Overview

Lafitte 44 Sail Plan Penned by Bob Perry, best known for associating the term “performance” with cruisers, the Lafitte 44 deviates from Perry’s performance formula to focus on comfort and style. She’s a heavy displacement double-ended cruising yacht specifically “overbuilt” to travel the world in comfort and safety.

History

During the mid 1970s, the boom years for cruising boats, many American designs were being outsourced to boatyards in Taiwan. It made sense to utilize the good exchange rate and the Taiwanese craftsmanship was both inexpensive and competent. Designer Bob Perry, arguably the most important designer of the modern cruising boat era was on the forefront of this trend; some say nearly every boat to come out of Taiwan had Perry’s name attached in some way. The Lafitte 44 was one of the larger boats to result from this era.

The initial concept came from Mike Lewis of the California-based Pacific Far East Industries. He commissioned Perry to design the boat and chose Taiwanese boatbuilder Chung Hwa Boatworks to build it. To oversee production, George Olivet was appointed and much of the boat’s consistency of quality can be attributed to him. Olivet went off to oversee the entire production run, enduring two ownership changes of the parent company as well as a mysterious 6 months in Taiwanese prison where he managed to continue work on the project. With Olivet, the Lafitte became one of the first Taiwanese-built yachts to enjoy continuous US onsite supervision to ensure quality. It is said that Olivet’s supervisory skills and management talent was used as an example to help move Taiwan boatbuilding from the “Dragonboat” era.

Perry penned the boat in late-1976, during this time he was in the middle of a string of of 44 footers including the Norseman 447, the Nordic 44, and the Cheoy Lee 44. He comments, “I got to know what you could do in 44 feet quite well”. Interestingly, the Lafitte just happened to be Perry’s design number 100 and urban myth has it that the night after Perry finished the design, the owners of PFEI went out to celebrate and named the boat after the Chateau Lafite wine they were drinking, but they drank too much and misspelt the the name. Lewis informs us that Lafitte is the name of the godson of one of the PFEI investors.

The first boat was introduced in 1978. Initially the boats were built without fittings installed, to be completed in California because Taiwan did not yet have enterprise zones to allow duty-free foreign hardware. Later boats were completed in Taiwan when this situation was remedied. In 1981 ownership of the concern passed from Lewis to Tom Flemming who changed the name to “Lafitte Yachts” (owners can check their hull serial numbers; starting at hull #30 the serial prefixes switched from PFE to LFT).

Ownership changed again in 1983 to Bernie Wahl who owned a dry cleaning business in upstate New York. Wahl’s vision was to turn the boat into a “Taiwanese Swan”. With close attention to detail he made many small changes that improved the boat, such as a propane system to accept 20 pound gas bottles, drawers that extended full length, and better thought out lockers. Additionally hardware suppliers were changed from West Coast to East Coast companies.

The boats continued to increase in price from 1983 due to these improvements and rising costs in Taiwan, culminating with the last hull which Wahl built for himself. (His boat had fully integrated sliding screens for each hatch and a larger more robust LeFeil mast among several changes).

Production ceased in April 1987 with a total of 56 boats, of these 53 boats remain in existence; three have been lost*.

* A record of known boats in existence is maintained on this site by LaFitte 44 owners (via wiki), feel free to contribute. Credit goes to Roy Wessbecher and Roger Young, for putting together most of the records.

Boat Configuration & Layout

The Lafitte 44 follows the double-ended theme that Perry popularized with his first design, the Valiant 40. However the lines of the Lafitte look distinctly more modern, with its high freeboard. The bow has a moderately fine entry and sits fairly high above the water. Going below the waterline, you’ll find a deep and long fin keel drawing 6’4″ and a skeg-hung rudder.

Up above, the boat is close to being a flush-deck with its short and low cabin, faired gracefully into the deck and 22ft of foredeck that is clear and unobstructed. The side decks are 2 feet wide with well placed handholds.

Entry below is served via two companionways, one amidships and one aft. The interior is extensively fitted out with teak trim, flat surfaces and walls are in teak laminated ply. The quality of workmanship is very high. Ventilated lockers and drawers abound, providing more than ample stowage space for extended voyaging. The wet locker is warmed by the engine. The galley is very large and functional, fit for the gourmet many would say. It’s one of the most prominent features inside the boat and is set up very extremely well.

The Lafitte 44 is loaded with systems and modern conveniences from its air conditioning / heat exchangers, generator, watermaker, and many other cruising goodies. There are no less than 16 seacocks and through hull fittings.

It’s noted by some that the LaFitte 44 has a pleasant ambiance that is rare to find in a boat this size. The thick hull with its foam core and ample use of heavy wood has lead to a good amount of acoustic dampening, there’s a quiet hush as you go inside and the atmosphere is pleasantly quiet.

Construction

Standard hulls were built from hand-laid fiberglass cored with Airex foam, while it was an option to have the hull constructed of solid fiberglass laminate. The hulls were built very strong and reinforced with foam-filled frames, longitudinals and also with glassed-in bulkheads. The frame under the deck-stepped mast was reinforced with a stainless-steel plate. The decks were cored with Baltek balsa.

The ballast was cast in lead and externally mounted with stainless-steel bolts. Some owners have reported nonstructural hairline cracking at this join.

Under Sail

The boat is setup to make passages without fuss, it’s a stiff and dry boat with a comfortable motion. Honest 160 mile days are reported.

Specifications

LOA: 44′ 4″ (13.51 m.)
LWL: 35′ 6″ (10.82 m.)
Beam: 12′ 8″ (3.86 m.)
Draft, Standard**: 6′ 4″ (1.93m)
Draft, Shoal**: 5′ 6″ (1.68m)
Sail Area: 927 sq. ft. (86.1 sq. m.)
Displacement: 28,000 lbs. (12,700 kg.)
Ballast: 11,200 lbs.
Sail Area: 619 sq. ft.

Water: 110 US gal. (417 l.)
Fuel: 115 US gal. (436 l.)
Engine: 60hp Lehman or Perkins

Designer: Robert H. Perry
Year Introduced: 1978
Builder: Chung Hwa Boatworks, Taiwan

** Owners report their boats draw 6″ more than specs in cruising trim

Buyer Notes

The LaFitte 44 is a high quality cruising yacht with many luxurious comforts and associated systems. In this regard, expect higher than norm maintenance costs. Most examples on the market tend to be in very good condition.

Similar Boats

Polaris 43
Cheoy Lee 44
Nordic 44

Links, References and Further Reading

» The Lafitte Story, Bob Perry’s recollections of the story and people behind the Lafitte 44
» Cruising World Magazine, Feb 2009, Boat Review
» Yachtsurvey.com Lafitte44 review by David Pascoe
» David Dodds’ SV Tenacious website, Lafitte 44 documents, magazine reviews, and links.

Credits

Thanks goes to Lafitte 44 owners Roger Young (SV Ballerina) and Roy Wessbecher (SV Breta) for their help in researching the history of this boat

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  1. Tree says:

    Fellow Lafitte Owners,

    A few weeks back my partner and I were able to visit Bob Perry and he very kindly allowed us to have a good portion of his original Lafitte 44 drawings high resolution scanned.

    We have files for all the chainplates, stem fitting, traveler track, rudder skeg and keel construction details including the heel fitting, joinery plans, hull construction, sail plan, scantlings, etc. Aside from historical intrigue, they are quite useful if you will be doing major work on any of these areas of your boat.

    Reply to this comment if you are interested and we can find a way to get them to you.

    Cheers,
    Tree

    1. Tree says:

      Oops. Reply to THIS comment. I neglected to select the “notify me” option for the above comment.

  2. Brian Lockett says:

    Hawse pipe and chain storage is one of the few poor design features on the boat. We have 300′ of 5/16″ HT chain but seldom use more than half the length. Ran a piece of 2″ PVC pipe from aft end of chain locker under sole to storage area under mast where the other 150′ comfortably lives. Chain is still one continuous length. Chain under the mast step can be easily pulled forward if needed for anchoring in deeper water. No beehive mess in the middle of the V berth.

  3. Tree says:

    Quick edit note: Under “Construction” the second to last sentence says “The frame under the deck-stepped mast was reinforced with a stainless-steel plate.”

    I believe this is a typo. As far as I know all of these boats are ‘keel-stepped.’ Specifically, mine is stepped to a large stainless steel I-beam.

  4. Joseph Pearce says:

    Hello I just purchased hull number 23 SV promise from the second owner. It is currently located in Clearwater Beach Florida ….. doing a update of equipment. Starting circumnavigation mid-spring

    1. Robert Engle says:

      Hi Joseph, I just completed an almost 100% refit of my 1981, purchased from the original owner. I have one last item I’m trying to duplicate and that’s the stainless steel turning block platform. My 1981 didn’t come with one. I’m trying to find someone kind enough to send me a few detailed pic’s and the measurements. I’m going to have them custom made. Thank you! Robert (Rengle9@gmail.com)

    2. Joseph Pearce says:

      I will take some pictures for you ….. were do you want me to send ?

  5. Janet and Dan Payne says:

    Does anyone know where to get some headliner similar to the original? We are still retrofitting our 1980 Lafitte that we purchased ten years ago in Pensacola (originally named Antidote by original owner) and we renamed it Rendevous. We are still trying to get it back in the water!

  6. JRH says:

    As of May of 2014 hull #4 Shibui was bought by my father in law. She is currently berthed in Kemah, Tx. She is absolutely beautiful and we love sailing her! She will keep the Shibui name.

    1. kurtis says:

      How do you like your Lafitte, we are considering one for cruising. We are here in Texas too.

  7. Doug MacDonald says:

    Hello
    My wife and I have decided to sell Orla, our home for over seven years.
    We are not giving up the live aboard lifestyle, just moving up in size by a few feet, and looking at an other Perry design.
    It has been a big decision for us, she has looked after us so well, and even today as I write this we are not sure if we are making the right decision.
    She is in outstanding condition, getting compliments where ever we go, almost as good as the day she was built, and a huge amount of first class equipment onboard. A Lafitte in this condition is pretty rare, and one of only two in Europe we know of.
    But we are looking forward to finding our next boat/home, where ever that may be.
    Orla is currently on the west coast of Scotland, having just sailed back from Ireland.

    Ps I hope I am not replying to someone else’s post, I can’t figure out how to put a new post up, so hope this works

  8. Elisabeth Sandberg says:

    Hi,
    My Lafitte 44 is for sail in Sweden. A nice place to start your tour arround the earth 😉 Asked price is SEK 850.000 = ~US$130.000.
    In exelent condition.
    Br Elisabeth Sandberg

    1. Checy says:

      hi
      could you send me the file and pictures from this Lafitte 44
      i’m from France
      thanks and regards
      Checy

    2. Michiel says:

      Hi there,

      I have a question.
      Is you Lafitte 44 still for sale?

      Best regards,
      Michiel, from the Netherlands

  9. Ken Simpson says:

    Hello
    I am the owner of Lafitte 44 Hull #6 “CIRCE”.
    The boat’s former name was “Triage”. I am the second owner (since 2000). I reside in Brooklyn, NY and keep the boat in Oyster Bay, New York.
    Ken Simpson

    1. John says:

      Ken

      My name is John wright, I live in brooklyn and picked up a lafitte 44, spirit of 76. Last year and spent the summer sailing around the cape. She is in great shape, but I have 100 questions. Thinking of joining a marina at city island.

      My email is caljah@me.com

      Cheers

    2. Mark says:

      HI
      I am the owner of a Lafitte 44, hull #41, Gryphon and now have the boat in Vancouver BC. Its a great boat. Was wondering if any other Lafitte owners have had issues with the chain getting jammed when bringing the anchor up. Seems to get bunched up , so have to constantly pull it down when bring the anchor up. Has anyone else had this problem and if so figure out a solution?
      Thanks

    3. David Dodds says:

      The hawsepipe design on Lafittes does not work, all Lafitte owners become well acquainted with this problem. It’s probably the only item that is actually designed completely wrong on the boat. There are a couple Lafittes where the owners have moved the hawse pipe so that the chain comes down in the middle of the V berth. Someone here will remember the boat that did it first and posted pictures on the web. On our boat (when we owned it) we always had 1 person below to stow the chain. In windy conditions it’s a 3 person job, in mild conditions it’s a 2 person job. I don’t know that we ever tried to bring in the anchor with only 1 person.

    4. rick meyerhoff says:

      hi david,
      i did a refit on maya in ’08. and one of things i thought i’d get around to was how to bring the chain in after installing an electric windlass. after a few thousand miles of cruising i contacted george olivett and he was most accomodating. he told me what was going on (it’s a problem most cruisers have) and how to somewhat remedy it without making a hole in the deck with a pipe down the middle of the forward berth (which i would never do). i installed the 4″ pvc pipe down the pointy end into the chain locker. then as the chain feeds past the bulkhead up therei have a thin pvc plate that the chain slides over. it works but still i have to be aware that i might have to pull the chain. hope that helps.

    5. Ken Simpson says:

      Hello
      I own Lafitte #44 hull#6. I modified the hawse pipe design. I had to experiment a bit to get it to work, put I can now pull in around 80′-100′ of 3/8″ chain without intervention or jamming. I did not want to have a pipe coming straight down vertically between the V berths. I used 4″ PVC pipe, it does go a few inches into the forward end of the starboard V berth in order to obtain an angle but doesn’t really interfere with someone using the berth. Getting the angle correct took some experimentation. I also cut a door into the forward vertical area between the 2 v-berths just above the step to the forward deck hatch, and made a small hatch in the board under the berth (the lower board) so I could access the chain area easily without moving the mattresses, etc. If I need to “adjust” the pile of chain coming in, I open the door and move the little hatch aside and push the chain around with a stick; easy. I sometimes have to do this if pulling in a lot of chain but it’s no big deal now. I’m happy to provide details if anyone likes.

  10. george olivit says:

    One more comment about the Lafitte – stnd construction as airex core hull with baltek balsa cored deck – buyer had to option out for a solid core laminate !

  11. george olivit says:

    I was never in prison in Taiwan – where in the heck did that idea ever come from !?

    1. W. L. says:

      Bob Perry mentioned it in his book, but also here’s a link to the same story online http://perryboat.sail2live.com/yacht_design_according_to_perry/2011/12/the-lafitte-story.html
      George – care to enlighten us on a more accurate story?

  12. Dave Dodds says:

    At the Hydrovane web site they have a page for double enders, including Valiant 42’s. The following link is for Scanmar Monitor Windvanes. They say they’ve done 14 LaFittes.
    http://www.selfsteer.com/boats/view.php?boatTypeID=1274

  13. Ken Pickard says:

    I own La Fete, hull number 5. Has anyone put a Hydrovane on their Lafitte 44? How does it work? Satisfied? Thanks.

  14. Robert Engle says:

    Hi, Just bought Hull number 25 from the original owner in MI. Boat was 100% original, nothing added since new. Going through a 100% refit. Love the boat!

  15. Brian Lockett says:

    We have owned Hull 15 since 2002 and find much to like about the boat. Did a full refit in 2007. Berthed in Annapolis but cruise to Cape Cod and Maine in the summer. 
    Brian
    SV Chinook

  16. Jennifer says:

    Hello, My name is Jennifer Coughenour Redding and my father H.C. Coughenour use to Commision the Lafitte 44 and the Lafitte 66 in Annapolis, MD. If fact he moved our family to Maryland in 1982 to run the office in Annapolis. I had many great experiences sailing in the Chesapeake Bay on the Lafitte 44 and I am so pleased to see so many great photos of this Yacht. My father passed away a little over a year ago, but his life was working on yachts and customizing them. I do not know if George Olivit is still alive, but he would surely remember my father. I do believe my father should be a part of Lafitte’s history! Best wishes to all the Lafitte owners….how about those gorgeous teak decks!? I use to help my father on the weekends and go sailing with him and propective clients…..good memories.

    1. Roy, SV Breta says:

      Very nice comment Jennifer, thanks.

      I have a bit of bad news about my own LaFitte. I’m afraid she got caught by the recent Tsunami, not in Japan but way over in Brookings, Oregon. This video tells some of the story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRCodvk7vGc . About 2 hours after this was taken she met her end on a rocky beach to the north, still dragging the docks with her.

    2. Jennifer says:

      Oh, I am so sorry…..she was a beautiful Yacht….I hope you are able to aquire another sailboat, there is nothing like sailing 😉 As for your Lafitte 44, maybe my father is sailing her in heaven……I’d like to think so! Best to you and yours.

    3. George Olivit says:

      Hello Jennifer
      My name is George Olivit and yes I am still alive. I was contacted by Steve when your father died – he was a wonderful and talented man. We worked together for many years and did some amazing things with boats and associated equipment. He first came to work for me when we were starting the project, hull’s 1, 2 and 3 were underway the first time he came to Taiwan to go over gel coat repair with my frp crews as he was a master at it. I will always remember him as more than a friend but a big brother . My personal email address is bigbuzzard52@yahoo.com
      Big Buzzard is our family boat, she is a Humphreys one off 52 ft racer/cruiser.  My family ( Wife Melissa and daughters Isabelle and Olivia) and I sailed her here from Singapore and we currently live on Maui and do organic farming.
      I am more than willing to help answer questions about the Lafitte boats as I was intimate with all of them. (my babies) I will say to the folks who are talking about teak decks ONLY hulls # 1, 2 and 4 had backfastened deck – looked good but a bad idea in the end . Hull 3 was non skid – treadmaster.
      Take care Jennifer – I remember you as HC’s little darling
      Best Regards
      George A. Olivit
      Maui, Hi
      808-344 7966

    4. Wjt6201934 says:

      Aloha George
      Tanya” calling: Lafitte #10 still owned by myself after 32 years and still in the Ala Wai marina.
      Just did another trip to Palmyra. Glad to see are alive and well. Stop by when you visit the big city
      Regards
      Bill Taylor

    5. George Olivit says:

      Hi Bill  (Nov. 26, 11)
      Good to hear from you. I just returned from our boat, Big Buzzard, which is at Ko’Olina. I did swing by the Ala Wei but your boat was out. How about giving me your phone # and we can catch up sometime. We, my family and I, will be taking our boat sailing over the xmas holidays – so will be on/ around  Ohau Nov 13 – 28
      let me know , it would be fun to catch up.
      Cheers
      George Olivit
      808 344 7966 

    6. george Olvit says:

      oops : make that December
      George

    7. Chris Carley says:

      Hi Jennifer, My name is Chris Carley and I spent years working with H.C. at Westsail. Sorry to hear of his passing. As George attests, he was a great guy, a wonderful mentor, and always happy, no matter how much stress was coming out of the front office. I ran the W43 line after Jim Alexander left for Lafitte, so H.C. and I spent a lot of time competing for bonuses, swiping/sharing craftsmen between assembly lines, and stuff like that. Truly an exceptional human being. If I remember correctly, the last time I saw him I was swapping him my old VW for an old BSA motorcycle. Those boatbuilding days in Costa Mesa were great fun while they lasted.

  17. David says:

    There is a Lafitte 44 in Lake Michigan for sale, 1981, Classy Lady, Muskegon. I think it is a current listing.
    http://www.sailboatlistings.com/view/17514
    Maybe this is a missing boat from the list here because it might not be documented (not in coast guard data base). If anyone wants to check the HIN there is a phone number with the listing.

  18. Kenpickard says:

    Ken Pickard here, owner of La Fete. I’m repowering and think there is no ventilation to the engine compartment. Has anyone added ventilation for air in and hot air to escape? How and where did you place the external vents?

    1. Ontno1 says:

      Repowered in 2007 with a Beta Marine BF2803. My boat, “So”, hull No. 28 is equipped with a blower for the engine compartment, but it is rarely used and heat buildup hasn’t been a problem. The Beat has been a great engine, but I made one mistake by mounting the control panel in the cockpit, unprotected from the elements. Replacing it with a new $1200 panel to be mounted in an instrument box protected from UV and water damage. An expensive lesson.

  19. Kenpickard says:

    Myself and partner Brian Peterson now own Hull # 5. We have renamed the boat “La Fete,” Spent the last three years bringing her up to ocean ready condition. Presently installing new BetaMarine Engine. Boat on the hard in Port Townsend Washington right now. Ken Pickard Coupeville, WA.

  20. Indelicatostephens says:

    hello I own a laffite 44 hull number 007 I am interested in getting her rebuilt I will do aqll the work myself do you have any input that could steer me in the right direction….my email is indelicatostephens@yahoo.com I do not get online much

  21. mikelafitte says:

    Does anyone have the mast height/bridge clearance? How about best spinnaker size and does anyone use their cutter stay? What is best sail combination for cruising, if so?

    My boat is on fair condition, with almost all instruments shot and old, so total upgrade is necessary. Anyone know how a windvane will work on the Lafitte? That is a long way down to the water from the stern and with complete canvas, it looks near impossible to use one.

  22. mikelafitte says:

    Does anyone have the mast height/bridge clearance? How about best spinnaker size and does anyone use their cutter stay? What is best sail combination for cruising, if so?

    My boat is on fair condition, with almost all instruments shot and old, so total upgrade is necessary. Anyone know how a windvane will work on the Lafitte? That is a long way down to the water from the stern and with complete canvas, it looks near impossible to use one.

    1. Will says:

      Mike, I have a hi-res copy of the Lafitte sail plan which you can possibly take the bridge clearance off, let me know if that will help.

    2. Wilreg says:

      Hello Will
      My wife and I purchased a lafitte and would like to see the detail of the sail plan if possible

    3. David says:

      The monitor website says they’ve put wind vanes on 14 of the Lafittes. Here’s a link that shows 3 of them including my old boat, now Gypsy Soul.

    4. SVballerina says:

      The bridge clearance depends on your masthead antenna and nav light. It is around 63.5 feet. It clears all the east coast intercoastal bridges including the low one in North Carolina. I did hit a nav light handing down on one in Vero Beach that took out the antenna. Does that help?

      Roger on SV Ballerina

  23. Roy says:

    Hi Mark,

    Do you have the 1-banger Farrymann diesel generator (like me) ? If so, it's worth trying to get it going. Usually the starter motor needs to be removed, cleaned, tested, and put back on (check for a sticky solenoid). It should then start right up (mine did). These are good long-lasting little engines.

    My boat also has a big Heart inverter/charger, which is a nice thing in port.

    So which hull # do have ?

    Good luck with the project !

    Roy.

  24. markinVancouver says:

    Hi
    Need some advice from all the knowing Lafitte owners out there. Just purchased one and the generator is shot. Seems impossible to remove it so planning on setting up a good inverter/charging system instead and just leaving the generater where it is. Does anyone have a recomendation for what is needed as far as number and size of batteries and how big of a charger, inverter is needed.
    Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks

  25. bluewaterboats says:

    Rick's hull#17 is screwed from underneath, and Roy's hull #32 is screw from the top. So we think the early boats were from underneath, taking a guess, it's feasible the change was in 1981 at hull #30 when Lafitte ownership changed (as did the hull prefix numbers).

  26. Rick Meyerhoff says:

    Great info on the Lafitte 44. I am currently in the process of redoing the teak decks. They are screwed from underneath. There's some leakage and what we have done is remove the caulking, introduce penetrating epoxy to all the seams and then re-caulk with TIS 440. The deck is in fine shape with plenty of thicknes. Since I plan to cruise the boat in the tropics this should take care of the leaks and is a relatively inexpensive way to deal with the problem. I'll let you know how it turns out.

    1. rick meyerhoff says:

      this is rick again. just finished with the deck refurbishing. it turned out great. for the starboard side we used west epoxy instead of penetrating epoxy which we used on the port side. since the boats were so well built the teak deck on hull #17 had plenty of wood to work with, so we sanded after reefing out the old caulking, taped and dremeled out the remaining caulking in the seams, and then epoxied. finally laying down a nice thick coat of 440 teak systems (took about 70 tubes). pulled the tape after letting the caulk cure for three days, sanded again and its a new deck without replacing it. and what we’ve done is create a membrane what with the epoxy in the seams and the 440, sealing out all moisture. since my decks are screwed from underneath some of the screws have become visible, but sanded down they don’t hurt anybody and doesn’t take away from what we’ve done. i think it’s a much finer solution than replacing.

    2. ken pickard says:

      how did your refurbished teak decks turn out? do they leak? I have La Fete, hull # 5 and leaky deck. thinking of doing what you did. thanks, Ken Pickard Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Washington

    3. Brian Ascott says:

      Ken,
      I just moved away from Coupeville this last October to Hilton Head to take possession of Lafitte 44. Some folks told me that there was a Lafitte in the Oak Harbor marina. That must have been you.
      I have the same problem with the decks screwed from underneath and they are leaking. I can’t bring myself to tear up the decks with so much wood left in the teak. I would love to correspond with you and trade information of what you are planning to do on your decks. I’ve talked to some people and have a good idea of what I may do but I always like to see what other people are doing as well.
      I am going to take the boat to Texas next month and start a refit and then hopefully start heading back to Whidbey next year.
      Brian-
      b_ascott@hotmail.com

  27. drdodds says:

    I’ve collected some additional LaFitte reviews and old advertisements that are not shown on this web page. I also have some very nice system drawings I created. These are all at:
    http://www.svtenacious.com/LaFitte_Docs.html
    You can create a link if you would like on your Links list.
    David

    [Thanks David, a link has been added. Nice collection of info you have there. – Editor]

  28. drdodds says:

    I’ve collected some additional LaFitte reviews and old advertisements that are not shown on this web page. I also have some very nice system drawings I created. These are all at:
    http://www.svtenacious.com/LaFitte_Docs.html
    You can create a link if you would like on your Links list.
    David

    [Thanks David, a link has been added. Nice collection of info you have there. – Editor]

  29. Mac Smith says:

    I acquired Twilight in 1999. She was constructed in 1982 and her hull is a solid GRP layup… no foam core. As such, she is a bit heavier than the cored boats and virtually strong as steel.

    Several years ago I removed the teak decks except for the cabin top and the cockpit sole. In the case of Twilight, the teak was screwed from the top down. Removal was quite a chore but the results are gratifying.

  30. Mac Smith says:

    I acquired Twilight in 1999. She was constructed in 1982 and her hull is a solid GRP layup… no foam core. As such, she is a bit heavier than the cored boats and virtually strong as steel.

    Several years ago I removed the teak decks except for the cabin top and the cockpit sole. In the case of Twilight, the teak was screwed from the top down. Removal was quite a chore but the results are gratifying.

  31. Steve Coughenour says:

    Many years ago in Newport beach Californin, My father (H.C. Coughenour) and i Worked for LaFitte Yachts,My Job was to outfit and sea trial them What a wonderful experiance that was we both spent many years With Lafitte Yachts. I am glad i have such wonderful memories with dad and Lafitte. Hands down a great sailing vesel. Rest in peace Dad I miss you.

  32. Steve Coughenour says:

    Many years ago in Newport beach Californin, My father (H.C. Coughenour) and i Worked for LaFitte Yachts,My Job was to outfit and sea trial them What a wonderful experiance that was we both spent many years With Lafitte Yachts. I am glad i have such wonderful memories with dad and Lafitte. Hands down a great sailing vesel. Rest in peace Dad I miss you.

  33. Dan says:

    My LaFitte, built in 1981, has teak decks that are screwed from the top into the glass. Plan to remove them this fall and apply non-skid to the decks.
    Great bluewater boat!

  34. Dan says:

    My LaFitte, built in 1981, has teak decks that are screwed from the top into the glass. Plan to remove them this fall and apply non-skid to the decks.
    Great bluewater boat!

  35. brett wylie says:

    I’ve made a tentative offer subject to inspection, survey, and sea trial of course, and it has been accepted, for hull #13, “Mr Ed”, located @ the embarcadero/oakland, ca. My main concern for the survey, is the teak deck. There was some comment that the earlier versions of Lafitte’s had the teak deck screwed down from underneath rather than thru the top(?). Has anyone experienced this? Other than this, I’m very much looking forward to going aboard. It will eventually be homebased in Oxnard/Ventura, CA..then a few more years..San Carlos, MX…within easy reach of my 2nd home in Arizona.

  36. brett wylie says:

    I’ve made a tentative offer subject to inspection, survey, and sea trial of course, and it has been accepted, for hull #13, “Mr Ed”, located @ the embarcadero/oakland, ca. My main concern for the survey, is the teak deck. There was some comment that the earlier versions of Lafitte’s had the teak deck screwed down from underneath rather than thru the top(?). Has anyone experienced this? Other than this, I’m very much looking forward to going aboard. It will eventually be homebased in Oxnard/Ventura, CA..then a few more years..San Carlos, MX…within easy reach of my 2nd home in Arizona.

    1. Al says:

      Hi Brett,

      I see that the boat is still listed, and wanted to ask you some questions if you don’t mind. Would you care to PM me at lf44.3.akumcu@spamgourmet.com.

      Thanks in advance,

      Al

  37. Gary Runge says:

    44’7″ overall length, guess Bob “forgot”. Second to none and still have mine after 7 year circumnav and numerous other trips. Currently on board in the Bahamas. Can receive email at wda6245@sailmail.com
    ROGER BALLERINA, looking for you. Your NZ email no longer works. Gary

  38. Gary Runge says:

    44’7″ overall length, guess Bob “forgot”. Second to none and still have mine after 7 year circumnav and numerous other trips. Currently on board in the Bahamas. Can receive email at wda6245@sailmail.com
    ROGER BALLERINA, looking for you. Your NZ email no longer works. Gary

    1. john meyers says:

      Hey Gary, saw your note about the Lafitte 44 on the blue water boats web site. I still own The Far Side too. She is presently docked at my house on Marco Island, Florida. Been working my tail off all these years. Wish I could say I did 7 circumnavigations instead. How are things going? All good with the family?

      John Meyers
      The Far Side

  39. Steven Agee says:

    The reefed down photo above is mine. Name is MARIEL. I believe it is hull 37. It is in PRISTINE condition, ready to leave for anywhere in the world on a moments notice. Is for sale as my local harbor is too shallow for comfort. It has a NEW LOMBERDINI ENGINE in it. It is with out question the best equiped and best condition of any of the LaFitte’s in the world. I bought it at West River, Maryland, USA. Refitted it out and brought it back via 16 nations to NZ. It is an almighty sea boat.
    Steven Agee,
    Onemana, New Zealand

    [Mariel is for sale, see http://www.lafitte.co.nz] – Editor’s Note

  40. brett wylie says:

    Waterline length (LWL) is not 27’9″..for the Lafitte 44..it is 35’5″!

    1. Will says:

      Thank Brett. It was a typo, LWL has been updated to 35′ 6″.

  41. brett wylie says:

    Waterline length (LWL) is not 27’9″..for the Lafitte 44..it is 35’5″!

    1. Will says:

      Thank Brett. It was a typo, LWL has been updated to 35′ 6″.

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