The Cherubini 44 Ketch

Cherubini Yachts enjoys a rich heritage of design and craftsmanship dating back to the 1920s and in fact, world-renowned for the Cherubini 44 Ketch. There are only thirty-five Cherubini 44s in the world, one of which, Silhouette, has won the Marion to Bermuda race three times. The Marion to Bermuda run is a 645 mile ocean race which begins in Buzzards Bay off Marion, Massachusetts and finishes off of St. Davids Head, Bermuda.


The Cherubini 44 Mark is a magnificent, distinctive sailing yacht, as fast and comfortable as she is beautiful. Designed by the legendary John Cherubini. her lines reflect classic themes in American sailboats including the clipper ships, Chesapeake Bay bugeyes, and some designs of L. Francis Herreshoff, especially Ticonderoga and Mobjack. These classic lines are time-tested and most certainly sea-proven.  She can sustain speeds over 12 knots, almost 50 percent above theoretical hull speed because of her narrow design and sharp bow.

If you're considering a truly world class cruising yacht, The Cherubini 44 continues to stand out as the strongest built, expertly crafted, and comfortable yet fast sail.


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Cherubini 44 Ketch Design Features

Exquisite form. Record-setting function.

The hull form of the Cherubini 44 has several distinctive design advantages. She has a shallow, long Scheel keel, developed and patented by the distinguished naval architect Henry Scheel. This unique keel shape flares wide at the bottom, creating an end plate effect, concentrating more lead at the very bottom of the keel. This improves stability and enables good windward performance while keeping a shoal draft. The Cherubini 44 is at home in the deep ocean and in shallow areas such as Chesapeake Bay and the Bahamas. This keel shape is also excellent for heaving to. And the flared clipper bow helps to keep the deck dry.


Perhaps least obvious, but most important for the passage-maker, is the Cherubini hull form (narrow, slack bilges, long keel) means a more comfortable and safer boat at sea. Carl Adler's Sail Calculator computes that the Cherubini 44 has a "Motion Comfort" index of 42. Well known contemporary boats of similar size rate an index of only the high 20s. These numbers mean that the Cherubini 44 has slower rolling and pitching motions. The hull slices the water instead of pounding it. Also, the cabin sole is well under the water line and bunks are near the water line, where boat motion is the least. Sailors who have ventured to sea in a modern, wide, shallow hulled boat will sense the difference immediately. Voyagers on the Cherubini 44 will arrive at their destination not only quickly but comfortably.


Attention to detail, inside and out.

Down below decks is an elegant, thoughtful, beautifully crafted cabin. The interior of the Cherubini 44 is designed to provide comfortable extended living aboard at port or at sea. Interior configuration of the Cherubini 44 can be custom designed to meet the owner's needs, including an abundance of hanging lockers, cabinets with drawers, and additional stowage. These classic luxury yachts are finished with the finest wood interiors with cane locker doors.


The aft cabin can be arranged either with two single berths or with a double berth on one side and lockers and drawers on the other side. Above the engine cover is a navigation area. A folding navigator's seat is provided.


The mid-ship U-shaped galley is ideal for serious cooking, either at sea or in harbor. The head has two doors and can be entered directly from the aft cabin or from the main cabin. The forward cabin has a double V berth and lots of drawers and hanging lockers for clothing.


When more privacy is desired, a washboard can block the cockpit access to the aft cabin and the main cabin can be accessed by a supplementary companionway directly to the main cabin. In this configuration, the aft cabin is a private area, with direct access to the head and the main cabin. In some boats, a second head has been installed forward, replacing some of the stowage lockers.



The main salon of the Cherubini 44 is the classic style with settees on either side of a folding table. Above the settees may be storage lockers on one side and a pilot berth on the other. The forward stateroom is visible through the distinctively curved doorway.


Not just any port in a storm.

Portholes on Cherubini boats are unique. They look simple, but they are quite sophisticated and are proprietary to Cherubini Yachts. They open from the top and have a special tray as part of the casting on the bottom that collects any water coming in and drains it outside the cabin. Ports can be left open in the rain and under most sailing conditions. Between these unique ports and the Dorade ventilators, the boats are always very well ventilated whether under sail, at anchor, or at a dock. You won't have to climb out of bed in the middle of the night to close hatches and portholes when there is rainfall.






- LOA: 50'0"

- LOD: 44'2"

- LWL: 40'0"

- Beam: 12'

- Draft: 4'10"

- Displacement: 29,800 lbs.

- Ballast: 12,000 lbs.

- Sail area: 1,138 sq. ft. (ketch), 1,104 (cutter)

- Bridge Clearance: 55' (ketch), 63' (cutter)

- Auxiliary power: 75-HP turbo diesel

- Fresh water tankage: 135-200 gal.

- Fuel tankage: 75-125 gal.


Cherubini Yachts is committed to building the finest quality yacht, fully equipped at the highest standards, with room for customization according to the individual needs and preferences of the buyer. We welcome suggestions from buyers on possible improvements in equipment or suppliers.


Standard Equipment



- Solid laminate high-strength hull with vinyl ester-impregnated fiberglass (no core)

- Bi-directional fiberglass sheer clamp.

- Lifetime warranty on hull structure

- Fully encapsulated all-lead ballast

- One-piece (no welds) stainless-steel rudder shaft with UHMW bearings

- Strong, maintenance-free G10 Garolite (fiberglass) propeller-shaft tube

- Cast-bronze heel casting

- Polished stainless-steel bobstay with anchor-rode lead

- All corrosion-proof composite underwater through-hull fittings

- Electric bow thruster

- Elegant Cherubini-logo molded-fiberglass trailboards



- Fiberglass molded deck, cabin top, and cockpit, structural foam core

- Custom-fitted SS bow and stern rails, stanchions, double lifelines

- Varnished teak brightwork

- Varnished teak hatch spray hood

- Varnished teak foredeck hatch

- Varnished teak butterfly skylight

- Varnished teak port & starboard Dorade boxes

- Electric primary winches (2)

- 6 deck cleats

- Roller-furling yankee jib

- Anchor-locker hatches

- 45 lb CQR anchor with 200 ft. 3/8" chain

- 12VDC Lewmar windlass with remote control

- Anchor rollers

- Cherubini portlights

- LPG bottle locker with two 10 lb. tanks

- Binnacle compass

- Dodger and Bimini

- Four docking lines, four fenders, boathook

- All required navigation lights



- Two water tanks, each 65 gal (130 total)

- 2-door head

- Shower and shower grate

- Avonite counter surfaces (galley and head)

- Pressure hot and cold water system

- Seagull IV water purifier

- Emergency foot pump

- Electric refrigerator and freezer

- 3-burner LPG stove with oven

- Microwave oven

- Manual Raritan PHE II head with 30 gallon holding tank or treatment system

- Wine locker & courtesy bottle

- Teak sole

- Mahogany drop-leaf table



- 12 VDC house service: 3 AGM batteries, each 250 Amp hours (750 amp hours total)

- Additional engine starting battery

- Alternator on engine: Balmar 210 amp

- 115 VAC shore service: Two 30 amp inputs, One 50 amp input

- 3 KW inverter and battery charger

- 9-gallon hot-water heater (heated by engine and 115 vac)

- Yanmar 4-JH-75-T turbo diesel

- Two fuel tanks, 20 gal and 70 gal

- Dual remote fuel filters

- Stainless-steel prop shaft and bronze feathering propeller

- Whale manual bilge pump

- Dual 12 VDC bilge pumps

- Pressure sea water deck wash

- Tank Tender fuel and water gauges

- Built-in conduit from nav area to mizzen mast to simplify installation of additional antennas in the future



- Complete integrated navigation system (gps, chart plotting, speedometer, wind instruments, depth sounder, radar)

- Autopilot (with hydraulic drive)

- VHF (digital)

- AM/FM/CD (with a Luigi Cherubini CD)



- Aluminum spars, stainless-steel 1 x 19 rigging

- Bronze/stainless-steel turnbuckles

- Sta-Lok rigging ends at the bottoms of cables

- Self-tacking loose-footed staysail

- Staysail stay release mechanism

- Mainsail reefing lines led to main hatch

- Staysail halyards on mizzenmast

- Spinnaker entry/exit plates on mainmast

- TriLens radar reflector


Optional Equipment


- Extra tanks (fuel and/or water)

- Aft Cabin can be configured with 2 single berths or 1 double

- Sit-down nav station can replace one aft quarterberth

- Head upgrades: Electrical, VacuFlush, Lavac, others

- Main cabin settee can be pulled out to be a double berth

- GenSet, air conditioning, and heating

- Additional electronics (SSB, AIS, computer, sat links, Wi-Fi booster, etc.)

- Enhanced entertainment (DVD and flat screen, CD changer)

- LED interior lighting

- Midship companionway

- Dinghy

- Dinghy davits and/or chocks

- Low maintenance exterior package (AwlGrip paint covering varnish brightwork)

- Teak and stainless steel rub rail

- Teak decks

- Carbon fiber masts

- Rod rigging

- In-mast furling

- In-boom furling


 Buyer's Choices and Responsibilities

- Rig: classic slides, full length battens, in-mast furling

- Staysail: boomed, deck sheeted, furler

- Spinnaker: with poles or poleless

- Additional anchors and rodes

- All sails




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