Originally Posted by Myskibum
Has anyone found or know the real difference between these vessels?
Fred at DeFever's Horizon Yacht Sales on Lake Union is a treasure trove of DF information old and new. What build years are the 43 and 44? Quite often the 43 is nearly identical to the older 41 so comparing the dimensions would be helpful for your comparison too. For example, the Mainship 35 and 39 are nearly the same dimensions ditto the Nordic Tug 47 and 49 or 52 and 54, the list of hulls growing on paper is common.
Buying a boat from a friend can end the relationship unless he has been very forthcoming and is anal about maintenance. The 44 with a cockpit AKA 48 or 49 is a pretty nice boat.