AU $345,000
44' - 13.41m
Melbourne Region Sandringham VIC
Launch Year
Hull Material
Timber Planked in Huon Pine, copper nailed and roved on Huon Pine frames.

Description: Lacco Pilot House Motor Sailer
We are privileged to offer the Lacco designed and built classic motor sailer 'Maid of Martha' to the market for the first time in over 20 years. She is a rare and stunning example of the traditional shipwrights art and a vessel of which her next custodian will be rightly proud. Designed by Ken Lacco and built in 1970 at Mt Martha by Alec Lacco and his son, Rod, the hull planking is 1.5 inch Huon Pine on 3 inch by 1.5 inch laminated Huon Pine ribs at 8 inch centres. Deck beams are 7 inch by 2 3/4 inch of clear Oregon and the transom is of 3 inch African Mahogany. Superstructure is also of African Mahogany with varnished cabin beams of laminated African Mahogany and Kauri. 'Maid of Martha' is 40 Ft LOD, 44 Ft with the bowsprit and a little more with the dinghy in davits at her stern. You would struggle to find shipwrights who could build a boat like this today and if you did, the cost would be eye-watering!

Her two tons of ballast combined with her designed form stability ensure the comfortable and sea kindly ride under sail or engine power that you would expect of a Lacco boat. Powered by an extremely well maintained 84 HP Gardner 6LV diesel engine, she has a cruising range of more than 2000 nautical miles. An easily manageable size, she has dual steering stations; one on the raised aft deck and the other in the well protected pilot house for when the weather turns bad. A Yanmar diesel generator provides plenty of board power. She is an Australian Registered vessel and has cruised through the Pacific and Australian coastal waters including four trips to the famed Hobart Wooden Boat Festival where she has always been much admired.

She features comfortable accommodation in her two sleeping cabins with adjacent toilets and showers while her inviting pilot house contains a delightful saloon table and leather upholstered seating, an ideal location for sundowners or just to curl up and read a book. Opposite the saloon table is the well-appointed galley with lots of storage while forward in the pilot house is the helm station with it's chart table and the extensive array of electronics and navigation aids. Sliding cabin doors at either side allow easy access to the deck.

'Maid of Martha' comes complete with a huge range of spares for just about everything on board. To ease the transition for her next owner, her construction details, history and maintenance program are fully documented right down to the source of materials and the types of paints and varnishes used to keep her looking at her best.

For further information or to arrange an inspection of 'Maid of Martha' at Sandringham, please call Chris Furey at 38 South Yacht Sales on O4IO 55I 977 or complete the on-line enquiry form.

Melbourne Region Sandringham VIC
Launch Year
ON 374935
Ken Lacco
Alex and Rod Lacco
44' - 13.41m
15 Ft
5 Ft 7 inches
23 tons
Keel / Ballast
Long keel with 2 tons of lead ballast, fitted with a sacrificial timber 'shoe' and Copper sheathed from the lead to the waterline.
Hull Material
Timber Planked in Huon Pine, copper nailed and roved on Huon Pine frames.
Deck Material
GRP sheathed Plywood over oregon deck beams, painted.
Engine Make
Type 6LW, 6 Cylinder, 8 Litre capacity, fresh water cooled. Extensive history, maintenance and service notes, Original Gardner engine manual. Extensive kit of Gardner spares incl 6 Gardner injectors. Engine room is located under the main cabin with good access for service and maintenance. Engine number 6LW-161623.
Number Engines
Fuel Type
Engine Hours
2nd Engine Hrs
Not recorded, Yanmar auxiliary was removed and fully overhauled in 2019.
Fuel Consumption
4-5 Litres per hour at cruise speed 1000 RPM. Range at cruise speed is 2000 NM.
Max Speed
7 knots
Cruise Speed
6 knots at 1000 - 1050 RPM
Gardner gearbox with 2:1 reduction. Shaft drive with fixed centreline 32" x 24" 3 blade bronze propeller in rudder aperture.
Yanmar F5MY diesel engine, fresh water cooled
2 Tanks of 850 Litres each = 1700 Litres
750 Litres in 4 x stainless steel tanks fitted new in 2003. New water pressure pump.
Forward lower cabin with 2 lower berths and 2 upper or Pilot berths. Rear lower cabin with access from main cabin or via rear deck companionway, double berth to starboard and single berth to port.
2 sleeping cabins, each with toilet and shower, raised main cabin with saloon table and leather upholstered seating to starboard. Classic varnished timbers and white painted surfaces with teak cabin soles. Wardrobe and Drawer storage plus under berth storage in forward and aft cabins.
Port side of main cabin. Stainless steel sink has fresh and salt water. Cup, glass and utensil storage racks and cupboards.
Waeco 24v main fridge, electric or eutectic,
3 x freezer compartments under saloon table seating.
MSF (NZ) 2 burner gas stove and oven. 4 x Gas bottles provided. Charcoal BBQ on stern rail.
Hotwater System
Via engine heat exchange or electric heating. Upgraded 22 Litre HW system installed in January 2024.
2 enclosed hot & cold showers.
Two fully enclosed manual flush marine toilets with wash basins. Washing machine in forward heads compartment.
OceanTalk Marine stereo with digital receiver and sub-woofer- great for watching movies! on the 24" 12v TV that stows in the chart drawer. Smaller DVD player.
Air Conditioning
Diesel heater.
Solid dinghy stored in stern davits.
6 HP Evinrude, stowed at starboard rail on aft deck.
Mainsail and Mizzen boom covers, Anchor windlass cover, Life Raft cover, Outboard motor cover, external helm wheel cover. Cockpit BBQ cover.
Ground Tackle
Maxwell heavy duty electric windlass on foredeck with deck switch control. Rope and Chain gipsys. 2 x CQR style anchors, 1 x 65 Lb, 1 x 45 Lb with plenty of anchor chain..
Safety Gear
2 Life rings, First Aid kit, Dann Buoy, Strobe lights, Flashlights, Buckets, MOB Retrieval Kit, Radar Reflector, Foghorn, Emergency navigation lights, Emergency tiller. Tools and spares. Fire alarm and Carbon Monoxide alarm.
Bilge Pumps
12v and 240v Electric bilge pumps, Manual bilge pumps, Gardner engine driven bilge pump.
Life Raft
6 Person, serviced 10/22. Stowed on forward deck with protective cover.
Yes (2)
Life Jackets
Yes, basic only
Kit of current date offshore flares.
Fire Protection
2 Fire extinguishers and Fire Blanket, Engine bay pressurised overhead fire suppression system.
4 x D70 105 Amp Hr battreies, Arlec 240v battery charger. Victron battery monitor, 2 x 110 watt Solar panels with Charge controller. Fused switch panel. C-Tek 16amp 24v house battery charger. 24V-DC to 12V-DC step-down. 240V-AC Shore power. LED Interior and Navigation lights.
Extensively upgraded to current Tech. Icom HF Transceiver, Standard Horizon VHF radio transceiver with AIS & GPS. 2 x Simrad GPS and C-Map Chart Plotters with multi-function display, Simrad 30NM radar, Robertson-Simrad auto pilot. 2 x Sestrel ships compasses, Plastimo Clock and Barometer.
Sail Inventory
Dacron Mainsail and spare Mainsail.
Dacron Mizzen sail
No 1 and No 2 Genoas.
Staysail fits on inner forestay.
All sails professionally serviced in 2023.
Mast / Rigging
Alloy deck stepped main and mizzen masts, both single spreader. Main mast has twin forestays, an inner forestay and twin backstays. Standing rigging was replaced in December 2022. Alloy headsail pole for downwind sailing.
2 x Alloy booms.
Deck Gear
2 x Sheet winches, jib tracks and cars. Solid Samson post forward, twin bow anchor rollers. Solid stainless steel tubular life rails with integral welded stanchions. Lewmar hatches for access and ventilation.
A unique classic vessel of substantial proportions, roomy and comfortable at sea. Extremely well maintained by her current and both previous owners. Extensive documentation on history, construction, care and maintenance. Manuals and Spares for just about everything on board. Australian Registered vessel. A rare opportunity here!


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Unit 5
227 Wells Road
Chelsea Heights
VIC 3196 Australia

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