A large, comfortable, self-sufficient cruising catamaran with a decent sail plan, the new Helia 44 is a hit with buyers and it's easy to see why. Join Rupert Holmes as he takes his first look aboard in this Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 video (and read the full-length boats.com Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 review).




The three-cabin version of the design (as opposed to the four-cabin version) has proved most popular so far, offering two double cabins in the port hull with their own heads, and a master cabin in the starboard hull with a luxury bathroom instead of the fourth cabin.

The main deck level is fully integrated inside and outside with enormous glass panels in the roof of the saloon as well as the hard top on the outside deck.

There is also an eco-option that includes four large capacity solar panels, a wind generator and hydro generator enabling large amounts of time to be spent living in comfort, but off grid, without worrying about the diesel capacity needed to run generators and watermakers.

Compare the Helia 44 with these other cats (sail and power) featured on www.boats.com: Isara 50: stylish cruising catamaran or Lagoon 630 video: quick tour.

Written by: Rupert Holmes
Rupert Holmes has more than 70,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing experience, in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. He writes about all aspects of boat ownership and marine travel, including destinations, seamanship and maintenance, as well as undertaking regular new boat and gear tests. He currently sails around 5,000 miles per year and in the past couple of seasons has cruised from the UK to the Azores, as well as winning his class in the 2014 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race. He also owns two yachts, one based in the Mediterranean and the other in the UK.