Lafitte 44

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The lafitte 44 is an evolution of the well known Hans Christian and the longer lines suit her. An attractive Robert H Perry (USA) design built by Chung Wha Shipyard in Taiwan and professionally fitted out by the RHKYC Boatyard in Hong Kong for her Irish owner in 1983.

Built and maintained to a high standard ORLA is one to view.


  • LOA - 13.53m
  • LWL - 10.84m
  • Beam - 3.86m
  • Draft -  1.93m
  • Displacement - 12700kg
  • Ballast - 5130kg

Hull, Deck and Keel

  • GRP hull, deck and superstructure.
  • The hull has been insulated enabling extended stays aboard.
  • Professionally epoxied in 2004 by the Elephant Boat Yard.
  • Teak laid deck in good condition, recently refurbished and looking great.
  • Fin keel with a broad chord length and external Lead ballast.
  • Full skeg hung rudder.

Deck Equipment

  • Maxwell 220 electric windlass with warping drum and foot controls.
  • Rocna 33kg anchor with 100m 3/8 chain.
  • 2nd CQR 20kg anchor.
  • Double bow roller.
  • Stainless steel pulpit, pushpit and stanchion posts with double guard wires.
  • Granny bars for security while working at the mast.
  • 6 mooring cleats.
  • 6 mooring warps.
  • 8 fenders.


  • 4 Lewmar 2 speed halyard winches.
  • 2 Lewmar 55 2 speed Self tailing Genoa winches. 
  • 2 Lewmar 46 2 speed self tailing staysail winches.
  • Lewmar 45 2 speed self tailing mainsheet winch.
  • 2  Lewmar 40 2 speed self tailing main traveller winches.
  • Reefing winch.
  • 4 winch handles.

Interior and Accommodation

Fitted out to a very high standard, exhibiting quality craftsmanship and fittings throughout. Utilising a mix of Holly, Teak and Cherry woods and veneers. Deckhead panels are white with battens giving a light attractive feel and the open plan aspect to the galley and navigation station enhances this feel and isolates no one.

  • Beige chord upholstery.
  • Plenty of light and ventilation.
  • 12v LED and florescent lighting.
  • Heating via feature Reflex diesel stove to with stainless steel hot water jacket and heat guard behind.


  • Double V berth.


  • Jabsco manual marine flushing toilet.
  • Sink with pressurised hot and cold water system.
  • Shower.
  • Storage.


  • Opposite the heads are two large storage/tool lockers.


  • U shaped seating area to port. This will convert to a double berth as required.
  • Central folding leaf table.
  • Single settee berth to port.
  • Plenty of storage throughout in lockers and shelves.
  • Lockers with feature louvre door fronts.
  • Hull side opening portlights.


To port aft is a large U shaped galley with large work surface area and plenty of storage for cook wear, crockery, utensils and provisions. Opening portlight and coachroof window above.

  • Force 10 stainless steel 4 burner cooker with grill and oven.
  • 2 x stainless steel sinks supplied by hot and cold pressurised water system via mixer tap.
  • Raw water system via manual pump.
  • Large chest fridge/freezer.
  • Electric extractor vent.


Opposite the galley is the forward facing chart table with seat.

  • Ships electrical distribution.
  • Navigation instrumentation.
  • Chart storage under chart table lid.
  • Storage for pilot books.


Large aft heads behind the navigation station giving access to the thwart ships aft cabin.

  • Lavac manual marine flushing toilet.
  • Sink with pressurised hot and cold water system.
  • Shower.
  • Storage.


Large aft cabin with double bed to port and single to starboard.

  • Large hanging lockers and draws for clothes and personal effects.

Navigation Equipment

  • Raytheon radar.
  • Raymarine ST6001 autopilot.
  • Raymarine C120 chart plotter.
  • Raymarine GPS 2009.
  • B&G speed/log 2017.
  • B&G wind speed/direction 2017.
  • B&G echosounder 2017.
  • Icom M505 DSC VHF at chart table 2009.
  • Icom Command mic cockpit 2009.
  • Icom 127Euro at chart table.

Machinery and Propulsion

A well looked after and maintained engine with two stainless steel drip tray's below the engine and gearbox which are spotlessly clean! 

  • Yanmar 4JH-DTE 75hp, 4 cylinder diesel engine. Installed 1994.
  • Shaft drive to 3 blade feathering Max Prop.
  • Single lever morse controls.
  • 2812 engine hours.
  • Last full service 2019.

Rig and Sails


  • Masthead rigged cutter.
  • Kemp silver anodised spars.
  • Stainless steel standing rigging 2011.
  • Hydraulic backstay tensioner.
  • Boom with 3 reefs and outhaul. Supported by Selden gas sprung rod kicker.
  • Roller furling headsail and staysail.
  • Spinnaker pole.
  • Braid on Braid halyards and running rigging in good condition.
    Stack pack with lazyjacks for easy mainsail handling.


  • Fully battened Sobstad Genesis mainsail 2004 in good condition.
  • Lucas spare Dacron mainsail in good condition.
  • 145% Sobstad Dacron Genoa with new UV strip. Good condition.
  • 2 x 135% spare Genoa's.
  • UK Horizon DAcron staysail with new UV strip. Good condition.
  • UK Horizon Storm Jib. As new.
  • UK Horizon Storm Tri Sail. As new.

Electrical Systems

  • 12 volt ships system.
  • 85amp/h engine alternator.
  • 3 x Mastervolt AGM 270amp/h domestic batteries, 2012.
  • 1 x Mastervolt AGM 130amp/h engine battery.
  • Mastervolt 240V 3 stage battery charger.
  • Mastervolt Shunts, Distributers & Display.
  • Mastervolt 12V/240V/2000W Pure Sine Wave invertor.
  • 240v shore power system with dock cable.
  • Silentwind Turbine 600W + charge controller. Requires service.

Audio visual

  • Philips flat screen TV, saloon.
  • JVC Radio CD/DVD player, saloon. Hard wired to TV.
  • Bluetooth and HDMI and USB connection at Nav station.
  • 4 x speakers, 2 in the cockpit and 2 in the saloon.
  • Sub Woofer, saloon.


  • 2 x stainless steel water tanks, port and starboard in the saloon. Capacity 626L total.
  • Pressurised hot and cold water system to heads and galley. 
  • Galley secondary raw water supply.
  • Plastic grey water holding tank. Capacity 50L

Canvas work

  • 'Maize' colour stack pack, custom design.
  • 'Maize' colour spray hood, custom design.
  • 'Maize' colour full cockpit enclosure, custom design.
  • 'Maize' colour dodgers.
  • 'Maize' colour UV strips.

Safety Equipment

Any safety equipment such as life rafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner’s specific needs.

  • Jon Buoy - Dan buoy
  • Horseshoe life belt with McMurdo light, mounted in stern holder.
  • 2nd Horseshoe life buoy in stern holder.
  • Throwing line.
  • 3 x lifejackets.
  • Traditional Dan Buoy in stern holder.
  • 2 x manual bilge pumps.
  • 1 x Rule electric bilge pumps.
  • Fire blanket.
  • Gas/smoke and heat detector.
  • Jackstays.

Additional Equipment

  • Avon 2.8m Rover inflatable dinghy, 2002.
  • Mariner 3.3 outobard engine, 2002.

Owner's Comments

'Orla' is a Classic, American ocean going Lafitte 44ft Double Ender, one of only 55 Built, a true ocean going yacht, with head turning classic lines. Many of these yachts have circumnavigated and some more than once. 

She is Hull number 37, fully equipped for long passages, strong, safe and comfortably sailed by a crew of two. This is an extraordinary seaworthy vessel. She has a deep safe Cockpit & Grab holds throughout. Built to the highest standard with an interior that just wraps you up. 

She has a paper work trail going back to the day she was built, handbooks and manuals for all equipment on-board. 

Maintenance levels while under our ownership have been to the highest possible standards. In the last few years the teak deck has been fully renovated. A new more practical anchor locker & two larger gas lockers were designed and fitted to a very high standard.


  • Flares are out of date.
  • Fire extinguishers are out of date.
  • House batteries will need replaced soon.
  • Freezer compressor needs re-gassed or replaced.
  • There are radiators which are not currently plumbed in.
  • Silentwind Turbine 600W + charge controller. Requires service.


  • Total sail area - 86.12

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General Information

New or used
United Kingdom




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About The Seller

Michael Schmidt & Partner Ltd

Rhu Boat Sales Rhu Marina

Argyll & Bute, Scotland

G84 8LH

United Kingdom

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