Groovy - '08 Hunter 44DS
Hunter 44DS Floor Plan
Long settee for napping.
Spacious cockpit. We can sit face-to-face with our legs
stretched out, and our feet don't touch.
Sitting inside on the companionway stairs, you can see where you're going, a wonderful feature on a
cold overnight passage.
It's just a groovy boat.
Twizzle Rig - twin headsails flown on
matching whisker poles.
At anchor in Bahía Santa Maria, Mexico.
At anchor in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
Three 185 watt solar panels provide
awesome shade over the jump seats
Hunter 44DS Sailboat: s/v Groovy
Groovy has been sold. Pics, listing and Sales Spec Sheet here!!
Groovy (named for Simon & Garfunkel's song Feelin' Groovy)** is a
Glenn Henderson designed 2008 Hunter 44DS (Deck Salon). A
fractional sloop, it is 44 feet long and 14' 6" feet wide with two
staterooms and two heads.
Hunter 44DS Model History
First introduced by Hunter Marine in 2002 as the Hunter 426, the aft
cabin was changed a little and the model name changed to "44DS" in
2003. Production ran from 2003 to 2008. In 2008 the the deck and
cabin were modified to accommodate twin helms instead of a single
helm, the forward berth was changed from a v-berth to a pullman style,
and the window pattern was changed to a wraparound band to match
the popular Hunter 45CC. These changes saw the model name change
to "45DS," and as of 2012 it is still in production.
Along with the Hunter 426 and 45DS, the 44DS shares its hull with the
Hunter 44AC (Aft Cockpit) and Hunter 45CC (Center Cockpit). Each of
those boats has the same hull but a different deck and cabin layout.
Groovy is hull #252 for the 44DS model line, where the numbering
started at #101. Built in May, 2007, it was the last Hunter 44DS ever
built. Click here for more information on the Hunter 44DS.
Groovy is a stock boat with Hunter's "Mariner Package," a collection of upgrades sold as a unit. Because the boat was built after
the replacement model (45DS) was in production, it features a few of the components that are standard on that model, including
a laminate cherry interior, which we love, and a larger fuel tank, which has come in very handy.
Length Overall (LOA)
Waterline Length (LWL)
975 sq. ft.
Holding Tank Capacity
Water Heater Capacity
Yanmar Diesel Engine
We installed many upgrades to enable comfortable cruising where we can stay at anchor for months at a time without having to
rely on marinas for water or electrical connections.
640 Amp Hours (Four AGM 4D 12 volt) - plus one 70 Amp Hour AGM start battery
555 Watts Solar / 100 Amp Alternator on engine / 130 Amp 110v Charger (via shore power)
600 Watts Pure Sine Wave / 2500 Watts Modified Sine Wave / 2 portable Modified Sine Wave
60 Gallon per hour engine-driven Echotech watermaker*
Twin jib "Twizzle Rig" set on two fixed length whisker poles.
60 lb Ultra primary with 300' 5/16" G4 chain
32 lb Fortress FX-55 secondary with 20' 5/16" BBB chain and 300' 7/8" Nylon Rode
15 lb Manson Supreme stern anchor w/ 5' 3/8" G4 chain and 230' 1" Nylon Rode
10' Porta-bote with a Suzuki 6 hp outboard
A GAZILLION BOATS FOR SALE... WHICH ONE
WOULD MAKE US HAPPIEST?
When we set about buying a boat, the major trade-offs we found
were age, size, price and manufacturer's prestige. In an earlier life I
owned two boats back to back that were the exact same model, the
Nonsuch 36. This is a wonderful boat for cruising and living aboard,
and I lived aboard for four years in Boston, Massachusetts in the
early 1990's (brrrr...those winters were cold). The first year I was on
a 1984 model that had been ridden hard and put away wet. After
watching in great distress as my then-husband repeatedly chased
down a spider web of unmarked cables and miles of smelly plumbing
hoses in a putrid bilge, we upgraded to a 1991 model of the same
boat that had been lavishly commissioned and meticulously
What a world of difference. You would never know they were the same
model boat. Instead of him spending hours kinked up in impossible
positions in noxious nooks and crannies fixing problems and spending
boatloads of money on spare parts at West Marine, we enjoyed three
terrific summers of boating together. We watched sunsets and sunrises
in pretty anchorages and experienced countless utterly brilliant days of
sailing. There is nothing like an almost-new boat made up of sparkling
clean parts that work. Therefore, when Mark and I started thinking about
buying a boat, our first two criteria were that it be in superior condition
and as new as possible.
After living in trailers full-time for so long, we also knew that size
mattered to us. For full-time liveability, we found bigger is better.
With age and size the top priorities, and a maximum budgeted
price, there were only three manufacturers whose boats we could
afford: Hunter, Beneteau and Catalina. These are the Ford-Chevy-
Dodge of the sailboat industry (not in any particular order). All
three are American made. Beneteaus are French designed but
built in South Carolina. Hunters and Catalinas are designed and
built in Florida.
Our top priorities for livability included a huge cockpit where we could
stretch out to sleep, a long settee in the main salon where we could
nap, and two good sized staterooms (rather than three as in many
models). Brokers thought we were crazy when the first thing we did
as we stepped aboard a prospective boat was to lie down in the
cockpit to see if the benches were long and wide enough to sleep on.
But hey, this boat would become our home, and we like to be
comfortable and relax!
Next in importance was a large swim platform and cockpit shower, as
we envisioned frequent swims off the back of the boat and we knew
we would need easy access to the dinghy when we lived at anchor,
especially hauling groceries, daypacks, trash and laundry bags in and
out. Lastly, we wanted an airy, spacious interior. Other than that, we
weren't fussy, but after attending dozens of boat shows, visiting fifty
or more boats with brokers, and many Caribbean charters, we found
that the Hunter models spoke to us more than the others, and of
those only the Hunter 41DS and 44DS made the cut. The faltering
economy worked in our favor, suddenly making the larger of the two
boats a viable option.
A visit to the Hunter factory assured us that not only are their boats
cleverly designed and chock full of innovative features, but they are well
built to boot. We came away from every contact we had with Hunter
impressed that it is a quality company that employs a loyal group of
happy employees. Their phenomenal customer service since we
purchased Groovy (15 minute turnaround time on almost every emailed
question we've ever sent) has driven that point home to us time and
again. Hunter sailboats are the boating industry's best kept secret.
Best of all, Groovy is a dream to sail. With an easily driven hull,
the boat is light on its feet, easy to reef, responsive and
forgiving. A delight to live in and fun to sail, it is an excellent
platform for extended cruising.
** When we named our boat, it was the only boat with the name Groovy in the US Coast Guard Documentation database. So we
were quite surprised when we discovered over a year later that she has a sistership of the same name bearing a non-US flag:
Jimmy Buffet of Margaritaville fame races his Groovy in the Caribbean. Far out!!
*Echotec's official "rating" is 40 gph, but since we installed high capacity membranes, our timing measurements have never
been less than 58 seconds to fill a one-gallon jug in the tropics (the speed is 44 gph in San Diego's cooler water).
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Our 555 watt solar power system is described in detail here: Sailboat Solar Power System. There is lots more info about solar power solutions for boats and RVs here: Solar Power Articles for Sailboats and RVs.
Our 60 gallon per hour engine driven watermaker was featured in an article we wrote for Cruising World Magazine. The article can be read at this link: Water, Water Everywhere – Installation of a 60 gph engine driven watermaker.
Our cruising itinerary and all of our blog posts from our cruise can be found at this link: A Groovy Cruise of Mexico.
There is a ton of info on this website about planning a Mexico cruise and anticipating what to expect. To get oriented and find out where we keep all the good stuff, visit this link: Cruisers Start Here
To help you plan your cruise and get you inspired, we created the video series, "Cruising Mexico Off the Beaten Path - Volumes 1-3," shown below. This is a fun-to-watch and easy-to-digest introduction to Mexico from a cruiser's perspective, giving you lots of valuable information that isn't covered by the cruising guides. Each video is available individually at Amazon, either as a DVD or as a download. For discount package pricing on the whole series, visit our page Cruising Mexico Video Series.
Volume 1 (left) reviews the geography, weather and seasons in Mexico and shows you what the best anchorages between Ensenada and Manzanillo are like.
Volume 2 (middle) gives detailed info that can't be found in any of the guidebooks about the glorious cruising ground between Manzanillo and the Guatemala border.
Volume 3 (right) provides all the info you need to get off the boat for an adventure-filled trip to Oaxaca.Our Gear Store also has a boatload of ideas for your cruise!