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1989 J Boats J/44

  • 44 ft
  • Cruiser
  • Falmouth, ME, US

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  • 1989 J Boats J/44
  • 1989 J Boats J/44
  • 1989 J Boats J/44
  • 1989 J Boats J/44
  • 1989 J Boats J/44
  • 1989 J Boats J/44
  • 1989 J Boats J/44
  • 1989 J Boats J/44
  • 1989 J Boats J/44
  • 1989 J Boats J/44


RESOLUTE is a J/44 that has been loved by her owners. This is hull number one of the highly successful J/44 model which was originally owned by Bob Johnstone. This 44 is unique in that she is the only J/44 with a triple spreader carbon fiber mast and now has an electric Leisure Furl System which makes this boat an incredibly stiff and easy to sail, performance offshore cruising boat also one of the few equipped with a generator (new in 2010).

She is extremely well set up for serious offshore cruising with a generator, watermaker, Espar cabin heater, Leisure Furl mainsail furling, new oversized 3 speed primary winches, electric main halyard winch etc. She has been stored in inside, heated storage, every year since 1999 until the last 4 years when she has been stored outside but properly covered..

The list of upgrades is impressive, please check the full specs under "Additional Information/Yearly Upgrades for details and you will understand why this is the best J/44 out there....on or off the market and represents the best value!!!


Basic Information

J Boats
Falmouth, ME, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
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Dimensions & Weight

44 ft - 13.41 meter
44 ft 10 in - 13.66 meter
13 ft 10 in - 4.22 meter
Draft - max:
6 ft 6 in - 1.98 meter
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Dry Weight:
22000 lbs


Cruise Speed:
7 MPH - 6.08 KTS
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60 (Individual), 60 (combined)
Max Speed:
8 MPH - 6.95 KTS

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
40 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
Holding Tank:
25 gallons - 1 tank(s)


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The boat has the popular plan "B" layout with two cabins and two heads.
Forward is a large owner's cabin with a 7 foot long V-berth with filler piece.  The hull sides (ceilings) are varnished teak planks refinished in 2004. Shelves, full length, port and starboard. Under the berth are two large storage bins, two drawers and two lockers.

Aft of the berth to starboard is a cabinet with drawers and a teak louvered locker below along with a large double teak louvered cabinet locker above. Aft of this is a large hanging locker. To port is a wonderful head with a large separate shower stall. The toilet was replaced in 2005 with a large bowl, all new plumbing and new fresh water hoses and Grohe faucet in 2006. There is a varnished teak shower grate, teak seat and wet locker outboard in the shower stall. All the teak doors and trim throughout the boat is varnished. There is access to the head from the forward cabin and from the main salon. The head has a molded sink and storage cabinets and shelf. There is a full length mirror on the side door.

Aft is the main salon with a centerline dropleaf table with a storage bin in the center, varnished teak frame and leaf fiddles. There are port and starboard settee berths, a port side pilot berth and to starboard custom varnished teak cabinets that could house entertainment system electronics.  Outboard of the settees there are storage cubbies behind the sea backs.

The navigation station is aft to starboard which is a very large outboard facing nav. table with lots of chart storage and a great sliding tray with many dividers for pencils, etc. Under the nav. table aft of the swing out nav. seat are two drawers, one being a full size file drawer. Every manual and literature on all the vessel components is filed here with room to spare in the back of the deep drawer.

Mounted on the Nav. Station is a Furuno Nav Net Radar/Plotter new in 2002, ICOM VHF, B & G Hydra display, Xintex propane panel, generator panel, 2002 Northstar 952 color GPS Plotter, Alpine AM/FM/CD Stereo and the AC/DC breaker panels.

Opposite the Nav. Station is a sea kindly U-shaped Galley with two deep S.S. sinks, a Force 10 propane stove new in 2000, a large icebox with Seafrost Refrigeration. The large storage lockers outboard have three new varnished teak, louvered doors (2007) replacing the standard Formica doors.

Aft of the Galley is a second head with a new elongated toilet, all new head and fresh water plumbing. A doorway to the aft cockpit locker and access to the engine. Opposite the head, to starboard, is the separate aft cabin with varnished teak ceilings, cabinets, drawers and hanging locker.

The interior finish throughout the vessel is the Herreshoff style with white bulkheads and varnished teak cabinet doors and trim.  All of the varnished trim was re-done in 2004 with 2+ coats as appropriate.  The cabin sole is varnished, teak and holly with approximately ten coats of varnish refinished in 2004 and was given two fresh coats throughout in 2013. The ventilation is wonderful with nine openings and seven deck hatches. The interior is light and airy.

  • Espar diesel cabin heat
  • Alpine AM/FM/CD stereo with I-Pod conn. 2014  with 4 Bose speakers in Salon
  • Cockpit speakers
  • New head liner in main cabin 2013
  • New interior upholstery and cushions 2013
  • Cabin soles stripped and refinished in 2004 and given 2 additional fresh coats in 2013

Mast & Rigging

Keel stepped, Hall Spars new in  1995 - Triple spreader CARBON mast, white Awlgrip with Navtec discontinous rod rigging. The only J/44 with a triple spreader carbon mast with a new 2006 Leisure Furl boom (in boom electric furling and hoist mainsail) 

  • Harken roller furling 2010 and new headstay 2010
  • 2006 Navtec Hydraulic Vang, rebuilt hydraulic backstay and panel
  • Mast was touched up in 2006, rod rigging has been dye tested twice since 2000. Running rigging has been updated since 2000.  All halyards replaced 2014.
  • Black carbon fiber spinnaker pole refinished with clear coat Awlgrip 2003.
  • Harken adjustable genoa cars
  • Check stays replaced 2006 with low stretch line and locking shackles to remove tail of check stays when not being used.
  • Lewmar 72-3 3 speed self tailing primaries - new 2002
  • Barient 32-2 speed, self tailing, strb cabin top
  • Lewmar - Electric Main halyard winch - 2006, port cabin top
  • 2 - Barient Main sheet winches
  • 4 - Barient halyard winches forward
    4 Winch handles
  • Hydraulic backstay and boom vang rebuilt 2014
  • Maine Sailing Partners Main to fit Leisure Furl System 2006
  • 153% Carbon light #1 by Hallett sails 2014
  • 153% Maine Sailing Partners Lt. #1 2001
  • North Heavy #1 carbon fiber (acquired as "lightly used" sail 2009)
  • 135% Maine Sailing Partners #2 (primary cruising sail) 2006
  • #3 Genoa, North 3DL (acquired as a moderately used sail 2009)
  • #4 Genoa
  • Light air drifter/staysail, Maine Sailing Partners 2010
  • Storm Jib
  • Storm trisail, with high vis orange patch, Maine Sailing Partners 2008
  • 0.5 oz North spinnaker (acquired as a "lightly used" sail 2009)
  • 3/4 oz spinnaker
  • 1.5 oz assymetric spinnaker Maine Sailing Partners 2008


Wired for 12 Volt DC and 110 Volt AC service.  A new 2010 Fischer Panda 4KW genset, showing 100 hours as of 5/1/16, handles heavier load AC service needs when off of the dock while a Heart/Freedom 2500 watt inverter handles lighter loads.

12 Volt DC

  • Switch panel with breakers
  • Volt & amp meters
  • 140 Balmar amp alternator 2006
  • 3 Group 31 AGM house and inverter batteries
  • 1 Group 31 engine start battery
  • Heart Link 2000R monitor system 2002

110 Volt AC

  • Switch panel with breakers
  • Volt & Amp meters
  • 30 amp shore power connection aft
  • 50' 30 amp shore power cord
  • 7 outlets
  • Water heater (also engine supplied)
  • Heart/Freedom 2500 watt inverter/25 amp charger


Fully equipped for coastal cruising and offshore sailing/racing.  All electronics save the wiring for the autopilot are new since 2002 - much of it more recently.  The B&G Hydras are set up with repeaters P&S at the break in the cockpit coamings to be convenient to the helmsperson and there are two additional displays in the pod over the companionway as well as one unit at the Nav. Station.  The Robertson Autopilot received a new display and "brain" in 2004, new hydraulic ram in 2005 and the remote was new in 2000 essentially leaving only the wiring as original installation.  The ICOM VHF was upgraded to handle AIS in 2009

At the Nav. Station

  • Furuno Navnet 7" Radar/Plotter 2002
  • Northstar 952 color plotter 2002
  • Garmin  VHF 2018 with AIS 
  • B&G Hydra programmable display
  • Robertson Autopilot


  • Garmin 7212 color radar/plotter  at port fwd cockpit bulkhead with wireless remote for the helmperson 2016
  • 2 B&G Hydra displays in pod over companionway
  • B&G analog wind pt. & speed in pod over companionway
  • ICOM M-502 full function RAM mic



60hp 4 cylinder fresh water cooled Yanmar diesel turns a 3 bladed Max Prop in a 1-1/8" stainless steel shaft through a 2.5:1 reduction gear.

  • Edson engine controls
  • Racor fuel filter
  • PSS Dripless shaft seal 2000
  • Espar DL5 diesel cabin heat 2000
  • Village 200gph/day water maker 1996/overhauled 2008
  • Fischer Panda 4KW generator 2010
  • Seafrost Refrigeration upgraded in 2004 engine compressor with 110V assist
  • Macerator pump
  • All new sanitation hoses and holding tank 2015
  • Heads rebuilt 2015
  • Electric bilge pump
  • 1 manual bilge pump accessible from Cockpit
  • 1 manual bilge pump accessible from aft cabin 
  • Spare filters, impellers,
  • (a 16,000btu reverse cycle air cond. system and ducting have been removed but the vents are still in place and the system could reasonably easily be re-installed)

Hull & Deck

Fiberglass end grain balsa cored hull with vinylester resin in the exterior laminate.  The hull finish is Awlgrip done in 2003 White with Aristo Blue cove stripe and handsome blue/white/blue/white boot top.  The bottom is finished in green epoxy antifouling and has been kept well sanded to avoid any paint build up.

Two tone, Gull Gray on White, fiberglass decks with end grain balsa coring for weight reduction, insulation, and panel stiffness. 

An expansive cockpit that will easily seat eight. Large sail locker (often referred to as the garage) to port and two lazarettes (propane locker to starboard and storage and generator to port);  Edson wheel steering.  Generous side decks lead fore and aft with aluminum toe rail leading to varnished teak forward.  Double stainless steel stanchions with double lifelines with gates P&S and double stainless steel bow and stern rails.

  • New J/44 and J/46 upgraded rudder was installed in 2000 with new rudder bearings. New upper and lower rudder bearings replaced in 2011. 
  • 3  blade Max prop. was refurbished in 2008
  • All thru hulls were pulled, balsa core removed and sealed with epoxy and rebedded.
  • The hull was Awlgripped white with 2 blue boot stripes, a blue cove in 2003. Hull looks great.
  • The Muir anchor windlass motor was rebuilt and painted in 2000.
  • A new Flag Blue Dodger with S.S. handrail was installed in 2003
  • Lifelines replaced in 2006
  • Teak sole in cockpit
  • S.S. stern swim ladder upgraded in 2005
  • 4 polished S.S. cowl vents  2000
  • Anchor wash down
  • 45 lb Delta plow anchor with 175' chain and 75' rode
  • Fortress Anchor 10' chain and 200' rode
  • Removeable anchor roller
  • 8 PFDs
  • Lifesling
  • MOM Module 2009
  • Flare Kit
  • 3 fire extinguishers
  • 2 Mobri radar reflectors 2006
  • Masthead LED tricolor 2009
  • 4 fenders and 4 braided dock lines
  • Cockpit cushions 2014
  • H&C cockpit shower
  • Please note: Liferaft is excluded
  • (photos of her sailing are older)

Additional/List of Yearly Improvements


Originally built for J/Boats co-founder and co-owner Bob Johnstone, this J/44 has enjoyed good care and extensive upgrading.  Always in inside heated storage in the off season since 2000 she shows well and is exceptionally well equipped.

Sailing World identified the J/44 as the Boat of the Year in 2000 and Fortune Magazine has identified J/Boats as "One of America's Best 100 Products."  The J/44 is remarkably easy to sail for a 44' yacht and even more amazing is their performance.  As an example, all five J/44s in the 1990 Bermuda Race beat all of the Swans from 48-61' on elapsed time!  Built to American Bureau of Shipping +A1 standards, the J/44 received the highest rating possible for offshore service.

Her last two owners have sailed her seasonally in Maine and have stored her in inside heated storage for over six months a year and have lavished her with superb care and given her extensive upgrades over the past decade.  As that list is so comprehensive, you would not note it in reading through the listing so that has all been recaptured and summarized below below.

She is for sale as her owner has substantial overseas business travel requirements over the next two years which will prevent any substantive use, she is seriously for sale and and serious offers are encouraged.


     1.  Espar D5L cabin heater 
     2.  Wheel brake assembly - upgrade from original
     3.  New style J/44 / J/46 rudder and new bearings
     4.  4 new S.S. ABI cowl vents
     5.  Remote mic in cockpit for VHF radio
     6.  Force 10 propane stove with oven and broiler
     7.  New propane regulators and solenoid

     8.  PSS dripless shaft seal


     1.  53% racing genoa - used very little 
     2.  Lewmar 72 3 speed primary winches


     1.  All new B & G Hyrdro System with 5 digital dual displays and an analog wind point
     2.  Northstar 962 Color/Plotter GPS
     3.  New Sony 110V amplifier
     4.  Lightening strike brush at masthead and new heavy cable down the mast
     5.  ICOM VHF Radio 502
     6.  Furuno Nav Model 1833 at Nav. Station
     7.  New J/46 style Seahood with instrument pod
     8.  Zintex propane detector


     1. Hull Awlgripped White
     2. Stripped bottom paint - using ablative paint
     3. Interior cabin sole refinished - approx 8 -10 coats of varnish
     4. Robertson Autopilot brain replaced
     5. Dodger with S.S. grabrail with leather (Flag Blue)
     6. Radar Post re-Awlgripped


     1. Robertson Autopilot hydraulic ram replaced
     2. 2 New elongated heads and all plumbing replaced with the highest quality  hose. No smell in this boat!
     3. New holding tank forward


     1.  Leisure Furl System
     2.  Lewmar 48ST 2 speed Electric Halyard Winch
     3.  Navtec Hydraulic Vang
     4.  New Mainsail with 6 full battens and full roach
     5.  135% Genoa with furling cover
     6.  Lifelines and 4 Sunbrella covered close call foam cushions
     7.  Furuno 10.4" Color Nav. Net Radar Plotter - in cockpit on port bulkhead
     8.  All new waterlines, Grohe faucets and cleaned water tanks
     9.  Remove Formica Cabinet doors in Galley with 3 varnished teak louvered doors 
   10.  All new batteries - AGM fiberglass matt
   11.  New 140 amp alternator
   12.  New masthead VHF antenna
   13.  2 new Mobri Radar reflectors
   14.  New S.S. fuel and water deck fills
   15.  Carbon mast was touched up where needed and waxed
   16.  New low-stretch check strap with shackles and eye splices


  1. 1.5 oz Assymetric chute Maine Sailing Partners
  2. Storm trysail with high vis. orange patch
  3. New galley sea water intake through hull & seacock
  4. Extensive engine overhaul including rebuild of turbo charger, new after-cooler, boil out of heat exchanger, re-build of injectors, new alternator and fuel and raw water pumps.
  5. Watermaker overhauled and pump re-built


  1. Carbon fiber heavy #1, North sails, acquired as  "lightly used" sail
  2. #3 genoa North 3DL acquired as "moderately used"
  3. New LED masthead tricolor
  4. New LED lights in part of the interior  app. 60%
  6. Icom VHF MMSI with interface to GPS
  7. Added 2nd manual bilge pump


  1. Fischer Panda FP 4200 Generator with soundshield including all new mounts, exhaust, plumbing etc.
  2. Drifter/staysail Maine Sailing Partners
  3. New Harken Roller Furling system and headsay
  4. All new raw water sanitation hoses were replaced 
  5. New aft head
  6. All new bearings in Harken traveller system and primary jib cars
  7. MOM module added
  8. NEMA interfaces added to B&G and GPS data can be fed to laptop
  9. SeaTracker AIS system installed
  10. New starter on engine
  11. New snatch blocks
  12. New Spinnaker gear and Jib Sheets


  1. New engine oil cooler
  2. New upper & lower rudder bearings
  3. Alpine AM/FM/CD stereo with I-Pod connection




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