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This boat was a pioneer in performance cruising design.
Drawn for Jack Kelly Yachts by Doug Peterson, the 44 debuted in 1976 as a dedicated cruiser that could sail well in any wind. Today, in many major cruising ports you can find one of the over 200 44s originally built.
Owners have nothing but praise for the performance achieved by this moderate-displacement bluewater design; 180-mile days are not uncommon.

The Peterson 44 features a low-profile center cockpit that remains pleasing to the eye and keeps weight low physically as well as visually. The long-fin keel with cutaway forefoot and afterbody reduces wetted surface for good light-air performance and provides a shorter turning radius. A full-size molded-in skeg supports the rudder and provides good protection during the occasional grounding. Protected also is the prop, mounted in an aperture between the skeg and the rudder. Displacement of 30,000 pounds (10,000 of this is buried in encapsulated lead ballast) gives the Peterson 44 an easy motion at sea.

Note from the owner: "Eleytheria" has a unique and professionally built hard dodger that is a real pleasure for a live-aboard cruising boat. Instrumentation for the Raymarine ST60 series depth/speed/wind instruments and Forward looking probe are all displayed here. "Eleytheria", has been well cared for, updated and renovated. She is ready to take you anywhere. We have spent last 6 years cruising the US, Bahamas, Caribbean, Colombia, Panama and Guatemala.

Go to KP44 owner website

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General Description
Builder/Designer Kelly / Peterson Engine/Fuel Perkins diesel 54HP
Model 44 Year: 1981   1600 hours since total overhauled
Length 43'10" Accommodation 2 doubles, 2 head and 1 single in the salon
Beam 12'11" Galley
  • 3 burners stove and oven
Draft 6'4"  
  • 12 volts Fridge and Freezer
  • 2 large sink with hot water
  • Plotter Garmin 182C
  • Raymarine RL70 Radar
  • Autopilot Raymarine 2
  • Interphase forward looking
  • ST60 Depth-Speed-Wind
  • SSB Icom 710R+Pactor
  • VHF
  • 2 EPIRB (one is 2011)
  • Complete rewirng in 2004
  • 6 X 97Amps gel batteries house bank
  • 1 X 97Amps gel battery cranking + 1 for windlass
  • Alternator 2 X 100Amps Balmar
  • 3 X 100w solar panel
  • Inverter 1000 watts
  • Battery Chargeur + link 10 monitor
  • Generator Kubota 8KW
  • Hot water
  • Watermaker Katadyn 80E + spares


  • Fuel: 110 Gals
  • Water: 175 Gals
  • 10' Zodiac
  • Nissan 8hp
  • windlass Lofrans (2008)
  • 60lbs CQR anchor
  • 45 lb. Bruce, 30 lb. fluke
  • 44 lb. claw, 60 lb. navy a
  • 300' of chain
  • 2 x 150' 3 strands rode

Sails/Deck Gear


  • Mast and rigging replaced in 2004
  • mainsail in mast electric
  • Genoa 105% and 140%
  • Asymmetrical Spinnaker
  • Staysails large and small
  • Storm trysail
  • Pionneer Radio/CD
  • Monitor Wind Vane
  • 6 man liferaft
  • Thru Hulls and cutlass bearings 2006
  • Hard dodger
  • winter cover
  • New Gel coat of Topsides 2008
  • Hull polyurethane 2010
  • Barrier coat 2002
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