The Able Wolf 44 Michele is one of the finest examples of the “Wolf” 44′ classic Downeast cruisers built to date. Originally launched in 1995 as Merlin, her second owner brought her back to the Able Yard in 1999 for an elaborate refit by the original builder. During the refit, two (2) new and larger engines (480hp Volvos), shafts, struts, and running gear were installed, making her one of the fastest Able 44s today. Her original Herreshoff-style interior was replaced with beautiful raised cherry panels and her cockpit was extended nearly two feet. More recently, her current owners made additional improvements that include new interior/exterior cushions; new custom wood helm and passenger seats; new GPS plotter; new low-E tinted pilothouse glass (port and stbd); new exterior varnish (stripped & built back up to 10+ coats); new custom bed covers and sheets and an elaborate set of Sunbrella covers for nearly every varnished surface aboard the boat.



  • loa 43'11"
  • beam 13'6"
  • draft 3'6"
  • displacement 239000 lb
  • fuel capacity 420 gallons
  • water capacity 125 gallons
  • designed by Chuck Paine
  • model Wolf Series
  • year 1995
  • location Camden, Maine
  • boat engine Twin Volvo
  • horsepower 480
  • cruising speed 27.6 mph
  • top speed 36 mph


Engine #2

  • Engine Make: Volvo
  • Primary Engines: Inboard
  • Drive Type: Direct Drive
  • Location: Starboard
  • Engine Year: 1999
  • Hours: 1500
  • Power: 480 hp
  • Propeller Type: 4 Blade
  • Propeller Material: Bronze


Engine #1

  • Engine Make: Volvo
  • Primary Engines: Inboard
  • Drive Type: Direct Drive
  • Location: Port
  • Engine Year: 1999
  • Hours: 1500
  • Power: 480 hp
  • Propeller Type: 4 Blade
  • Propeller Material: Bronze

Accommodations/Walk Through

The interior of Michele is sheathed and finished in satin varnished American Cherry. Elegant raised cherry panels are found throughout her interior on bulkheads, doors and cabinets. Like many high-caliber, Maine-built boats, her cabin sole is also constructed of solid teak and has a classy satin finish as well. New blue fabrics cover both interior and exterior cushions (2017) and her (8) opening port lights provide a bright and cheery interior.

Forward is a generous private stateroom with a 7′ long over-sized berth (with filler cushion), hanging locker, and bureau. The mattresses are custom fitted Tempur-pedic for the utmost comfort. Two opening ports and large opening overhead hatch (all with screens) provide excellent light and ventilation. Michele is also fully air conditioned.

The main salon has very comfortable 7′ long settees with “pilot berths” above and outboard on port and stbd sides. The current owners have removed the cushions from this area (pilot berths) as they use the Cherry surface for other purposes. The dining table has a generous leaf that folds down and is built of solid cherry. Overhead is a large hatch and several opening port lights providing additional light and ventilation. Moving aft a large galley to starboard & convenient to companionway, includes a 4-burner Force -10 stove with oven and broiler, Sharp Microwave Oven, Dual stainless steel sinks and lots of space outboard of stove behind cherry sliding doors holds all plates, glasses etc. The refrigerator and freezer (Grunert cold-plate) are aft of the stove and to starboard of the companionway. The head is located to port of the galley and includes a separate stall shower with teak seat, full vanity/sink and electric toilet.

Walk up three steps and arrive at the bridge deck with helm station and navigator’s seat & desk. To starboard is a custom mahogany helm seat built by Crown mfg. There are two custom L-shaped bridge deck settees to port and starboard with a large beautifully finished mahogany cockpit salon drop leaf table that easily accommodates up to 8 people. The bridgedeck salon seats are long enough to use as kids’ berths. The soft top is a traditional “toast” Sunbrella color over a permanent stainless steel frame. The aft cockpit has an athwartship wood bench with storage beneath and a transom door to starboard for easy access to the teak swim platform.

Overall, the entire living areas of Michele are traditionally elegant and there is more than enough storage for the committed and active cruiser as well as plenty of space for a large group day outing.

The Able “Wolf” series was the leader in the ongoing popular trend of traditionally styled Downeast express cruisers and Michele is, without a doubt, the most stunning example ever built by Able Custom Yachts.

Electronics & navigation

  • New large Raymarine GPS plotter was installed at helm in 2016.
  •  Raytheon R-41 Radar
  •  Robertson AP-300 Autopilot
  • B&G HS-2 System displays for depth, temp and nav info.
  • Synchronizers
  • Trim tabs
  • Remote spotlight
  • Edson “Destroyer-type” wheel at helm
  • Hydraulic steering
  • (3) Windshield wipers with freshwater wash
  •  5″ Richie Compass
  • Sony Stereo with speakers in salon and cockpit & Ipod connection

Sailing Dinghy

Cradled in her custom varnished wooden removable stern davits, Michele also offers an
excellent rowing/sailing tender built by Dyer. Whether it’s exercise or transportation or a fun-filled
afternoon of harbor sailing, this gorgeous sailing dinghy is the perfect complement to such a classic
downeast Cruising motor yacht.

Hull & Deck

  • (2) 10 Gallon Aluminum propane tanks tored in separate ventilated lockers.
  • Hot and cold deck shower
  • Freshwater wash down on foredeck and in cockpit
  • Custom stainless steel bow rail
  • Custom spray rails
  • Custom stainless steel stem head with anchor roller and stainless steel anchor
  • Custom folding radar mast
  • Custom varnished teak boat hook
  • (8) Bronze chromed opening port lights with screens
  • (4) Dorade vents with stainless cowls
  • (4) Fenders with covers
  • Assorted dock lines
  • Extensive assortment of Custom Canvas covers for interior and exterior wood
  • Hull paint Flag Blue (2010)
  • House, decks, and cockpit awlgrip done in 2011
  • Exterior varnish stripped to bare wood in 2017 and built back up to 10 coats

This design is the original “Downeast Express Cruiser” and extremely reminiscent and reflective of the old Bunker and Ellis woodies built on Mount Desert Island years ago. The hull shape is a warped “V” with a very fine forward entry for wave penetration that flattens out to a 7.5 degree deadrise angle at the transom. The result of this design is better performance and fuel economy at lower speeds than a true deep “v”. A partial skeg provides excellent tracking as well as reasonable protection for the running gear. Biaxial and unidirectional nonwoven fiberglass combines with 100% Vinylester resin throughout the laminate. Baltec end-grain core is included in the topsides and deck; while the bottom is solid fiberglass.


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Eric Roos