SERICA 44 PERFORMANCE CRUISING YACHT - timber version of R13.4m

L.O.A. 13.40m 43'4"
L.W.L. 12.18m 40'0"
BEAM 3.80m 12'6"
DRAFT 1.82m 6'0"
DSPL 10,200kg 22,480T
Main 42.1sq m 453sq ft
Genoa 54sq m 581sq ft

This is very much a boat for the serious cruising person. Owner Roger Morgan, who is a circumnavigator and yachting writer has numerous other offshore cruises and races in his sailing experience says "The purpose of this boat is for a crew of one or two to be able to go anywhere, anytime, safely and quickly and provide comfort in port. It is also intended that she will maintain strength and structural integrity for many years. Only the best quality equipment and fittings are being used."

sail plan hull

For toughness and durability the hull construction is composite using the WEST epoxy system and consists of 22mm strip planked New Zealand kauri, 2 x 5mm diagonals of kauri sheathing and epoxy glass sheathing overall. Structural members such as floors and keelson are of bronze fastened oregon. The deck is cedar strip with laid teak over kauri diagonals.


The cutter rig, with in-line spreaders, twin lower shrouds and running backstays for use when the staysail is set, allows a range of sailplans from a 130% genoa in good conditions to staysail alone when it is possible to still make progress to windward in 60knots of wind. The furling genoa has a foam luff so it can be reefed and retain a good shape but for heavier weather it can be replaced with a furling yankee. The fully battened main has single point reefing for first and second reefs and a deep third reef.

The moderate draft fin keel is a box section fabricated from 2205 grade stainless steel which together with the lead keel provides 4.1 tonnes of ballast. The space within the keel is used as a fuel tank. The rudder post and skeg structural components are also in 2205 stainless steel.


The main engine is a normally aspirated 54HP Yanmar 4 cylinder with 7deg down angle gearbox and Brunton Autoprop. A 3KVA Mase generator, also with a Yanmar engine, is fitted for 240V supply and battery charging.

The centre cockpit accommodation includes a generous aft cabin for two people to cruise in comfort. A double forecabin is provided for guests or extra stowage of cruising gear such as bicycles.

The main saloon has two settees which are equipped with lee sheets to be functional as sea berths (or for extra guests) There is a single head and shower with wet hanging space handy by the companionway for removing wet weather gear and opposite is the galley with a 3 burner gimballed LPG stove. There is a double basin sink on a return as close to the centre line as possible for best drainage. The freezer and fridge are in the passageway alongside the engine room and they are powered by a 240V compressor with dual 12V compressors as backup. Approximately 520 litres of water capacity is provided in three stainless steel tanks, augmented by a watermaker.


Opposite the galley is a generous navigation area with switch panels and instruments such as chart plotter and radar. Plenty of stowage is provided for paper charts which are essential as a back up for electronics and are easier to use for passage planning purposes.

There is an anchor locker for the 20kg Genuine CQR with 93m of 10mm chain and watertight bulkhead forward and a lazarette including space for 3 x 9kg gas bottles and watertight bulkhead aft with an aft boarding platform.

On deck a hard dodger provides shelter from the elements. Steering is Lewmar Constellation and an autopilot is fitted. A wind vane system can also be fitted using a tiller extension to the rudder post, which also provides for emergency steering.