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1989 Cherubini Staysail Ketch

$349,000 USD

Seller's Description

Introducing “Silhouette,” a rare gem among sailing vesselsa 1989 Cherubini 44’ that encapsulates both the grace of a bygone era and the thrill of contemporary sailing. With only 35 of these vessels ever crafted, owning “Silhouette” means possessing a rare piece of maritime history. This timeless yacht recently etched its name in the annals of sailing triumph, emerging victorious in the 2023 Marion Bermuda Race, where it claimed the 1st place in the Founders C Class.Silhouette was the overall winner in 2007 and won her class in 2009, 2011, and 2015. Silhouette has many more accolades such as coming in second at The Lobster Run Race in 2010 and then 1st in 2014.she won the 2012 PHRF division for the Miami Nassau Race. She was also featured in Ralph Lauren”s Big Pony ad Campaign. As the wind fills its sails and the horizon beckons, “Silhouette” invites you to embark on a journey that seamlessly blends the allure of exclusivity with the thrill of open-water racing. Discover the unique charm and storied legacy that make “Silhouette” a vessel unlike any other.Please contact Keith McVeigh for showing information (470)313-8589

Equipment: Continuous Evolution: Silhouette boasts a history of consistent updates and meticulous maintenance by the skilled hands at Long Point Marine in Duxbury, MA. Revitalizing Refit: In 2004, underwent a major refit, breathing new life into essential components such as the engine, plumbing, and electrical systems. Energized Powerhouse: The engine, with around 2900 hours, received a renewed lease on life during the refit. Although the Yanmar may show its age, its performance remains unwavering. It runs smoothly, burning just a gallon of oil per 100 gallons of fuel without compromising prowess or exhaust emissions. Generator Stamina: A Mase generator, boasting around 54 hours, adds an extra layer of reliability to Silhouette’s power arsenal. Tech Upgrade: Silhouette is not just a vessel; it’s a technological marvel. Recent updates include a shift to the NMEA 2000 network, featuring cutting-edge additions like a new autopilot and an Iridium Go Satellite phone system. Safety First: Equipped with an 8-person Viking Rescue U life raft, Silhouette ensures safety with a raft that undergoes regular inspections. Racing Ready: Silhouette isn’t just a spectator; it’s a contender. Actively participating in Category 1 ocean races, it complies with all necessary configurations and gear requirements. Sails of the Future: The Elvstrom sails, replaced in 2017, propel Silhouette with a dynamic edge. Propelled Performance: A new Max Prop in 2021 keeps Silhouette cutting through the waves with efficiency and style. Modern Comfort: Silhouette doesn’t just sail; it pampers. A forward head upgrade in 2023 ensures modern comfort on board. Power on Demand: Embracing the future, Silhouette sports new Rolls AGM batteries (2021) to ensure reliable power when it’s needed most. Navigational Finesse: The Vetus bow thruster, refurbished in 2023, ensures nimble navigation, giving Silhouette an edge in any race or voyage.


John Cherubini
Cherubini Yachts
# Built
Stub + Centerboard
FG/plywood deck


Length Overall
43 11 / 13.4 m
Waterline Length
39 11 / 12.2 m
10 11 / 3.4 m
4 9 / 1.5 m 4 0 / 1.2 m
28,000 lb / 12,701 kg
12,000 lb / 5,443 kg (Lead)

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
1,133′² / 105.3 m²
Total Sail Area
1,069′² / 99.3 m²
Sail Area
444′² / 41.2 m²
50 11 / 15.5 m
17 4 / 5.3 m
Air Draft
62 11 / 19.2 m
Sail Area
625′² / 58.1 m²
56 9 / 17.3 m
22 0 / 6.7 m
Forestay Length
60 11 / 18.6 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
75 gal / 284 l
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
135 gal / 511 l
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
10.1 kn
Classic: 8.47 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

10.13 knots
Classic formula: 8.47 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
16-20: good performance

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
>40: stiffer, more powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
100-200: light

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
<2.0: better suited for ocean passages

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


The CHERUBINI 44 was still being offered in 2008.

Available with cutter, staysail ketch or schooner rig.
Shoal draft version: 4.30’/1.31m

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