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1970 Royal Huisman Chance 44 Ketch

Stonington, Connecticut


This is one of those boats that draws everyone's eye, and for good reason.  Her lines are fantastic, her condition is A+, and she exudes exceptional quality and intriguing design.  Wen you step on board  you immediately know she is special.  

And special she is.  Designed by Britton Chance and built in aluminum by Royal Huisman, she is undoubtedly one of the top boats in any harbor she enters.  But not only is her pedigree special, so is the ownership she has had.  Her current owner has owned her twice - this most recent period of time for the last twenty years.  Over the last 16 years, his love affair with MARIONETTE included an extensive restoration to the highest level of detail, leaving her in as-new condition.  Sne is now in as-new condition.  This is a special boat indeed, and an amazing opportunity to acquire a "holy Grail" vessel that will bring her next owner incredible joy, pride and performance.

Read on for more details on MARIONETTE.  And then come see her for yourself - she is sure to leave you slack-jawed and just might steal your heart.


Basic Boat Info

Price: $189,000 (Sale Pending)
Make: Royal Huisman
Model: Chance 44 Ketch
Year: 1970
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Aluminum


Length: 44 ft
Length Overall: 44'3 ft
Waterline Length: 34'7 ft
Beam: 12'5 ft
Min Draft: 7'6 ft
Dry Weight: 25,000 lb
Ballast: 13,000 lb


Fuel Tanks: 2
Fuel Tank Capacity: 45 gal
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 120 gal


Heads Count: 2
Boat Class: Racers and Cruisers, Ketch


John Farmelo
Stonington Yacht Sales


Stonington Yacht Sales
194 Water Street
Stonington, Connecticut, US, 06378
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.


MARIONETTE is in as-new condition following a long term storage period during which her artisan shipwright owner, who already knew the boat inside out, made significant improvements and restorations.

Her top notch construction shows no degradation.  As a 2017 survey noted "Her build quality was reflected in the total lack of corrosion after 47 years".  Indeed, when you gain access to the interior of the hull inside lockers, you see shiny, bright aluminum, in perfect condition.  The structural aluminum framing is every 10 inches - which is impressive.  Overbuilt in many ways, she is still of moderate displacement for her age, which, combined with her design, results in a very comfortable boat in a seaway.

The boat has been improved with the following highlights, all barely used since completion of the renovation last year:

  • New Main mast (Sparcraft) and standing rigging.
  • New running rigging
  • Mizzen mast and boom re-painted.
  • New teak decks with almost zero use since installation.  No fasteners, fully glued. They are perfect. Complete epoxy sealing of the structural decking prior to installation of the teak. 
  • New D2-75 Volvo engine and sail drive.  US EPA Tier 3 compliant.   Smooth, quiet, efficient. 55 hours.
  • Interior completely refinished to show as new.
  • Total Awlgrip paint and re-varnishing of all finishes.
  • Many new parts - including a gorgeous laminated wheel with an ergonomic shape, and a curve, laminated instrument pod - just two details of more than we could possibly mention.
  • New Lewmar anchor windlass
  • New anchor chain - 200 feet, 5/16"
  • New Pex fresh water tube plumbing through out.  
  • New water filters, pumps, expansion tank, etc.
  • Every hose in the boat replaced
  • Rebuilt and rebuilt Baby Blake toilet in forward head.
  • All new plumbing fixtures
  • New electrical panel and wiring.
  • New Mastervolt inverter/Charger
  • Three new bilge pumps.
  • New B&G Navigation instruments - 3 displays (2017)
  • New B&G Chartplotter (2017)
  • New VHF (2017)
  • New Raymarine autopilot (2017)
  • New Corian galley counter tops
  • New propane valves and detectors.
  • Rebuilt Broadwater propane stove with oven
  • New Sea Recovery water maker
  • New holding tank and overboard pump.
  • Rebuilt Wilcox toilet in aft head
  • New Life Line AGM batteries (2017)
  • All new LED lights
  • New foam in interior cushions.
  • New cushion covers in the Salon
  • New teak and Holly cabin sole
  • All interior woodwork refinished
  • New lifelines and Stanchions
  • All new hatches

MARIONETTE is totally prepared to go to sea.  This could be the tidiest, best organized vessel we have seen. More details below.


Royal Huisman is the pre-eminent builder of extraordinary aluminum boats and, while perhaps one of their smaller builds, one can see evidence of their expertise in every aspect of MARIONETTE.  The aluminum frames are on 10" centers, and connected by longitudinal stringers.  Hull plating is 1/4", with 3/8" in the bilge.  Lead ballast was poured internally, and plated over. Fin keel, Full skeg rudder.


All the way forward is a large chain locker, with access from the forward cabin.

The forward cabin features a vee-berth with an insert.  There is a large number of storage areas including drawers, lockers, hanging locker, and shelves.  A privacy door to the main salon allows private, en-suite access to the forward head from the forward cabin.  Ventilation and light are ample.

The Forward head has voluminous storage, a manual toilet, a shower with sump and teak grate, and a sink.

The main salon makes excellent use of the wide beam - with a shallow u-shaped settee to port, with excellent storage behind the settee, and above in the cabinetry.  The large dining table is fixed with two drop leaves.  To starboard is a pull-out settee with storage in drawers and lockers above, and with a pilot berth above the storage.  Three people can sleep in the salon.

There is one step up going aft to the level of the galley and the nav station.

The galley is to port, u-shaped, with exceptional storage.  There are two Seafrost refrigerator/freezer units, an acclaimed Broadwater four burner stove with oven, and a large stainless sink.  This is a true sea-going galley with the stove outboard, and the sink nearly centerline.

Opposite the galley is the Nav station - with a permanent seat, and a huge chart table with storage and inside and drawers below.  The electrical panel, radios, and chartplotter are all located at the nav station.  

Aft of the nav station to starboard is a large hanging locker, and just past that is the companionway ladder.  

Going aft from the companionway is a short passage into the aft cabin.  The aft cabin has a large area of storage drawers and locker on the center line, with excellent access to the engine compartment in this area.  The steering gear can also be accessed here.

There are single quarter berths both port and starboard, with a small seat below the starboard berth.  Additional storage below and forward of the berths.  A door separates the entire cabin from the forward portion of the boat.

The private aft head is to starboard, forward of the berth.  

Overall, this interior is an exceptional layout for life aboard both at anchor and underway.  It provides utility unlike most new boats, with proper tankage, storage, sea berths, hand hold, etc., while still allowing two private cabins, and two heads.  It feels spacious, comfortable and luxurious..  All wood-work is satin varnished teak in perfect condition, with a lovely cabin sole of teak and holly, offset by a European/Scandinavian blue upholstery.  It doesn't get any better than this.


  • Volvo D2-75 installed new and with 55 hours. 
  • All new engine room fittings, mounts, wiring, plumbing, etc.
  • Conversion to sail drive using the proven Volvo S-drive 150S.  This unit has a separate transmission which results in a robuyst system. 
  • Prop is folding.
  • Single lever control.
  • Volvo control panel
  • New exhaust system
  • Engine room blower


  • New LIFE LINE AGM BATTERIES (2017). Two 4D for the house, one 4D for the engine.
  • Northern Lights 5kw generator with 560 hours.
  • Two battery switches
  • 30amp shore power with cord
  • GFCI outlets
  • Shore power main breaker.
  • Charles 3.5KVS ISolation transformer
  • Mastervolt Mass Combi 2500/100A Inverter/Charger
  • Danforth Chargicator


  • B&G V50 VHF (2017)
  • B&G TRITON 2 Displays - three, in cockpit (2017)
  • B&G Zeus T-12 Multifunction display/Chartplotter (12") (2017)
  • B&G Wind speed and direction gear (2017)
  • B&G Transducer (2017)
  • B&G speed sensor (2017)
  • B&G Radar scanner (2017)
  • Raymarine Smart Pilot autopilot, with control in cockpit. (2017)
  • Icom IC-M710 SSB radio (1997), isolated starboard backstay. 

Danforth Constellation compass, professionally rebuilt.


  • Primaries:  Barient 32 Self Tailing
  • Secondaries: Barient 28, previously used on the 1967 America's Cup 12 M INTREPID 
  • Main Sheet: Harken 35 Self Tailing
  • Lewmar 8 on main mast
  • Lewmar 6 on main mast
  • Lewmar 6 on mizzen
  • Mid boom traveller with controls led to cockpit
  • Harken Mk II Jib furler
  • Hall Quick Vang
  • 1x19 SS standing rigging
  • Removable inner forestay
  • Removable running backstays for inner forestay


Sails are by North, built in 1996 and stored properly (and ununsed) from 1997 to 2018.  There are under 3,000 miles on the working sails - they show excellent shape.

  • Mainsail
  • Mizzen
  • Genoa
  • Staysail
  • Storm jib
  • Spinnaker - used once
  • Assymetrical Spinnaker - lightly used.
  • Mainsail cover
  • Mizzen cover


  • Sea Recovery Ultra Whisper watermaker
  • Tanktender
  • Emergency tiller
  • Flag staff and ensign
  • Cockpit awning (attaches to dodger), Sunbrella
  • Deck awning, Sunbrella
  • Anchor:  
  • Two additional anchor rodes
  • Allcraft 9 gallon Stainless Steel Isotemp hot water heater
  • Rule 2000 GPH electric bilge pump
  • Supersub 650 electric bilge drying pump
  • Whale manual bilge pump.
  • Uncoated lifelines, large gates port and starboard


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.
Additional Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

John Farmelo, Stonington Yacht Sales, LLC

CELL:  860-303-0543


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