The HELIA 44 catamaran is an innovative Fountaine Pajot catamaran offshore cruiser. Never before has so much been incorporated into an easily manageable catamaran. The Helia 44 seems to be the perfect size for extended cruising or a live aboard circumnavigation for a husband and wife couple. Discover the HELIA 44 Evolution catamaran photo gallery.
The Helia 44 Evolution catamaran embodies the perfect live aboard cruising catamaran for the husband -wife sailor couple. Elegant, well built and with a decent performance envelope she represent unsurpassed value for money. Since her introduction the Helia 44 has been a best seller with hundreds of units already delivered to owners around the world. The yachts toughness has been proven by a sistership traversing the notoriously tough North West Passage and a majority of the boats delivered crossed a major ocean on their maiden voyage..
Now Fountaine Pajot have come out with Version 2.0 of the Helia 44 catamaran called the Evolution. Larger hull windows in the same style as the rest of the range, an even better owner suite with a seperate head (Italian bath), improved davits, an updated saloon design and an improved aft seating bench in the cockpit. At a base price of ca 460,000 US$ one would hardly find a better value.
Luxurious Interior – easy to maintain and live with
While for many years – especially in the 80’s and 90’s Fountaine Pajot catamarans were considered rather spartan compared to their competitors, today’s Fountaine Pajot catamarans are a world apart from their earlier cousins. Entering the saloon of the Helia 44 catamaran through the wide cockpit sliding doors one immediately notices the sense of quality and top notch interior design. Some of the industries best interior designers and craftsman have been at work to create a comfortable, spacious and easy to maintain environment. The Helia 44 catamaran is one of the best looking catamarans in this size range and her Owner Suite is considered one of the most spacious in the industry.
Performance that is fun and safe
Many of today’s cruising catamarans in the 40 plus foot range sport expansive fly bridges which necessitates a much higher boom position and thus forces the Center of Gravity to be higher. This creates a more uncomfortable roll and motion for the crew but also reduces the sail area, which in turn has an adverse effect on performance. The Helia 44 catamaran seems has the best of both worlds. The Helia 44 catamaran has a semi fly lounge area and a steering station which is nestled into the side of the composite roof (can be fully enclosed ) but yet also sports a high degree of performance because of her streamlined profile and low boom position. The Helia 44 catamaran is able to make ocean passages shorter and thus safer. The Helia 44 catamaran strikes the right balance between performance and luxurious space.
Unsurpassed Quality and Value
A shipyard such as Fountaine Pajot has build and design experience like very few other yards in the world. There is only one other French builder that can equal it. Fountaine Pajot catamarans can be found in every small harbor on the planet and Fountaine Pajot catamarans have been selected by the world’s best charter companies as their reliable workhorse. The Helia 44 has been called “bulletproof” in her reliability and construction. After more than 2500 catamarans built by Fountaine Pajot it is no surprise that high bridge deck dimensions, conservative displacement weight and the best sacrificial keel attachment technology have become the Helia 44 catamaran’s trademark. The Helia 44 catamaran benefits from 30 years experience of this great yard and is a jewel in the crown of this French builder. No other yacht in this price range comes close to the value for money – and the best is, when you are ready to sell you will be surprised of the high resale value especially of un-chartered owner version Helia catamarans.