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2002 Custom 44 Custom Cruiser, Chuck Paine Design

  • 44 ft
  • Cruiser
  • Belfast, ME, US

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  • 2002 Custom 44 Custom Cruiser, Chuck Paine Design
  • 2002 Custom 44 Custom Cruiser, Chuck Paine Design
  • 2002 Custom 44 Custom Cruiser, Chuck Paine Design
  • 2002 Custom 44 Custom Cruiser, Chuck Paine Design
  • 2002 Custom 44 Custom Cruiser, Chuck Paine Design
  • 2002 Custom 44 Custom Cruiser, Chuck Paine Design
  • 2002 Custom 44 Custom Cruiser, Chuck Paine Design
  • 2002 Custom 44 Custom Cruiser, Chuck Paine Design
  • 2002 Custom 44 Custom Cruiser, Chuck Paine Design
  • 2002 Custom 44 Custom Cruiser, Chuck Paine Design


Seller is motivated to sell this season, offers are encouraged!   


 "Gusto was a traditionally styled cutter built in cold molded wood. She was the first of three designs that we ultimately built at French & Webb in Belfast, Maine. My office engineered the construction for epoxy saturated cold molded wood construction just as I believe Sam Crocker or John Alden would have done had the technology been available in their time.  The interior and deck details were meant to evoke the feeling of the beginning of the past century. Given a reasonable amount of maintenance by the owner, I'm pretty sure cold molded yachts will outlast all other methods of construction." Chuck Paine from My Yacht Designs and The Lessons They Taught Me

     There is reason that Chuck Paine and Charles Doane sing from the rooftops about this yacht, the design qualities, artisan builders and the sailing characteristics of this yacht... because this yacht is kind of vessel that yachties dream about. Exceptionally well built to the exacting standards of a world class designer Gusto has a level of pedigree that is rarely seen in the modern cruising yacht. Designed to sail, built to last and maintained out of love, Gusto is no less than just spectacular. 



Basic Information

44 Custom Cruiser, Chuck Paine Design
Belfast, ME, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
Vessel Name:
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Hull Material:
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Hull Color:
Chuck Paine, Built by French and Webb
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Dimensions & Weight

44 ft - 13.41 meter
44 ft - 13.41 meter
13 ft 7 in - 4.14 meter
Draft - max:
Bridge Clearance:
63 ft - 19.2 meter
Dry Weight:


Cruise Speed:
Joystick Control:
Engine Type:
Drive Type:
Direct Drive
Fuel Type:
53 (Individual), 53 (combined)
Max Speed:

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
Fresh Water Tank:
Holding Tank:


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     "Gusto was launched in 2002 by French & Webb, a high-end custom builder in Belfast, Maine, that specializes in cold-molded wood construction. The boat's hull, 1 3/8 inch thick, is composed of an exterior layer of strip-planked mahogany, three intermediate layers of of diagonal red cedar veneers, and an interior layer of stip planked Douglas fir, all vacuum-bagged and laid up in epoxy.  For abrasion resistance, the hull is sheathed in two layers of 9-ounce E-glass cloth also set in epoxy.  Strong floor timbers tie the keel to the stringers that help distribute the load from the external lead ballast.  The keel itself is of stack-laminated wood and is strengthened in it fine aft section with extra S-glass sheathing. To save weight there is no interior framing.  Instead the hull skin above the keel root is entirely supported by internal bulkheads and furniture components. The Interior joinery is world class and features Herreshoff-style trim and beautiful white head beaded panel bulkheads, including a gorgeous oval-framed partial bulkhead aft." ~ Charles J. Doane from The Modern Cruising Sailboat

Deck & Hull


  • Hatches: (4) Lewmar Ocean Series
  • Anchor Roller/Stemhead and Pulpits by Nautilus Marine Fabrication
  • Blocks, Tracks, Cars and Clutches by Lewmar & Harken
  • Dorade cowl vents (4) by Hood
  • Custom removable outboard motor fuel tank deck box
  • Edson outboard motor bracket on stern pulpit
  • Forespar Nova Lift Lifting Crane crane on stern pulpit (2007)
  • Lewmar Ocean#3 electric windlass
  • Bow seat
  • (2) Diesel fills at bow
  • (3) 12-inch cleats
  • (1) 15-inch cleat
  • (2) Cleats midship forward and aft of midship chalk
  • Teak handrails running along top the cabin top
  • Deck Awlgripped ~ Mar 2012
  • Installed Nicro vents in (2) forward deck hatches ~ May 2012
  • Pushpit seating installed port and starboard ~ May 2012
  • Varnish serviced ~ Sep. 2012
  • Hatch lenses replaced ~ Jan. 2014
  • Varnish work serviced ~ Jan. 2104
  • Lazzarettes painted ~ Jan. 2014
  • Varnish work serviced ~ Jul. 2016
  • Installed flush cleats on port and starboard aft deck ~ Jan. 2014
  • Cockpit Awlgripped ~ Apr. 2014


  • Varnish serviced ~ Mar. 2012
  • Topsides Awlgripped ~ Mar. 2012
  • Bottom painted ~ May 2012
  • Boot stripe painted ~ May 2012
  • Sand and paint bottom ~ May 2013
  • Clean and Permanon hull ~ May 2013
  • (2) Layers of Kevlar applied to forward portion of hull for added protection and bash guard installed ~ Mar 2014
  • Minor refit ~ Aug. 2016


     "Gusto's rig is much more modern than traditional. The sail plan, a straight slutter rig, with a detachable inner forestay that can support a hanked-on staysail or storm jib, is rather conventional for a bluewater cruising boat.  Materials, however, are thoroughly contemporary. The spars are all carbon fiber*; the standing rigging is all lightweight Navtec rod, with a hydraulic adjustable backstay the sail inventory boasts a suit of ... cruising sails... To help with the grinding when tacking there's a pair of electric primary winches in the cockpit. More recently recently, ... has added a detachable carbon-fiber bowsprit to facilitate the flying of large asymmetrical spinnaker" Charles J. Doane from The Modern Cruising Sailboat

  • Mast, Boom and Standing Rigging by GMT Composites, Bristol RI ~ 2002
  • Detachable Sprit by GMT Composites ~ 2006
  • Mast and boom: Carbon Fiber
  • Navtec Hydraulic Backstay
  • Double Spreaders, Masthead Rig
  • Harken 2.5 Roller Furler
  • Movable Inner Forestay for hanked-on Staysail
  • Running Backstays
  • Running Rigging by Maloney Marine Rigging
  • Install Harken self-tacking jib traveler system ~ Jan. 2012
  • Maine halyard electric winch added ~ Jan. 2012
  • Dye test standing rigging ~ Mar. 2012
  • Service deck/mast winches ~ Mar. 2012
  • Clean and wax mast and boom ~ Mar. 2012
  • Clean and polish rigging ~ Mar. 2012
  • Service headsail furler ~ Mar. 2012
  • Schaefer furling boom installed ~ Aug. 2013
  • Service deck/mast winches ~ Jan. 20140
  • New hydraulic hoses for backstay pump ~ Apr. 2014
  • Dye test standing rigging ~ Apr. 2014


  • (2) Lewmar 48ST on mast
  • (2) Lewmar 44ST for staysail on cabin top
  • (2) Lewmar 48EST Electric on cabin top
  • (2) Lewmar 58 EST Electric in cockpit
  • (2) Lewmar 50ST in cockpit

  • Staysail ~2002
  • Storm jib ~ 2002
  • Storm Trysail ~ 2002
  • Broad shoulder spinnaker ~ 2002
  • Narrow shoulder spinnaker ~ 2002
  • Sails sent to Maine Sailing Partners for service and seasonal storage ~ Dec. 2011
  • Jib ~ Jan. 2012
  • New fully battened Aurora mainsail ~ 2014
  • Roller furling jib ~ 2014
  • Parasail Cruising Spinnaker ~ 2014


     Navigation Station

  • Raymarine ST60 Autohelm series 
  • Raymarine ST6001 Autopilot 
  • Raymarine hand held smart controller with charger 
  • Raymarine ASIS 
  • Raymarine E120W Hybrid touch, GPS/Chart plotter 
  • Iridium satellite phone installed ~ Jun. 2014
  • Northstar 952x Gps
  • Icom IC-M710 VHF
  • Icom IC-M502 VHF
  • Trimble - TNL7001 
  • Qualcomm cell phone  


  • Raymarine E-120 W Hybrid Touch 
  • Raymarine ST60 Wind, and autohelm
  • Echopilot forward facing 3D sonar ~ Apr. 2014
  • Yanmar Engine Display
  • Lewmar Windlass slip 
  • Richie Compass 


  • Pilot Berth: CARD Collision Avoidance Radar Detector; Pains Wessex 121.5 mhz Crew Overboard Emergency Receiver w. 2 ACR Mini B2 121.5mhz EPIRBs
  • Masthead: ARC AIS/VHF Antenna (2007); Digital Antenna 30? Cellular Antenna (2007)
  • WiFi antenna installed ~ Oct. 2014


     The electrical system is very well engineered with the Master AC DC panel located in the Nav Station area. Alternator: Balmar 100 amp with MaxCharge Regulator

  • Custom AC DC panel, backlit
  • 12V DC and 110V AC (shore power)
  • Ample Power Energy Monitor
  • 12V Marinco power receptacles in nav station, heads, galley, main cabin berth areas
  • 110V GFCI duplex receptacles in nav station, heads, and galley.
  • 110V Marinco 30 amp receptacle in cockpit
  • 14W Solar Panel and Regulator (2007)


  • (2) 8D AGM batteries ~ 2011
  • Victron Combi Unit charger/inverter ~ 2011
  • Lifeline Group 31 Engine start battery ~ Jan. 2014
  • Watt and Sea Cruising 600 Hydro generator ~ Jan. 2014
  • 12 Volt Steerling Procharger battery to battery charger ~ Jan. 2014
  • (3) Solar panels added 500 W total ~ Jan. 2014
  • Solar controller ~ Jan. 2014
  • 200 Amp hour Ballmer alternator added ~Jan. 2014
  • (2) Lithium Ion batteries house (350 Amp Hour each) ~ Jan. 2014
  • Cantalupi LED dome lighting installed ~ Apr. 2014



  • New Custom Edson rack and pinion steering system installed ~ Mar. 2011
  • 36” Clutch stainless steel wheel ~ Mar. 2011
  • Seat at helm installed ~ Mar. 2011


  • Engine winterization ~ Nov. 2011
  • Maxprop serviced ~ Dec. 2011
  • New cutlass bearing ~ Dec. 2011
  • New stuffing box packing ~ Dec. 2011
  • Engine commissioned ~ May 2012
  • Windlass serviced ~ May 2012
  • Engine winterization ~ Nov. 2012
  • Engine commissioned ~ May 2013
  • Engine winterized ~ Nov. 2013
  • Windlass serviced ~ Jan 2014
  • Engine commissioned ~ May 2014
  • Seafrost engine driven cold plate serviced ~ Jun. 2014

  • (2) 60-gallon aluminum fresh water tanks ~ Original
  • (4) Aluminum fuel tanks 52-gallon aft starboard, 29-gallon aft port, 25-gallon forward starboard and 45-gallon forward port ~ Forward tanks new Mar. 2014
  • Fuel polished and tanks cleaned ~ May 2012
  • (2) Aluminum reserve tanks added in V-berth ~ Jan. 2014
  • Reverso Oil Change System repurposed to transfer fuel between tanks ~ Jan. 2014
  • Philippi Tank Monitor for fuel and water ~ Mar. 2014

  • Aqua Mini water maker ~ Jan. 2012
  • Replaced freshwater sink filters ~ Mar. 2012
  • All fresh water hoses replaced ~ Mar. 2014
  • Bilge pump hoses replaced ~ Mar. 2014
  • Cockpit shower installed (cold water) ~ Mar. 2014


     "The accommodations plan is traditional, with a no-nonsense emphasis on sea berths. The seatbacks of the two straight settees in the saloon swing up to form adjustable overhead pilot berths.  With a V-berth forward plus a large double quarter berth aft, the boat can sleep eight in harbor or 5 comfortably at sea.  There are two separate heads, both fitted with showers.  Both the galley and nav station, just forward of the companionway, are large and secure with lots of modern gear and conveniences. Behind the aft head to port there is a great systems space through which the 56 hp Yanmar diesel engine (mounted facing aft with V drive) can be easily accessed and serviced." ~ Charles J. Doane from The Modern Cruising Sailboat

     In the V-berth of vessel there is plenty of storage, with hatches running below the hinged shelves and a work space located on berth. There are two diesel tanks located below the berth. The wash down pump is located to starboard in the aft hatch and a reverso oil change system located to the aft port berth hatch. With overhead Cantalupi lighting and two hella turbo fans you will be able to work or sleep comfortably. 

  • Overhead Lewmar hatch 
  • Anchor access in bow, with a extra 50LB Luke fisherman anchor 
  • Forward berth access hatch to extra anchor chain
  • (2) Cantalupi LED overhead lights 
  • (2) Hinged shelves located above berth/work space for storage 
  • (2) Hella Turbo 12 volt fans
  • Large double V-berth
  • Polartec fleece slipcovers on upholstered cushions
  • Lee cloths

     As you move aft into the forward head to the starboard side, you have a teak bench seat with storage outboard. There is a shower wand with a hot/cold mixing head above the bench with a stainless steel towel rack over head, and a teak grated floor. To the port side is a manual Lavac head, with a stainless steel sink with hot/cold pressurized fresh water. Storage outboard of the sink, and a Aqua Source water filter located below the sink. Also featured:

  • Mirror
  • Overhead hatch
  • (2) Ports 
  • (2) Cantalupi overhead lights
  • 12-Volt outlet
  • Sea Recovery watermaker display panel
  • Stainless steel towel rack 

     The salon space is comprised of two settees, port and starboard. Both backs of the settees are hinged and clip to the ceiling to create (4) twin berths, (2) lower with lee cloths and (2) upper. In the center of the salon is a leafed table with glass or bottle storage in the center. 

  • Polartec fleece slipcovers on upholstered cushions
  • Force 10 Propane Heater
  • (2) Hella turbo fans located to port and starboard
  • 12-Volt outlet
  • (2) Bose speakers 
  • (3) Overhead hatches with screens 
  • (4) Window ports, (2) to starboard and (2) to port
  • (2) Overhead teak hand rails

     The U-shaped galley of Gusto, with harness clips for safety, is located aft of the salon to starboard. Above and outboard of the stove and refrigeration system is plate and cup storage with pantry space. Forward of the stove is outboard drawer storage, and aft is a lower refrigeration door with counter top access above. Also featured: 

  • Force-10 (3) burner propane stove with oven and broiler
  • Sea-frost engine driven refrigeration 
  • Intex S-SA propane/fume monitor, located 
  • Double basin stainless steel sink with pressurized hot/cold fresh-water, and manual salt water foot pump and tap 
  • Aqua Source water filter
  • (3) Cantalupi LED lights overhead 
  • French press holder with carafes
  • (2) 12-Volt outlets 

     Located to port of the galley the aft facing navigation station offers great light and space with great access to the cockpit and crew running the yacht. This area also boasts:

  • Full Suite of electronics 
  • Bench seating
  • outboard storage 
  • Shelf storage 
  • Emergency bilge pump, located under bench seat
  • Tank Tender, for water, fuel and wast
  • Vetus meteo Battery monitor
  • Phillippi tank monitor
  • Fuel Transfer switch
  • Seafrost control
  • Brother MFC.J4500W printer
  • (2) Cantalupi LED overhead lights
  • Rapid HX Epirb
  • (2) 12 Volt plugs located in chart table
  • JVC KD-R850BT CD AUX Radio player

     Located aft of the navigation station is the aft/day head. This area offers:

  • (3) Stainless steel hand rails 
  • Teak toilet paper holder
  • Lavac head
  • Hot/cold pressurized mixer sink
  • Hot/cold shower with mixer head wand
  • Storage outboard
  • Large locker outboard
  • Companion-way boards storage located above the large locker
  • Engine room access

     Moving to starboard on Gusto is a quarter berth. With a large hanging locker and a double bunk this is a very comfortable spot to sleep. There is storage outboard and a opening port, with a Hella 12-volt turbo fan. 

  • Stainless steel grab bars
  • MOB emergency receiver 
  • screens for opening ports 
  • (2) Cantalupi LED overhead lights
  • Card radar detector switch
  • 12-Volt outlet

     Upgrades and Maintenance

  • (7) 12-Volt DC fans
  • New Force 10 assembly ~ Mar. 2014
  • Interior painted and varnished ~ Apr. 2014
  • Installed additional DC driven cold plate for ice box ~ Jun. 2014
  • Stainless steel grab bars installed in aft head and quarter berth ~ Jun. 2014


     GUSTO was designed and built in accordance with the 1994 ABS Guide for Building and Classing Offshore Yachts. She has passed the inspections mandated by the Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race (2003) and the Newport to Bermuda Race (2006) for Category 1 Ocean Races.

  • Rapid HX Epirb
  • Lifesling in rail-mounted canister
  • Type-IV Horseshoe Buoy
  • ACR Automatic Bulkhead Strobe Light
  • (2) Whale Mark III Gusher 10 manual bilge pumps
  • (3) Rule and Lovett electric bilge and sump pumps Fire Extinguishers: CO2: (2) 25 lbs; (1) 10 lbs. Custom storage brackets

     Maintenance & Upgrades

  • All stanchions replaced with heavy duty posts and bases ~ Mar. 2014
  • New lifelines installed ~ Apr. 2014



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