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1984 Little Harbor 44 Aft Cockpit

Edgartown, Massachusetts


SURPRISE has been impeccably maintained at Dodson Boatyard for almost two decades by a owners who have regularly asked for updates and always done the proper maintenance for such a fine vessel.  As a result, between the high capabilities of the yard and the owners' great affection for this vessel, SURPRISE is a turnkey option.  

Little Harbor 44's, particularly the aft cockpit, have an almost cult-like following.  The 44 AC checks all the boxes - drop dead gorgeous, totally functional in port and at sea, exceptional sea kindliness, robust construction and exquisite finish levels, and a great turn of speed to beet.

SURPRISE has many advantages - replaced teak decking in excellent condition, a newer Yanmar engine, recent hull paint, fully painted mast and boom, etc. etc.  Her owners have reluctantly placed SURPRISE on the market.  She is in heated winter storage and, once re-commissioned, only a destination will be needed to get underway.

Basic Boat Info

Make: Little Harbor
Model: 44 Aft Cockpit
Year: 1984
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: LHB44010L484
Has Hull ID: Yes


Length: 44 ft
Length Overall: 44'4 ft
Waterline Length: 36'6 ft
Beam: 13'8 ft
Max Draft: 10'2 ft
Min Draft: 5 ft
Displacement: 32,500 lb

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Yanmar
  • Model: 4JH4-TE
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 75hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 BladeBronze, Feathering
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Year: 2011
  • Engine Hours: 915


Fuel Tank Capacity: 120 gal
Water Tank Capacity: 160 gal
Holding Tank Capacity: 65 gal


Heads Count: 1
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Racers and Cruisers, Cruisers, Sloop


John Farmelo
Stonington Yacht Sales


Stonington Yacht Sales
194 Water Street
Stonington, CT, 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.



SURPRISE has the standard LH 44 AC interior, with the gorgeous varnished teak interior woodwork one expects to find in all Little Harbors.

She has two private staterooms - one forward, and one aft and to port.  Both have generous storage and plenty of elbow room. The forward cabin has a large berth and exceptional storage, with typical Little Harbor curved teak joinery.  The aft cabin has a large amount of "elbow room", more than ample storage, and a berth which can act as two twins or, with a small filler in place, be a sizable double.

The forward head has access from both the salon and the forward cabin, and is a large compartment with a shower, vanity, sink and toilet.  The aft cabin has it's own toilet cleverly tucked into a small seat that has a hinged top.  

The salon is large and commodious - with a u-shaped curved-back settee to starboard.  The fixed table provides a handy and always available dining or gaming surface.  There is a starboard facing center line settee with backrest providing additional seating at the table. The engine is located under this bench seat, which hinges up in it's entirety to allow exceptional access to the engine.

To port is an additional settee which also makes an excellent sea-berth.  The nav station is large and comfortable, aft facing, and at the aft end of the port settee. The electrical panel, additional nav instruments and radios are located at the nav station.

Aft of the nav station is the aft cabin - providing a large quarter berth which can be configured for use as a double or two singles.

Opposite the aft cabin is the galley to Starboard.  This is a large, proper sea galley, with a u-shaped configuration.  The galley features a three burner stove with one, double stainless steel sinks, a large icebox with cold plate refrigeration and a microwave.  

Ventilation is excellent with 6 hatches, four dorado boxes with cowl vents, and many opening ports. 

Storage and access throughout is excellent with numberous drawers and lockers in all regions of the interior.  No space was left without purposeful utility.


The cockpit is a traditional shape with large seats port and starboard and an area aft of the wheel for the helm person.  There is a large centerline table forward of the helm with two drop leaves port and starboard - excellent for dining al-fresco.

Primary and secondary winches are in the right location for grinding from inside the cockpit.  There are also two halyard and reefing winches on the cabin top, and the centerboard enclosed winch is located here as well.  The companionway is recessed, with solid raised-panel teak hatch boards.  

At the binacle one finds the engine controls panel, the plotter, the autopilot control, and the compass under a stainless cover.  

There are two deep cockpit lockers, one shallow one (above the quarter berth), storage cubbies, and two opening coaming storage areas aft.  Access to the rudder post for emergency steering is under a small hinged hatch aft. There is a dedicated propane locker, drained overboard.

A dodger and bimini provide protection from the sun and rain.  


The hull was painted flag blue in 2019 by Dodson Boatyard.

The bottom has been maintained smooth and without significant paint build-up.

Decking on the main deck is teak, replaced a number of years ago by Dodson Boatyard and in fine condition.  The coach-roof top is painted non-skid. 

There are four stainless cowl vents with stainless steel guard.  

The Mainsheet traveller is forward of the companionway dodger.  Jib tracks are found inboard and outboard.   

All the way forward is an excellent anchoring system with double bow roller and an electric windlass.  just aft of the windlass is a large hatch-accessed locker which allows one to inspect the chain, and where fenders, lines and other items can be stored.

All exterior teak, with the exception of the decks, is properly varnished and in excellent condition.


  • Three water tanks for a total of approximately 160 gallons.
  • Two fuel tanks, 60 gallons each, for a total of 120 gallons
  • Two holding tanks, one 25 gallons and one 40 gallons.


  • The spar is a Hood electric stowaway mast.  The mast and spar were repainted white by Dodson Boatyard a number of years ago and remain in excellent condition.
  • Roller fuller for head sail
  • Primary winches are Anderson 58 two-speed, self-tailing, Electric
  • Secondary winches are Barient 28 self-tailing
  • The cabin top winches in the cockpit are variant 23 self-tailing
  • Inner jib tracks have pull-forward cars
  • There is a removable inner forestay
  • Hydraulic backstay adjuster
  • Solid boom vang
  • Mainsail is by Z sails, 2012
  • 120% genoa is by Quantum, 2021
  • Asymetrical spinnaker, details TBD
  • Storm jib and Storm trysail
  • 120% genoa, UK, laminated racing sail


  • Raytheon RC70C plotter at the nav station
  • Raytheon RC70C plotter at the helm
  • Raytheon Radar scanner with mast mount
  • Icom M802 HF SSB radio at the nav station
  • Icom VHF at nav station
  • Raytheon Multi display at nav station
  • Raytheon Tridata display at nav station
  • Raytheon ST60 Wind on cockpit bulkhead
  • Raytheon ST60 Depth on cockpit bulkhead
  • Raytheon ST60 depth on cockpit bulkhead
  • SIMRAD AI50 AIS transponder with control at the helm
  • Raytheon SmartPilot with control at helm
  • Stereo


  • Maxwell 3500 vertical electric windlass
  • Rockna anchor with chain
  • Clock and Barometer
  • Tank tender tank level system
  • Hot and cold pressure water
  • Cockpit shower
  • Man Overboard Module
  • Dinghy outboard bracket on stern pulpit
  • Locking mechanisms for all cabin sole access panels
  • Maxprop feathering propeller.
  • Xantrex Inverter
  • Shore power with cord
  • Cockpit cushions with back rests
  • Flag staff and ensign
  • Docklines
  • Fenders
  • Dodger, binini and connector.  Dodger has leather covered hand rail on aft edge.
  • Folding boarding ladder at gate
  • Lifeline gates port and starboard
  • Horseshoe lifering
  • Lifesling
  • Liferaft (inspection has expired)
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
Stonington Yacht Sales represents high quality, distinctive vessels, and buyers and sellers who appreciate finely tuned services to meet their unique needs. Please call John Farmelo to learn more about this vessel and our comprehensive, and somewhat exclusive, brokerage services.
John C. Farmelo
Stonington Yacht Sales, LLC
at Dodson Boatyard, Stonington CT.