The Polar 44 is a good option in our line of high latitudes capable cruisers, not so big as the Polar 65 and 50, that carried famous explorers to Antarctica and the Arctic, but with a size that already affords serious long range expedition capability.
The 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.
The standard layout has two double cabins and two heads. When coming down from the companionway ladder, to port there is a complete U shaped galley with plenty of working surfaces and a safe position for the cook under way. Directly in front of the galley with easy access, a 4 positions dining table to one side of the swing keel trunk.
To starboard of the companionway there is a double cabin going aft and a complete head.
Going forward on the starboard side there is an aft facing nav station and double sofa. The master stateroom occupies the whole area forward of the mast, with a centreline bed with partial side access, an ensuite head to port and separate shower stall to starboard.
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, which can be closed by a folding seat.
The hydraulic steering is installed on a conventional pedestal, with option for a cable steering system that makes wind vane steering also possible.
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. We recommend the installation of the outside electronics in this dry space under the dodger, where they can be operated from a safe and dry place.
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 Polar 44 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 has large tank capacities, with 1570l of fresh water and 1200l of diesel fuel, and really large storage spaces.
The Polar 44 is truly a go anywhere boat, developed with our many years of experience and the input from our most accomplished customers.