As an Orana owner I see the Helia as a Lagoonised version of Orana. Althought we could just see couple of photo
and notying else , to me;
plusses: aeration of the saloon
which was a problem in Orana has been solved
with two front windows. Another problem specific to Orana no hatches over the kitchen has also been solved
by moving the kitchen to the port side. The larger windows on the back cabins also is a good idea.
minusses:I didn't like the the new sitting without back rest, the navigation
table which is not facing porward but to port side.
The flying bridge which is not clear on the photos seems to be a good compromise keeping the helm
station still a bit lower. I couldn't figure out what was for the winch
that is on the port side. (spinneaker ??) And lastly, aft the engibne cabin
, there are some space that seems to be untilised. It seems that they had just extended the hulls a bit without adding to the usable volume of the boat ??
We can olny see that when we will have more details and layouts..
point of view I don't think this is the right move for FP. I am sure Orana has lost
a lot of market to Lagoon
450 but Orana was still succesful in FP standards. I would put my effort on launching a 50-52 feeter beetween Salina and Sanya which is the size that the Lagoon is absolutely vulnerable: Lagoon 500 is an old model not performing well and a launch of 50 feeter before they renew it could make more sense.
It doesn't surprise me anyway, they have launched Galathea 5 years ago when there was no market for this size and could only sell 5 or 6 so far. And now that the market is there the model is already outdated. Sanya is OK as Eleuthra (larger Athena !!!!) could only sell around 20 over the last 10 years or so. But they desperately and urgently need to put a brand new 50 feeter..