1990 MASON 44, hull #152
What is it about the Mason 44 that attracts accomplished sailors?
It’s the combined sailing characteristics, the comfortable accommodations and ease of handling.
Frances B is hull number 152 of 169, they were built 1985 thru 1999. It is the most photographed of the 44s, gracing the covers of Cruising World, Yachting World magazines and most recently the Cruising World 2020 calendar. FB has cruised remote locations; Greenland, Labrador, Newfoundland among them. There are 18 feature length articles about adventures on Frances B in yachting magazines in the US and the UK.
LOA: 43’ 10”
LWL: 31’ 9”
Beam: 12’ 3”
Draft: 6’ 6”
Displacement: 27,400 lbs
Ballast: 9,400 lbs
Sail area, cutter sail plan: 899 sq. ft.
Yanmar 4JH-TE (turbo charged) 55HP
1 ¼ stainless steel propeller shaft
Propeller – 18 x 12
Water: 170 gallons. 4 water tanks, the 2 largest are under the floor boards in the main cabin, one large tank under the starboard settee, and a 30 gallon tank under the aft seat of the U shaped settee
Fuel: 150 gallons. 80 gallon tank under the aft owner’s berth and another 80 gallon tank by the companionway on the starboard side, across from the owner’s cabin.
Waste: 25 gallons. Under the berth in the forward cabin on the port side.
2 doubles and 3 singles. If desired the starboard settee in the main cabin pulls out to make a wider bunk if desired. The hinged backrest of that starboard settee can be raised to form a pilot berth. The stainless supports for this the pilot berth can be adjusted for comfortable length. They are stowed in the hanging locker across from the heads compartment.
Owner’s aft double berth to port in separate cabin, lee cloth
Removable berth controller to divide this large bunk at sea – works as a leeboard. Stored in the main cabin.
Chest of drawers with mirror
Large locker with shelves
3 lockers above the berth along the port hull
Tall 3 level book shelf with locker underneath
Drawer and locker under the bunk
Locker leading to the backs of electronic devices in the cockpit above the bunk
Remote depth sounder display
One portable fire extinguisher
U shaped galley to port
Separate 12 volt freezer and refrigerator, each with its own 12 volt compressor
Force 10 three burner propane stove with oven, gimbaled. New 2015
Double SS sinks, fresh water and sea water foot pumps (new 2017), electric hot and cold water pressure system
New large well ventilated teak fruit and vegetable locker above the sink
Small flip-up side table
Storage in lockers, drawers and cabinets
One portable fire extinguisher
One fire blanket
Full size chart table looking forward
Chart storage under flip up chart table top
Main electrical panel outboard of navigation seat
Additional cabinet under the head of the chart table long enough for rolled chart storage.
2 small lockers
Large drawer under the navigation seat
Chelsea brass clock and barometer
Remote depth sounder display
Foul weather gear hanging locker aft of navigation seat
One large portable fire extinguisher
U shaped settee to port with adjustable height table, single berth along the hull side. Lee cloth
Settee to starboard with lifting pilot berth above, lee cloth
The main cabin table can receive an extention which allows serving people sitting on the starboard setee. Normally it's stored in the hanging locker across from the heads compartment.
Large storage under the combination settee/berth along the port hull
2 storage areas behind the settee back cushions along the port hull
2 storage lockers above the settee on the port side
Book shelf (2 shelves) above the back of the settee (between the storage lockers)
3 large storage areas behind the settee back cushions on the starboard side
2 large storage lockers above the settee on the starboard side
Book shelf (2 shelves) between the two lockers on the starboard side
Chest of drawers and 2 large lockers at the forward foot of the starboard settee
Hanging locker forward of the chest of drawers on the starboard side
Sig Marine gravity fed diesel heater located across from the chest of drawers in the passageway to the head and the forward cabin
6 gallon diesel tank for gravity fed diesel heater located above the hanging locker
Main mast is located just aft of the heater on the center line.
3 Hella fans
Raritan PH 2 toilet, pumped into holding tank, dock side service or overboard
Marble counter with stainless steel sink, electric pressurized hot and cold water, fresh water foot pump
Medicine cabinet above sink
Large locker behind the head
Separate compartment shower, bench in shower space, electric hot and cold water, sump pump
Large locker in the shower compartment
Can be separated from main cabin with a folding door
Small double berth to port, secure luggage space to starboard (could be adapted to serve as a narrow berth), large storage space beneath (large enough for an inflatable kayak or a spare inflatable dinghy and an extra 600 feet of ¾ line if desired)
Tall locker with shelves to starboard
2 matching lockers to port and starboard (total of 4 lockers)
2 book shelves, one on each side
2 Hella fans
Storage locker under a small seat in the center
Long locker under the starboard section
One portable fire extinguisher
Proper large chain locker (one of the reasons we bought this boat)
Removable division down the middle
400 feet of 3/8ths G40 chain to starboard
600 feet ¾ nylon line with 40 feet of chain, which can be retrieved through a deck plate
Main electrical panel (120 volt AC and 12 volt DC) with circuit breakers by the navigator’s seat
House battery bank consists of 2 deep cycle 228 AH lead-acid (flooded type) batteries in their own case under the floor boards in the main cabin
The engine starting battery is an 8D lead-acid battery located under the owner’s berth in the aft cabin
All of the batteries are charged by a 60 amp alternator on the engine. When on shore power, the charge is provided by a Magnum MS 2800W charger-inverter located under the seat forward of the main cabin table. The boat is wired for 50 amp shore power with adapters for 30 amps. When connected to shore power there are 11 AC power outlets in the interior .
The same Magnum MS 2800 can provide up to 2800 watts of AC power from the batteries.
There are DC outlets in the cockpit and at the chart table
Radar Raytheon Pathfinder Rl 70C -24 miles range.
Raymarine depth ST60 with 3 displays.
2nd depthsounder as a back-up,Hummingbird HDR 650.
SSB Radio ICOM M700pro and a Pactor SCS-PTC-II usb for receiving e-mails via SSB radio.
VHF radio Icom-M604.
VHF radio Standard Horizon Matrix AIS/GPS (receives gps and tracks AIS signals).
CPT Autopilot and a spare unit.
Aries windvane self-steerer, no electric steerer under sail
Digital navigation: a lap top loaded with Open CPN chart software
McMurdo Personal AIS Recovery Device, Smartfind S20
Full size Firdell Radar Reflector
ACR EPIRB unit
BILGE PUMP SYSTEMS
Rule bilge alarm
Electrical Rule automatic bilge pump
Manual Whale pump operated from the cockpit
Manual Whale Gusher 30 operated from under the floorboards in the main cabin
6 opening hatches. 2 largest hatches are reinforced aluminum and Lexan Bomar. Remaining hatches are Lewmar. All hatches are outfitted with mosquito screens in varnished frames.
Ventilation provided by 3 cowls on dorade boxes
9 opening port lights with mosquito screens
All portlights and the permanent windows on the deck house are fitted with removable 1/2” Lexan storm covers
Teak hand holds
2 spare anchors, one 40 lb. Wishbone, one 40 lb. Northill are fitted on the deck house ready for use
2 sissy bars one on each side of the mast
2 chimneys for the balanced exhaust/intake system for the heater
Large Lofrans Falkon windlass
Inner stay for staysail
Anchor fitting with 2 rollers, one for chain, one for rope
Opening deck plate to reach anchor line/chain (spare ground tackle)
4 large cleats
2 closed chocks, standard with Mason
2 large open chocks.
Main ship’s anchor, 33 kilo (72.7 lbs) modified, improved Bruce type.
New dodger 2019
New Bimini 2019
Edson steering pedestal, new 2014
34” stainless steel destroyer wheel
Kelvin White Constellation Compass
CPT autopilot belt driven off the wheel (complete spare unit on board)
Aries self-steering wind vane mounted on the transom
4 man Offshore Viking Life Raft mounted on aft deck
2 Lewmar 56 and 3 Lewmar 40 sheet winches
2 spacious cockpit lockers
2 lazarette lockers (large enough to hold fenders)
Separate self-draining LPG locker holding 2 20 lb LPG bottles
Strong fittings to secure safety harness tethers
Vertical stainless post serving as a boom crutch and grab pole
2 cubby holes
Plate in cockpit floor to install emergency tiller
4 cockpit drains
Outside the cockpit coamings a double turning block on each side feeds the sheet winches
Teak cockpit seats in excellent shape
Teak decks in good condition
Genoa sheet tracks, with adjustable cars, through bolted to the toe rail
Staysail sheet track, with adjustable cars, through bolted to the deck along the sides of the deck house
Bow pulpit, stern pushpit and all stanchions are through bolted
Reinforced stanchion bases have lugs to attach blocks as required
Life lines have opening boarding gates on each side
Padeyes for running back stays
Spinnaker pole fittings on both sides of the deck
One spinnaker pole stowed on deck
Midship and stern cleats for mooring, additional open chocks on the stern
Pushpit with man overboard horseshow rack with a floating light
2 spreader mast by Forespar with a Forespar boom
Rigged with a headstay, backstay with insulators, inner stay and 2 running back stays. Intermediate and 4 lower shrouds
Boom has a topping lift which could be used in an emergency as a main halyard
Boom vang, one line on each side going to a cockpit winch
Boom is set up for 2 internal reef lines. The boom has 2 external winches if more reefs are desired. Boom has tracks on both sides of the boom to align additional reef lines if installed.
Spinnaker pole track on the front of the mast with adjustable car
3 Lewmar 40 winches for mainsail halyard, genoa halyard and staysail halyard
Harken roller furling
A furling Genoa on a Harken furler. New in 2008 but only used during summer of 2019 after another older Genoa in use since 2010 needed replacement.
Staysail on hanks, equipped with one set of reefs , very lightly used.
A staysail no 2 on hanks.
A nylon light foresail set free for very light airs.
A storm staysail on hanks.
The mainsail equipped with 4 jiffy reefs.
During the summer of 2019 FB enjoyed a circumnavigation of Newfoundland. (Details can be found in the August issue of Yachting World). The vessel has returned home to Charleston, SC where it is being prepared for its next owner.
The Mason 44 design is the epitome of beauty combined with brawn. The current owners choose the Mason 44 for high latitudes cruising. M 44s offer very strong reinforced hull construction, including eight full length longitudinal stringers, transverse stringers and six structural bulkheads. On the builders' part the overall attention to detail in the joinery and finish is exceptional. This is shown in the particularly strong attachments of all bulkheads to the hull and deck and the immensely strong and watertight connection of the deck to the hull. The deck balsa core was installed in small sections each encapsulated within a resin coating so there is never a risk of water migrating through the core. The teak interior and newly varnished floorboards (2020) emphasize the carpenter’s skills. The August 2019 Alexseal paint job brings out the graceful Mason hull lines.
2010/11 the boat was updated and improved in areas like the galley, heads, and the plumbing. As well as the items listed below.
The rigging wires are 316 stainless. All chain plates have been removed and replaced with 316L stainless of heavier gauge.
The mast rigging tangs are now of titanium. The masthead gussets supporting the headstay and backstay have been doubled.
The base under the mast heel has been rebuilt and stiffened to stand up to the loads from the rigging wires. The main boom now carries two additional winches to allow reducing sail area to the 3rd and 4th reef (which takes the place of a separate trysail).
The cockpit well has been additionally supported with two partial transverse bulkheads underneath.
The drop boards have been replaced with a door. This area can also be further protected in storm conditions with a removable ½” Lexan piece.
The ports and windows of the deckhouse have ½ Lexan removable covers.
The two large hatches on the deckhouse have been replaced with Bomar hatches which have Lexan lenses resting on internal cross pieces.
There is 400 feet of G40 heavily galvanized chain. A new Lofrans Falkon windlass (rated to up to 60 feet LOA boats) can handle this length of chain in strong wind conditions.
Additionally, there is 600 feet of ¾ nylon line with chain. Also 3 other anchors suitable for anchoring in challenging bottoms like kelp covered or hard sand.
The whole length of exhaust system has been replaced. A 3 step exhaust system has been installed to prevent possible engine flooding when sailing in storm conditions: a valve at the transom, in the lazarette and a valve to protect the exhaust manifold.
New engine mounts, new turbocharger, new mixing elbow, new raw water pump, new fuel lift pump.
New (2015) steering wheel pedestal with a larger steering wheel and a bronze quadrant. Items to rig an emergency steering tiller are aboard.
The powerful Aries wind vane on the stern to be used when under sail.
A CPT autopilot used when under power complete with a spare unit.
IN THE CABIN.
New (2016) FORCE 10 three burner and oven cooking stove.
A Sig Mar diesel heater with a balanced discharge/intake system (which prevents oxygen starvation inside and monoxide poisoning). This system and a small fan under the fire box reduce the chance of back drafts.
All bunks equipped with lee cloths and higher fiddles installed in the galley and on the chart table.
Powerful 3800 Watts inverter/charger can deliver AC power while at sea.
Ship’s inventory includes a detailed manual for all systems and their operation on this particular yacht.