1984 LaFitte 44'. Hull #47; cutter rigged sloop with canoe stern.
LOA: 44' 4 1/2" LWL: 35' 5 3/4" Beam: 12' 8" Draft: 6' 4" though a bit more like 6' 9" loaded.
Designed by the well known Bob Perry who has also helped design other blue water boats such as the Valiants, Passports and Tayanas. Built by the talented craftsman in Taiwan under the meticulous eye of Chuck Chen. She displaces 28,000 lbs and has an external lead ballast of 11,300 lbs. with a sail area of 927 sq. ft. She has a modified fin keel and skeg hung rudder with bronze heel fitting at the base of the skeg. The hull is of a single piece fiberglass, alternating mat and roving hand laid, cored with 3/4" AIREX. Hull to deck joint is a full "T" section toerail fastened every 2 1/2" with 5/16" S.S. bolts & 5200.
Interior is of 3/8" Burma select teak and Hanoki. Engine is Perkins 4-154, 62 hp diesel equipped with a 130 amp alternator and a 3 bladed folding maxi-prop. This vessel was designed with the thought of being heeled over; all cabinetry are positive locking with stainless steel protection plates to prevent from objects accidentally opening, well placed hand-holds throughout the cabin, leecloths on the day berths, and a galley harness to keep both hands free while cooking up in whatever weather we choose.