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Old 07-09-2012, 00:48   #16
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With all the bells and whistles sail away around $550,000 Ausi and as you say some devalued duty to pay on arrival home provided you take more than twelve months to get here. This will be easy to do as we plan 18mths to ..............years, very happy with the upgrade.
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:34   #17
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If anyone is interested in the He'lia 44 brochure please PM with e-mail and I will pass on.
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Old 08-09-2012, 19:11   #18
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Gordon. We will be going over probably for the Paris Boat Show. That will be the first time we see our boat as it will be at the show. Then we have to figure out getting it to back to Aus. Wish we had the 18mths to cruise back..... It may be at Sanctuary Cove BS next year as well. I like the helm station on the Helia. No enjoying your sailing on the Freeflow being stuck inside. I prefer the wind in my hair....or I would if I had some!
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Old 08-09-2012, 23:01   #19
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I haven't seen it yet but am really excited. Can't focus on anything else and my study is suffering. Forgot to go to work as we spent the morning reviewing electrical installation options. The photos for us have revealed a boat the appears to exceed our expectations. We do have some issues that were clear when we bought the boat, but nothing major. I'll post photos when we see it. What power setup have you opted for on your boat?
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Old 09-09-2012, 00:29   #20
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At the moment the solar panels, and extra AGM battery. Will probably also take the wind generator option , it is the Air Breeze 200, but their price fitted is rather inflated, you can buy the Air Breeze from Whitworths here in Aus for $1300 but to this you must add the pole and installation, still have to talk this through with MHS.
Have also been looking at fitting a small genset, again, still looking at our power use. Awating more info back from FP on the products we have chosen and the power draw.
What setup are you thinking of?
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:09   #21
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Their Solar panel pack depending on avalible space on the bimini. I would like larger than their 110w panels. Sunpower do 300+W panels or even the Kyocera 135W. Am awaiting specifications. Plus maybe a couple of stick down panels (SP100w - 22.5%efficiency) on the port side of the bimini behind the sun lounge. We have paid for 1 extra battery but are thinking of another 3 to double our storage capacity. Are looking at the Victron Quattro Inv/Chgr 3000W coupled with a Fisher Panda variable speed 5KW genset as we want to run a dive compressor. I thought about an Isolation Transformer but that was another 70kg & $1500. What sort of monitoring panel are you going to have. The FP Eco Monitor? I would prefer to go Mastervolt throughout but It comes down to price and Victron is just as good, and cheaper if fitted in France. We are awaiting info from MH and FP on all of this to determine where and what is fitted. Sandy says I should mention we are setting up the boat to run out of the Solomon Islands where no shore power is avalible. So we have to be independent and self sustaining to a large extent..
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New video posted today:
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Old 10-09-2012, 17:04   #23
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Gordon is away from the computer, and I have just looked at the link. Thanks for posting it Jostalli........I am soooo excited about our new boat! Thanks on behalf of Capt. Gordon. Regards, Louise (Admiral)
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Old 13-09-2012, 00:33   #24
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Re: Helia 44.

I will be on Helia tomorrow in Cannes and will let you how she looks like and particularly vis-a-vis the outgoing Orana. They told me that there won't be a sea trial but Helia will come to Istanbul boat show end of September and they promissed me that I can sail with her there..
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We were at Cannes and spent a lot of time on board the Helia and were very very impressed.
This really is going to be a tough cat to beat in the price range.
Very spacious, close to perfect layout, huge nets, nice anchor setup, modern interior, great lounging area on the roof, all lines forward of the helm, good engine access, island beds, loads of refrigeration space and storage everywhere. Every head has a separate shower area.
The finish is much much better then the comparables like Lagoon & Leopard and she considerably lighter on paper.
Only 3 "dislikes" (without having sailed her)
- helm Bimini seems too high for effective shade
- liferaft located under steps to the helm which is not easily accessible as the steps don't stay up and have to be held up with one hand
- the anchor and windlass are in a huge locker and is heavy and awkward to open (get the remote option at helm)
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yeloya & Sander,

Where are the pictures?
On a GREAT boat and no pictures for us !!!!
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Old 13-09-2012, 14:16   #27
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I will post them tomorrow! Just got home!
And my wife is in every single one so it looks like a bit of a photo shoot!
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Helia 44 Cannes photos

Here they are. Please ignore that woman trying to get into all the photos!
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