Kelly Peterson 44′



Located In: San Carlos, Mexico
Year: 1975
Hull Material: Fiberglass
Yachtworld Number: 3726863

This classic performance cruiser has just completed an extensive refit, with many upgrades, improvements and new equipment.

Peterson 44 Specifications

  • LOA: 43’10” (13,36 m.)
  • LWL: LWL 38’8″ (11.78 m.)
  • Beam: 12’11” (3.93 m.)
  • Draft 6’4″ (1.98 m.)
  • Ballast: 10,000 lbs. (4,536 kgs.)
  • Disp: 30,000 lbs. (13,607 kgs.)
  • Sail area: (100%) 1,011 sq.ft. (93.92 sq.m.)
  • Ballast/Disp: .33
  • Disp/Length: 232
  • SA/Disp: 16.7
  • Fuel: 117 gal. (443 ltr.)
  • Water: 132 gal. (500 ltr.)
  • Auxiliary: 80-hp Ford Lehman 2712E
  • Designer: Doug Peterson

The P-44 was born in the mid-1970s from Californian Jack Kelly’s challenge to young Doug Peterson to design a boat he would want to go cruising on. Doug was a racing boat designer; his first successful design was the Peterson 34, a “racer-cruiser” with a more radical design than the P-44. He went on to create many well-known big racing boats, including America3, which won the America’s Cup in 1992 with Dawn Riley on board, and Black Magic, a Kiwi boat that beat the U.S. to win the America’s Cup in 1995. Doug was inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame a couple months before his death.

Owners of the Peterson 44 praise the excellent performance cruising design.

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.

On deck, a double-spreader cutter rig supports 1,011 square feet of working sail. The center cockpit is intelligently laid out and accommodates a full-size dodger and Bimini. From the cockpit, two companionways, both protected by bridge decks, provide outside access to the fore and aft cabins. Each Peterson 44 was delivered with factory-installed bow rollers and a manual windlass.


Entering the main cabin through the forward companionway reveals one of the better below deck layouts you’ll find in a center-cockpit cruiser. A full-size U-shaped galley is located to port near amidships. It easily accommodates a good-size freezer and refrigerator without compromising storage or counter space, and with room for a sizeable double sink.

To starboard is a large, first-class nav station, close enough to the cockpit for easy communication. To starboard and back through the passageway is the aft cabin, with a double berth and separate head with shower. Forward is a traditional main cabin layout with dinette to port and settee to starboard, a second head with shower and a reasonably large V-berth. The tri-cabin accommodates seven. Three hatches and six opening ports ventilate the main cabin; four ports and two hatches ventilate the aft cabin.

Power & Tankage

Under the cockpit and accessible from the passageway is the engine and equipment space, which contained originally a 62-hp Perkins 4-152 diesel though some boats were delivered with Ford Lehman 80-hp diesels. The larger engine is a good match for a boat of this displacement. A nine-foot prop shaft incorporates two cutless bearings, one at each end of the long stern tube, to provide extra support.

Storage is excellent, with abundant locker space for the long-haul voyager. Four separate stainless steel tanks carry 132 gallons of water, and fuel capacity is 117 gallons in two painted steel tanks.

This vessel is located in beautiful San Carlos Sonora, Mexico, A short 250 mile drive on a safe 4 lane highway from Nogales, Az. San Carlos is a known boating destination/community, featuring breathtaking scenery, quiet anchorages nearby, great fishing, diving, two marinas, 3 haul out facilities and much more.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Financial and titling transactions are conducted in the US or Canada by licensed agents. An offshore purchase means great savings and the process is more hassle-free than you may think! Call for details.

San Carlos Yachts
Marina San Carlos
011 52 (646) 341-2609

Detailed Information


  • LOA:  43’8
  • Lwl:  38’7”
  • Draft:  6’3”
  • Beam:  12’9”
  • Freeboard:
  • Displacement:  30,000 lbs
  • Ballast:  10,000 lbs
  • Headroom:  6’4”
  • Hull material:  Hand Laid Fiberglass
  • Keel type:  Modern Full/Fin, Encapsulated Lead
  • Rudder:  Skeg-hung

Engine and propulsion

  • Engine make:  FORD LEHMAN DIESEL 80 HP
  • Engine model:  2712E
  • Engine year:  1975
  • Engine hours:  1000 Hrs After Rebuild 2017
  • Horse power:  80
  • Cruising speed:  7.5 knots
  • Max speed:  8.3 knots
  • Cruising RPM:  1500
  • Max RPM:  1800
  • Fuel type:  Diesel
  • Range:  700 Miles
  • Propeller type:  Bronze 3-Blade
  • Bow Thruster: No
  • Dinghy outboard:  Yamaha 4-Stroke 15HP

Tank Capacity

  • Fuel capacity:  500 Litres
  • Fuel tank material:  Steel
  • Total No. Fuel tanks:  2
  • Water capacity:  500 Litres
  • Water tank material:  Stainless Steel
  • Total No. Water tanks:  4
  • Holding capacity:  100 Litres
  • Holding tank material:  PVC – Brand New/Unused


  • Stateroom sleeps:  2
  • V-berth sleeps:  2
  • Dinette sleeps: 2
  • Single berths:  2
  • Twin berths:  2-4
  • Double Berths:  1
  • Cabins:  3
  • Heads:  2


  • Refrigeration:  ISOTHERM COLD PLATE (NEW 2017)
  • Freezer:  ISOTHERM COLD PLATE (NEW 2017)
  • Water Heater: No
  • Stove:  3 Burner Propane
  • Microwave: No
  • Water system:  Jabsco Pressure water
  • Cooking fuel:  Propane
  • Sink:  Double Stainless Steel

Electronic and Navigation Equipment

  • SSB:  Yes
  • SSB tuner:  Yes
  • Isolated backstay:  N/A
  • Radar:  Raymarine (New 2017)
  • VHF:  ICOM (New 2017)
  • GPS:  Raymarine (New 2017)
  • Depth sounder:  Raymarine (New 2018)
  • Knotmeter:  Raymarine (New 2018)
  • Wind speed / direction:  Raymarine (New 2018)
  • Autopilot:  Raymarine (New 2018)
  • Autopilot remote:  Raymarine (New 2018)
  • Plotter:  Raymarine
  • Compass:  Original
  • Satellite: Iridium Go
  • Stereo: Kenwood (New 2018)
  • Equipment manuals:  All Manuals Aboard

Electrical Systems

  • House bank 1:   4 X 6V (NEW 2018)
  • Start bank 1:  2 X 12V (NEW 2018)
  • Battery monitor:  Westmarine
  • Battery switch:  3 way
  • Battery charger:  20amp
  • Generator:  No
  • Gen hrs:
  • Alternator:  50amp x2
  • Inverter:  600 watt
  • Solar panel:  2 X 80 WATT (NEW 2018)

Sails & Rigging

  • Main:  Ullman Sails, 3 Reef Points
  • Jib:  Ullman Sails
  • Spinnaker:  Good Condition
  • #1 Genoa:  140% Good Condition
  • Sail Material:  Dacron
  • Traveler:  Yes
  • Preventer / Boom Break:  x 2
  • Standing Rigging:  NEW 2018
  • Spinnaker Pole:   1
  • Whisker Pole:  1
  • Winches:  Lewmar
  • Roller Furling:  Harken (New 2018)

Deck Equipment

  • Anchor:  CQR 60 lb
  • Chain length/size:  250’ 3/8”
  • Line length/size:  300’ 3/4”
  • Anchor 2:  Fortress Aluminum
  • Windlass:   Electric
  • Nav lights:  LED (New 2018)
  • Spreader lights:  Yes
  • Rails:  Yes, Stainless Steel
  • Deck Wash:  Cockpit
  • Swim Ladder:  Stainless Steel
  • Bow pulpit:  Stainless Steel
  • Lifelines:  NEW 2018
  • Gates:  NEW 2018
  • Bow roller:  Stainless Steel
  • Covers & curtains:  Yes
  • Deck material:  Fiberglass (New 2017)

Mechanical Systems

  • Propeller:  3-Blade Bronze
  • Extra propeller:  No
  • Bilge blower: Yes
  • Fire extinguishing:  x 2
  • Fuel filters:  2x Racor (New 2018)
  • Transmission:  Borg Warner
  • Watermaker:  Pur Survivor 80
  • Bilge pump:   3 x Rule
  • Steering type:  Hynautic MS-02 System (rebuilt 5/19)
  • Heater:   Electric
  • House Fans:  AC/DC
  • Fuel Shut-off:  x 2

Fishing Equipment

  • Rods:  x 2
  • Reels:  x 2
  • Rod Holders:  x 2 Stainless

Safety Equipment

  • Lifejackets:  x 4
  • Lifesling:  No
  • Liferaft:  4 Person (New 2018)
  • Harnesses:  x 6
  • Jacklines:  Webbing
  • Flares:   x 6

Covers & Cushions

  • Dodger:  All New Sunbrella (New 2018)
  • Hatches:  All New Lewmar Ocean (2018)
  • Bimini:  All New Sunbrella (New 2018)
  • Mainsail:  Yes
  • Wheel/tiller cover:  Yes
  • Bug screens:  Yes