Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Elizabeth Jane II - Peterson 44

Elizabeth Jane II has embarked on several long passages, having been berthed in New Jersey in 1980 and cruising across the Pacific to Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, before calling Port Adelaide her new home (under the vessel name 'Willow I'). And these are the voyages that we know of!

Under our command, she completed 20 months at sea, cruising the Australian east coast, South East Asia, the Western Pacific (Philippines & Palau) before heading east and home to Sydney, via Micronesia and the Solomon Islands. She is now enjoying the next chapter of her life, with her new own in Victoria, Australia, with aspirations to do some more Pacific Ocean trekking. Fair winds...

The Peterson 44 was the combined effort of racing designer Doug Peterson and yacht broker Jack Kelly, with aims to create the best cruising yacht. Designed in USA and constructed in Taiwan, the Peterson 44 is unrivaled in its comfort for long distance cruising balanced with speed.

The boat hull construction is fibre glass and the deck is fibreglass/plywood/fibreglass sandwich. The deck is gel-coat/non-skid with timber bulkwarks.

The design features a low-profile center cockpit that keeps weight low physically as well as visually. The long-fin keel with cutaway forefoot and afterbody reduces wetted surface for good light-air performance and provides a shorter turning radius. A full-size molded-in skeg supports the rudder and provides good protection during the occasional grounding. Protected also is the prop, mounted in an aperture between the skeg and the rudder. Displacement of 30,000 pounds (10,000 of this is buried in encapsulated lead ballast) gives the Peterson 44 an easy motion at sea.
Elizabeth Jane II
Hull No.267
Maiden Voyage 1980

Down below, the layout offers an aft captains suite with head.

A full-size U-shaped galley is located to port near amidship. Accommodating a fridge, freezer, oven/stove, double sink and loads of storage nooks. 

The main saloon's obvious divider is the mast which runs through the middle of it, however does not detract from the comfortable dining table for 4 (also a double berth) to port and the couch (single berth) to starboard.

Moving forward there is a large head with shower to port and a queen sized V-berth, comfortably accommodating 2 persons.

The cabin is detailed with teak timber joinery and gloss white laminate and white vinyl to brighten the interiors. The cabin sole is composed of teak and rosewood sandwich topped with a gloss varnish.

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  1. A boat with a saloon! Cowboy hats mandatory.

  2. Great place to anchor - theres the Patonga fish and chip shop and pub just a stones throw away too. N

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