Originally Posted by Brandond
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:
There is a vast amount of information here and many helpful members who have extensive experience.
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