I have a 1981 Lancer 44 motorsailer
, and I LOVE 'er! She's suited my needs and desires for the past nearly 5 years, and I plan on many more together.
There's a lot of salty dogs
on this forum that like hating on Lancers in general, but I'm thoroughly enjoying mine. I think it's very well made.
Made in Irvine CA, hand laid roving fb hull that's solid and multilayer, and nearly inch think Marine plywood
bulkheads. She's a beast, solid and sturdy. And thoughtfully finished inside. Gorgeous details. Exactly what I want.
I lived aboard for a couple of years until my job took me inland, and still have her in Oakland, where I visit monthly. Mine was advertised for $50k, got it for $28k (survey issues are key to deducting/negotiating sale
price) and have probably put in another $30k in rehab (some myself, leaving systems to the experts); bottom paint
lines and engine, running rigging, etc. I expect another $15-20k to replace standing rigging and step mast (compression on deck). Everyone who's been aboard remarks on her "good bones" and comfort and style.
Bought her in San Diego
and brought up to SF in 4 days, she proved herself the entire trip; under power, not under sail. And In a few years, my plan is to head
to the Caribbean
. I think she's suited well for the plans.
So spacious, easy to move about, twin Perkins
75 hp for power, which is fine, as max hull speed
is about 8.5 kts. Never planned on racing
her, more for bay and coastal. I've been able to clock 5 kts sog with main and fore deployed and engines off, running a broad reach in SF Bay
in 15-20 kts in the slot. Less kts close-hauled, but again, the trade
off of comfort vs performance is fine by me.
And comfortable!! I'm 6 ft tall and nowhere on board do I have to duck. Only 4 stairsteps in the entire length! Queen bed
up front, no v-berth! Tons of storage
in the walls and throughout.
I have the "trawler with sails" motorsailer
style, with the large windows in salon
, not bunker basement design like most sailing vessels. With the bay area winds, I have a lot of freeboard and challenging conditions when docking
in the typical cross-winds of summer, but oh well.
Good to solicit all opinions, then make your own. Best of luck to you. While I have a different model than the one in question, I'd say as a company Lancer produced a good for me, but like anything used, it's also how it's been treated since. Mine had been neglected for nearly 10 years, but has come back to life like a gem, a testament to the core
quality and building craftsmanship.