The Cambria 44 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Cambria 44, an aft-cockpit cutter, was designed by David Walters and built in the USA by Cabo Rico Custom Yachts Inc.

'Katahdin', a centreboard version of the Cambria 44 sailboat was the last one built.The Cambria 44

Published Specification for the Cambria 44

Underwater Configuration: Centreboard keel & skeg-hung rudder.

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 45'11" (14.0m)

Waterline Length: 36'4" (11.1m)

Beam: 13'5" (4.1m)

Draft: 10'6" (3.2m) with the centreboard down; 5'6" (1.7m) with it up. A shallow fin of 5'11" (1.8m) draft and a deep fin version of 7'6" (2.3m) draft were also available.

Rig Type: Cutter

Displacement: 28,600lb (12,973kg)

Designer: David Walters

Builder: Cabo Rico Custom Yachts Inc (USA)

Year First Built: 1985

Year Last Built: 1990

Number Built: 18

Published Design Ratios for the Cambria 44

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 16.4

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 40.2

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 266

4. Comfort Ratio: 35.3

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.8

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Cambria 44

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 16.4 suggests that the Cambria 44 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 40.2 means that the Cambria 44 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 266, tells us the Cambria 44 is a moderate displacement cruiser, which means she'll carry all your cruising gear without it having a dramatic effect on her performance. Most of today's sailboats intended for offshore cruising fall into this displacement category.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 35.3 suggests that crew comfort of a Cambria 44 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a moderate bluewater cruising boat - a predictable and acceptable motion for most seasoned sailors.

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.8 tells us that a Cambria 44 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0.

The Cambria 44: A Classic Cruiser for Recreational Sailors

The Cambria 44 has a sleek and elegant profile, with a low-profile deckhouse, a long overhang at the bow and a reverse transom at the stern. The hull is made of solid fiberglass with vinylester resin and balsa core in the deck. The boat is well-built and sturdy, with quality fittings and hardware.

Cambria 44 Accommodation PlanSail Plan & Internal Layout


The Cambria 44 can sleep up to six people in three separate cabins. The owner's cabin is located aft, with a centerline queen bed, a vanity, a hanging locker and an ensuite head with shower. The guest cabin is located forward, with a V-berth, a hanging locker and access to the second head with shower. The third cabin is located amidships, with upper and lower berths and a hanging locker.

The main saloon is spacious and bright, with large windows and hatches. It has a U-shaped dinette to port, which can convert into a double bed, and a settee to starboard. The navigation station is located aft of the settee, with a large chart table and an instrument panel. The galley is located opposite the nav station, with a three-burner stove, an oven, a double sink, a refrigerator, a freezer and ample storage space.

The interior of the Cambria 44 is finished in teak woodwork and beige upholstery, creating a warm and cozy atmosphere. The boat has plenty of ventilation and lighting, as well as ample headroom throughout.

Hull and Deck
The Cambria 44 has a wide and uncluttered deck, with wide side decks, high lifelines and sturdy handrails. The center cockpit is protected by a dodger and a bimini, and has comfortable seating for the crew. The helm station has a single wheel steering system, an engine control panel, an autopilot, a compass and other instruments. The cockpit also has a large locker for storage.

The foredeck has an electric windlass, an anchor locker, two bow rollers and two anchors. The stern has a swim platform with a ladder, an outboard bracket and davits for a dinghy. The boat also has stainless steel bow and stern pulpits, stanchions and cleats.

Mast and Rigging
The Cambria 44 has a masthead sloop (or optional cutter) rig with aluminum spars. The mast is keel-stepped and has two sets of spreaders. The boat has roller furling systems for the genoa and the staysail. The mainsail has slab reefing with lazy jacks. The sail inventory includes a fully battened mainsail, a 135% genoa, a staysail, an asymmetrical spinnaker and a storm jib.

The Cambria 44 has an array of winches for sail handling. There are two Lewmar 65 self-tailing primary winches in the cockpit for the genoa sheets. There are also two Lewmar 43 self-tailing secondary winches for the staysail sheets. On the cabin top, there are two Lewmar 43 self-tailing winches for the halyards and reefing lines. There are also two Lewmar 16 winches on the mast for the spinnaker halyard and pole lift.

Keel and Rudder
The Cambria 44 has a centerboard keel that can be raised or lowered by a hydraulic system. The keel has a lead ballast and a fiberglass shell. The centerboard allows the boat to reduce its draft for shallow water sailing, while providing stability and performance when lowered. The keel also has a skeg that protects the propeller and the skeg-hung rudder.

The above text was drafted by using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; we believe it to be accurate to the best of our knowledge.

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