METEOR draws admirers soon-to-be and new friends and becomes the center of attention wherever she is.

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Yacht Details

  • Builder: Cherubini Boat Company
  • Model: Cherubini 44 Cutter
  • Yacht Name: METEOR
  • Year Built: 1977 , Refit(s): 1991
  • LOA: 50’ / 15.24m
  • LWL: 40’ / 12.19m
  • Beam: 12’ / 3.65m
  • Min Draft / Max Draft: 5’2” /1.58m
  • Displacement: 13,517kg / 29,800lb
  • Berths: 5 berths in 2 cabin(s) / 1 head/WC(s)
  • Engine Count: 1 Beta B-60 (60hp) Diesel
  • Country: Fairlie, North Ayrshire, UK
  • Asking Price: £169,500, + VAT

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Cherubini 44

1979 Cherubini 44

Salem, massachusetts, united states, cherubini 44, salem, massachusetts, united states $150,000.

Scott Akerman

Phone: 207-939-5802

Email: [email protected]



Boat Name: Ananda

Make: Cherubini

Condition: Used

Category: Sail

Construction: Fiberglass

Length Overall: 50' 0"

Beam: 12' 0"

Max Draft: 4' 0"

Displacement: 28000


Engine: #1 Specs:

Make: Westerbeke

Hours: 7400.00

Fuel: Diesel

EnginePower: 63.00|horsepower

Fuel Tanks:

Fuel Tank Capacity: 150 gallons

Water Tanks:

Water Tank Capacity: 330 gallons

Holding Tank Capacity: 9 gallons

Boat Class: Cruisers

Ananda the Cherubini 44 is a classic sailing ketch.She needs some TLC as the brightwork has burned through in spots. She hasn't been used much in the last few seasons. Her ketch rig is easy for solo or short-handed sailing. She can carry an enormous amount of sail to reach fast in light air or reef down for a blast on a windy day.

Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:

• Solid, no-core, laminated high-strength, vinyl ester-impregnated fiberglass.

• All bronze thru-hull fittings and valves.

• Solid mahogany bowsprit

• Stainless-steel stern rails, stanchions, double lifelines.

• Engine: Westerbeke 63 HP - 7,400 hours Major rebuild reportedly at 2177 hours 2005 (6815 hours) 

Propulsion & Steering:

• 3-blade bronze

• 1 ¼” stainless prop shaft.

• Rope Cutter

• Side Power bow thruster

Electrical Systems - 

Voltage Systems:

• 12V/24V systems with 220v 50 Hz from shore power and generator.

• Battery Banks: Starting battery one(1) 8G4D, 183 AH House battery bank two (2) (635 AH): Forward one (1) 8G27, 86 AH. Selector switch to isolate.

• Battery Chargers: Xantrex Link 2000 Battery monitor

• Generator: Onan Model MDKC 4 KW # D650785867. 2,470 hours

• Inverter: Xantrex FREEDOM SW 2000. Charger / Inverter, DC to AC Inverter

Plumbing Systems - 

• Fresh Water & Water Heating System:

• 12V pressurized hot and cold water system.

• 220V hot water – from generator or shore power.

• Hot water heater Isotemp by Indel Marine, 6.5 US gallons. SN # 308247. 

• Sealand 808 Vacuflush head with a holding tank (aft). SN # 8083007522, operational Lockable Raritan manual pump head direct overboard discharge with no holding tank connections (fwd)

• Fresh water: Aluminum tanks Forward tank capacity 45 US gallons

• Aft tank capacity 55 US gallons.

• Fuel: Marine grade plastic. Forward tank capacity: 50 US gallons Aft tank capacity: 47 US gallons.

Grey/Blackwater Holding Tanks:

• The aft tank is constructed of Cross link poly plastic. The tank's total capacity is 8.5 US gallons.

• There is no forward holding tank.

Navigation Equipment:

• Garmin GPSmap 5208

• Raymarine ST 8002+ SmartPilot Auto Helm

• Raymarine ST60 Tridata Depth

• Radar Garmin GMR 18 HDV 

• 6” Danforth Constellation Compass

Domestic Equipment -

• Princess 3 burner LPG stove/oven

• Seafrost Model 134A BG 100 


• Electric flush toilet with Jabsco macerator pump.

• Pressurized hot and cold-water sink and shower with float switch overboard discharge.

Heating & Ventilation:

• Marine Air Systems Air conditioner Main Salon 16,000 BTU

Summary of Accommodation:

• 5 berths in 2 cabins & Saloon.

• 5 x berths – 2 x pilot berths - main cabin, 1 x settee – main cabin, 2 x double berth – aft cabin.

• Teak and holly cabin sole 

• Keel-stepped mast.

• In mast furling main and mizzen

• New Genoa 2021

• Anchoring & Mooring Equipment:

• Ideal Windlass Model CHWSO, 12 Voly DC

• Ultra anchor 60 ⅜” chain

• Fortress G-55

• Luke Fisherman 80#

Safety Equipment:

• Jackstays.

• 2 x fire extinguishers.

• Fire blanket.

• CO2 gas detector.

• Smoke detector.

• 1 x manual bilge pump.

• 1 x Rule-Mate 2000 gph / 7570 lph automatic bilge pump.

• VHF DSC capable with assigned MMSI.

• Grounding plate.

• AB with outboard

Working Sail Area : 1133.00 sq ft

Designed in the tradition of L. Francis Herreshoff's "Ticonderoga," the Cherubini 44 with her sweeping sheer, low freeboard and raked spars recalls the elegance of a bygone era. Yet she is a yacht for today, incorporating the latest in high-performance hull design and construction technology. The Cherubini 44 was conceived as a cruising vessel - easy to handle with just two people, with a seakindly motion and luxuriously appointed accommodations. She is, nonetheless, a proven performer that has lead her class in many prestigious offshore races. She's surprisingly close-winded and is able to ghost in the light airs of summer, yet she will beat to windward in Force 6 winds and 7-foot Atlantic seas with nothing more than blown spray on her decks. Her revolutionary Scheel Keel enables her to climb to weather like a deep-keeled vessel, while she maintains all the cruising flexibility of a shoal-draft boat. With the exception of structural components, every Cherubini may be custom-designed to meet the exacting requirements of her new owner. Or one of the two standard layouts may be selected. In either case, every detail, above deck and below, will be meticulously completed by expert craftsmen. With a draft of only 4 feet 10 inches, there are no problems getting into any harbor or anchorage. And snugged down at night, the Cherubini 44 becomes a gracious floating home.

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Carl Adler’s Sail Calculator computes that the Cherubini 44 has a “Motion Comfort” index of 42.  Well known contemporary boats of similar size rate an index of only the high 20s. These numbers mean that the Cherubini 44 has slower rolling and pitching motions. The hull slices the water instead of pounding it. Also, the cabin sole is well under the water line and bunks are near the water line, where boat motion is the least. Sailors who have ventured to sea in a modern, wide, shallow hulled boat will sense the difference immediately.

Down below decks is a beautiful crafted cabin.  Interior configuration of the Cherubini 44 can be custom designed  to meet the owner’s needs, including an abundance of hanging lockers, cabinets with drawers, and additional stowage. These classic luxury yachts are finished with the finest wood interiors with cane locker doors.

The aft cabin can be arranged either with two single berths or with a double berth on one side and lockers and drawers on the other side . Above the engine cover is a navigation area. A folding navigator’s seat is provided.


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