REVIEWS Helia 44
Shipyard FOUNTAINE PAJOT
Hélia 44 catamaran: 44 feet of balance
The Fountaine-Pajot Helia 44 catamaran made a strong impression when it was presented at the recent boat shows. The praise heard on the pontoons seems to indicate that Fountaine Pajot has hit its target. Of course, we wanted to confirm these good impressions on the water...
Helia 44 catamaran : a light in a period of financial crisis?
For a major player in the multihull world, 44 – 45 feet makes up the centre of a coveted target, covering potential sales of several hundred examples per year, spread over the whole of the world's production! These values may appear small, but they reflect the reality of a niche market which is protected from saturation. The strict framework defines the stakes; the economic environment and the competition mean they can't afford to make mistakes! In 2012, European sales have stagnated, but exports to Russia and Australia have worked well for the Aigrefeuille-based builder.
As the positioning of the range around 13.5m was crucial, the successor to the Casamance (which appeared in 1985) and the Orana had to be high-performance in 'all' the categories: silhouette, interior style, quality, ergonomics, production engineering and of course, handling… A challenge in view!
Helia 44 catamaran : A silhouette, a style
The Helia 44 catamaran is representative of this revolution; it is the fruit of a contemporary, multidisciplinary and rational approach. Olivier Racoupeau, now at the controls of the office founded by Jean Berret, is surrounded by a young team which has a perfect command of the latest generation of computer tools; it is at the origin of 5 models in the Fountaine Pajot range (Salina, Eleuthera, Galathea), including the two most recent ones (Sanya and Helia). Isabelle, Olivier's wife, is an interior designer.
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Specification sheet Helia 44 Fountaine Pajot
Shipyard : FOUNTAINE PAJOT / Length : 13.3mSee technical specifications for this catamaran / trimaran