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1973 SWAN 44′ 44
CHASSEUR is a very unique Swan 44 (owned by a couple who are highly experienced sailors), which becomes evident the moment you step aboard. The owners of this boat have been involved with boats (both professionally and personally) their entire lives.
Their professional career working together started by running a Alden 58 from 1975 to 1978. Followed by managing the construction of a custom 76' Alden built by Palmer Johnson. They then ran a Swan 65 where they developed a deep appreciation for the design, build quality, and sailing performance of a Nautor Swan yacht. Next they managing the build of a 81' Maxi yacht named "Nirvana" which they successfully campaigned in races around the world from 1982 to 1985. In fact, in 1982 they set a record aboard Nirvana in the Newport to Bermuda race and the Fastnet Race in 1985, both records stood for 14 years!
However, there is a time and place for everything. Eventually, they moved ashore, raised a family, and managed a boatyard for 30 years. When it came time to go cruising again, they knew they wanted a Swan and purchased CHASSEUR. They put their lifetime of knowledge and experience into extensively refitting/upgrading her in 2015 before heading off cruising. Now 5 years later, with 3 new grandchildren, it is time for the owners to focus on their next adventure.
CHASSEUR has benefited from receiving lavish care by her owners. In 1997, Sparkman and Stephens updated the stern, rudder, keel, and rig. Later in 2015, they also redesigned the companion way to allow direct safe access from the cockpit to the aft cabin, eliminating the need to cross the bridge deck to get below. This also added more storage, a microwave and additional freezer to the galley. She boasts electric winches, DC generator, and a watermaker. In 2020 the hull was repainted and is now gleaming like new.
The improvements designed by Sparkman and Stephens, her extensive inventory of gear, and equipment make CHASSEUR not only the best Swan 44, but also one of the finest offshore cruisers of her size.
She is awaiting her new owners and to put their personal items aboard, cast off the dock lines and set sail. Whether it is coastal sailing, club racing, or global cruising, CHASSEUR is truly ready to go. She is a sound, well-appointed boat that will take you there and back again in a manner that ensures you will enjoy your time on the water.
If you want a fast, well equipped, proven performance cruising sailboat that has been configured and cared for by experienced sailors, CHASSEUR is the boat for you.
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The owner's stateroom is aft with single berths, port and starboard separated by two hanging lockers, storage space and seat with storage below. There is storage beneath both berths and shelves over. The head is accessed from the starboard side of the stateroom and includes vanity and sink, toilet, shower and several storage lockers. The head is also accessible from the main cabin. The companionway hatch is on the center line with a ladder, making access to the cockpit and communication from down below to the those on deck very easy and safe.
Moving forward to port into the main cabin, there is a large hanging locker followed by the galley, complete with double stainless sinks with hot and cold pressure water, large top loading refrigerator, and 3-burner gimbaled propane stove with oven. On centerline is the engine box with self-contained freezer on top and a custom locker overhead with a microwave oven in the forward side and additional storage for the galley.
The Nav station is to starboard which is the electronic and electrical control station for the vessel. There is storage under the seat, bookcase, drawers and storage under the chart table. Further forward there are pilot uppers and transom lowers both port and starboard separated by a drop leaf table with storage. Forward of the berths are storage lockers and drawers. Moving further forward is the forward stateroom with a hanging locker to port and a general storage locker to starboard and a spacious "V" berth with filler. There are sail storage bins under the berths. The entire interior is varnished teak with teak and holly soles, vinyl and teak overheads and cabin lights.
The solid fiberglass hull newly Awlgripped dark green (2019). In 1997 CHASSEUR had extensive underbody modifications including a new carbon fiber spade rudder built by Eric Goertz. Keel was reconfigured and now has a bulb which increased the Stability Index to a very seaworthy 147. All this work was done to new designs by Sparkman & Stephens to improve her performance.
- Frigoboat 12V refrigerator/freezer
- 3-burner propane stove with oven
- Double sink with pressurized hot and cold water
- Sea water at double sink via foot pump
- Manual back up water pump
- Gas alarm and Propane solenoid
- Portable 12V refrigerator/freezer
Electronics and Navigation
Robertson AP22 autopilot
Radar pole with gimbaled dome
Ritchie 6" compass
B&G Zeus Navigation- 12” display at chart table, 9” repeater at Helm station (2015)
B&G/ Simrad Radar integrated in the Zeus system (2015)
Sea 235 SSB radio
Iridium GO for internet and sat phone calls (2015)
Icom M 59 VHF radio with AIS and a repeater in cockpit (2015)
Clock and barometer
Sails and Rigging
1997 new double spreader carbon fiber mast with rod rigging 6 ft taller than original, boom and spinnaker pole were designed by Sparkman & Stephens and built by Offshore Spars. Mast and boom are 800 lbs. lighter than the original.
Carbon Fiber spinnaker pole
Staysail stay, removable
Harken roller furling for jibs
Offshore boom vang
Hydraulic, backstay adjuster
Slab reef boom
Harken mainsheet traveler
Running Rigging: Heavy duty and racing genoa sheets, spinnaker sheets, afterguys, changing sheets, spare halyards- main and jib, preventer, boomvang. Multiple other lines and running rigging appropriate for offshore sailing.
North Mainsail Dacron with 3 reefs (2015)
North 130% R/F Dacron R/F Jib with sun cover (2015)
Halsey Lidgard staysail with soft hanks (1997)
North Code Zero spinnaker on Racnor continuous furler (2005)
New Dodger (2020)
Stack pack mainsail cover (2015)
Mid Deck awnings, port and starboard (2015)
Foredeck Awning (2015)
Wind scoops (2)
Engine and Mechanical
Volvo MD 22A 59 HP
3 blade feathering Max Prop
A 2nd independent fuel tank was installed which doubles fuel capacity (2015)
Fischer Panda 4KW DC generator (2015)
Spectra 150 12V Watermaker (2015)
Conforms to IRC Offshore standards and USCG Regulations
MOM man overboard module (recently inspected)
Life sling man overboard unit
Rule 3600 electric bilge pump
Edson 2” output diaphragm pump with overboard discharge amidships
Lee cloths for all bunks
Hand pump installed in cockpit
49 lb Fortress Anchor
200' heavy anchor rode
275' 3/8” BBB Anchor chain with Lewmar windlass, control at winch and helm
Emergency tiller steering
18” Galerider Drogue for rudderless steering (as featured in Bluewater Sailing)
F18253 Radar reflector
6 USCG approved PDF's
12 Volt ship's system and 110 Volt shore power
12 Volt and 110 volt circuit breakers panel and complete rewiring (1997) per ABYC
New batteries, glass mat, complete (2019)
All interior lights changed to LED (2015)
2000 watt Inverter/ Charger
30 Amp Shore power cable
Additional equipment and spares
Spare starters for Main and Generator
Spare Alternator for Main engine
Spare assembly for toilet, fully assembled, parts renewed
Complete steering cables and chain
Numerous other spares consistent for extended cruising
Assortment of tools