1979 44' CSY 44

Rock Hall, MD


What do you get when you take a classic 1997 sailboat and spend over $48,000 in updates, upgrades and refinements since 2014...    Surprise.

Surprise, a Caribbean Sailing Yacht 44 Walk Over (WO) is a wonderful blue water capable cruiser that has been well maintained and upgraded over the years. This boat is solid fiberglass (not cored), not subject to deck de-lamination and other issues. Structurally the boat is very strong and ready to cruise to the Bahamas or anywhere in the world..

 From bow to stern a complete list of upgrades is available to help you get a good, informed understanding of what this boat has to offer.

Come see this boat in Rock Hall, MD to enjoy the sailboat's fit, feel and finish for yourself.


  • BuilderCaribbean Sailing Yachts
  • Model44
  • Model Year1979
  • DesignerPeter Schmit
  • LOA44 ft
  • Beam13.33 ft
  • Minimum Draft5 ft
  • Engines Total Power85 hp
  • Number of Engines1
  • Engine BrandPerkins
  • Engine Model4-236
  • Engine TypeInboard
  • Engine Power85 horsepower
  • Engine Fuel Typediesel
  • Cruising Speed7 kn
  • Maximum Speed9 kn
  • Fresh Water Tanks400 gallon
  • Fuel Tanks145 gallon
  • Holding Tanks39.5 gallon

This Walkover version includes a full enclosure for the cockpit which provides a great outdoor living room.  The standard layout provides privacy and separation of 2 staterooms and 2 heads.  The spacious salon and galley also provides additional accommodations for guests.

Starting in the large center-cockpit, you have deep and secure seating for 8 people, a custom full enclosure with Isenglass sides that are removable in sections. The helm location has perfect access the navigation desk immediately to starboard in the aft cabin and to talk to your mate while on your night watch.

The galley, salon dining and lounge, V berth and private head are found in the forward section of the vessel.

The salon features an L shaped settee to port and long bench settee to starboard, which pulls out to a double berth and the back flips up to become an overhead bunk. 

  • Great ventilation throughout with 9 opening hatches and 19 opening ports
  • 12V fans throughout
  • Generous storage and provisioning room throughout
  • Webasco 12,000 BTU reverse cycle ac/heat (2014)
  • NEW aft holding tank (2016)
  • NEW aft deck shower (2016)
  • NEW shower sump pump (2017)
  • Rebuilt forward Jabsco head (2017)
  • NEW forward holding tank (2017)
  • Painted ceilings (2017)
  • NEW foam mattress for aft stateroom (2019)
  • Replaced aft head lines (2020)
  • Replaced pump assembly on Jabsco aft head (2021)


  • Dual Propane Tanks for Princess 3-burner LPG stove with oven
  • Rival microwave
  • NEW Alder Barbour 12V Fridge (2014)
  • NEW 6-gallon water heater (2018)
  • Cleaned and sanitized both water tanks (2018)
  • NEW water pressure pump (2019)
  • NEW grill burner (2019)
  • NEW propane solenoid, controller and hoses (2021)
  • Samlex 2000W inverter (2015)
  • Solar Panels - 400W (2015) – 2 fixed panels on davits, 2 flexible panels on dodger
  • Voltage regulator (2017)
  • Battery charger (2017)
  • (4) Trojan 6V batteries (2017)
  • NEW starter battery (2018)
  • (1) Group 31 Bow Thruster battery (2019)
  • NEW fans (2019)
  • NEW 12V Jensen TV (2019)
Electronics & Navigation
  • Simrad VHF w/ AIS networked to chart plotter (2016)
  • Simrad Depth/Speed/Wind (2016)
  • Raymarine ST4000 Autopilot
  • NEW Vesper Cortex system (2021)
  • NEW NavPod - custom cut for new electronics (2021)
  • NEW B&G Zeus 3S 12” Multi Function Display (2021)
  • NEW B&G Triton2 Pilot Controller (2021)
Deck & Hull
  • Solid fiberglass Hull & Deck; no balsa coring
  • Maxi propeller 3 blade bronze installed
  • Spare fixed blade propeller (original propeller).
  • 4 aluminum 140 gallon fuel tanks
  • Two fiberglass 400-gallon water tanks
  • Holding Tanks Forward reported 25-gallon; Aft 14.5-gallon
    • Forward holding tank is a bladder type located below cabin sole forward; bladder appears to be newer, (never used).
    • Aft holding tank is plastic.
  • 5 blade twin bow thruster
  • Custom hinged swim platform (2015)
  • NEW backing blocks on 2 thru hulls (2016)
  • Bow Thruster commutator and NEW brushes installed (2017)
  • LED anchor light (2017)
  • MaxProp factory reconditioned (2018)
  • Painted deck (2020)
  • Replaced cutlass bearing (2021)
  • NEW PSS dripless shaft seal (2021)
  • Serviced MaxProp (2021)
  • NEW zincs on prop, Bow Thruster, shaft collar and rudder (2021)
  • Interlux Micron CSC bottom paint (2021)
  • NEW rear overboard discharge valve and thru-hull (2021)
  • NEW three thru-hulls and valves (2021)
Ground Tackle
  • Manson anchor with 200’ chain (2014)
  • Fortress 23 spare with nylon rode
  • Fortress FX 37 secured at stern rail
  • Lofrans Windlass (2014)
  • Garhauer outboard motor lift (2019)
  • NEW Bow Thruster switch on Pod (2020)
  • NEW Bow Thruster motor (2021)
Sails & Rigging
  • Masthead Cutter rig with 2 headsails each on a different furler plus the self-tacking staysail
  • Profurl Reefing System for mainsail
  • Furlex roller furling for the jibs
  • Furling mainsail outside the mast for ease of use and maintenance
  • NEW UK working jib (2016)
  • NEW bearings in main fuller (2018)
  • NEW jib halyard (2019)
  • NEW North mainsail (2019)
Engine & Mechanical
  • Perkins 4-236 86 HP Diesel
    • Engine was reportedly replaced circa 1985
  • Tach Hours showing are 4370
  • NEW transmission hydraulic lines (2018)
  • Serviced diesel injectors and had NEW tips installed (2019)
  • NEW diesel fuel line (2019)


Safety Equipment
  • EPIRB (2015)
  • NEW lifelines with 3/16’ uncoated stainless steel (2021)
  • Plastimo 6 person Life Raft
  • First Aid kit.
  • Search Light
  • One Bilge High Water Alarm
  • Mast climbing steps
  • Lifesling MOB system


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Please contact Neil Andersen at 443-321-1969 or at neil@sjyachts.com.

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