Universal Yachting 44ft Aluminium cutter with lifting centreboard
André Mauric designed this 44ft custom aluminum cutter with lifting centerboard, built in the Universal Yachting shipyard in France and launched in 2004. An exceptionally well-maintained boat completely equipped for long distance cruising.
Her first owner did an Atlantic loop from France and the boat was little used until her current and 2nd owners purchased her in 2011. They have sailed the Caribbean, Central America and now on to French Polynesia, leaving the boat on the hard for 2-3 months per year when they returned home.
Karlaika is a high specification build in aluminum H111, with recently repainted decks and antifouling from Feb 2022. There is a simple mechanical lift for the centerboard giving a draft range of 1.1 – 3.1m, perfect for both upwind sailing and shallow anchorages.
The rig is a cutter with furling mainsail (replaced in 2020), furling genoa and furling staysail, and for downwind sailing there is a furling gennaker. In addition, there is a removable baby stay making the rig solid for any sea condition. The rigging is from 2019 and there is Beaufort windvane steering to compliment the Raymarine P70 autohelm.
Inside there is professional cabinetry in American Elm wood throughout, with 3 double cabins including the owner’s suite forward with private shower. The saloon features a large folding table on starboard side forward and aft chart table with dedicated seating. The galley is in U on port side with Corian work surfaces. The ensemble is warm and welcoming.
The boat is equipped with 440W of solar, wind generator, 2000W portable generator and water maker and 540Ah of battery storage. There are 1000l of water storage and 580l of diesel storage, meaning you can live off the grid easily.
In the cockpit has a lovely teak covering with custom folding teak table. The leather covered Hallberg Rassy stainless steel steering wheel is aft and the cockpit is protected by a Altuglass windscreen and Dralon bimini giving full weather protection.
Karkaila is fully equipped and completely ready to take her next owners sailing, be that in French Polynesia or further afield. Contact to arrange your visit and download the full inventory.