Boat Plans - Polar 44 - Deck Saloon

Unlimited ocean cruising deck saloon yacht with swing keel.

This design provides an option to the Polar 44 with a raised deck saloon layout.  The advantages of the deck saloon include the visibility you will have of the boat surroundings even when you are comfortably inside the cabin. Another advantage is the brightness that comes into the most social part of the boat, the galley and the dining table. The elevated deck also provides extra living space inside the boat.

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The Polar 44 DS hull has good sailing performance, with modern lines and a wide stern, which also allows very roomy interiors. The design is intended for aluminium construction, with robust scantlings to endure any kind of rough weather found in high latitude sailing.

Designed with a swing keel, the Polar 44 DS can reach significantly shallow drafts what allows for safe anchorage in areas prone to icebergs. A special feature of the swing keel system is that it offers greater safety in case of unexpected grounding and collisions, avoiding damage to the hull.

The Polar 44 DS is truly a go anywhere boat, developed with our many years of experience and the input from our most accomplished customers.

We offer the plans and CNC kit for aluminium construction.

Technical Data

Length Overall

13.41 m (44 ft)

Length Waterline

12.57 m (41.2 ft)


4.62 m (15.2 ft)


2.66 m (8.7 ft)


4,000 kg (8.818 lb)

Displacement (light)

13,800 kg (30,423 lb)

Fresh water capacity

1570 l (415 gal)

Diesel capacity

1200 l (317 gal)

Standing Headroom – Front Cabin

1.98 m (6.5 ft)

Standing Headroom – Aft Cabin

2.30 m (7.5 ft)

Standing Headroom – Galley

2.07 m (6.8 ft)

Standing Headroom – Front Shower

1.92 m (6.3 ft)

Rig Type


Mainsail Area

46.1 m2 (496 sq. ft.)

Jib Area

43.9 m2 (472 sq. ft.)

Auxiliary Propulsion

70 ~ 80 hp



List of Plans

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PL44 – S1 – Lines Plan

PL44 – S2 – Mast and Sails

PL44 – S3 – Interior Layout

PL44 – S4 – Deck Layout

PL44 – S5 – Structural Plan

PL44 – S6A – Transversal Section A

PL44 – S6B – Transversal Section B

PL44 – S6C – Transversal Section C

PL44 – S6D – Transversal Structural Section A

PL44 – S6E – Transversal Structural Section B

PL44 – S6E – Transversal Structural Section F

PL44 – S7A – Keel System

PL44 – S7B – Keel Construction

PL44 – S7C – Keel View

PL44 – S8A – Rudder/Steering Systems

PL44 – S8B – Rudder Construction

PL44 – S8C – Rudder View

PL44 – S9 – Chainplates

PL44 - S10 – Engine Layout

PL44 - S11 – Arch

PL44 - S12 - CNC

PL44 - S13 - CNC View

PL44 - S14A – Construction Jig

PL44 - S14B – Assembly of Construction Jig

Boat Description

Interior layout:

We offer several different versions for the interior layout. The main feature that makes this boat different from the Polar 44 is the raised saloon table and seating area, with panoramic view to the outside and at the same time creating an extra space under the raised saloon for a large owner’s cabin that has part of the bed situated under it. From this raised saloon a service area can be reached by means of a movable sofa, and access to all technical equipment, a small work bench , generator, engine and systems is concentrated and organized in this space.

Due to the raised floor area the engine room does not take valuable space away from the interior.

With lots of storage for spares, supplies and gear, the owner of the Polar 44 DS can tailor this boat to his/her exact needs.

Due to the size of this boat and the range of possible sailing styles it can be used for, we decided to be flexible and study with each owner the best interior layout, even though we have a few pre-designed suggestions.

The standard layout has two double cabins, a double bunk bed cabin and two heads, one being exclusive to the owner´s cabin.

Coming down from the off-centre companionway ladder, to port we have the main feature of the layout, the raised saloon sofa and table, which sits 5 to 6 comfortably for meals. To starboard, going down a step, we have a double cabin towards the aft end of the boat, a nav station complete with seat, table and space for electrics/electronics.

Going forward along the starboard side we reach the spacious galley, and going down two steps one reaches the double bunk bed. Still to starboard and right ahead is located the common head, and turning to port, right ahead of the mast column, the door to the owner´s suite leads to a spacious double cabin, with plenty of storage and a seat, with private access to the large head with a separate shower stall.

Deck layout, standing rigging and sail plan:

The Polar 44 DS has a raised deck saloon profile (There is a Polar 44  standard deck version as well, with a smaller profile cabin), with ample ventilation and luminosity.

The cockpit is more than 2.70m long, protected by a hard dodger which takes the mainsail sheet on its roof, leaving the area free of line clutter.  There is an easy access to the swim platform from the open cockpit.

The steering and engine controls are situated on the port side cabin aft bulkhead, under the rigid dodger, and a helm seat provides a very protected area from where to control the boat and stand watch while on passage. This makes the Polar 44 DS a very comfortable boat to take on offshore crossings.

The rig has a twin back swept spreader arrangement, with permanent installation for two foresails, a 120% jib and a self-tacking staysail jib.

All lines are led aft to the two coaming mounted winches, with no lines under the hard dodger, offering a dry and clutter free watch position, where books and electronics can be kept safe under way. The outside electronics are installed in this dry space under the dodger, where they can be operated from a safe and dry place.

For added safety the anchoring arrangement allows two primary anchors to be installed permanently at the bow, with two anchor winches for redundancy.

A large sail and rope locker is located on the fore deck and accessed by means of a deck hatch in some versions of the layout.

Swing-keel, rudders and auxiliary propulsion:

The swing keel is lifted by means of a hydraulic piston linked by two separate high strength synthetic cables. In case of collision, the keel is free to lift without finding resistance from the piston. This is a very important safety device in swing-keel design. The twin rudders work behind skegs, which have the double role of improving steering performance and of protecting the rudder when aground. The capability of beaching the boat on suitable ground is one of the great features of the design, and it can be performed as many times as required without any harm to the boat.

The static stability is guaranteed by 2500kg of internal ballast and 1195 kg of movable ballast inside the swing keel.

The Polar 44 DS can also be built as a fixed fin keel yacht with a single central rudder, for those who do not need the shallow draft capability.

True to its expedition boat vocation, the Polar 44 DS has large tank capacities, with 1570l of fresh water and 1200l of diesel fuel, and really large storage spaces.

Ideal auxiliary propulsion will be from 70 to 80 HP.

The Polar 44 DS is truly a go anywhere boat, developed with our many years of experience and the input from our most accomplished customers.

Boat Plans

Study Plans


Construction Plans – Lifting Keel


Construction plans – lifting keel with Shallow Rudder


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CNC files – Lifting Keel


Construction Plan – Fixed Keel


CNC Files – Fixed Keel


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Shallow Rudder

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