Massive Price Reduction!!
Owner is desperate to sell, All offers will be considered! This price does not reflect the condition of this boat, she is absolutely beautiful.
When it comes to classic offshore cruising boats, one would be hard pressed to think of a more beautiful yacht than the Mason 44. A timeless design, Eclipse is well equipped to carry her new owners around the world. Continuously updated and maintained, Eclipse features fiberglass decks with impressive, varnished, teak accents. She has all the ergonomic cockpit improvements of the Mason 44. The owner lived aboard for fifteen years and cruised extensively, so all of the systems have been well maintained and are offshore proven. Many of the common issues associated with the Mason 44 and 43 have been addressed such as upgraded Lewmar Ocean Series hatches rather than the factory teak hatches, and less exterior teak than these boats commonly came with.
Eclipse is truly a world class cruising yacht ready for her next adventure.
Perhaps one of the greater difficulties in yacht design is arranging the main saloon to be comfortable both at port and at sea. Al Mason did a wonderful job with the interior of Eclipse. A large "U" shaped dinette to port can accommodate up to six guests, and can also be dropped down to create a third double berth. There is ample storage behind the seat backs for all the provisions you will need on your voyage.
To starboard is a full length settee that pulls out to make an admirable sea berth. Above the settee is a custom pilot berth with extension. Forward of the settee, there is a large locker with four drawers and a flat screen TV. The TV is wired into the stereo system for fantastic sound while watching movies.
Throughout the main saloon there are many cabinets, shelves and other storage areas. All of the upholstery is beautifully done in Ultrasuede by S&S fabrics.
This Mason 44 is a three cabin design with accommodations for six without dropping the dinette. Forward is a comfortable V-berth with access to the chain locker. Just aft of the forward cabin and across from the head is a double berth. At port or on the hook, the v-berth will probably be the preferred owner's stateroom. Aft of the galley, the offset companionway allows for a very usable aft cabin with double berth, which will be the preferred sleeping location underway.
The port side “U” shaped galley has a custom designed top and side access refrigerator and a separate top loading freezer, both 5 inches wider than standard. The freezer and refrigerator are cooled by an engine driven Sea Frost refrigeration cold plate system and a 12 volt Sea Frost refrigeration system. The stove is a 3 burner Force 10 with oven, broiler and electronic ignition. Two 20lb propane tanks are in a separate propane locker in the cockpit. The boat has pressurized hot and cold water using a Jabsco pump that was replaced in 2010. The hot water tank is all stainless steel and is heated by 110v and engine cooling water. Above the double stainless steel sink is a custom dish locker. The galley offers generous storage in 7 lockers and 5 drawers and has an exhaust fan w/speed control.
Eclipse has a single head, to port and aft of the forward cabin. By only having one head, there is room for a separate shower stall. The shower has a Corian seat, teak grate, and built in shower sump with pump. The head has a marble counter top with stainless steel sink, mirrored teak medicine cabinet and teak towel bars.
Knowledgeable boats know that easy access to head fittings, thru hulls and y valves is essential, and Eclipse was clearly built with forethought as all of those fittings are easy to access and maintain.
The holding tank has a manual pump to empty the tank offshore.
Eclipse has a true cutter rig for easy sail handling offshore. The main, built in 1997 by Doyle and most recently serviced in 2013 is fully battened and lives in a Stackpack. The jib was built by Doyle in 2006 and she has a Staysail built by Sobstad, the UV cover was replaced in 2008. Both foresails were always stored in bags when not being used and are roller furling. The Yankee is original but has only been used about ten times. For sailing off the wind, Eclipse has a Hood spinnaker with a sock as well as a Doyle drifter, also with sock. The spinnaker pole is stored on the mast.
The well respected Yanmar 4JH-TE with 55 horsepower is well situated below the cabin sole. By positioning the engine here, the builders were able to run the prop shaft almost horizontally which greatly increases engine efficiency as well as reducing vibration immensely. The horizontal shaft also makes it much easier to get the prop shaft perfectly aligned. The low and central engine position keeps this substantial weight low in the boat, increasing overall stability. With two fuel tanks and a 170 gallon capacity, you will have a worst case range of 780nm powering into head seas. The reliable Yanmar has the upgraded 80 amp alternator with a Heart Interface external regulator for fast charging.
Eclipse has a Max-Prop 3 blade feathering propeller which greatly increases sailing efficiency. She has a 1 1/2" stainless steel shaft, and the stuffing box and cutlass bearing were replaced in 2012.
Eclipse has a substantial house battery bank which was installed in 2012. The 6 Trojan T-105 6volt batteries provide an easy to maintain 675 amp hours. While many people have started to use AGM batteries, the truly deep cycle resilience of the Trojan T-105 endures due to the vastly easier charging schedule, and the large number of charging cycles these batteries are capable of. The minor inconvenience of occasionally watering the batteries is completely offset in this broker's mind by the advantages of these batteries. The batteries are very accessible so that watering them is not a difficult chore.
Eclipse also uses two Trojan T-105's as starting batteries. With 225 amp hours of starting power, it is unlikely that the Yanmar won't start due to low battery power.
All of this battery capacity requires substantial charging capabilities. At the dock, a Lewco 40 amp charger keeps the batteries healthy with 3 automatic and 3 manual charging modes. On the hook or at sea, two 75 watt Siemans solar panels keep the batteries charged. A Morningstar panel regulator ensures that the panels do not "cook" the batteries. Installed in 2000, the solar system is in fine condition.
Eclipse also comes with the venerable Honda EU1000 1kw generator which is well respected by cruisers everywhere.
An oft overlooked feature in more recent boats, a respectable nav station is requirement for any well equipped offshore cruiser. Eclipse has a very large chart table with lifting lid and a very comfortable swinging bucket seat, beautifully upholstered in Ultrasuede. Easily at hand are three drawers and a large book shelf, perfect for keeping the ships papers and manuals accessible. The large and well labeled electrical panel is located at the nav station. The radar is view able from the comfy bucket seat or from the cockpit.
The hull is dark blue (2011) with metallic gold strip. The decks are fiberglass with molded grey non-skid. This boat is unusual in that it was built without teak decks and with less exterior teak than usual. Exterior teak is limited to toerail, eyebrow, handrails, cockpit coaming and steering wheel. The teak has been continuously maintained in excellent condition. Stainless steel and all fiberglass surfaces have been polished regularly and show like new. There are 5 stainless steel dorade vents with guards for ventilation. The Mason 44 hull is a cut away full keel with internal lead ballast, hand laid to Lloyd’s +100A1 specification with 10 full length longitudinal stringers. The strong construction does not impact the boat’s performance as the hull form is easily driven and sails very well, even in light air. In 2001 West System Epoxy (10 coats) barrier coat was applied to the bottom to prevent gelcoat blistering.
Eclipse is well equipped for anchoring in almost any harbor. Her Lewmar Concept 2 windlass was installed in 1997, and the motor was rebuilt in 2007. Her main anchor is the well regarded 100lb Manson Supreme with 300 feet of 3/8 BBB chain. This anchor was installed in 2012. In mud anchorages, Eclipse has a Fortress FX-37 with 30 feet of 3/8 BBB chain and 200 feet of 5/8" rope. For hurricane duty, Eclipse has a Fortress FX-55. Both of these anchors were installed in 1999. Keeping anchor gear clean is essential and for that task Eclipse has a Jabsco deck wash pump. On the bow are two extra 12" cleats.
326 First Street
Annapolis, MD 21403