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SURPRISE has been impeccably maintained at Dodson Boatyard for almost two decades by a owners who have regularly asked for updates and always done the proper maintenance for such a fine vessel. As a result, between the high capabilities of the yard and the owners' great affection for this vessel, SURPRISE is a turnkey option.
Little Harbor 44's, particularly the aft cockpit, have an almost cult-like following. The 44 AC checks all the boxes - drop dead gorgeous, totally functional in port and at sea, exceptional sea kindliness, robust construction and exquisite finish levels, and a great turn of speed to beet.
SURPRISE has many advantages - replaced teak decking in excellent condition, a newer Yanmar engine, recent hull paint, fully painted mast and boom, etc. etc. Her owners have reluctantly placed SURPRISE on the market. She is fully prepared for the season and will be delivered in full commission (including perfect varnish) and only a destination needed to get underway.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS AND PROPER INTERIOR PHOTOS TO FOLLOW.
SURPRISE has the standard LH 44 AC interior, with the gorgeous varnished teak interior woodwork one expects to find in all Little Harbors.
She has two private staterooms - one forward, and one aft and to port. Both have generous storage and plenty of elbow room. The forward cabin has a large berth and exceptional storage, with typical Little Harbor curved teak joinery. The aft cabin has a large amount of "elbow room", more than ample storage, and a berth which can act as two twins or, with a small filler in place, be a sizable double.
The forward head has access from both the salon and the forward cabin, and is a large compartment with a shower, vanity, sink and toilet. The aft cabin has it's own toilet cleverly tucked into a small seat that has a hinged top.
The salon is large and commodious - with a u-shaped curved-back settee to starboard. The fixed table provides a handy and always available dining or gaming surface. There is a starboard facing center line settee with backrest providing additional seating at the table. The engine is located under this bench seat, which hinges up in it's entirety to allow exceptional access to the engine.
To port is an additional settee which also makes an excellent sea-berth. The nav station is large and comfortable, aft facing, and at the aft end of the port settee. The electrical panel, additional nav instruments and radios are located at the nav station.
Aft of the nav station is the aft cabin - providing a large quarter berth which can be configured for use as a double or two singles.
Opposite the aft cabin is the galley to Starboard. This is a large, proper sea galley, with a u-shaped configuration. The galley features a three burner stove with one, double stainless steel sinks, a large icebox with cold plate refrigeration and a microwave.
Ventilation is excellent with 6 hatches, four dorado boxes with cowl vents, and many opening ports.
Storage and access throughout is excellent with numberous drawers and lockers in all regions of the interior. No space was left without purposeful utility.
The cockpit is a traditional shape with large seats port and starboard and an area aft of the wheel for the helm person. There is a large centerline table forward of the helm with two drop leaves port and starboard - excellent for dining al-fresco.
Primary and secondary winches are in the right location for grinding from inside the cockpit. There are also two halyard and reefing winches on the cabin top, and the centerboard enclosed winch is located here as well. The companionway is recessed, with solid raised-panel teak hatch boards.
At the binacle one finds the engine controls panel, the plotter, the autopilot control, and the compass under a stainless cover.
There are two deep cockpit lockers, one shallow one (above the quarter berth), storage cubbies, and two opening coaming storage areas aft. Access to the rudder post for emergency steering is under a small hinged hatch aft. There is a dedicated propane locker, drained overboard.
A dodger and bimini provide protection from the sun and rain.
HULL AND DECK DETAILS:
The hull was painted flag blue in 2019 by Dodson Boatyard.
The bottom has been maintained smooth and without significant paint build-up.
Decking on the main deck is teak, replaced a number of years ago by Dodson Boatyard and in fine condition. The coach-roof top is painted non-skid.
There are four stainless cowl vents with stainless steel guard.
The Mainsheet traveller is forward of the companionway dodger. Jib tracks are found inboard and outboard.
All the way forward is an excellent anchoring system with double bow roller and an electric windlass. just aft of the windlass is a large hatch-accessed locker which allows one to inspect the chain, and where fenders, lines and other items can be stored.
All exterior teak, with the exception of the decks, is properly varnished and in excellent condition.
RIG, RIGGING AND SAILS:
The spar is a Hood electric stowaway mast. The mast and spar were repainted white by Dodson Boatyard a number of years ago and remain in excellent condition.
Roller fuller for head sail
Primary winches are Anderson 58 two-speed, self-tailing, Electric
Secondary winches are Barient 28 self-tailing
The cabin top winches in the cockpit are variant 23 self-tailing
Inner jib tracks have pull-forward cars
There is a removable inner forestay
Hydraulic backstay adjuster
Solid boom vang
Mainsail is by Z sails, 2012
120% genoa is by Quantum, 2021
Asymetrical spinakker, details TBD
Storm jib and Storm trysail
120% genoa, UK, laminated racing sail
Raytheon RC70C plotter at the nav station
Raytheon RC70C plotter at the helm
Raytheon Radar scanner with mast mount
Icom M802 HF SSB radio at the nav station
Icom VHF at nav station
Raytheon Multi display at nav station
Raytheon Tridata display at nav station
Raytheon ST60 Wind on cockpit bulkhead
Raytheon ST60 Depth on cockpit bulkhead
Raytheon ST60 depth on cockpit bulkhead
SIMRAD AI50 AIS transponder with control at the helm
Raytheon SmartPilot with control at helm
Maxwell 3500 vertical electric windlass
Rockna anchor with chain
Clock and Barometer
Tank tender tank level system
Hot and cold pressure water
Man Overboard Module
Dinghy outboard bracket on stern pulpit
Locking mechanisms for all cabin sole access panels
Maxprop feathering propeller.
Shore power with cord
Cockpit cushions with back rests
Flag staff and ensign
Dodger, binini and connector. Dodger has leather covered hand rail on aft edge.
Folding boarding ladder at gate
Lifeline gates port and starboard