2006 Hunter 44 DS – NOW SOLD


Grabau International is delighted to announce its successful sale of the 2006 Hunter 44 DS ‘THODET’.

The Hunter 44 is a development of the 2002-introduced Hunter 426 DS, with a redesigned aft cabin. The Hunter 44 design was developed into the Hunter 45 DS in 2008 with the addition of twin helms, redesigned forward berth and new cabin windows.

The Hunter 44 shares the same hull design as the Hunter 426 DS, Hunter 45 DS, Hunter 44 AC (aft-cockpit) and the Hunter 45 CC (center cockpit).

The 44 is a small recreational keelboat, built predominantly of fiberglass, without any external wood trim. It has a fractional sloop B&R rig, an internally-mounted spade-type rudder and a fixed fin keel.

The boat has a draft of 6.5 ft (2.0 m) with the standard keel and 5.0 ft (1.5 m) with the optional shoal draft keel.


Marine is an American boat builder, now known as Marlow-Hunter, LLC, owned by David E. Marlow. The company also produces the Mainship power boat brand. Marlow also owns and manufactures the Marlow Yachts brand consisting of long range power cruisers in the 37 to 110 foot range. The company is based in Alachua Florida.

The first boat design was a 25-foot (7.6 meter) long sloop, and another noted design was the Ocean racing sailboat the HC 5

In the 1800s Henry Luhrs, a German immigrant, outfitted trading ships and owned a chandlery. His grandson, Henry, continued the family heritage on the New Jersey coast, building and repairing recreational and fishing boats. By the early 1960s Henry and his sons, John and Warren, were building over a thousand powerboats a year. Hunter was started in 1973 in Alachua, Florida, as a sailboat manufacturer. The early Hunter boats were designed by John E. Cherubini.

In 1988 the company ran into trouble, as the founder, Luhrs, engaged in protected ocean racing and left the company in the hands of management. The result was production of low-quality boats backed by a short warranty and poor customer service, leading to trouble with dealers and unhappy owners. Luhrs was forced to suspend his racing career and return to directly run the company, carrying out a restructuring, creating new work teams, extending the warranty from one year to five years and hiring Canadian designer Rob Mazza in 1991 to take over design and coordinate the production process. Mazza designed the Hunter 29.5 and its larger follow-up, the 336.

Hunter then utilized the design service of Glenn Henderson and its in-house team until 2010. Hunter is responsible for several market innovations, including their trademark stainless steel cockpit arch and their use of the B&R rig. Hunter also began the construction of sailboats whose hulls make use of bow hollow and stern reflex, marine architecture design elements that maximize thrust under sail.

We wish her new owners fair winds and following seas.

For those that missed out, Grabau International has a number of other similar yachts available for sale including:

Grand Soleil 48 Ocean Cruiser – full details here

Wauquiez Centurion 45s – full details here

Oyster 42 – full details here

Hallberg-Rassy 39 – full details here

Maxi 38 – full details here

Do you have a yacht like this to sell? Grabau International are always looking for new high-quality cruising yacht listings both in the UK and internationally. For further information about our tailored brokerage services, please look here or feel free to contact us.

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