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Sylphide44' MetalCraft 44 Motoryacht 1985

$ 129,000

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While known around North America for high speed aluminum patrol and fire boats, MetalCraft Marine of Kingston, Ontario, also built this rare custom hull, Sylphide, a truly unique vessel.

The original owner had the vessel built by the yard based on an Avard Fuller design, complete with engine and drive train and steering, launched in 1985 without a finished interior. The original interior completed by 1989, did not measure up to the current owners specifications, so after purchasing her in 1995, the interior was gutted and redone. The functional new layout is ideal for extended coastal cruising, rivers, lakes and canals.

In 2017 she was entered in the Late Classic Cruiser class at the Clayton Boat Show, where she won both best in class and best in show.

Sylphide is a one of kind vessel, built to the highest standards. She is ideal for the discerning cruiser who loves the lines of a classic cruising vessel, and the build quality of a commercial vessel.

United Yacht Sales is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Bluewater Yacht Sales. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel


  • Price USD:$ 129,000
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  • Model:

    44 Motoryacht

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  • Location:

    Beaufort, North Carolina, United States

  • Type:

    Power Yacht

  • LOA: 44 ft in
  • Display Length: 44 ft
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  • Engine Details: Perkins 85 hp
  • Engine 1: 85.00 HP
  • Engine Fuel: Diesel
  • Days on Market:

Hull material: marine grade aluminum: 5083 1/4 inch plate for the hull and 3/16 for deck and deck house Bottom stringers, topside frames and futtocks, deck beams and all frames are all 1/4 inch aluminum Bottom paint is 2 coats of Devow ABC #1 over 2 coats of Amercoat 235 epoxy which is over 4 coats of Interprotect. There are twenty liters of Devow to cover the bottom with another coat of anti-fouling included.

Above the water line (hull, decks and deck house) was sanded and prepared for 2 coats of PSX 700 epoxy 


*Perkins diesel - 4.236, 85 h.p. coupled to a Borg-Warner velvet drive.

Both have under 1900 hours on them. The engine comes with a fuel analysis from Detroit Diesel, since 2004. Cruising speed is usually between 7.5 and 8 knots. Top speed is 9.25 knots. Cruising range 1500 nautical miles with reserve fuel.

running gear: 1 3/4 inch stainless steel shaft, Thorden bearings (life time rated 10,000 hours), Lasdrop shaft-seal (new in 2006) and a 3-bladed 24 x 11 bronze propeller. The drive shaft is isolated from the engine with a ?shaft saver? (spare included) in between the coupling.

Spare exhaust hose included

2 fuel tanks (900 liters each) total 1800 liters. Fuel tanks are equipped with a separate fuel cleaning (polishing) system incorporating the Algae-x fuel cleaning system. All filters are 2 micron Racor as is the engine mounted filter.


Yanmar diesel generator with 273 hours

 Almost the entire interior layout has been changed which reflects the original drawing that were presented to the builder of the hull.

Starting at the bow, inside, one will find the chain locker behind a set of solid teak louvered doors. The chain in contained in a aluminum box draining overboard. These doors are at the foot of a traditional V berth which has access to storage under the mattresses and teak draws in the front face. At the front end of the V berth is a bulkhead and a door which creates the forward stateroom. There are two opening ports with screens and an overhead hatch which is trimmed in painted wood the same as the ceiling. The trim contains a swing screen to match.

The door and the frame to the forward stateroom is solid teak and the hardware is solid brass. Lighting is provided by two brass halogen lights at the head of the V berth and a ceiling light at the foot as well as a light in the chain locker.

Moving aft, there is a hanging locker to port with a teak door and frame with brass hardware to match. To starboard is a desk. This area has an opening hatch and screen to match the stateroom forward. A brass ceiling light is near by.

Aft of the hanging locker is a full size shower, 4 feet long. Inside the Crezone has been covered with fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin. Painted with 3 coats of epoxy paint to match the interior. The shower has an opening port with screen and a light.

Opposite the shower, to starboard, is a two piece powder room with a Vaccuflush Model 558 head and vanity. The vanity has painted cabinet doors beneath and has a granite tile surface and with nickel plated solid brass faucet and stainless steel sink. The floor is finished in a

1 inch heptagon non-skid porcelain tile. The room has an opening screened port and halogen lighting. Access to the wiring for the helm and the hydraulic helm pump is behind an opening in the wall above the head.

All the floors in the forward area, saloon and owners stateroom, except the shower and powder rooms, are finished in a traditional teak and ash strip but it is solid 5/16 inch and glued down with epoxy to 3/4 plywood. When the surface becomes scratched and dull, one can easily sand and re-coat for years to come without worrying about ?going through the surface?.

Aft of the shower and washroom is the third bulkhead in the boat. Access to the engine room is through a low door between the shower and washroom when the solid teak stairs are removed.

At the rear of the saloon and starboard of centre are solid teak stairs which give access to the aft deck through teak doors and a sliding hatch. To starboard of these stairs are stairs down which bring you into the master stateroom suite, passing through the fourth bulk head in the boat.

Immediately to starboard is a hanging locker with teak louvered doors.

next going aft of the locker is a three door cabinet painted white with a teak top and fiddles which matches the cabinet to port.

Against the stern of the hull is the upholstered headboard of a ?real queen-sized bed? and matching built in bed side cabinets with teak louvered doors providing more storage. Under the bed is easy access to the hydraulic steering piston and the hydraulic oil filter. Another section under stores several spare parts and various filters. And at the foot of the bed are two large teak drawers for yet more storage.

Lighting is provided with bed side halogen reading lamps and four halogen pot lights in the ceiling. There is also five opening ports with screens as well as an over the bed, opening skylight framed in teak with opening screen.

Opposite the bed is a large five drawer dresser which is recessed into the bulk head shared by the galley up and the engine room. When the draws are removed and a hatch lifted, there is access to the propeller shaft seal. The dresser is finished in while paint and solid brass handles.

Inside the master stateroom, to port, is the second powder room complete with vanity, medicine cabinet and mirror and a second Vaccuflush Model 558, head and it sits on a non-skid porcelain tile floor. There is halogen lighting and a small opening skylight.

Immediately aft of the navigation table is a 6 cubit foot refrigerator which is cooled by a ?cold plate? with a 12 volt compressor in the engine room. This marks the beginning of the galley. All counters are green granite and are finished with solid teak fiddles in the galley and throughout the boat. The galley features a stainless steel Force Ten 2 burner stove and oven surrounded by stainless steel for easy cleaning.

To either side of the stove is 2 banks of drawers to handle cutlery, tools for cooking, pot and pans and extra food storage. Removal of one bank of drawers gives access to the port side fuel tank clean out.

The galley?s ?L? shape finishes off with a stainless steel sink, cabinet beneath and cabinets above which hold china, glasses and cups in custom fiddles. The faucet is a nickel plated solid brass. Removing one shelf/tray gains access to the second outside steering helm pump.

Over the six large windows in the saloon are valances which have halogen lighting and space for curtain rods. In the centre of the saloon port and starboard walls are mounted 2 wall sconces.

Lighting is also provided by a large double opening skylight, to catch any breeze at anchor. It has hinged screens of solid teak making a pleasant contrast with the white ceiling. The entire structure can be removed if it were necessary to lift the drive engine out of the boat.

Beneath the skylight directly in front of the sofa stands a fully adjustable (up and down and in and out) drop leaf table which can easily seat 4 comfortably and more when needed.

Electrical 120 volt and 12 volt:

Two reverse cycle heat and air units installed 3 years ago

Shore power first comes through an isolation transformer (therefore there is no physical connection to the hull from the shore power) then through a main electrical breaker to an automatic selector switch with the generator before going to the main electrical panel. Shore/generator power and inverter power have separate breaker panels. This vessel has a floating ground which means that there is no electrical connection to the hull anywhere.

The Heart inverter/charger (Freedom 25) has a remote panel in the saloon and besides able to charge at 120 amps maximum, controls the high out put alternator on the drive engine.

The battery bank is comprised of 6 deep cycle 6 volt batteries in a box well secured and vented overboard. It has a capacity of 680 amps. 12 power consumption per 24 hour period is approximately 115 amps.

All 12 volt circuits are fuse protected.

All 120 volt circuits are breaker protected. All 120 volt outlets are G.F.I. protected.

All switches for engine starting batteries, house bank and parallel switch between are located in the saloon near the helm.

Standard Horizon Spectrum+ VHF radio

Garmin 152 GPS

B&G quad multi function (depth, speed, etc.) 

Dinghy 2018 Defender AB 10 AL

Motor 2019 Yamaha F4 MHA

The company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice.