1985 Ta Chiao Tanton CT-44 Offshore

Gray Ghost

YACHT DETAILS: 1985 Ta Chiao Tanton CT-44 Offshore








Deltaville, VA
$135,000 USD
44 ft
13 ft









(1) 90|gallon
(1) 120|gallon
(1) 39|gallon

The Tanton 44-CT is a true bluewater cruiser. Built in Taiwan in the Ta Chioa Brother’s yard, she is solidly constructed, so is heavy and sea-kindly and comfortable to live aboard. Her designer Yves-Marie Tanton was of the same era as Bob Perry and Chuck Paine, all of whom designed boats with long distance cruising in mind.   

Her first owners bought her on the West Coast and cruised her extensively, taking her from the West coast into the Caribbean. The second owners sailed her up and down the East Coast and her current owners (of 20 years) kept her in Maine for the first years of their ownership and have subsequently cruised her extensively.  

Over the years there has been constant in-depth maintenance (records available), some of which can be found in the Full Specifications. 

Some upgrades includes:

Yanmar 4JH5E 54HP Engine installed (2014/15)
Bottom peeled, reglassed and barrier coated (2001)
Bottom stripped and re-barrier coated (2015)
Phasor LPI 3.5 KW Generator  (2013)
New Hallett Mainsail (2012)
Peak Sails Spinnaker (2017)
New standing rigging (2015)
Running rigging replaced (2-5 years)
New traveller (2016)
ROCNA Vulcan 55lb anchor w/ 275′ HT chain (2016)
Raymarine ACU-400 Autopilot (2016)
Raymarine i60 Wind instrument (2016)
New Battery Charger (2016)
Cobra 1500W Inverter (2019)
Ecowareness 165W Solar Panel
Teak seats replaced (2011)
Teak cockpit flooring replaced
Cockpit table removed and replaced with custom table-cum-storage unit.

Instruments & Equipment also include:
Raymarine Autopilot
Lofrans Electric windlass
Garmin Radar
Defender RIB 
Tohatsu 6HP outboard

 See Full Specifications for more.

If you are looking for a good, solid, go-anywhere, cruising boat, where the owners have done the work and you can go sailing… immediately…. look no further than Gray Ghost!  She’s a gem. 


This vessel is designed with long distance cruising in mind.  At the base of the companionway there is a double cabin to port and head to starboard, for easy ‘in and out’ under way.

Forward of the aft cabin on the port side is a spacious galley with counters on 3 sides and storage above and below counter level.  A central counter runs fore & aft  and doubles as the housing for the engine. Engine access is through hatches on 3 sides.  To starboard is the nav station with forward facing.

The salon consist of a straight settee to  starboard and an L-shaped settee to port which pulls out to form a double berth. The centrally positioned table has large, solid leaves that fold out to reach both seating areas.  The table has storage.  The keel-stepped mast is situated at the forward end of the table.

Walk through the forward bulkhead to a cabin which has storage and a seat to starboard, V-berth and head to port. There is storage along both hulls and at the foot of the bunk as well as beneath the bunk.

  • Seaward 3-burner propane Stove w/ oven
  • Technuatics top-loading fridge
  • Large single sink w/ mixer tap
  • Salt water hand pump
  • Extensive above and below counter storage
  • 110V/12V
  • 1 x 30A Shorepower inlet
  • 2 x 30A Shorepower cables
  • Phasor LPI 3.5KW Generator w/ 809 hours (2013)
  • Ecowareness 165W Solar Panel
  • 1 x Gr 27 Start battery (2015)
  • 2 x Lifeline 8D Batteries (2014)
  • Sterling Power pro-Charge Ultra Battery charger w/ remote (2015)
  • Cobra CPI 1590 Inverter – 1500W (2019)
  • Isotherm water heater, 2.5Gal (2010)
  • LED Nav lights (2019)
  • LED interior lights
  • Raymarine ACU-400 Autopilot (2016)
  • Garmin GPSMap 740s Chartplotter (2012) 
  • Garmin 540s GPS
  • Garmin GMR 18HD Radar (2012)
  • Garmin  AIS 600
  • Garmin GXM54 Sirius XM Weather Radio
  • Garmin 79 Depthsounder
  • Raymarine i60 Wind instrument (2016)
  • ICOM IC-M700 PRO SSB w/
  • ICOM AT130 Tuner
  • ICOM IC-422 VHF
  • XD Vision Stereo w/ speakers
  • New Mainsail (Hallett – 2012)
  • New mainsail cover – 2019
  • Mainsail track added to mast (2010)
  • 130% Genoa (original)
  • Harken Mk 3 Furler
  • Staysail (7 oz – original)
  • New Staysail cover (2019)
  • Jib (8 oz – original)
  • Stormsail (12 oz – original)
  • Storm Staysail
  • Peak Sails Spinnaker (2017) w.
  • Spinex Profurl
  • Seldon Spinnaker pole
  • Standing rigging replaced (2015)
  • Chainplates replaced (2015)
  • Running rigging 2-5 yrs old
  • New Schaeffer Traveller (2016)
  • Extensive servicing and replacement of shieves and blocks & wiring over time
  • ROCNA Vulcan 55lb Anchor (2016) w/ 300′  5/16 HT chain 
  • Bruce 40lb anchor w/ 2′ chain and 300′ rode
  • Lofrans Tigres Electric windlass (2009) (switches and wiring replaced 2018)
  • Anchor washdown
  • Deck hatches
  • Teak hand rails on coachroof w/ sunbrella covers
  • 4 x  Dorades mounted on teak boxes w/ sunbrella covers 
  • S/S guards for dorades
  • Liferaft mount forward of traveller
  • Dodger, Bimini, Connector (2016)
  • Teak, saloon style companionway doors
  • 4 x Barlow Self tailing winches on coachroof
  • 2 x Barlow 32ST primary winches on coaming
  • 2 x Barlow non self-tailing winches on coaming
  • Teak cockpit coamings
  • Teak cockpit sole (2012)
  • Teak cockpit seats (2012)
  • Stern/cockpit shower
  • Davits on transom
  • Lifesling, starboard sternrail
  • Edson Outboard motor mount , port sternrail
  • Solar panel on davits
  •  8’6"  Defender Rib 265 (2012)
  • Tohatsu 6HP Outboard motor (2012) – Serviced 2019
  • Viking 4-person liferaft in valise
  • McMurdo ‘Smartfinder’ EPIRB 
  • Ditch bag
  • Horseshoe buoy
  • Mom 8-A 
  • Radar reflector
  • Jacklines and tethers
  • Docklines
  • Fenders 
  • Assorted tools and spares
  • Cabin sole removed and replaced
  • Settee cabinets removed, refinished and reinstalled
  • Engine compartment stringers replaced
  • Engine compartment subfloor replaced
  • Fuel tanks removed, cleaned & coated w/ Interlux 2000
  • All fuel lines replaced, secured & re-inforced
  • Third bilge pump installed
  • Caprail bungs & screws removed and replaced
  • Anchor chute and rollers replaced
  • Windlass re-positioned & catspaw replaced
  • New 5/16’s HT chain installed (275′)
  • Chainplates rebedded
  • Headstay and links replaced
  • 800 W inverter in galley
  • Circuit breaker panel w/ 6 breakers
  • V-berth bookshelf
  • Port Cabinet shelf
  • Aft cockpit locker floor inspected
  • Aft head replaced & macerator rebuilt
  • Disclaimer
    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.

    Jon and Anne Hutchings
    YaZu Yachting
    Deltaville, VA 23043

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