44 Huckins Atlantic 44 Sportfish 2009
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- 44 Huckins 2009 Atlantic 44
- Vessel Name: Freedom
- Vessel Length: 44 feet
- Vessel Builder: Huckins
- Vessel Model: Atlantic 44
- Vessel Year: 2009
- Vessel Type: Sportfish
- Vessel Price: $555,600
- Vessel Location: Stuart, FL USA
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The term "custom" as it applies to yachts has become difficult to pin down. The only predictable trend seems to be that, in recent years, custom yachts have grown exponentially in length. That is why the products of small yards like Huckins are so interesting. The boats Huckins builds are not megayacht milestones or speculative ventures. Huckins creations are inspired by yachtsmen who dream of boats and time spent close to the water. FREEDOM is a great example of how such projects come to life. The family-owned yard has been building boats since 1928 when Frank Pembroke Huckins figured that folks needed a more efficient way to get about on the water. His patented Quadraconic hull form gained recognition in PT boat design competitions during World War II and later served as a platform for the Huckins yachts that followed in peacetime.
FREEDOM’s owner, a knowledgeable yachtsman who grew up boating on the Great Lakes and in South Florida. Like all recent Huckins launches, FREEDOM’s hull and superstructure were built "one-off" over a male jig. Closed-cell foam coring was secured to a computer- cut jig and the outer fiberglass skin was laminated and faired. The jig was then removed, and the inner skin was laminated.
FREEDOM’s classic styling and all-weather air-conditioned helm station fit her owner's needs perfectly. When skies are clear, the windshield can be opened with a push of a button, flooding the helm with fresh air. Isinglass curtains can be lifted and the side windows opened. The flying bridge is set back far enough to allow space for hatches in the overhead. Stidd helm and companion seating and matching Garmin plotters allow the mate to navigate and transfer data to the skipper at the wheel. When work is done, a lounge area aft has a settee and a wet bar with an ice maker and an insulated ice chest. A gate leads to the cockpit and a transom door allows access to the integral swim platform.
FREEDOM is laid out for a cruising couple with an open main cabin and a single stateroom. For the occasional guest, the settee in the main cabin converts to a double berth with the push of a button. A Huckins designed table easily adjusts from cocktail to dining height and the galley has drawer style, under-counter refrigeration. The stateroom has a queen island berth, two hanging lockers, and a vanity. The head compartment is separate from the shower compartment, which makes sense for a cruising boat with a single head. The owners called on interior designer Michael Demanes to work with Huckins on FREEDOM’s interior decor. The look, inspired by a classic antique sailing yacht design, features granite, teak and holly soles, and raised-panel, satin-finished mahogany joinery.
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