Many consider the Cherubini 44 "White Hawk" to be the most beautiful fiberglass sailing yacht ever built in America. The 34 owners who purchased a new Cherubini 44 could select several variations to her house and deck configuration; but for White Hawk, hull number 7, John Cherubini designed every line and curve himself, intending it to be the show boat of the line. It was very successful, attracting many orders, and successfully launching a new company. Her robust construction cannot be economically duplicated today. That and her outstanding sailing characteristics and beauty continue to draw admirers, especially after the current owner’s restoration.
Cherubini Yachts completed the extensive phase one of the restoration in 2004-2005, which helped re-establish the Cherubini’s boat building business. Zimmerman Marine, Mathews, Va., did phase two, installing a new electrical panel and system, stainless steel shaft, max-prop, cutlass bearing, and engine overhaul. Finally, Cherubini Yachts came back to do phase three, which Lee Cherubini personally supervised. It involved installation of a new 12,000 lb. lead Scheel keel cast by Mars Metal, a new solid fir bowsprit, a new stainless steel bow pulpit and teak covering for the cockpit deck.
The Cherubini 44 line is featured in all three of Ferenc Mate's books on "The World's Best Sailboats". "White Hawk" herself is pictured in Vol. one and regularly attracts magazine interest. Since the builder sold her in 1981, she has been sailing mostly protected waters, Long Island Sound and the Chesapeake Bay, with some East Coast cruising. The current and prior owner, both friends, lovingly cared for her with little expense spared and frequent indoor winter storage.
The Cherubini’s sailing performance is as legendary as her beauty. She moves along great in both light and heavy winds with the perfect balance of power and comfort, aided in her windward performance by her conversion from a centerboard to an exterior lead Sheel keel. She is easily handled by two to three people. (see you tube video: “Fair Winds, Following Sea”).
This is a unique opportunity to own a beautiful sailboat that is a classic of American boat building.
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Beautiful varnished Honduras mahogany interior accented with white pine and spruce. The interior is designed to be both functional and comfortable under sail. A convenient hand-hold or place to lean on while sailing is never far away. The custom interior space is a unique 3 cabin, 1 head design that must be seen to appreciate. Standing headroom is 6'2. All berths are at least 6'5" in length and protected by sides or leeboards.
As you enter the cabin from the companionway at the cockpit you will find the galley to starboard, and 2 quarter berths on ether side of the companionway stairs. For passage- making this cabin offers a functional space allowing the off-watch ample spots for gear and rest, and access to the galley, all while staying close to the helm. The main salon is separated from this area by a bulkhead and cabin door which serves to isolate the off-watch crew. There is a sliding pass-through to transfer food and drinks from the galley to the main salon table.
The main salon is mid-ship, and shows the best of Cherubini's legendary craftsmanship. Traditional in design there are settees going fore and aft with a beautiful drop leaf table center-line. There is ample natural light and air flow with 4 opening port lights along the house and opening hatches overhead.
The head is forward of the salon, starboard side. The toilet and shower are in the wet head with a vanity sink.
Along the forward end of the main salon is another bulkhead with cabin door leading to the forward cabin v-berth. This cabin houses 2 single berths with a fill cushion and a vanity and mirror with a fold up seat. There is also a separate access via ladder to the cabin's own, beautifully designed cabin house.
The galley is well thought out with a double sink in the forward section athwart-ships and the stove to starboard. There is ample storage and wicker cane insert doors providing ventilation in the cabinets. Features of the galley include:
A full suite of upgraded, functional electronics and navigation equipment including:
The Cheribuini 44 hull design is famously one of the most beautiful and functional sailboat designs ever created. The clipper bow, counter stern, beautiful tumblehome and sheer turns heads where ever she goes.
In sailing, her shallow draft and low wetted surface accommodate excellent light air performance; whereas her 12,000 lbs. of lead ballast, in the bottom 12 inches of the keel, created the stability needed for heavy air performance. Her cutter and ketch design allow you to trim sail as needed to keep the heeling angle low while presenting an efficient sail shape to the wind.
She is extremely strong. The hull is hand-laid glass with no coring. she is 1/2'" thick on the sheer line, 5/8" thick along the topsides, 3/4" thick at the waterline and 7/8" - 1 1/4" thick at the turn of the bilges. The deck is 1 inch marine plywood overlaid with fiberglass which was epoxy coated and Awlgripped. The two cabins have solid 1 inch teak on four sides with the interior overlaid with mahogany veneer. The main cabin roof has a one inch air gap to the interior wood lining, all making for a very quiet cabin, even in storm conditions.
The helm is balanced and easily driven under sail and power, and with a draft of only 4'10" she can go almost anywhere. "White Hawk" was converted from a centerboard to her patented "Sheel Keel" during phase three of her restoration and sits perfectly on her lines.
Masts and rigging
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