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Many consider the Cherubini 44 "White Hawk" to be the most beautiful fiberglass sailing yacht ever built in America.  The 34 owners who purchased a new Cherubini 44 could select several variations to her house and deck configuration; but for White Hawk, hull number 7, John Cherubini designed every line and curve himself, intending it to be the show boat of the line. It was very successful, attracting many orders, and successfully launching a new company. Her robust construction cannot be economically duplicated today. That and her outstanding sailing characteristics and beauty continue to draw admirers, especially after the current owner's restoration.

Cherubini Yachts completed the extensive phase one of the restoration in 2004-2005, which helped re-establish the Cherubini's boat building business. Zimmerman Marine, Mathews, Va., did phase two, installing a new electrical panel and system, stainless steel shaft, max-prop, cutlass bearing, and engine overhaul. Finally, Cherubini Yachts came back to do phase three, which Lee Cherubini personally supervised. It involved installation of a new 12,000 lb. lead Scheel keel cast by Mars Metal, a new solid fir bowsprit, a new stainless steel bow pulpit and teak covering for the cockpit deck.

The Cherubini 44 line is featured in all three of Ferenc Mate's books on "The World's Best Sailboats". "White Hawk" herself is pictured in Vol. one and regularly attracts magazine interest. Since the builder sold her in 1981, she has been sailing mostly protected waters, Long Island Sound and the Chesapeake Bay, with some East Coast cruising. The current and prior owner, both friends, lovingly cared for her with little expense spared and frequent indoor winter storage.

The Cherubini's sailing performance is as legendary as her beauty. She moves along great in both light and heavy winds with the perfect balance of power and comfort, aided in her windward performance by her conversion from a centerboard to an exterior lead Sheel keel. She is easily handled by two to three people. (see you tube video: "Fair Winds, Following Sea").

This is a unique opportunity to own a beautiful sailboat that is a classic of American boat building.

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  • Location
    Gibson Island, MD, US
  • Vessel Name
    White Hawk
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  • Available for sale in U.S. waters
  • Length
    44 ft - 13.41 meter
  • LOA:
    51 ft - 15.54 meter
  • Beam:
    12 ft - 3.66 meter
  • Draft - max:
    4 ft 10 in - 1.47 meter
  • Bridge Clearance:
    57 ft - 17.37 meter
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  • Horsepower:
    40 (Individual), 40 (combined)
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  • Fuel Tank:
    60 gallons - 1 tank(s)
  • Fresh Water Tank:
    100 gallons - 1 tank(s)
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Beautiful varnished Honduras mahogany interior accented with white pine and spruce. The interior is designed to be both functional and comfortable under sail. A convenient hand-hold or place to lean on while sailing is never far away. The custom interior space is a unique 3 cabin, 1 head design that must be seen to appreciate. Standing headroom is 6'2. All berths are at least 6'5" in length and protected by sides or leeboards.

As you enter the cabin from the companionway at the cockpit you will find the galley to starboard, and 2 quarter berths on ether side of the companionway stairs. For passage- making this cabin offers a functional space allowing the off-watch ample spots for gear and rest, and access to the galley, all while staying close to the helm. The main salon is separated from this area by a bulkhead and cabin door which serves to isolate the off-watch crew. There is a sliding pass-through to transfer food and drinks from the galley to the main salon table. 

The main salon is mid-ship, and shows the best of Cherubini's legendary craftsmanship. Traditional in design there are settees going fore and aft with a beautiful drop leaf table center-line. There is ample natural light and air flow with 4 opening port lights along the house and opening hatches overhead.

The head is forward of the salon, starboard side. The toilet and shower are in the wet head with a vanity sink. 

Along the forward end of the main salon is another bulkhead with cabin door leading to the forward cabin v-berth. This cabin houses 2 single berths with a fill cushion and a vanity and mirror with a fold up seat. There is also a separate access via ladder to the cabin's own, beautifully designed cabin house.  


The galley is well thought out with a double sink in the forward section athwart-ships and the stove to starboard. There is ample storage and wicker cane insert doors providing ventilation in the cabinets. Features of the galley include:

  • Luke 3 burner propane stove and oven
  • Large Icebox that can be converted to holding plate refridgeration
  • Electric and engine heated pressure water 
  • Manual  sea water pump
  • Double  S/S  sink
  • Fold up seat at icebox/nav station

Electronics and Navigation

A full suite of upgraded, functional electronics and navigation equipment including:

  • Furuno 15" 3D Navnet chart plotter at helm
  • Furuno radar integrated into plotter
  • Furuno autopilot and wind indicator
  • Icom VHF w/ RAM mic
  • Marine Stereo
  • Danforth Binacle mounted compass
  • Masthead Tri-color

Sails and Rigging
  • Ketch and Cutter rigged
  • Dutchman rigging on main and mizzen sail
  • Self-tending working jib on club foot with removable stay
  • Genoa and Yankee alternate on Schaffer roller furling
  • Gennaker in tube
  • Lewmar 48 self tailing sheet winches
  • Lewmar 44 and 34 self tailing halyard winches
  • Displacement to waterline ratio is 195
  • Sail area to displacement ratio is 19.67

Hull and Deck

The Cheribuini 44 hull design is famously one of the most beautiful and functional sailboat designs ever created. The clipper bow, counter stern, beautiful tumblehome and sheer turns heads where ever she goes.

In sailing, her shallow draft and low wetted surface accommodate excellent light air performance; whereas her 12,000 lbs. of lead ballast, in the bottom 12 inches of the keel, created the stability needed for heavy air performance. Her cutter and ketch design allow you to trim sail as needed to keep the heeling angle low while presenting an efficient sail shape to the wind. 

She is extremely strong. The hull is hand-laid glass with no coring. she is 1/2'" thick on the sheer line, 5/8" thick along the topsides, 3/4" thick at the waterline and 7/8" - 1 1/4" thick at the turn of the bilges. The deck is 1 inch marine plywood overlaid with fiberglass which was epoxy coated and Awlgripped. The two cabins have solid 1 inch teak on four sides with the interior overlaid with mahogany veneer. The main cabin roof has a one inch air gap to the interior wood lining, all making for a very quiet cabin, even in storm conditions.


The helm is balanced and easily driven under sail and power, and with a draft of only 4'10" she can go almost anywhere. "White Hawk" was converted from a centerboard to her patented "Sheel Keel" during phase three of her restoration and sits perfectly on her lines. 


Engine and Mechanical
  • Westerbeke 40hp engine
  • 3 blade Maxprop
  • Racor Fuel Filters and pressure gauge

Other Equipment Included
  • 1 Delta anchor and 1 CQR anchor each with chain and rode
  • 6 type V inflatable life vests
  • 6 type I solid foam adult life jackets
  • 1 pair binoculars
  • Vetus manual windlass
  • Split anchor locker
  • Custom seat on the bowsprit
  • 6 chrome dorade vents
  • Hard shell life raft with hydro-static release
  • Elk hide wheel
  • 14 opening ports in bronze with chrome inlay. 
  • Bimini
  • Cockpit Cushions
  • 30 amp shore power, 50 amp converter and battery charger
  • 8' inflatable Achilles dinghy
  • 1 solid 24" life ring
  • Emergency aluminum tiller
  • Full boat canvas cover in very good condtion
  • Luke wood burning stainless steel fireplace, chimney and Charley Noble (not currently installed) 


  • Stainless cookware set
  • Emergency ditch bag with incendiary and signaling devices
  • portable VHF
  • Four winch handles
  • Propane tank

Restoration Details

Deck restoration

  • All deck hardware removed
  • Original fiberglass overlay deck removed
  • Marine plywood deck examined and repaired where needed
  • All thru deck intrusions rebuilt
  • Deck raised around chain plates to curtail future rainwater intrusion
  • Bulwark under toe rail stripped and rebuilt where necessary with solid mahogany
  • New fiberglass deck installed with sweep from toe rail to one-inch kerf into cabin sides and cockpit combing to curtail future water intrusion
  • New deck epoxy coated
  • New deck and cabin roof Awl-gripped with extensive no slip sand 
  • All deck hardware re-installed per owner's choice
  • Chain plate thru hulls sealed with 5200
  • New samson posts (2) installed reaching the keel with cork seals to deck, Awl-gripped
  • Cockpit stripped; speaker cutouts sealed with new stainless steel ports
  • Cockpit fiberglass repaired and Awl-gripped and new cockpit cushions made and installed
  • New bowsprit built and installed per original box mahogany design- (eventually replaced with solid fir in phase III)
  • Genoa track relocated from deck to toe rail per later C44 design
  • Edson steering quadrant and steering station re-built and re-wired


Port lights

  • 14 bronze portlights removed, stripped, and re-chromed by electroplating.
  • New gaskets installed
  • Portlights re-installed


Masts and rigging

  • Both main and mizzen and all booms removed and stripped to bare aluminum
  • All spar attachments examined, repaired or replaced and re-secured
  • Masts and booms Awl-gripped
  • New solid teak support beams installed under cockpit for the deck mounted mizzen mast
  • New stainless steel chain plates installed
  • Shrouds and stays replaced where worn
  • New roller furling for #1 jib
  • New running rigging
  • All fairleads and blocks replaced



  • All exterior brightwork stripped.
  • Skylight removed and rebuilt
  • Dorade boxes rebuilt
  • New finish applied to all exterior brightwork
  • Toe rail stripped, rebuilt where necessary, and re-varnished and re-sealed on both sides to hull. 




  • Sanded below waterline to gelcoat
  • New epoxy coating applied below waterline with red warning coat
  • 5 coats of shark white ablative paint applied below w/l
  • New boot stripe
  • Trail boards and stern name plate recondition and repainted
  • Hull gelcoat above w/l buffed and waxed
  • Centerboard keel cut and board itself repaired and painted
  • Rudder removed, repaired and re-installed



  • All wood stripped and either re-painted or re-varnished with satin coat instead of original gloss.  New Formica where indicated. New mahogany veneers for both galley and main salon
  • All interior cushions replaced and with new cover cloth - done by Lippincott
  • All plumbing replaced
  • All electric outlets and connections redone
  • New faucets in galley and head
  • New electric hot water system installed feeding off engine
  • Cold plate refrigeration re-built (later uninstalled and disposed of)
  • New reading lights for bunks installed
  • New lights for head and galley installed
  • Original wood headliner removed, repaired, repainted and re-installed
  • All drawers removed, re-varnished, and re-installed with new hardware
  • Head re-built and electric maceration system installed
  • New head cabinet



  • Engine removed from boat, examined, partial re-build
  • New engine mounts installed
  • All new hoses
  • All new wiring
  • New wet exhaust
  • Engine re-installed with new bronze shaft-later replaced by thicker stainless steel shaft





.The Company 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.

  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - "White Hawk" underway
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - "White Hawk" underway
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - "White Hawk" underway
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - "White Hawk" underway
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - "White Hawk" underway
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Aft Cabin - Looking Aft
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Functional Galley
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Galley
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Galley
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Main Salon
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Main Salon
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Main Salon
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - All Cabins
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Functional Head
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Functional Head
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Forward Cabin
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - House over forward cabin
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - House over forward cabin
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Forward cabin
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Forward cabin
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Custom Main Electrical Panel
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Custom Main Electrical Panel
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Engine
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Helm
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Helm
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Helm
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Helm
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Beautiful Cockpit
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Beautiful Cockpit
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Main Companionway
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Main Cabin House
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Bow Section
  • 1979 Cherubini 44 - Bow Section
  • 1979 Cherubini 44
  • 1979 Cherubini 44



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Disclaimer: The Company 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/her agents, or his/her surveyors, to instigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.(7289498)