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Old 04-09-2016, 13:45   #1
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Nauticat 44 how well does it sail?

Hey everyone,

My wife and I are looking at a nauticat 44 motorsailer. I like the idea of an all in one package but am curious how she handles as a pure sailboat. with this puppy, how often and under what conditions do you think we'd be able to kill the engine and truly sail? Thank you have a nice day
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Re: Nauticat 44 how well does it sail?

Hi, if you do a search here there is already a thread somewhere. The 44s have different underbodies depending on.The year. The S&S designed hulls apparently sail quite well where the full keel versions not as well. Thats just from my memory from reading the thread mentioned.

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Re: Nauticat 44 how well does it sail?

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Hey everyone,

My wife and I are looking at a nauticat 44 motorsailer. I like the idea of an all in one package but am curious how she handles as a pure sailboat. with this puppy, how often and under what conditions do you think we'd be able to kill the engine and truly sail? Thank you have a nice day
Howdy Brandon! Welcome Aboard CF!

The Nauticat 44 is one of my favorite designs for a motorsailor. I have looked at every one I could online, read about them, and viewed videos and such. They appeal to me for several reasons, one of which is the raised pilothouse (saloon) and the space for "liveaboard" comfort and the quality and thoughtful design.
They are not a typical "fin keeled" sailboat, but they do sail. That said, there are other Nauticat designs about the same size that may have better sailing performance, but then every boat is a compromise.

I encourage you to view some of the videos on YouTube. I don't have a link handy, but you will see one video that shows a 44 sailing well and from many angles. The owners of that boat also have a blog, where they wrote about their travels from Scandavia (Sweden?) to the UK and coastal cruising the UK.

More recently, a CF member had their 44 moved from Mexico up the Pacific Coast, but I expect that was mostly motoring, which most would do on that route.

For more reading and research on the Nauticats within CF, here is a list of the past threads of discussions about them:
https://cse.google.com/cse?cx=011403...044&gsc.page=1
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