SAGACITY is a US Coast Guard Certified custom yacht, embodying the timeless design of the Cherubini 44, with the ultra luxurious interior and superb quality and engineering of a Rolls Royce. In a “Flagship” article, Sail Magazine wrote, “…She is one of the most lucid and beautiful large personal cruising boats imaginable, an impressive marriage of form and function.” Steeped in the tradition of American Clipper design, this little ship is all character and sheer romance. With her jaunty bowsprit, raked masts, and long slender hull, her lovely tumblehome and classic wineglass stern, her beauty and grace are thought to be unsurpassed.
Sagacity is a boat designed to cross oceans -- safely, comfortably and swiftly. She’s a wonderful sailor, stable and sea-kindly with a very gentle and easy motion. She’s an especially lively performer in any conditions, yet easily managed thanks to her time tested and ultimately stable Herreshoff/Cherubini hull design, a Scheel Keel with 12,000 lbs. internal lead ballast, her custom high performance rig and a versatile sail plan. Years in the building, both initially and more recently during an extensive refit, the final result is truly stunning and can only be fully appreciated in person.
SAGACITY’s interior joinery and attention to detail are simply unbelievable. (Come see her!). After Cherubini constructed her hull, under-deck and cabin, her owner shipped her to Maine to be finished by a specialty yard in Mt. Desert Island (where much of her fittings were custom made by Hinckley), and then to Wayfarer Marine in Camden. Below decks, every inch of Sagacity’s fiberglass hull is covered with wood and more wood. Nor can one easily find a screw head! Some things were simply not allowed on this vessel. Her teak and holly cabin sole is splined, solid hardwood. White painted bulkheads and overhead (with Mahogany beams) in classic wainscot staving makes the cabin light, bright and warmly traditional. Cold-molded knees of laminated Mahogany-stained Ash add significant strength to the cabin and overhead and are just one of many examples of her very rugged structure and traditional beauty.
Fine details can be found throughout, such as Lexan backed leaded-stained-glass doors in the deep settee cabinets, Ash inlays in every drawer front and drop-front, dovetail joints throughout, beautiful Sitka louvers or Sitka Bruynzeel paneling for all doors, cabinets and hanging lockers, and hardwood fiddles throughout. A butterfly hatch above the main saloon is both functional and beautifully dovetail crafted. All hardwood is finished either bright or with eighteen coats of varnish hand-rubbed to a soft satin gloss finish a Steinway would envy. All storage areas and hanging lockers are lined with cedar or varnished Sitka spruce ceiling and traditional white wainscot staving. Among her very special custom features, Sagacity’s hull is completely insulated, from her forepeak to aft-machinery bulkhead, and from her cabin sole to deck underside, with ¾” soft Airex Foam, all covered with either white painted Mahogany or varnished Sitka Spruce ceiling. And… Ditto for her incredibly rugged overhead, which is also traditionally Mahogany beamed. This boat is absolutely never even vaguely damp below and she’s sweetly quiet below even hove-to in a Gale.
There are 12 opening “all weather” manganese/bronze Herreshoff portlights (with hurricane inserts). These unusual portlights may be left open in rain and, unless the seas are very rough, underway, as well, creating a wonderful and most welcome fresh air environment below. Sagacity has three overhead hatches, and also a butterfly hatch, all varnished bright and with heavy duty tinted Lexan. All cabins are temperature controlled by a new reverse cycle A/C system. air-conditioning or heating may be generated underway by engine and/or battery power and dockside by AC power.
Walking below from the cockpit, a double berth is to starboard with a storage cabinet, and a series of drawers and cedar lined hanging closet/locker to port. Also to port is a wet locker for foul weather gear. Just aft of the companionway steps is a very will lighted nav station with complete navigation instrumentation with easily accessible chart storage beneath the large tabletop. This cabin has a privacy door forward and a private entryway door into the guest/day head.
Located forward of the double berth and to starboard, the day/guest head features a separate shower stall with exact temperature controlled hot/cold water pressure. When not showering, a sink vanity slides out (inboard) from the cabinetry.
Moving forward is the galley to port with a U-shaped counter top. A deep, twin-dish stainless steel sink is aft, which has hot/cold water pressure, filtered water, manual fresh water, and manual salt water. An automatically pumped gray-water tank insures excellent drainage. The gimbaled stainless steel oven, with separate infrared broiler, and the stovetop with four large burners are top quality. When the stovetop is not in use, a cover slides outboard flush with the t countertop, adding more space. A propane gas sniffer is installed for safety. Facing forward in the galley is a top-access freezer outboard and top-access large refrigerator inboard fully covered with a 2” butcher-block top. Freezer and fridge are individually temperature controlled. Separate refrigeration system compressors are driven either by the engine, or shore power. Ample storage can be found underneath and above the sink, and outboard in two large cabinets. Additional storage in the galley is athwart ships in four deep drawers.
Forward of the galley is the Saloon with a centerline gimbaled (lockable) Mahogany drop-leaf table, tension mounted through the sub-sole to bronze backing plates with hidden 5/8” bronze bolts. This uniquely engineered mounting is incredibly strong structurally. A traditional brass/kerosene lamp hangs overhead on centerline. This beautifully finished table has four Ash inlaid drawers (two each end), adjustable fiddles, and a deep center locker with flush hatch cover. Drop-Leaves are large enough to accommodate a crowd. Flanking the saloon table, to port and starboard, are two straight settees that measure 6’4” in length, which are Pullman berths. Beneath and behind each settee is extensive storage. Three large storage cabinets are just above each settee with traditional Fleur-de-lis patterned, Lexan backed leaded stained glass doors (twelve throughout). Just aft of the starboard settee is the second companionway with an additional hanging locker and sea-safe wine locker. This second companionway allows you to access the deck without disrupting your guests. Additional storage is forward including library shelves port and starboard and there is a wonderful bulkhead mounted brass and stainless steel vented fireplace.
Furthest forward is the owners cabin with large tinted Lexan opening hatch and ensuite head. The v-berth, which has a filler piece, is surrounded by Mahogany storage cabinets and also has spacious separated storage lockers below. An additional storage cabinet, also in this cabin has 3 large drawers and a cedar-lined hanging closet. This cabin provides excellent privacy between the owners and their guests. The ensuite head can also be used as a shower. The head is an electric flush and the sink vanity has hot/cold water pressure.
In 2006 all spars were taken to Sound Rigging to be stripped, repainted and all standing and running rigging replaced. Since then, the boat has not been sailed so all equipment is new.
All Winches were ordered oversized when built and regularly maintained.
All Winch Handles are Chrome Plated Bronze
Two Primary: Barient 32
Five Barient 23
Five Barient 19
Two Double Handled Primary Winch Handles
Two Geared Winch Handles
Three Standard Winch Handles
Sagacity's hull was first laid up in 1981 and she was first commissioned and launched in 1983