For those whose cruising is more focused on coastal passages, the new North Pacific 44 Sedan will be quite appealing. While the pilothouse is sacrificed in the sedan model, the more open concept is much better suited to entertaining and cruising with friends. When you board the 44S, you can immediately feel this spaciousness. Entering from the aft deck into the salon, you can see all the way forward to the helm seats along the starboard side. This affords a spacious salon area aft, with a large dinette opposed by a pair of comfortable chairs.
Moving forward in the salon there is a straight galley along the port side with a large refrigerator to starboard. The helm itself sports two comfortable seats that allow for a companion while underway, a nice feature for longer passages that is far superior to the usual single helm seat. The helm station itself is well laid out with a bevy of Garmin electronics and Cummins engine gauges.
One of the benefits of a sedan-style boat is the great sightlines that are afforded for backing up and docking, and the 44S is no exception. A sliding door from the helm area to the walk-around decks allows the operator to easily see down the starboard side. And the many salon windows afford a clear view down the port side of the vessel and enable the operator to look aft with little obstruction.
At the front end of the salon, a short companionway takes you below. The forward master stateroom is large, with a queen-sized island berth and huge headroom. And one of the great things about North Pacific Yachts is the variety of custom layouts they offer for each model. The 44 Sedan can be ordered with a single-head or a two-head layout. The two cabins can either be arranged with a master and guest stateroom or the guest stateroom can be converted into an onboard office. And whichever layout you choose, the boat comes loaded with standard equipment and is basically turn-key.
The North Pacific 44 Sedan sports some pleasing lines with her near-flush deck layout. She has a just slightly raked bow that cuts through the water nicely. The swim platform is substantial, perfect for stern-in docking. Two lockers are built into the transom making for sufficient stowage of lines, hoses, and shore power cords. For easy entry and exit, the aft deck is equipped with two side-boarding doors through the bulwarks.
The flybridge is sized competitively for this market, and is suitable for hosting a group, even while operating at the upper helm station. The large seating area adjacent to the helm can accommodate 10 or more and includes a dining table that could comfortably seat six adults for dinner. The aft area of the bridgedeck easily ships a dinghy and davit.
The 44 Sedan is powered by a single 250-horsepower Cummins QSB 6.7 diesel. The engine room, which can be found under a hatch in the saloon floor, is spacious, spotless, and well laid out. Engineers—or owners who don’t mind the mechanicals—can move around both sides of the engine. The space also houses a Northern Lights generator that comes standard. —Brian Lind
DISPL.: 36,460 lb.
FUEL: 400 gal.
WATER: 300 gal.
POWER: Single Cummins QSB 6.7
PRICE: Upon request