I have a 87 44 and it is # 20. My understqnding is that there were about 60 built.
I have about 90.000 miles on her about 40,000 offshore (5 Vic-Maui races -- 3,000+mn each way). 2 years ago I had the mast inspected -- part of our regular Spring prep. -- and we found some very large cracks in the area of the babystay tang as well as other areas.
We pulled the mast and had everything very carefully inspected. It was found that there were several poor welds in the origional production of the mast and the mast was subsequently repaired with new welding as well as external patches.
At the same time the rod rigging was inspected and the bottom shrouds were re-headded. On the 44s the bottom shrouds are the most highly loaded and require the most attention. All the other rod ends were cleaned and given a heavy coating of Lanacote.
We have subsequently done 3 Maui races and another 25,000 miles. without any problems.
Turicum is raced every second weekend and cruises about 5,000 miles a year.
The best change I have made in the boat was to install an inner forestay and fit a staysail. It is our #1 sale
Offshore and we just roll out or furl the genoa
to increase or decrease horsepower.
We have been through 70kt winds and have had the boat up to 18.9 kts. I have no concerns with the rod rigging but I do have big concerns with the mast construction. I see that some of the boats have removed the running backstays
--- from my experiance that is just asking for trouble.
Hope that helps.