About the Rustler 44
Powerful, comfortable and exceptionally well-behaved, the Rustler 44 is a welcome addition to the ranks of classic blue water cruising yachts.
Rustler yachts have always had their own distinctive character – the company has a history of creating yachts that become design classics. Designed by Stephen Jones, the Rustler 44 is a fast, blue water cruiser combining exceptional performance with spectacular comfort.
Accommodation is designed for living in safety and comfort when under way. A raised chart table allows a good view all around whilst sailing to the chosen destination. This is complemented by the raised saloon area which offers a panoramic view once you arrive. Alternate layouts are shown here.
The light and airy feel of the Rustler 44 interior is carried throughout the boat; a spacious galley, two seating areas, together with vast cabins make both entertaining and living in harbour everything you desire.
The Rustler 44, like every Rustler, is built to take the worst of prevailing seas, to look after her crew and inspire every yachtsman with blue water aspirations. The Rustlers heavy weather characteristics are why many are sailed on long distance cruises. With a modern sail plan, the Rustler 44 is easily handled by two people, a superb performance combined with a comfortable motion underway will allow easy long distance passage making.
The Rustler 44 is a fine-looking aft cockpit yacht, with moderate height to the topsides, a sweet sheerline, pleasing overhangs, and relatively low cabin top. A long fin keel combined with a huge skeg-hung rudder gives huge reassurance in terms of safety.The Rustler 44 is immensely strong. Lay-up is by hand; as well as the usual woven rovings, layers of quadraxial rovings add strength. Full-length stringers and transverse frames are laminated to the hull sides and bottom for strength and to dissipate rig and keel loadings. The deck and coachroof is a balsa sandwich, with ply or aluminium backing pads in way of winch bases, sheet tracks, and other deck fittings. The superstructure moulding, with an L-shaped up-stand at the deck edge, is laid onto a flange on the hull and then bonded and through-bolted. The up-stand creates a substantial moulded bulwark surmounted by a hefty teak toe cap-rail.
Structural bulkheads are glassed to both hull and superstructure. The furniture is built up on timber bases, a very labour intensive method that is only used by low volume builders, and lends a satisfyingly solid air. Joinery is all by hand, and is to Rustlers extremely high standard. On deck, safety is a priority. All controls are lead aft to the deep spacious cockpit. All lines fall easily to hand – even when sailing single-handed.