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Bombay 44 Explorer

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Boat REF# 165404
Sold / Unavailable
Length 44'0"
Year 1979
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Sleeping berths 4
Engine 1 x diesel 52hp, Vetus XDP 490 (1983)
Lying Vashon Island, WA USA - Shown By Appointment


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Extra Details

Designer Maurice G DeClercq
Builder The New Bombay Trading Co.
Lying Vashon Island, WA USA - Shown By Appointment
Fuel capacity 90.0 USG Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 240.0 USG Total - 2 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 18.0 USG Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 12/05/2009


Engine 1 x diesel 52hp
Engine make and model Vetus XDP 490 (1983)
Engine Hours engine1:   359
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Prop(s) 3 blade bronze fixed
Fuel consumption (approx) 1.0 USG /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 6.5 knots
Max speed (approx) 7.5 knots

Engine was purchased new around 1983 for a different boat. It was stored as new and was not installed in this boat until November 2010. This Vetus engine was manufactured by Peugeot. Batteries are three house about six years old and two start, one having been replaced recently. Fuel consumption above is estimated as seller has never logged actual.


Length 44'0"
LWL 34'6"
Beam 13'1"
Draft Min 4'10"
Draft Max 9'5"
Airdraft 61'0"
Displacement 28,600.0lbs
Headroom 6'2"
Storage On marina


Sloop rigged Aluminium spars (1979) with Stainless Steel standing rigging (1979)


Reefing mainsail UK - Slab (2001) Stack Pack, Lazy Jacks, 2 Reefs
Headsail UK - Furling (2001)

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 5 batteries charged by: engine, shore power


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Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Gelcoat finish

Built in Florida by The New Bombay Trading Company during what appears to be a relatively brief time period. Few Bombay 44 Explorers were build. Their predecessor from a different manufacturer was the Stillson 44. It's a heavy layup of solid FRP with a skeg-hung rudder and a fairly large shoal draft keel employing a center board operated from a deck winch.


Total # of berths 4
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 3
Sink 2
Shower 1
Heads 2 heads (Manual)
Stove tick
Broiler tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Freezer tick
Carpet tick
Cabin heating tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Non-Smokers tick

Spacious interior with a huge cockpit said to seat up to 15. Entering the cabin via a companionway starboard of center drops you down to the nav station on starboard. Across to port is an entry to the aft cabin which has an en-suite head. Galley is starboard with the sink in the center cabinetry over the engine compartment. A good size salon with u-shaped dinette, settee to starboard. Forward one walks through the head /shower area to a large forward cabin.

Cabin heat from a Dickinson furnace.

3 burner propane Stove

Nav Equipment

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Compass tick
Speed tick
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Clock tick
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Navigation lights tick
TV tick
DVD tick

Raymarine C Series MFD with new chip as an upgrade.

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Spray dodgers tick
Rode tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Swim Ladder tick

2 halyard winches
5 sheet winches
Electric Unknown Brand windlass
1 anchors
(SL 30 Claw SKS)
200'0" of chain
Windlass (no brand is visible) is large and electric and appears as in good condition. Center board is operated by a winch on deck.

Safety Equipment

Life jackets tick
Horn tick

2 bilge pumps (0 manual / 2 electric)

Broker's Comments

This Bombay 44 Explorer is one of the unique designs innovated to allow access to a wide range of cruising grounds without sacrificing deep keel performance. It has a shoal draft keel allowing for shallow water sailing plus a center board that drops to 9-1/2 feet. This boat has seen extensive travels to places such as the Sea of Cortez and even Tahiti. It could make those trips again or serve as a nicely-sized live aboard. Her cockpit is huge with a big folding table. Her engine has been replaced and has less than 400 hours. But she could use a new dodger.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Bombay 44 Explorer has been personally photographed and viewed by Gary Buck of Boatshed Tacoma. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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