This boat was a pioneer in performance cruising design.
Drawn for Jack Kelly Yachts by Doug Peterson, the 44 debuted in 1976 as a dedicated cruiser that could sail well in any wind. Today, in many major cruising ports you can find one of the over 200 44s originally built.
Owners have nothing but praise for the performance achieved by this moderate-displacement bluewater design; 180-mile days are not uncommon.
The Peterson 44 features a low-profile center cockpit that remains pleasing to the eye and keeps weight low physically as well as visually. The long-fin keel with cutaway forefoot and afterbody reduces wetted surface for good light-air performance and provides a shorter turning radius. A full-size molded-in skeg supports the rudder and provides good protection during the occasional grounding. Protected also is the prop, mounted in an aperture between the skeg and the rudder. Displacement of 30,000 pounds (10,000 of this is buried in encapsulated lead ballast) gives the Peterson 44 an easy motion at sea.
Note from the owner: "Eleytheria" has a unique and professionally built hard dodger that is a real pleasure for a live-aboard cruising boat. Instrumentation for the Raymarine ST60 series depth/speed/wind instruments and Forward looking probe are all displayed here.
"Eleytheria", has been well cared for, updated and renovated. She is ready to take you anywhere. We have spent last 6 years cruising the US, Bahamas, Caribbean, Colombia, Panama and Guatemala.
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