2010 RUSTLER 44 DS

£345,000 tax paid

High spec, single owner deck saloon Rustler

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelRustler 44 DS
DesignerStephen Jones
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
Tax/VAT StatusTax paid
LyingArdfern, Scotland, United Kingdom


EngineNanni N4.85 85hp
Fuel Capacity427l
Hull ConstructionGRP
Keel TypeFin Keel
Drinking Water Capacity728l


Fantastic single owner, blue water equipped example of the highly desirable and hugely practical Stephen Jones designed Rustler 44 Deck Saloon. Few yachts are built so well and her quality shows from every aspect and in every detail.

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With just one caring owner since new, and a hugely successful 2yr 37,000Nm circumnavigation under her belt, the time has come for PEAT SMOKE’s owner to pass her to her next custodian as he searches for his next project. PEAT SMOKE has been very well maintained throughout her ownership and was constructed with a fantastic ‘blue water’ specification.

Having returned to the UK from her world adventures in late 2013 PEATSMOKE returned to the Rustler yard in Falmouth for a re-fit over the 2013/14 winter. These works included:-
• New Mainsail and Staysail fitted
• All canvas work laundered, repaired and re-proofed
• New Selden rod kicker fitted with new gooseneck bushes
• New lazy jack system fitted
• New running rigging fitted including main, staysail & genoa halyards. Mainsheet, genoa and staysail sheets, traveller control lines etc.
• Engine fully cleaned and serviced, injectors removed and serviced, flexible oil pipes replaced, turbo heat shield replaced, Speed seal kit fitted on raw water pump.
• General joinery repairs internally and externally
• Re-varnishing in high wear areas below decks
• Renovation of portlights and ports
• Servicing of DuoGen unit
• Updating Firmware of Garmin instrument system


We went to Southampton Boat show in 2009 to look for a boat suitable for a world circumnavigation. Our primary requirement was a boat which would keep us safe in waters we knew little about when we were a long way from home. Rustler was by far the most impressive of the boats we had short-listed. The Rustler 42 nearly worked but It didn’t have the walk in aft cabin my wife wanted, the Rustler 44 did and is easily sailed by two. Being custom built, it allowed us to specify exactly how we wanted the boat to work and include the equipment we needed for serious sailing.

Peat Smoke was bought with safety in mind first, the very solid lay-up and strength is easily evident, the sail system is fool proof and she has been tested in some big seas. The cutter rig is very effective and particularly if wind is forward of the beam she makes some impressive speeds. On a trip to Iceland during the summer of 2017 we averaged over 7 knots over three days in heavy weather. When leaving for the circumnavigation in Biscay we had sustained winds of over 50 knots which whilst not too comfortable didn’t prove any problem for the boat while making ground South.

Peat Smoke's shakedown cruise was across Biscay to Spain in 2010 In 2011 we departed Islay and enjoyed a full circumnavigation, returning home in 2013. Since her return, we have been to Cornwall a couple of times and have enjoyed exploring the Scottish Islands, St Kilda in 2014 and in 2017 a trip North to the Faroes and Iceland.

We lived aboard Peat Smoke for two years very happily, in fact I wished we had the wood paneling at home, the galley is particularly good and storage space is excellent for a long trip. With the water-maker you are self-sufficient, the two lazarettes are enormous and great for all the extra kit needed on a long voyage. The Fleet Broad band allowed us to stay in touch and download weather when we needed it.

This boat is built for passage making and that is what see does best, keeping the crew safe and comfortable, when we bought her we could have had two larger “production” boats for the same price but it was never a contest for us. Sadly, as time moves on, we now find it less attractive to do long passages and we have decided to look for a displacement motor boat with more shelter. It will be a wrench, you get used to people coming up to you and saying what a lovely looking boat she is, we have been very proud to be her owner for a while.


'Powerful, comfortable and exceptionally well-behaved, the Rustler 44 is a welcome addition to the ranks of classic blue water cruising yachts.

Rustler yachts have always had their own distinctive character - the company has a history of creating yachts that become design classics. Designed by Stephen Jones, the Rustler 44 is a fast, blue water cruiser combining exceptional performance with spectacular comfort.

Every Rustler is built to take the worst of prevailing seas, to look after her crew and inspire every yachtsman with blue water aspirations. The Rustlers heavy weather characteristics are why many are sailed on long distance cruises. With a modern sail plan, the Rustler 44 is easily handled by two people, a superb performance combined with a comfortable motion underway will allow easy long distance passage making.'


Rustler 44 - A Pure Blue-Water Cruiser from Britain.

The Rustler 44 is not a trendy boat designed to make the most of the new model year. Its a wholesome offshore cruiser that will be chalking up the blue water miles a generation from now with another circumnavigation on its dance card......

With long haul cruising designed into the 44, the designer and builder have ensured that the boat has plenty of convenient storage space for personal gear as well as all of the spares and equipment that cruisers need to carry with them.....

The quality Rustler builds into their boats is from the old school with finely detailed teak joinery work below deck that is varnished and hand rubbed and fine stainless steel detailing on deck. Teak decks give the boat an elegant look and provide excellent non-skid when wet.

For those looking for a serious cruising boat that will carry them far and wide in safety and luxury the Rustler 44 has a lot to offer'

Blue Water Sailing, Boat Reviews - Rustler 44.



RCD Status:
• Our understanding is that the yacht is built to comply with CE Boat Category A-ocean.

Hull Construction:
• Hand consolidated single piece GRP moulding utilising conventional woven roving fabrics +/-90 degrees with additional quadraxial fabric layers +/-90 and +/- 45 degrees provide the moulding with added structural integrity
• Balsa sandwich construction outside of keel pan area
• Full length stringers fully laminated to hull shell moulding
• Transverse moulded floors fully laminated to hull shell moulding
• Structural bulkheads full laminate to both hull and deck moulding
• Dark blue topsides

Deck & Superstructure Construction:
• Hand consolidated single piece GRP moulding utilising conventional woven roving fabrics +/-90 degrees with additional quadraxial fabric layers +/-90 and +/- 45 degrees provide the moulding with added structural integrity
• Balsa sandwich construction with plywood/alloy backing plates in way of structural deck fittings
• L-shaped upstand at deck edge to form hull to deck joint, fully boned to hull and laminated on underside, upstand creating moulded toe rail is mechanically fastened by through bolting also.
• Deck moulding finished in cream gelcoat with moulded non-slip panels on coachroof.
• Teak side decks and cockpit
• Solid teak caprail

Keel & Rudder:
• Proprietary Jones bulb design keel geometry. A single piece casting of lead external ballast with 4% fastened to hull with stainless steel bolts.
• Rudder stainless steel rudder stock with stainless steel tangs inside a GRP foam filled rudder.


Engine & gearbox:
• Nanni N4.85 4 cylinder turbo-charged diesel engine producing 85hp
• 2:1 hydraulic reduction gearbox with shaft drive
• Aquadrive CM10 unit on prop shaft
• Freshwater engine cooling using raw water inlet and heat exchanger.
• Silent running exhaust with Halyard Marine water separator

Propulsion & Steering:
• Lewmar pedestal steering with wheel, throttle/gear control and Scanstrut instrument pod.
• Elkhide covered stainless steel wheel
• Maxprop 21” 3-bladed feathering propeller
• Stripper-type rope cutter
• Sidepower SE80 24vDC bowthruster with control at helm pedestal.
• Emergency steering gear


Voltage systems:
• 12vDC primary domestic system with 230v AC via shorepower, inline generator or inverter

Battery Banks:
• 1x 12vDC 130Ah Mastervolt AGM engine start battery – 2017
• 4x 12vDC 200Ah Mastervolt AGM service batteries joined in parallel to supply 800Ah – 2013

Charging / Inverter:
• Mastervolt Master Charge smart battery charger
• Mastervolt Mass Sine 12/2000 2kw inverter
• Mastervolt integrated battery monitoring system and inverter control

• Nanni 4kw inline generator mounted between engine and gearbox

• 12vDC alternator on engine to charge start battery
• High output 12vDC alternator for service battery bank

Wind, Solar & Water Generation:
• Duogen water generator
• Air Breeze wind generator
• Solara SM225M 68 watt solar panel

Other Electrical:
• Empirbus digital power distribution system
• Auxiluary 12V sockets - 6 provided throughout accommodation.
• Shaver Socket - 12v/20A provided in both heads


Fresh Water:
• 12vDC pressure system for fresh water
• Hot water supplied via engine cooling with calorifier or via 230vAC immersion heater element from shore power
• Hot & cold pressurised water to galley, heads and shower at stern platform
• Manual fresh water supply at galley with filter

• Spectra Ventura 150 Delux reverse-osmosis watermaker with z-brane

Salt Water:
• Manual salt water supply to galley via foot pump

Bilge Pumps:
• Manual Bilge Pump - 1 in cockpit and 1 below decks
• Electric Bilge Pump - 1 of with manual and automatic switching
• 12vDC electric shower drain pumps


• 472 litres fuel capacity in 5x tanks

Fresh Water:
• 728 litres fresh water capacity in 2x tanks

Holding Tanks:
• 2x 135 litre black water holding tanks


On Deck:
• Garmin 5008 LCD GPS chart plotter display
• Garmin 4kw closed array radar scanner
• Raymarine ST6002+ autopilot control head connected to Whitlock Mamba drive system
• Raymarine S100 remote control for autopilot
• Garmin GMi10 multi-function displays with wind, speed and depth transducers
• Lit steering compass at helm pedestal

At Chart Table:
• Garmin 5012 MFD GPS plotter display
• Navtex - ICS NAV6+Dual Navtex
• Computer Interface - NMEA connection for connection of Laptop to onboard navigation system
• Raymarine AIS250 receiver
• Comar CSB200 class B transponder

Communications Equipment:
• Icom M603 DSC VHF with dual station command mic.
• SSB - Icom M802 SSB with AT141
• Iridium SC4000 satellite phone system
• Sailor Fleet Broad Band System


• GN Espace Alize gas galley range, 4 burners, grill and oven
• Panasonic 900w microwave oven
• Custom made front opening full stainless steel fridge unit mounted under galley.
• Dedicated top loading freezer under galley worktop. Can be switch for use as fridge also.

• Manual Jabsco twist-lock heads in both heads compartments
• Heads showers with automatic temperature control and electric pump out

Heating & Ventilation:
• Webasto Airtop Evo 5500, diesel fired blown air system. 5 outlets throughout below decks accommodation.

• Ample overhead lights chromed bulkhead reading lights at settees and berths (LED in saloon)

• TV - Aytrex 15" TV/DVD player, mounted on aft bulkhead in saloon
• Stereo - Clarion FM/AM with Aux input and switchable speakers in saloon and aft cabin


Summary of Accommodation:
• Raised deck saloon aft cockpit layout with two double cabins plus further saloon settee berths in lower and upper saloon areas. Forward and aft day heads with showers.
• Commissioned by the owners with an Oak interior the boat is very striking below decks with the lighter timber having a noticeable effect on the levels of natural light throughout the living space. Rustlers traditional attitude to construction is evident below decks. The joinery work being to the highest standard and the attention to detail visible in the matching of timber grain. All the furniture is reassuringly solid and has obviously been built with life at sea in mind.
• Oceanair skyscreens on all deck hatches
• Mattress - Pocket sprung with memory foam in aft cabin, new 2014 with only light use since.
• Locks to secure all lifting sole boards in place
• Corian counters in galley
• Lee Cloths - Fitted to both saloon bunks and master cabin.

Description of Accommodation from Forward:

Forward Cabin:
• Forward the forepeak provides a generous double V-berth in a spacious cabin. Aft of the bunk there is standing room with a dresser unit and hanging locker to starboard. Additional storage is provided in the cabin with bin lockers beneath the bunks and locker above the bunk outboard.

Forward Heads:
• The forward heads compartment is located at the port aft end of the cabin. Appointed with manual Jabsco heads which can discharge overboard or to the onboard holding tank, sink, vanity unit and shower. The shower draining to a grey water tank for discharge overboard.

Lower Dinette:
• At a lower level than the main saloon the area immediately aft of the forepeak accommodates a lower seating area to starboard and the galley to port. A bench settee runs along the starboard side with storage lockers overhead outboard and additional storage lockers behind the seat back outboard and beneath.

• The galley has a very purposeful layout and much thought has obviously been given to the making the area functional in a seaway. The wrap around Corian worktop provides plenty of working space with the galley bin and second top loading fridge concealed beneath. The GN Espace galley range provides 4 burners and a large volume oven of the quality normally found in houses. An excellent range of storage is provided around the galley in a selection of lockers and drawers with an additional custom made front opening stainless steel fridge providing extra fridge capacity. Above the partial bulkhead at the galley's aft end the space is open to the main saloon seating area.

• The elevated saloon to port of the companionway provides panoramic views from seating which wraps around the large fiddled table. A small TV/DVD player is mounted on the bulkhead aft. Open to the galley, nav station and lower seating the saloon is filled with natural light and is very much the heart of the living space.

Chart Table:
• Located on the starboard side of the saloon the navigation station is appointed with forward facing chart table and dedicated navigators seat. The chart table will take a folded admiralty chart with storage for charts provided under the working surface. At the forward end of the table the Garmin 5012 plotter is mounted and provides the navigator with access to all information on the Garmin system including, radar, plotter and AIS. The SSB and VHF radios are mounted outboard of the table with the ships Empirbus switch panel and Mastervolt integrated battery monitor/control panel behind.

Master Cabin:
• From the elevated saloon you step down into the master cabin aft. The cabin is laid out with the large double bunk located centrally. A storage and dresser unit run along the port and starboard sides of the bunk. At the forward end of the cabin to port a sizable hanging locker is provided outboard of a single seat.

Ensuite Heads:
• The en-suite heads is accessed through a door on the starboard forward end of the cabin. The compartment is appointed with a separate shower area with bulkhead mounted shower and teak sole grating, Jabsco manual toilet, basin and vanity unit.


• Masthead, cutter rigged sloop
• Twin spreader Selden mast
• Harken roller reefing system for genoa
• Furlex 300S roller reefing systems for staysail on inner forestay
• Selden rod kicker (2014)
• Walder boom brake system
• Twin Selden spinnaker poles, stowing on mast with twin tracks
• Folding mast steps at bottom and top of mast
• Removable bow sprit
• Lazyjacks for mainsail
• 1x19 discontinuous standing rigging.
• Hasslefor alloy tube type bottle screw covers.
• Running backstays secured with Spinlok clutches mounted on side decks
• Harken track systems for mainsheet, genoa and staysail

• 2x Andersen 58STE electric primar winches
• 2x Andersen 46ST secondary winches
• 1x Andersen 40STE electric main halyard winch at companionway
• 1x Andersen 40ST halyard/control line winch at companionway
• 1x Andersen 28ST halyard winch at mast

• Dacron fully-battened Mainsail – 2014
• Genoa - Dacron 'warp drive' radial cut. Owen Sails (2017)
• Dacron furling staysail - 2014

• Cockpit table
• Boarding Ladder - Folding ladder can be fitted on port & starboard sides midships with additional rung to below waterline
• Outboard Lifting Davit - Part of comms pole on aft starboard side
• Outboard Storage Bracket - Teak pad mounted on pushpit

Anchoring & Mooring:
• Lewmar V3 reversing electric anchor windlass with foot control buttons on foredeck
• Main Anchor - Rocna 33Kg on 80m chain rode.
• Kedge Anchor - Fortress FX23 on chain (5m) / warp (40m) rode
• Double stemhead bow roller with bronze rollers
• Stern roller for kedge
• Warps and fenders

Covers, Cushions & Canvas:
• Mainsail Cover - Stackpack type cover with mast boot
• Sprayhood - On stainless steel frame with leather covered aft grabrail
• Bimini Cover - Stored on zip bag on stainless steel frame
• Cockpit Tent - Zip in panels fit to Bimini to create full tent


General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

Life saving:
• Liferaft - Zodiac 4 person cannister raft. Stowed in custom made teak chocks
• Radar Reflector - EchoMax Active X Band radar target enhancer
• KIM Man Overboard Recovery Sling - Mounted on aft rail
• Jon Buoy Inflatable Dan buoy Module - Mounted of aft rail

Viewing arrangements

Lying Ardfern, Scotland.

Available to view strictly by appointment

Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00
Saturday by prior appointment

For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact us.

Please Note: Due to the varying locations of our yachts, your travel time and the distances that may be involved, we recommend that you only make arrangements to view if you are actively considering purchase.

Lead Broker: Mark Cameron
Tel: Mobile: +44 (0)7988 763254
Email: mark@grabauinternational.com

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