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Old 13-06-2012, 04:39   #1
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Buying a Helia 44

Here is the announcement from Jean Fountaine
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Old 26-06-2012, 17:10   #2
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Re: New Boat

aclmck,

Yes, they have the Helia 44 spec's
Catamarans Fountaine Pajot

Characteristics
Length : 43.5 ft
Beam : 24.3 ft
Draft : 3.80 ft
Displacement unloaded : 10.8 T
Main sail area : 753.5 sq ft
Genoa area : 484.4 sq ft
Water tank capacity : 2 x 375 l (approx.)
Diesel tank capacity : 470 l (approx.)
Standard engines : 2 x 40 CV Diesel/hp
Quatuor : 4 cabines doubles + 4 salles de bain
Quatuor version : 4 double + 4 bathrooms
Maestro : 1 suite privée + 1 salle de bain / 2 cabines invités + 2 sdb
Owner version : 1 owner suite + 1 bathroom / 2 guest cabins + 2 bathrooms
Naval architect : Berret Racoupeau

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Old 26-06-2012, 21:26   #3
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I think the boat looks nice ... Good indoor outdoor flow between the patio and saloon. I would be concerned about the water / spray which comes over the bow going down into the patio area ... Personally think that too will now be a 'wet area' at sea. I am also not sure how practical the bench seats are with being so wide ... Sometimes one just wants to sit with the legs being bent at the knees which would mean no backrest, but yeah ... Great looking boat!
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:54   #4
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Re: New Boat

I now also have the price for Helia; delivered in LaRochelle with some basic accesories in the range of 440-450.000 €. It's difficult to compare apple to apple with outgoing Orana but seems some 10-13 % more..
It will certainly weight more than the declared 10.8 t but the main is a bit bigger as Gordon said. More importantly we need to see the hulls to be able to judge her speed potential. Bridge deck clearance seems to be about the same as Orana, but possibly no protrusion/s as the beds in Helia are parallel to the hull.
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Old 16-08-2012, 04:03   #5
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Helia 44.

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Old 20-08-2012, 18:28   #6
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Hey Gordon. The Helia looks great. We need more photos though. Hoping to get some in Sept. We take delivery of ours in February. How we get it home is the question!
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Old 21-08-2012, 01:04   #7
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Re: He'lia 44.

Welcome to the Forum,.
Great to meet up in Sydney, and yes big decision.
If you have the time, a cruise into the Med with an exit to make the Atlantic crossing end of the year, follow the sun!
Looking forward to more actual photos and a sailing report.
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Old 04-09-2012, 19:51   #8
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Re: New Boat

FP just sent us an invitation to the launch of the Helia. Just the air tickets seem to be missing.
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Gordon,

Are you going over to have a look at one in the flesh?

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http://www.catamarans-fountaine-pajot.com/en/models/photos/38/hlia-44

Lots of photos here
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Old 06-09-2012, 01:35   #11
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Re: New Boat

Daniel, we had the same invite but no tickets, just have to wait until the first arrives into Aus. early next year. MHS may have sold four already, not bad for pre release sales, boat unseen.
We have been spoilt with peak views as the design evolved and now more actual images are being released and after the public showing in Cannes we should know more although the owners version has not been built as yet.

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Old 07-09-2012, 00:24   #12
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Hi Daniel, The viewing we were given was only between FP and us, did not include MHS, we were given this because we had a buyer for our boat and at that stage FP were not talking to anyone, dealers included about any new model. The information has been very slow to come through from the factory and only last night our time did FP post a series of photographs on their Photographic Libary. We have received a draught copy of the brochure and this will be available very soon. The lack of information that MHS has been able to pass on has frustrated them as dealers as much as interested buyers.
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Re: Helia 44.

Gordon,

What is the ballpark price sailaway from France for the Helia without going into the complexities of your deal. It certainly looks a good upgrade of the Orana.

I imagine you would have/be fitting genset/watermaker/solar for such a trip and have a Mastero version.

Of course import cost will eventually be added when getting back to Aus on top.

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Old 07-09-2012, 00:44   #14
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Hi John,
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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If anyone is interested in seeing the final draft of the brochure please PM and provide e-mail and will send it through.There are images of the 'Maestro' version and detail only recently released.

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