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Simpson 44
(13,20 m) - 2002

Layout :

  • Length : 13,20 m (43' 3")
  • LOA : 13,50 m
  • Beam : 7 m (23')
  • Draft : 1,25 m (4'1")
  • Gross Tonnage: 10.45 T
  • Material : Composite
  • Rigging: Sloop
  • Engine: 2 Yanmar 3YM30 - 30 HP

French flag. Tax paid for French Polynesia.

Based in French Polynesia

Price : 15,37 M XPF / 129 000 €


Sturdy, simple and safe catamaran.

Ideal for family or charter.

Interior fittings :

8 Sleeps - 4 double cabins

Port hull

  • Heads with shower and toilets fore
  • Double cabin fore
  • Galley
  • Double cabin aft

Starboard hull

  • Heads with shower and toilet, fore
  • Double cabin fore
  • Workshop
  • Double cabin aft


  • Large L-shaped saloon
  • Chart table on port side

Listing :

Building and history

Composite catamaran, Simpson 44 type, built in 1992, launched in 2002, by the reknown australian architect and builder Roger SIMPSON. Large-scale refit in 2007.
Built in marine plywood, double ply below the waterline to have a shaped hull, covered with bi-axial fiberglass and epoxy resin. The hull was built in Australia by a shipyard and then started to be finished over a long period, 10 years but never launched, first launch in 2002. She is rigged as a sloop, with a genoa at the masthead and a removable forestay.
This type of catamaran is famous in Australia because one of them survived without crew the very famous "Queen's birthday storm".
An accident in 2007 led to a total refit of the catamaran: layout, engine, electricity, complete refurbishment:
Addition of large fiberglass aft platforms - epoxy resin.
Epoxy resin and fiberglass stratification of the deck and cockpit as well as all the underwater works (parts of the hulls underwater), of the nacelle (interior and exterior) and of the interior of the hulls up to the waterline. Keels reinforced with unidirectional fiberglass.
Structural reinforcement with cabin floors providing flotation reserves and providing a double hull in case of accident; those in the galley and workshop floors can be used as diesel tanks.
Reinforcement of the structures at the chainplates fixing points.
All these works have considerably stiffened and reinforced the structure of the hulls, of course at the cost of some additional weight.
The former diesel 15 HP engines were replaced by 2 x 30 HP (YANMAR 3YM30).
All GOIOT hatches and portholes were changed.
New diesel tanks, above the engines for a gravity feed.
Installation of a 150 L/h watermaker: CAT industrial stainless steel pump coupled to the starboard engine.
The whole deck is covered with TREADMASTER plates, the oldest ones are 3 years old.
This catamaran has been working for 10 years in charter, a few months a year with the owners, very experienced skippers, sailing mainly in the Marquesas and the Tuamotus, only one trip outside Polynesia, to HAWAÏ in 2011. Trip to Australia, New Zealand, Marquesas, under the 40° latitude in 2002.

A word from the owner

We have sailed around the world for more than 40 years on our 5 different sailboats and this catamaran has allowed us to sail in Polynesia for 20 years. Now it's time to stop ashore and grow our vegetable garden.
This catamaran is perfect for someone who is looking above all for the comfort of a catamaran and safety: she can't compete with the latest generation catamarans in terms of speed but she gains in robustness and simplicity.
For the last 8 years, the boat has only been used 4 months a year and only makes one round trip between the Tuamotus and the Marquesas Islands each year.
She is the perfect catamaran for a couple with one or two children. Sturdy and simple!


2 YANMAR 30 HP diesel engines, type 3YM30 (2000 h)
Speed at 2500 RPM: 5 knots with a single engine, 7 knots with 2 engines
Consumption : 2,5 L/h per engine
Shaft seal ERCEM rotating joint (starboard : 2021 ; port : 2018)
Three-blade bronze propellers
Diesel tanks of 100 L on each engine which can be increased to 300 L (100 + 200 L) if the built-in tanks in galley and workshop bilges are filled up
Total possible: 600 L which allows a great autonomy by using only one engine

Sloop rigging (jib at the head of the mast, backstay)

Aluminum mast with 2 spreaders and steps
10 mm stainless steel single-strand standing rigging, 12 mm forestay, 12 mm Dyneema textile backstay with tackle and winch to be removable, for a strong rigging, 10 mm shrouds
Textile forestay to put a jib in place of the furling genoa in case of strong wind or genoa failure
Aluminum boom with reefing system, one winch on deck near the mast
4 m mainsheet track aft of the cockpit, ensuring easy and efficient mainsheet control
Oversized BARIENT (Australia) jib and mainsheet winches
On the mast, oversized LEWMAR winches
Mainsail, furling genoa in perfect condition (the seams have been covered with acrylic paint which ensures a very effective anti-UV protection)
2 Spinnakers in average condition
The boat would need an additional genaker or a code zero for low wind
Large 6 m aluminium spinnaker pole with bell on the mast

Ground tackle

1500 W LOFRANS windlass
Main anchor: ROCNA 25 kg anchor + 70 m galvanized chain 10 mm (new)
Secondary anchor: ROCNA 18 kg anchor + 20 m of 10 mm chain + 120 m polypropylene hawser (floating) diameter 24 mm (stored in the anchoring compartment, ready to use)


2 Polypropylene fresh water tanks of 200 L each located at the foot of the mast, total 400 L
150L/h water maker, connected to the starboard engine
Stainless steel stove 2 burners + oven
Double sink
Numerous storage, cupboards and shelves
70 L refrigerator with freezer compartment
High performance 80 L ICEER freezer with 10 cm vacuum bulkheads
Shower in both head compartments fore of the hulls
3 Electric toilets
Shower in the port aft sugar scoop
Shower in the cockpit
Gas barbecue aft, camping-gas bottle in cockpit locker with filling system from 13kg butane bottle


AGM house battery, total 440 Ah (new dec 2022)
AGM engine battery 120 Ah
Portable petrol generator 1200 W
2 VICTRON inverters (12 V / 220 V) 400 W + 2000 W
All lighting is LED
5 Fans (1 per cabin + 1 saloon)
Solar panels on the roof of the hard top and the aft gantry, total 850 W
VICTRON MPPT charge controler
SUPERWIND wind turbine providing additional power when the wind exceeds 8-10 knots, usually at sea the wind turbine provides power for the autopilot

Electronics and navigation instruments

Hydraulic steering wheel
B&G hydraulic autopilot (OCTOPUS pump) with 2 control units, 2 compasses, 2 rudder angles, 2 repeaters
SIMRAD emergency autopilot on tiller
Horizon Marine VHF
FURUNO AIS transponder
1 iPad with Pacific and Indian Ocean charts
1 Windows PC with USB GPS with Open CPN (world charts)
1 Linux PC with Open CPN
1 CALYPSO anemometer in Bluetooth at the masthead, application on Android or Apple phone (gives apparent or real angle, wind strength, direction and speed of the sailboat, very accurate)
1 RAYTHON anemometer inside (chart table) fixed at the masthead

Safety equipment

Liferaft 8 people (to service)
15 adult and 2 child life jackets
KANNAD Safelink Solo distress beacon


Hard 3.20 m dinghy in plywood + fiberglass + epoxy resin and complete rigging: sail, mast, rudder, daggerboard
YAMAHA 2-strokes 4HP engine (perfect condition, 2019)


Lazy bag on the boom
All the work of the covers, lazy bag, trampolines, cockpit protections was done on board on a SAILRITE machine with TENARA thread very resistant to UV 8 to 10 years in the tropical sun
Sunshades on the genoa (garden green)
Trampolines in strap
Sand colored trampoline tent for naps in the shade and wind
Cockpit can be fully enclosed with side enclosure that fold up to form sunshades
Foldable stainless steel swim ladder
Cockpit table with extension
Gas barbecue
Aft gantry for dinghy and part of the solar panels
Kauri saloon table
Inflatable kayak for 3 persons (new)
1 Fishing rod for big game fishing, reels PENN ST80
1 Spare rod
1 Casting rod
Numerous fishing materials: lines, hooks, etc.
Fins, masks, snorkels for 4 people
Mobile electric tools 220 V : drill, sander, grinder
Complete set of wrenches
Many spare parts, engine pumps, alternators, starter, fresh water pump, impellers, O-rings, cylinder head seal, etc.
Sewing machine Sailrite ULTRAFEEED LSZ-1 .
Moulinex bread maker

Last bottom paint : November 2022

Main strengths

Simple, solid and safe catamaran.
Well equipped and ready to go.

Last modified : 24/05/2023


The boat's inventories are based on the indications given by the owners and even if we do our best to see that they are in accordance with the reality, there might be some differences. The boat's and equipment's condition has to be checked jointly by the buyer and seller before the sale. The respective responsibilities of both the seller and the buyer remain intact. In no case can Raiatea-yacht be held responsible for any defect on the boat.

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