Fountaine Pajot 44 Helia Evo

Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 Evolution

Norris Comer New Boats

Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 Evolution

Luxury catamarans have a lot going for them, and the new Helia Evolution 44 (a progression from the original Helia 44) is now available in the Pacific Northwest. Aimed to be a comfortable passagemaker, the new 44 features several good improvements over the original design.

Notably, the redesigned portholes let in a reportedly 30% more natural light, always a good move to liven up an interior. A new layout version, the Maestro, features a spacious “Owner’s Suite” that has its own en suite head with large shower and generous wardrobe space.

One the outside, additional lounge-style seating is incorporated for even more opportunities to relax. The stainless steel davits on deck are also new, and are designed to provide more strength and durability for dinghy stowage. The 44 Evolution is available in multiple layouts, with three or four beds. These boats are popular for chartering for a reason, with maximum interior space for clients.

Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 Evolution SpecsThe hull is fitted with fixed fins rather than daggerboard keels commonly found on catamarans. For those annoyed with the constant adjusting of daggerboards and are worried about colliding into objects, this can be considered a plus. A slab reefing mainsail and self-furling genoa are standard, and a self-furling gennaker is an option.

If you’re on the hunt for a luxury catamaran, for your own use or charter (or both), the Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 Evolution may be the way to go. Feel free to contact the local broker, Signature Yachts for more info and pricing.

Norris Comer

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Norris Comer is the managing editor of Northwest Yachting. He was raised in Portland, Oregon and got his BS in Marine Science at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL where he lived aboard a 1973 Catalina 27 before moving to Washington. He has worked as a commercial fisherman, wandered aimlessly around the world, studied oil spills, and was a contestant on the Norwegian reality TV show, Alt for Norge. He loves living in a state where he can explore the ocean and mountains in the same day.

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