'Magic', a Cherubini 44 for Sale
Currently berthed in Punta Gorda, Florida

'Magic' is a stunning 1986 example of the Cherubini 44, a classic staysail ketch with a rich heritage and a timeless appeal.

'Magic' underwent a major refit for 10 years in a climate controlled warehouse under the care of her previous owner, and has been further upgraded by her current owner since 2021. She has new or nearly new sails, electronics, batteries, bow thruster, and more.

Cherubini 44 'Magic' sailing 3'Magic' is in immaculate condition and ready for any adventure.

'Magic' is a rare gem for anyone who appreciates the beauty and craftsmanship of the Cherubini 44. This ketch has a distinguished history that dates back to the 1920s, and a design that combines light air performance and offshore capability.

She has been lovingly restored and updated by her past two owners, who have spared no expense or effort to make her shine.

She's powered by a Mercedes Benz 76hp diesel engine, and has a full set of sails that are either new or in excellent shape.

She can accommodate 6 people comfortably, and has a gorgeous mahogany interior that preserves the charm and elegance of the past.

Cherubini 44 'Magic' sailing 1'Magic' is a sailboat that will make you proud and happy to be aboard.

Vessel Walkthrough

Starting aft, 'Magic's cockpit provides a secure, separate helm seating area with excellent access to the Lewmar sheet winches, and Edson pedestal steering with Navpod mounts for the electronics. Forward of the helm area is U shaped seating surrounded by a high teak-capped coaming for 6 crew.

Moving forward down the companionway, you enter the aft cabin area with two quarter/sea berths. To starboard is a high/low arrangement of one berth and a small bench seat, while to port is a single. Under the stairs is the lighted engine compartment access. Dual racor filters are mounted high and to port for easy access. There is also additional storage in the aft cabin area in the form of a hanging locker and drawer storage.

Moving forward, to starboard is the head, with a new manual pump head (leading to a new holding tank with macerator and Y valve) as well as a sink, faucet/shower head and 1" tile floor reminiscent of her heritage.

Past the head, you enter the main salon. The Nav station is to starboard with integrated chart/instrument storage and three drawers, and the AC/DC distribution panel. The U-shaped galley is to port, with the new Refrigerator/Freezers, new Dometic two burner stove/oven and immense amounts of storage for the longer passages.

The main salon itself consists of bench seating down both port and starboard sides with a refinished drop-leaf folding table centerline. Outboard above and behind the bench seating is shelf and cabinet storage.

Lastly, all the way forward is the V-berth with a spacious double bunk with filler cushion, hanging locker, chest of drawers, and overhead opening hatch.

Cherubini 44 'Magic' coachroofThe butterfly hatch provides light and ventilation below


The Flag Blue Awlgrip wraps around from stem to stern, including the classic tumblehome and perfectly compliments the gold leaf scroll work as well as the beautiful teak brightwork.

  • New Flag Blue Awlgrip
  • Striker has been fully re-done/rebedded
  • Tilting Stainless Steel pulpit rollers
  • Trail boards redone
  • New studs - gold leaf and varnish
  • White bootstripe
  • Scheel designed keel
  • New cutlass bearing
  • Folding Max prop fully serviced
Cherubini 44 'Magic' ashore'Magic's hull is like a mirror


  • Length Overall: 50'1"
  • Max Draft: 4'10"
  • Beam: 12'0"
  • Cabin Headroom: 6'6"
  • Length at Waterline: 44'0"


  • Dry Weight: 28,000lb


  • Freshwater:165 Gal
  • Fuel Tank: 75 Gal
  • Holding Tank


  • Single Berths: 6
  • Heads: 1


On deck, 'Magic' boasts perfectly sanded teak decks, loads of new hardware (See below) and a cockpit fit for the most discerning sailor. Her butterfly hatch skylight lets natural light flood the salon interior, while two others provide the same for the staterooms - and the dorade vents allow for fresh air throughout. New lifelines provide reliable safety, and with all the deck hardware rebedded, go ahead and bury the rail - she's ready!

  • NEW lifelines (2021)
  • NEW deck fills (2021)
  • SS Rod standing rigging
  • Full compliment of NEW or recent sails
  • SS tilting bow rollers
  • Nearly All deck hardware pulled and rebedded (2021)
  • All stanchions rebedded (2021)
  • Windlass completely rebuilt (2021)
  • Chocks all rebedded (2021)
  • Solid white oak Sampson posts
  • Chafe gear all rebedded (2021)
  • All solid stainless stanchions
  • All winches rebuilt (2021)
  • Harken traveler
  • Lewmar 40 and Lewmar 16 on deck house all self tailing
  • Lewmar 48 mainsheet winch
  • New cockpit teak custom decking (2021)
  • Emergency tiller


  • Genoa: 130% RF, Mac Sails, Excellent (2023)
  • Yankee: 100% RF, Hood, Good
  • Main: Mac Sails, Excellent (2023)
  • Main (spare): Hood, Good
  • Mizzen: Sail Technologies, Excellent (2021)
  • Stay Sail: RF, Excellent (2023)
  • Stack Pack main/mizzen: Mac Sails (2023)
Cherubini 44 'Magic' sailing 2'Magic' under genoa, main and mizzen


  • Harken batcars and track on main and mizzen masts
  • Harken Mark III roller furling
  • Harken Mainsheet traveler
  • SS rod standing rigging
  • All winches serviced and rebuilt
  • NEW running rigging (2022/23)
Cherubini 44 'Magic' mainhatchWide sidedecks provide safe access ro the foredeck


The cockpit on 'Magic' is perfectly situated and designed for offshore sailing. Boasting high coamings, freshly replaced teak seats and floors, and a separate aft helm area for the captain with both sheet winches within easy reach while stationed behind the Edson steering pedestal and new Garmin electronics.

  • Navpod electronics mounting system
  • Edson pedestal steering
  • Leather wrapped stainless wheel
  • Danforth constellation compass
  • NEW flush-mount beveled bronze scuppers
  • Lewmar 48ST sheet winches
  • Separate helm seating area
  • Mizzen mast and rigging
  • Companionway access to cabin
  • Freshly laid teak
  • Stainless stern rail
  • NEW life-lines all around
  • Teak coaming caprail
  • Access to manual bilge pump
  • NEW emergency manual bilge pump
  • Stainless line holders under seat
Cherubini 44 'Magic' cockpitThe helmsman has a dedicated part of the aft cockpit

Aft Cabin

Down the companionway stairs from the forward cockpit one enters the aft cabin area of 'Magic'. With two single quarter berths, the setup allows for easy access in and out for crew without disturbing the main salon area/guests during longer watch rotations, or just adds additional sleeping quarters for guests aboard.

Companionway steps

  • Starboard side single quarter berth with small bench seat
  • Port side single quarter berth
  • Teak/Holly flooring
  • Engine room access under stairs
  • Bilge access panel
  • Cabinet storage
  • Drawer storage
  • 12V fans
  • Easy access companionway storage rack (binocs/winch handles etc)
  • Opening bronze portlights
  • Dorade ventilation
Cherubini 44 'Magic' davitsStainless steel davits


  • NEW - added holding tank (2021)
  • NEW - Added Y-Valve (2021)
  • NEW - Added Discharge pump (2021)
  • NEW - Jabsco pump flush toilet (2021)
  • NEW Dometic Tankwatch monitor for blackwater (2021)
  • Blackwater Tank monitoring systemSink w faucet/shower
  • Tile floor
  • Cabinet storage
  • Dorade vent
  • Opening port
Cherubini 44 'Magic' headThe Head


'Magic's U-shaped galley is a perfect setup for cooking either underway or at anchor. An immense amount of storage is key for the longer trips, and with all new refrigeration, as well as a new Dometic propane stove, everything is within reach, waiting and ready - and reliable.

  • NEW Dometic Origo 6000 2-burner gimballed alcohol oven/stove (2021)
  • NEW top loading refrigerator (2021)
  • NEW top loading freezer (2021)
  • NEW Active pressure frigiboat air sharing refrigeration (2021)
  • Large dual stainless sinks
  • Opening portlight
  • Over counter storage
  • Under counter storage12V fan
  • Over counter 12V lighting
  • Freshwater RO tap at sink12v and 120v wiring system refit and updated
Cherubini 44 'Magic' galley 2'Magic's U-shaped galley


'Magic''s salon is once again the perfect throwback in time and breathes tradition in the finely crafted mahogany woodwork and low relief bulkhead panels offset in white to bring a bright feel throughout. Overhead, the butterfly hatch skylight lets natural light in during the day, while the oil lamps can provide a soft glow in the evening.

The centreline fold-down table allows for comfortable dining along either the port or starboard side bench seats, and storage abounds both in shelving and cabinetry along both outboard sides above the settees.

The detailed woodwork, even on the cabin overhead, is what sets this boat so far apart from today's production vessels.

  • Port and Starboard bench seating
  • Outboard storage throughout (cabinets and shelving)
  • Opening bronze portlights
  • Overhead butterfly hatch skylight
  • Centerline fold-down table with storage in top12V lighting
  • (2) oil lamps
  • Top access end table storage
  • Teak and Holly cabin sole
  • Bilge accessFire extinguisher
Cherubini 44 'Magic' saloon 1The Salon

V berth

  • 12 v fan
  • V berth with filler cushion
  • Loads of storage
  • Reading lights
  • Mahogany shelving port and starboard
  • Stacked drawer storage to port
  • Hanging locker to starboard
  • Mahogany slat-lined interior
  • Bronze Opening ports
  • Overhead opening hatch

Nav Station

Aft of the starboard side salon bench sits the Nav station. Features include:

  • Large top opening chart table
  • Three drawers of additional storage
  • Small storage locker outboard
  • AC/DC distribution panel outboard
  • VHF radio
  • Heart Inverter/Battery monitoring system
  • 12V flexible chart light
  • Garmin 12’’ MFD
Cherubini 44 'Magic' navstation 2The navigation station

Electrical and house systems

  • AC/DC distribution panel at nav station
  • DC Battery monitoring (DCA/DCV)
  • AC system monitoring (ACA/ACV)
  • DC Battery charge
  • (1) 4D AGM start battery (2023)
  • (4) 6V AGM house batteries 380AH (2023)
  • Heart Inverter/Charger
  • DC electrical outlets
  • AC electrical outletsHot water heater
  • DC refrigeration
  • 12V DC Fans
  • 12V Pressure fresh water pump
  • Bilge pumps
  • Gray water sump
  • Washdown pump
  • Deck/Spreader lights
  • Anchor/Running/Tri color lights
  • Single 30A Shore power
  • Tank tender monitor (for fuel/water)
  • NEW Dometic Tankwatch monitor for blackwater (2021)
Cherubini 44 'Magic' electric panel 2The electrical panel
Cherubini 44 'Magic' electric panelNeat and accessible

Engine - Mechanical

Below the companionway lies the engine space access. Opening from the top, with lighting and ample room, the Mercedes 76hp auxiliary engine sits fully serviced.

  • NEW fuel tanks (2021)
  • NEW fuel hoses (2021)
  • NEW dual Racor filter setup (2021)
  • NEW Vetus Bow Pro Thruster (2022)
  • Groco bronze strainers
  • Mercedes - 76HP120A alternator
  • Galvanic Isolator
  • Engine room lights


  • Garmin depth and wind (2022)
  • Garmin 12’’ MDF at chart table (2022)
  • Garmin 9’’ MDF at helm (2022)
  • Garmin Autopilot (2022)
  • Garmin AIS (2022)
  • Garmin weather (2022)
  • Garmin Radar 18’’ (2022)
  • Garmin GPS (2022)
Cherubini 44 'Magic' instrumentsGarmin instruments at the helm

Asking Price and Contacting the Owner

Cherubini 44 'Magic' THUMB'Magic'

We're asking $285,000 for our Cherubini 44 'Magic'.

If you'd like more information or want to be 'Magic's new owner please contact our broker, Mike Rybas, here...

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