SV Banjo

(Sailing Vessel) SV Banjo, is a 1978 CSY 44 WalkOver built by Carribean Sailing Yachts in Tampa, Florida.  We are her 4th owners.  She has been well cared for and continually upgraded during her 40+ years at sea.  The time and attention of those modifications made her more comfortable and a better cruising sailboat.  Originally, she was a cutter, but was later modified into a sloop with a large 135% Genoa foresail.  She has a gentle motion at sea.  Banjo’s displacement is roughly 37,000-pounds (16782.92-Kilograms). When many lighter boats are reefing their sails, Banjo just starts to get her wind and does fine in 20-25 knots of breeze.

When manufactured, Banjo had a 7-foot (2.13-meters), full keel.  A later modification added a mid-keel hydrofoil and shortened the depth of the keel to her current 5-feet (1.52-meters).  Banjo was also re-powered in 2003 and she was given a whopping 85-HP.  Even with all of those horses running, she still sips fuel estimated at just at 1 gallon per hour running at 2000 RPM.

A Tour
Looking aft from the bow of SV Banjo SV Banjo cockpit
Banjo salon Banjo forward berth



  • LOA: 44 feet
  • LWL:  36.33 feet
  • Beam: 13.33 feet
  • Displacement: 37,000 lbs
  • Ballast: 12,000 lbs
  • Draft: 5.0 feet full keel
  • Hull Speed: 8.0 knots
  • Cruising Speed (sail): depending on winds- @ 6 knots
  • Cruising Speed (motor): 6.5 knots at 1800RPM @ .8 GPH (approx)
  • Sail Area (main): 805 square/feet
  • Sail Area (fore): 527.80 square/feet
  • Engine: 2001 Perkins 4.236 Diesel 85 HP
  • Headroom: 6.5 feet
  • Berths: 8-10
  • Water: 200 gallons
  • Diesel: 300 gallons
  • Holding: 18 gallons
  • Solar Panels: Total 420 Watts
  • Wind Generator: KISS
  • Radar Garmin 36 mile
  • Chartplotter Garmin 740s and wind/speed
  • Garmin AIS
  • SSB with Pactor Modem
  • Bow Thruster
  • Village Marine Watermaker
  • Custom Made Fiberglass Hardtop Bimini with Strataglass Enclosure and Screens
  • Fully Batten Main with Stack Pack and Lazy Jacks
  • Autopilot
  • Freedom HF 1000W Inverter

Read more about SV Banjo in our blog articles.