RESOLUTE is a J/44 that has been loved by her owners. This is hull number one of the highly successful J/44 model which was originally owned by Bob Johnstone. This 44 is unique in that she is the only J/44 with a triple spreader carbon fiber mast and now has an electric Leisure Furl System which makes this boat an incredibly stiff and easy to sail, performance offshore cruising boat also one of the few equipped with a generator (new in 2010).
She is extremely well set up for serious offshore cruising with a generator, watermaker, Espar cabin heater, Leisure Furl mainsail furling, new oversized 3 speed primary winches, electric main halyard winch etc. She has been stored in inside, heated storage, every year since 1999 until the last 4 years when she has been stored outside but properly covered..
The list of upgrades is impressive, please check the full specs under "Additional Information/Yearly Upgrades for details and you will understand why this is the best J/44 out there....on or off the market and represents the best value!!!
(Photos of her sailing are older)
The boat has the popular plan "B" layout with two cabins and two heads.
Forward is a large owner's cabin with a 7 foot long V-berth with filler piece. The hull sides (ceilings) are varnished teak planks refinished in 2004. Shelves, full length, port and starboard. Under the berth are two large storage bins, two drawers and two lockers.
Aft of the berth to starboard is a cabinet with drawers and a teak louvered locker below along with a large double teak louvered cabinet locker above. Aft of this is a large hanging locker. To port is a wonderful head with a large separate shower stall. The toilet was replaced in 2015 with a large bowl and is fresh water flush for optimal freshness. There is a varnished teak shower grate, teak seat and wet locker outboard in the shower stall. All the teak doors and trim throughout the boat is varnished. There is access to the head from the forward cabin and from the main salon. The head has a molded sink and storage cabinets and shelf. There is a full length mirror on the side door.
Aft is the main salon with a centerline dropleaf table with a storage bin in the center, varnished teak frame and leaf fiddles. There are port and starboard settee berths, a port side pilot berth and to starboard custom varnished teak cabinets and two shelves for storage.. Outboard of the settees there are storage cubbies behind the sea backs.
The navigation station is aft to starboard which is a very large outboard facing nav. table with lots of chart storage and a great sliding tray with many dividers for pencils, etc. Under the nav. table aft of the swing out nav. seat are two drawers, one being a full size file drawer. Every manual and literature on all the vessel components is filed here with room to spare in the back of the deep drawer.
Mounted on the Nav. Station is an ICOM VHF, B & G Hydra display, Xintex propane panel, generator panel, Fusion AM/FM/ with blue tooth Stereo, ProMariner battery charger panel and Victron Energy smart battery monitor and the AC/DC breaker panels.
Opposite the Nav. Station is a sea kindly U-shaped Galley with two deep S.S. sinks, a Force 10 propane stove new in 2000, a large icebox with Seafrost Refrigeration. The large storage lockers outboard have three new custom varnished teak, louvered doors (2007) replacing the standard Formica doors.
Aft of the Galley is a second head with a new elongated toilet. A doorway to the aft cockpit locker and access to the engine. Opposite the head, to starboard, is the separate aft cabin with varnished teak ceilings, cabinets, drawers and hanging locker.
The interior finish throughout the vessel is the Herreshoff style with white bulkheads and varnished teak cabinet doors and trim. All of the varnished trim was re-done in 2004 with 2+ coats as appropriate. The cabin sole is varnished, teak and holly with approximately ten coats of varnish refinished in 2004 and was given two fresh coats throughout in 2013. The ventilation is wonderful with nine openings and seven deck hatches. The interior is light and airy.
Keel stepped, Hall Spars new in 1995 - Triple spreader CARBON mast, white Awlgrip with Navtec discontinous rod rigging. The only J/44 with a triple spreader carbon mast with a new 2006 Leisure Furl boom (in boom electric furling and hoist mainsail)
Wired for 12 Volt DC and 110 Volt AC service. A new 2010 Fischer Panda 4KW genset, showing 150 hours as of June 2021, handles heavier load AC service needs when off of the dock as well as battery charging.
12 Volt DC
110 Volt AC
Fully equipped for coastal cruising and offshore sailing/racing. All electronics save the wiring for the autopilot are new since 2002 - much of it more recently. The B&G Hydras are set up with repeaters P&S at the break in the cockpit coamings to be convenient to the helmsperson and there are two additional displays in the pod over the companionway as well as one unit at the Nav. Station. The Robertson Autopilot received a new display and "brain" in 2004, new hydraulic ram in 2005 and the remote was new in 2000 essentially leaving only the wiring as original installation. The ICOM VHF was upgraded to handle AIS in 2019
At the Nav. Station
60hp 4 cylinder fresh water cooled Yanmar diesel turns a 3 bladed Max Prop in a 1-1/8" stainless steel shaft through a 2.5:1 reduction gear.
Fiberglass end grain balsa cored hull with vinylester resin in the exterior laminate. The hull finish is Awlgrip done in 2003 White with Aristo Blue cove stripe and handsome blue/white/blue/white boot top. The bottom is finished in green epoxy antifouling and has been kept well sanded to avoid any paint build up.
Two tone, Gull Gray on White, fiberglass decks with end grain balsa coring for weight reduction, insulation, and panel stiffness.
An expansive cockpit that will easily seat eight. Large sail locker (often referred to as the garage) to port and two lazarettes (propane locker to starboard and storage and generator to port); Edson wheel steering with new leather wrap 2021. Generous side decks lead fore and aft with aluminum toe rail leading to varnished teak forward. Double stainless steel stanchions with double lifelines with gates P&S and double stainless steel bow and stern rails.
Originally built for J/Boats co-founder and co-owner Bob Johnstone, this J/44 has enjoyed good care and extensive upgrading. Since 2000 she has been a Maine boat and consequently has spent 7 months +/- per year out of the water, for many years in inside heated storage but the most recent 5 year span outside and properly covered.
Sailing World identified the J/44 as the Boat of the Year in 2000 and Fortune Magazine has identified J/Boats as "One of America's Best 100 Products." The J/44 is remarkably easy to sail for a 44' yacht and even more amazing is their performance. As an example, all five J/44s in the 1990 Bermuda Race beat all of the Swans from 48-61' on elapsed time! Built to American Bureau of Shipping +A1 standards, the J/44 received the highest rating possible for offshore service.
Her last two owners have sailed her seasonally in Maine and have stored for over six months a year and provided attentive routine cosmetic and systems maintenance with and given her extensive upgrades over the past decade. As that list is so comprehensive, you would not note it in reading through the listing so that has all been recaptured and summarized below below. RESOLUTE is configured as a comfortable and fast coastal and offshore cruising boat yet versatile enough that she is competitive in fully crewed races as well.
1. Espar D5L cabin heater
2. Wheel brake assembly - upgrade from original
3. New style J/44 / J/46 rudder and new bearings
4. 4 new S.S. ABI cowl vents
5. Remote mic in cockpit for VHF radio
6. Force 10 propane stove with oven and broiler
7. New propane regulators and solenoid
8. PSS dripless shaft seal
1. 53% racing genoa - used very little
2. Lewmar 72 3 speed primary winches
1. All new B & G Hyrdro System with 5 digital dual displays and an analog wind point
2. Northstar 962 Color/Plotter GPS
3. Lightening strike brush at masthead and new heavy cable down the mast
4. ICOM VHF Radio 502
5. New J/46 style Seahood with instrument pod
6. Zintex propane detector
1. Hull Awlgripped White
2. Stripped bottom paint - using ablative paint
3. Interior cabin sole refinished - approx 8 -10 coats of varnish
4. Robertson Autopilot brain replaced
5. Dodger with S.S. grabrail with leather (Flag Blue)
6. Radar Post re-Awlgripped
1. Robertson Autopilot hydraulic ram replaced
2. 2 New elongated heads and all plumbing replaced with the highest quality hose. No smell in this boat!
3. New holding tank forward
1. Leisure Furl System
2. Lewmar 48ST 2 speed Electric Halyard Winch
3. Navtec Hydraulic Vang
4. New Mainsail with 6 full battens and full roach
5. 135% Genoa with furling cover
6. Lifelines and 4 Sunbrella covered close call foam cushions
7. Furuno 10.4" Color Nav. Net Radar Plotter - in cockpit on port bulkhead
8. All new waterlines, Grohe faucets and cleaned water tanks
9. Remove Formica Cabinet doors in Galley with 3 varnished teak louvered doors
10. All new batteries - AGM fiberglass matt
11. New 140 amp alternator
12. New masthead VHF antenna
13. 2 new Mobri Radar reflectors
14. New S.S. fuel and water deck fills
15. Carbon mast was touched up where needed and waxed
16. New low-stretch check strap with shackles and eye splices