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1990 44 (ft.) J BOATS J/44 Performance Cruiser

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General Information

Listing# 43379

San Diego, CA, United States
Boat Type
Model Year
Racers and Cruisers
Rod Johnstone
J/44 Performance Cruiser
44 (ft.)
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General Details

The J-44 is the perfect Sailboat.. Live-aboard comfort, easily managed by two, with offshore         durability and speed to win Fastnet and Sydney-Hobart.

That is the way the J-boat website starts with these boats. Bob Perry has said the J-44 is the perfect combination of speed, comfort and ease of handling. With all this going for them a look at En Fuego III is a must. The current owner has gone through her from stem to stern, look at the extensive list of updated equipment including a bow thruster! One sail on a real boat like this and you will never go back!


J/44 was inspired by an analysis of the 1988 Newport to Bermuda Race which determined that dual-purpose racer/cruisers between 41 and 45 feet were the most popular offshore type and size. Since introduction, J/44 has become the most successful large, offshore American yacht design ever, with a total of 67boats launched. Owners in 14 countries have amassed an enviable record of ocean passages, regatta wins and logged numerous cruising adventures. They get together for owner-steered, one design events on both coasts in the and on the Great Lakes.

The J/44 Class Association is an active group of dedicated and outstanding sailors who add greatly to the satisfaction of sailing the perfect boat. One example of this innovation is shown in the image above. Each J/44 races with sails that are owned by the class association. These are rotated from boat to boat throughout each designated class event insuring fair one-design racing. This allows owners added value through volume bidding from sailmakers, while at the same time keeping the lid on replacement costs and/or 'sky-is-the-limit' budgets.  Most owners have a set of PHRF sails that are used for non-class regattas.

Among her many honors and accolades, the J/44 is the first class to be given a separate start at the Newport-Bermuda Race for the past several races. J/44 class racing today is competitive Corinthian yacht racing at its best with first class social gatherings.  



Deck Equipment
Double Bow Roller new in 2006 Schaeffer 3100 Roller furl system new in 2005 New anchor windlass with 2 way controls in 2005 Andersen electric winch main halyard new in 2006 Hull and spars painted in 2003 Keel faired in 2003 Soft running backstays new in 2004 New custom Dodger from Compass Rose in 2007 Dripless shaft seal Eight SS self tailing winches S/S OB motor/MOB hoist/OB bracket on stern rail New custom Folding swim ladder on stern Three blade Maxprop Bow thruster installed in 2006 Teleflex Motor control new in 2006 Cockpit cushions Hydraulic vang and backstay adjuster Harken 560-5 Traveler Track w/Harken Car & 564/565 Traveler control Harken 587 adjustable Genoa car systems All chainplates lightning grounded
Raymarine RL 70C Chartplotter at Helm with custom S/S mount Raymarine RL 70C Chartplotter at lower nav station installed in 2003 Raymarine 2kw Radar with canting mount on backstay Icom IC-M59 VHF VHF Ram Mic in cockpit B&G Hydra 2000 Depth Sounder B&G Hydra 2000 Knot meter & Knot Log B&G Hydra 2000 Repeaters in Nav station and in Cockpit
Latest Additions
Anchor Chain G-4 5/16" 250' w/50' rope rope ( 2008 ) Anchor wash down pump ( 2010 ) Rebuilt Windlass ( 2010 ) Fore spar 13-24 Whisker pole w/track ( 2010 ) Rebuilt Wind Anemonitor  ( 2011 ) LED Navigation Lights (2011) LED Anchor Light (2010) Running Rigging ( 85% 2009 / 2010 ) Stainless Steel Dorades ( 2008 ) Raymarine Raystar 125+ GPS ( 2010 ) Custom Boarding Ladder ( 2012 ) ICOM M504 w/Commander Remote ( 2010 ) Katadyn Watermaker Power Survivor 40E w/Cruising Kit (2010) Rebuilt Turbo, Raw Water Pump and Heat Exchanger ( 2011 ) Stainless Steel Life Lines ( 2009 ) LED Interior Lights ( 2010 ) Sunbrella Boat Cover - Mast to Stern ( 2009 ) Two Mobi Radar Reflectors ( 2009 ) ACR - EPRIB ( 2008 ) MOB 8-A C Map Charts to Western Caribbean  Window Screens and Hatch Door Netting Jabsco  Freshwater Pump ( 2009 )
High output (second) alternator 2005 (5) total Gel Batteries Xantrex 1500 inverter/charger 2005 & second independent charger Mechanical refrigerator compressor for Seafrost 2006 & 110v Sony AM/FM/CD w/10 disc changer new 2000 Cell phone booster system Galvanic Isolator
Refinished all floors 2003 Hot and cold pressure water system Seagull filter in galley with separate foot pump Fans in all cabins Diesel Espar heating system new in 2005 Two Vacuflush heads and large rigid holding tanks new 2004 with overboard electric pumps 12 gallon hot water tank 7 cu. Ft. double top ice box, SeaFrost refrigeration w/engine drive & shore power assist 110v 3 burner Force 10 stove, broiler & oven LPG Double Stainless sink Shore water assist 2 heads-owner cabin w/stall shower & port aft w/access to lazarette locker Electric sump pumps for showers
 Yanmar 62 hp Turbo Rebuilt Turbo, Raw Water Pum & Heat Exchanger (2011) 40 Gallon Fuel Tank to Stbd Additional SS 40 gallon fuel tank port side added in (2006) 80 Gallons total
Additional Notes
Custom Sunbrella Dodger & Sunfly Shade  6'5" Shoal keel ( deep keel on most manufactures ) Pedestal Wheel & emergency Tiller Electric Windlass Double life lines w/gates Port & Starboard Double rail stainless Bow & Stern pulpit Anchor locker Hot & cold water cockpit shower    
North Sails Full Batten Main-Harken Battcar system (good condition) North Sails Dacron Cruising Jib Sail on roller furling  (good condition) Dacron Jib (with Hanks) Dacron Drifter (with Hanks) Asymmetrical spinnaker with ATN sock sleeve UK Lazy mainsail covers system 2005
Sail Area
IJPE : 1039.00 sq ft I : 60.50 ft J : 17.17 ft P : 53.50 ft E : 19.42 ft Working Sail Area : 1039.00 sq ft
Manufacturer Provided Description
J-44 is designed for liveaboard comfort, is easily handled by two, with offshore durability and speed to win Fastnet and Sydney-Hobart races. Sailing World's 1990 'Overall Boat-of-the Year' revived the look of classic American cruising yacht interiors. Styling is light and open, clean and functional. The security and layout of her J-shaped galley has also become the standard for offshore cruising design. Visibility and ventilation are exceptional at anchor and at sea, making it possible to live aboard for long periods. J-44 was inspired by an analysis of the 1988 Bermuda Race which determined that dual-purpose racer-cruisers between 41 and 45 feet were the most popular offshore type and size. Since introduction in 1988, J-44 has become the most successful large, offshore American design ever, with nearly 70 boats launched. These owners in 14 countries have amassed an enviable record of ocean passages, regatta wins and cruising adventures. The J-44 Class Association is an active group of dedicated and outstanding sailors who add greatly to the satisfaction of sailing the boat. Superior design and construction mean better performance in the most demanding offshore conditions. J-44s won the 1991 Fastnet Race (IMS Overall) and the 1992 Sydney-Hobart (IMS-1). J-44s slide through waves with little pitch and roll, responding effortlessly to the wheel. These superb sailing and handling qualities are different from traditional cruising and IOR-IMS "rule" boats in two very important ways: J-44s have a balanced hull design with a long waterline relative to beam providing directional stability in large waves, and J-44s have a low center of gravity and low moments of inertia achieved with a deep lead keel, hand-laid, Baltek-cored hull & deck construction and a beautifully engineered Hall rig. J-44s sail well in the extremes. This means more sailing, less motoring, and safe passages.
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.