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Efficient 44

Evolving from the Cheviot 32, designed in collaboration with renowned Naval Architect, Andrew Dovell the 44’ eliminates the tyranny of distance, allowing access to Bass Strait and its islands including some of the best cruising grounds in the world. Designed to cruise at 18 knots with a top speed of 26 knots, the layout is twin cabin, ideal for two couples or family cruising. There is a whole stack of features on board this boat including, hot water, fridge, domestic style galley, all the comforts of home.

"The Efficient 44 is proving to be a great opportunity to showcase the depth of talent we have among the staff at WBS". - Project leader, Tim Helliwell.

The Efficient 44 is paired with the Yanmar 6CX 530, with a continuous rating of 500 hp @ 2800 RPM. At 0.63 hp per kilo this engine is easily the lightest diesel available in its hp range. Not only does this engine promise great performance it far exceeds future EPA requirements.


  • Length: 44'
  • Beam: 13’6"
  • Draft: 3’3"
  • Displacement: 8500kg
  • Cruise Speed: 18 knots
  • Max Speed: 26 knots
  • Engine: Yanmar 6CX 530 500hp


  • Twin cabin layout.
  • Hot water, fridge, domestic style galley.

When first considering our requirements for a new boat the most significant decision we took was to look for a “bespoke” solution that could deliver us a finished product that would be tailored to our specific requirements. We were not interested in purchasing a standard “production line plastic fantastic” but rather a unique vessel built in Australia by first rate Australian craftsmen. 

With their reputation for delivering quality wooden boats, Wooden Boat Shop was the obvious choice. In consultation with the Wooden Boat Shop and naval architect Andy Dovell, the result was the Efficient 44.

Efficient, has taken us on many wonderful journeys with family and friends. Up to  Queensland and return, around Pittwater, Sydney Harbour and at home on Port Phillip. Recently we overnighted from Port Phillip to Hobart for the Australian Wooden Boat  Festival where the boat was frequently applauded for her amazing efficiency and overall good looks!

If you are looking for a great boat built with integrity and with a point of difference I strongly recommend contacting Tim Phillips and his team at the Wooden Boat Shop. 

- Nick Williams / Long-Term Customer.

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