Motivated Vendor - Price reduced November 2015
3rd Overall RORC De Guingand Bowl June 2015
2nd Overall (78 starters) RORC Channel Race August 2015
4th in IRC 1 Fastnet Race 2015
Designed by Farr Yacht Design this professionally and meticulously maintained three cabin and two heads Beneteau First 44.7 ‘Lisa’ is a large and capable cruiser racer with race pedigree; she is the best example of this model currently available in Europe.
Completed in December 2004 and first launched in 2005, this Beneteau First 44.7 benefits from an extensive and current race and cruising sail inventory, Facnor Roller reefing plus Tuff Luff for racing, numerous custom extras and upgrades and an extensive refit in 2013; is comfortable below, and the sailing qualities and her individual results are exemplary.
She has a Sparcraft Performance mast and boom, IRC optimised carbon spinnaker pole, new rudder bearings, bow ‘Prodder’ and carbon Wheel.
The 44.7 has an enclosed transom, with well-thought-out stowage for life rafts under the helmsman’s seat. The large diameter Carbonnautica Carbon wheel is sunk into the deck and placed so that nearly every position the helmsman might use is accommodated.
Surrounding the cockpit are Harken aluminium winches; the latest in lightweight technology. The mainsheet is led, grand-prix style, along the decks and back to the trimmer, whose position is close to both winches and helmsman. The traveller runs across the cockpit immediately forward of the wheel, in as unobtrusive a place as possible.
Any objections about buying a performance sailboat and sacrificing comfort will be laid to rest at first glance below. Thanks to the long, low deckhouse, there's headroom aplenty, topping out at an impressive 6'9" in the aft head and 6'8" in the ensuite main cabin. Two double cabins sit port and starboard under the cockpit, and immediately forward of the port cabin is a head, which is across from the L-shaped galley.
The nav station is located to port at the center of the boat, across from a C-shaped couch/settee. The nav station couldn't be in a better place for offshore racing; away from wind and water, close to the center of effort, and facing the only direction a nav station should face: forward. There's plenty of room for nav displays and even a storage area with cubbyholes for books, signal flags, and binoculars.
The use of light-coloured wood throughout makes the interior of the 44.7 seem even larger than it is, and even if the weather is terrible outside, it'll be no hardship to spend time down below. The majority of the keel bolts and the lowest part of the bilge are directly underneath a settee bench that faces the large dinette table and sits on center line. Keel bolt and bilge inspections are easily done by lifting the lever-action seat and moving it to port. All fuel and water tanks are on center line, and all bulkheads bonded 360 degrees to hull and deck for structural strength.
Access to the engine is among the best in the Beneteau range. The companionway stairs assembly lifts to reveal an engine with a large shroud covering belts and other moving parts. Because she is one of the later models in the series, this Beneteau First 44.7 benefits from a Yanmar 4JH4CE 55Hp engine powering a sail drive unit. Engine noise below is negligible, which means that the off watch will be able to sleep even during battery-charging sessions. The water pump faces forward, which allows for the impeller to be changed out without removing the entire unit. Access to all the engine filters is also excellent.
The 44.7's hull is solid fiberglass with a laminated structural hull liner for load bearing and distribution. The deck is fiberglass sandwich with a balsa core and unidirectional weave.
The overall quality of the wood and glasswork below is excellent, reflecting the experience of the boat builders. The ends of all wood floorboards and panels are sealed, which means they won't absorb water, swell, and not fit where they belong.
The cockpit is easy to work in, with the pitman's position especially well set up. The solid vang is Sparcraft and its controls lead aft from the rig alongside the halyards and topping lift. The unobtrusive deckhouse provides a wide platform for crew work, as does the wide bow. The moulded non-skid throughout provides good traction.
2015 upgrades include:
Banks Code 1 Jib carbon Kevlar + Carbon Battens
Banks Code 2 Jib Carbon Kevlar + Carbon Battens
Banks Fractional Code 0
Pre 2015 Sails
1 sails Genoa 1 Millennium Carbon
1 Sails Genoa 2 Millennium Carbon
UK Sails No 3
UK sails No 4
UK Sails Genoa 1
UK sails Genoa 2
Banks S2 Runner
Doyle sails S3 Runner
North A3 (Asymmetric)
Banks S2 Runner
UK sails VMG
UK Sails S2 Runner
Banks Double Taffeta main (Fully Battened)
Banks Roller Furling Genoa
Banks Cruising Chute with Snuffer
Storm Trysail - orange
Storm Jib – orange
Stack Pack and Lazy jacks for cruising
J – Lift 'Tuff Luff' for racing
Facnor Roller reefing
Raymarine ST system with C 80 Plotter
3 x 20:20 style mast instruments
2 X Multi Repeaters
PC Data connection cables
Icom DSC VHF radio – with cockpit speaker
Raymarine ST6001 Pilot with cockpit control unit
Raymarine Remote Smart controller for Pilot
Digital Yacht AI50 Class B AIS Transponder / Display
Miniplex wifi output.
Sony CD/FM/IPod Aux with internal speakers
Waterproof Cockpit speakers with VHF/Stereo input switch
Plastimo steering Compass
Television DVD Player with Antenna Booster and Antenna
LED interior lighting throughout
Sparcraft Performance mast and boom
Sparcraft solid vang strut
IRC optimised carbon spin pole
New rudder bearings
Glass fibre bow ‘Prodder’
Custom protective tiller and spin pole bags
Custom Jib In-hauler system – calibrated to sheeting angles
Custom Rope bags
Harken Alloy racing winches:
Tricolour (LED), Steaming light and Lower Navlights (LED)
Delta anchor and chain
Plastimo 2 burner hob and oven
2 x Jabsco sea toilets
Pressurised water to galley and heads
Fenders and Warps
Custom lee cloths
Manual and Electric Bilge pump
‘Lisa’ has completed many sea miles and enjoyed family cruising in the Mediterranean and UK waters, she has been an asset providing comfortable accommodation for our family and friends. Cruising with two adults is easy and the television and warmth from the heating have kept our two young children happy when not on deck.
Occasionally we have turned our attention to the race track achieving creditable results in some of the most prestigious races. She is fast and rewarding, surprisingly so when compared to many faster and more expensive yachts. We have indulged her in constant maintenance with many upgrades and present her for sale in a genuine clean and tidy fashion.
2 bladed racing
3 Bladed Max prop (very efficient and higher cruising speed)
Horseshoes and lights
3 x Fire Extinguishers
Nicolle Associates 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.
|Mooring Country:||United Kingdom|
|LOA:||13.69 m/45 ft|
|Length:||13.68 m/45 ft|
|Width:||3.98 m/13 ft|
|WC & bathrooms:||2|
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