"Michele" is one of the finest examples of the "Wolf" 44' classic downeast cruiser built to date. Originally launched in 1995 as "Merlin," her second owner brought her back to the Able Yard in 1999 for an elaborate refit by the original builder. During the refit, (2) new and larger engines, shafts, struts and running gear were installed (480hp Volvos) making her one of the fastest Able 44's today. Her original Herreshoff style interior was replaced with beautiful raised cherry panels and her cockpit was extended nearly two feet. More recently, her current owners made additional improvements, that include new interior/exterior cushions; new custom wood helm and passenger seats; new GPS plotter; new low E tinted pilothouse glass (port and stbd); new exterior varnish (stripped & built back up (10+ coats); new custom bed covers and sheets and an elaborate set of Sunbrella covers were fabricated for nearly every varnished surface aboard the boat. If you are looking for a fast & distinctive downeast cruiser in excellent condition, complete with an elegant sailing dinghy secured by custom wooden davits.....M/Y "Michele" will not disappoint.
For more details, photos, full listing and to schedule a viewing; please contact Broker Eric Roos 207-266-2399 email@example.com
The Able Wolf Class 44, one of the finest designs to spring from the boards of Paine Yacht Design, has redefined the contemporary Maine express cruiser. Not a replica, she has sweeping lines, a distinctive profile, and a smooth-riding hull. Raised salon and pilothouse versions are also available. This 44-footer's Down East origins are evident in the long, graceful profile and prominent, upturned bow. A classic trawler with a sportfisherman's planing hull, the Able 44, combines technology and tradition. Below decks, wood is the dominant material covering the walls and floors. North Carolina cherry is what Able has been using in its cabins for `the past 15 years. Unidirectional, biaxial fiberglass with 100-percent vinylester resin is used in the solid-glass hull, and the topsides are balsa cored, for light-weight durability.
* (2) Volvo 480hp diesel engines, struts, shafts, bearings and running gear installed in 1999.
* Engine Hours approximately 1,500
* Walker AirSeps & fuel Seps installed 2010
* Westerbeke 8kw generator (1702 Hours approx.) (New sound shield 2013)
* ZF Transmissions
* H&S 4-blade props (spare set included)
* Dual Racor fuel/water separators with vacuum gauges
* LasDrop dripless shaft seals
* Shaft Spurs forward of props
* Grunert Refrigeration and Freezer w/holding plates (new 2013)
* Marine Air reverse cycle Air Conditioning (new 2013)
* 12 Gallon SS Hot Water Heater
* Lewmar Electric Anchor windlass
"Michele" offers a very well layed out and equipped u-shaped galley. Raised panel cherry sliders outboard of stove provides stowage for galley plates, glasses etc., as well as space for the Microwave oven. Her "cold-plate" reefer/freezer system is extremely efficient with excellent access to both.
* Sharp Microwave Oven
* Force 10 Stainless Steel 4- burner propane stove with oven
* Grunert Cold plate refrigeration box
* Grunert Cold plate freezer box
* Double-basin stainless steel sink
* Several areas/lockers for dry storage
This design is the original "Downeast Express Cruiser" and extremely reminiscent and reflective of the old Bunker and Ellis woodies built on Mount Desert Island years ago. The hull shape is a warped "V" with a very fine forward entry for wave penetration that flattens out to a 7.5 degree deadrise angle at the transom. The result of this design is better performance and fuel economy at lower speeds than a true deep "v". A partial skeg provides excellent tracking as well as reasonable protection for the running gear. Biaxial and unidirectional nonwoven fiberglass combines with 100% Vinylester resin throughout the laminate. Baltec end-grain core is included in the topsides and deck; while the bottom is solid fiberglass.
* (2) 10 Gallon Aluminum propane tanks tored in separate ventilated lockers.
* Hot and cold deck shower
* Freshwater wash down on foredeck and in cockpit
* Custom stainless steel bow rail
* Custom spray rails
* Custom stainless steel stem head with anchor roller and stainless steel anchor
* Custom folding radar mast
* (8) Bronze chromed opening port lights with screens
* (4) Dorade vents with stainless cowls
* (4) Fenders with covers
* Assorted dock lines
* Extensive assortment of Custom Canvas covers for interior and exterior wood
* Hull paint Flag Blue (2010)
* House, decks, and cockpit awlgrip done in 2011
* Exterior varnish stripped to bare wood in 2017 and built back up to 10 coats
New large Raymarine GPS plotter was installed at helm in 2016.
* Raytheon R-41 Radar
* Robertson AP-300 Autopilot
* B&G HS-2 System displays for depth, temp and nav info.
* Trim tabs
* Remote spotlight
* Edson "Destroyer-type" wheel at helm
* Hydraulic steering
* (3) Windshield wipers with freshwater wash
* 5" Richie Compass
* Sony Stereo with speakers in salon and cocpit & Ipod connection
"Michele" is a classic Maine built boat with lines that every yachtsman admires. Crafted by some of the finest boatbuilding talent around, this Able 44 has been extremely well cared for by her three owners. More than $800,000 was spent on her refit in 1999. She represents a refreshingly rare diversion in a powerboat market that has been dominated in recent years by rather "plain Jane" boats. Better built, more efficient and individually unique in many ways, this high caliber Able 44 will likely sell quickly and be coveted for many years by its next lucky owners.
Cradled in her custom varnished wooden removable stern davits, "Michele" also offers an excellent rowing/sailing tender built by Dyer. Whether its exercise or transportation or a fun-filled afternoon of harbor sailing, this gorgeous sailing dinghy is the perfect compliment to such a classic downeast Cruising motor yacht.
The interior of "Michele" is sheathed and finished in satin varnished American Cherry. Elegant raised cherry panels are found throughout her interior on bulkheads, doors and cabinets. Like many high caliber Maine built boats, her cabin sole is also constructed of solid teak and has a classy satin finish as well. New blue fabrics cover both interior and exterior cushions (2017) and her (8) opening port lights provide a bright and cheery interior.
Forward is a generous private stateroom with a 7' long over-sized berth (with filler cushion), hanging locker and bureau. The mattresses are custom fitted Tempur-pedic for the utmost comfort. Two opening ports and large opening overhead hatch (all with screens) provide excellent light and ventilation. "Michele" is also fully air conditioned.
The main salon has very comfortable 7' long settees with "pilot berths" above and outboard on port and stbd sides. The current owners have removed the cushions from this area (pilot berths) as they use the Cherry surface for other purposes. The dining table has a generous leaf that folds down and is built of solid cherry. Overhead is a large hatch and several opening port lights providing additional light and ventilation. Moving aft a large galley to starboard & convenient to companionway, includes a 4-burner stove with oven and broiler. Dual stainless steel sinks and lots of space outboard of stove behind cherry sliding doors holds all plates, glasses etc. The refrigerator and freezer (Grunert cold-plate) are aft of the stove and to starboard of the companionway. The head is located to port of the galley and includes a separate stall shower with teak seat, full vanity/sink and electric toilet.
Walk up three steps and arrive at the bridge deck with helm station and navigators seat & desk. To starboard is a custom mahogany helm seat built by Crown mfg. There are two custom L-shaped bridge deck settees to port and starboard with a large beautifully finished mahogany cockpit salon drop leaf table that easily accommodates up to 8 people. The bridgedeck salon seats are long enough to use as kids berths. The soft top is a traditional "toast" Sunbrella color over a permanent stainless steel frame. The aft cockpit has an athwartship wood bench with storage beneath and a transom door to starboard for easy access to the teak swim platform.
Overall, the entire living areas of "Michele" are traditionally elegant and there is more than enough storage for the committed and active cruiser as well as plenty of space for a large group day outing. The Able "Wolf" series was the leader in the ongoing popular trend of traditionally styled downeast express cruisers and "Michele" is without a doubt, the most stunning example ever built by Able Custom Yachts.
"Michele" is a 110v AC and 12v DC vessel. She has a Mastervolt breaker panel on bulkhead to starboard of companionway in galley with spare breakers as well.
* 30-amp shore power service
* Heart interface Inverter/Battery charger
* AGM Battery bank for House (New August 2019)
* AGM battery for engine and genset start
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.