44' (13.41m)

Friendship 1981 44' CUSTOM Cruising Sailboat

San Francisco United States $160,000 USD

The 1981 44' CUSTOM Nordic 44 Cruising Sailboat Friendship is a sail boat for sale located in San Francisco, California, United States.

Friendship has been lightly used in recent years. She is a super strong, world class offshore cruiser, designed by the world-renowned naval architect Bob Perry. She was built in the U.S. to extremely high standards by Nordic Yachts. 2 cabin layout.

Friendship has undergone an extensive refit to the level of an almost new boat!

- Re-powered with a 60hp Yanmar engine

- Spectra water maker, radar and updated electronics

- New Hood Sails (see sail inventory under descriptions)

- Bright, airy main salon with three opening hatches

- Deck prisms, and lots of natural light, with 6'4' headroom

- New dodger, new running rigging, new self tailing over sized winches, and one new electric winch.

- Updated electronics - see under descriptions

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LENGTH 44' (13.41m)
BUILT 1981
BEAM 13' 8" (4.17m)
LOCATION San Francisco, California, USA
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Interior is well suited for local or offshore cruising with good sea berths, functional galley, excellent storage, and forward facing nav station. From the cockpit, one steps over the bridge deck, through the teak-trimmed companionway and down the four step companionway ladder. The hand crafted teak interior was sanded and varnished. It is solidly constructed with teak bulkheads and solid teak trim. For strength, and ease of access, Traveller is “stick-built” with all interior joinery being tabbed and glassed to the hull and overhead deck. Fiberglass liners have only been used in the heads.

The overhead is off-white, padded vinyl panels, secured in place with teak battens-easily removed for access to deck hardware and wiring. Interior coachroof sides are white laminate. Corners are rounded, and counter/table edges fitted with fiddles. Cabinet doors are fitted with positive elbow catches. Hull side ceilings are of Alaskan Yellow Cedar and the cabin sole 5/16” thick teak and holly on plywood. Insulating foam is glued to accommodation space hull sides to prevent condensation and heat loss. A forced air diesel cabin heater will allow year-round usage in higher latitudes.


 The Robert H. Perry designed interior layout is typically functional and livable. Starting forward is the fore cabin with access to the chain locker, “V” berth, and storage lockers. Next aft to port is a head compartment with basin.
 Proceeding aft through the main bulkhead is the main salon with straight settee to starboard, “L” shaped settee to port, and fold-down dining table. The very large “U” shaped galley is to port and a forward facing nav station is to starboard. Aft through a privacy door is the master stateroom with queen-sized quarter berth to port and enclosed head with separate shower stall to starboard.

The forward cabin/guest stateroom features a “V” berth measuring 6’ 5” lo n g by 5’ 9” wide aft, and infill fills the notch for use as a double. Below this berth are storage bins and a holding tank. Shelves are located outboard below the deck edge. There are yellow cedar strips hull side. To port is a chest with three drawers and to starboard and aft is a bureau with three shelves and a tall hanging locker. The main salon is aft of the main bulkhead and large enough to entertain a crowd or sleep two crew in the settees while sailing offshore.


 Headroom measures 6’ 4”. The starboard settee measures 6’ 3” long and the port a whopping 7’ 1” long. The port settee uses an infill board and cushion to make this into a double berth. Storage shelves are to port, outboard of the settee with removable fiddles and storage bins are located under this settee. Stainless steel water tanks are located beneath the starboard settee and port settee “L”. To starboard are bookshelves forward and two shelf lockers aft. A teak trimmed ring frame provides significant structure and visible separation between the salon and galley/nav station. To port is the large “U”-shaped galley. Head room in the galley measures 6’ 3”. 


Countertops are white laminate and surrounded by teak fiddles. There is ample storage in cabinets and drawers. The gimballing Force Ten three burner propane stove is outboard and protected by a stainless steel crash bar fitted with two pad eyes for a belt strap. Three storage cabinets are outboard along the hull side, below the side decks. 


The deck underside, above the stove is lined with stainless steel. Pots and pans are stored in a locker below the stove/oven. Along the aft bulkhead an d close to centerline for drainage while heeled is a double stainless steel sink measuring 10”wide by 14” long by 9” deep. To starboard is the forward facing navigation station. The top opening chart table h as a 4” deep chart drawer. Communication and navigation electronics are mounted on the forward bulkhead and above the switch panel. Paneled teak bifold doors provide privacy to the aft cabin. Two drawers are located beneath and two cabinets are above the bunk. 
The large aft cabin berth measures 6’ 6” long by 4’ 6” wide.

The aft head is to starboard and well-situated relative to the companionway. Wet foul weather gear can be quickly removed and hung in the separate shower stall before proceeding forward. Towel bar and ring are provided and storage shelves are outboard of the head. 


Aft is the separate stall shower with curtain closure, hot/cold shower spray nozzle on hose with hanging bracket, removable teak shower grating, teak seat, grab bar, and numerous hooks for foul weather gear with speakers in salon.

Air Heater for diesel and petrol
Operating independently of the engine
Eberspatcher with Digi-MAX D1000 CONTROL & 701 TIMER


NEW Hood main and 90% jib.
140% jib NEW that has never been used
Custom Hood Spinnaker NEW


Carl Schumaker re-engineered (after consulting with Robert Perry) the grid structure in Friendship to make it much stronger for long distant ocean sailing.  Svendsen’s spent several months re-building the grid structure per Carl’s plans.  Carl’s design was subsequently used on other Nordic 44’s that passed thru Svendsens.

Haul out was at Svendsens about 5 yrs ago.  The bottom paint is Trinidad hard epoxy (60% copper) (3 coats).  The boat had an extensive Petite epoxy barrier coat applied to the hull about 20yr ago.  Four coats Interlux 2000E was applied at Svendsens.

 The rudder was removed (10+ yrs ago) and checked for de-lamination.  The stainless steel shaft to rudder body was re-glassed in epoxy and carbon fiber, the trailing edge was reinforce with bi-axial glass and epoxy.

Bottom maintained by David Laird Diving


Aluminum spar and boom

Standing rigging was replaced 10 yrs ago.  Forestay and backstay were replaced.  Some of the upper and lower standing rigging was replaced.  Others were re-headed.

Running rigging is all new.  Dynema and Spectra cordage.  There is a Harken electric main winch which was installed 8 yrs ago.  There are large Barient self-tailing winches for the jib. All the Harken winches were new 8 yrs ago. The Barients were all re-built.

Navtec hydraulic back stay and boom vang.

Harken traveler


Nav Station starboard side: PARTIAL LIST, more to come

- ICOM VHF w/speaker
- ICOM IC-M36 hand held
- HF Marine ICOM IC-M802
- Garmin map 1212
- Garmin GMI 10
- New B&W Studio reference speakers and Fusion Stereo systems
- Fusion sound system MS-AV750 w/Bower's & Wilkins speakers
- ProMariner - ProNauticP Series charger
- IMTRA marine lighting
- Heart Interface LINK 2000-R
- Digital Multi Control
- Spa Frost


 - B&G autopilot and B&G speed and depth on a pod mounted above compass pedestal.
- Garmin GPS map 5208 and two Garmin GMI10's mounted above engine gauges.

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