We have just placed our order for a 4 cabin
Helia. I had a sea trial in Istanbul
and was delighted with the sailing performance and the outdoor areas. We had 12-13 people on board and it didn't seem crowded.
Only two features annoyed me. I was/am very concerned about the sharp edges, particularly as we are putting the boat out for charter
(Tortola, Summer 2013) and I expect the veneer on the corners to peel away in a few months and this is not what you expect on a $600,000 boat. Still no luck getting FP to change to a rounded edge. Has anyone else talked to them about this?
The other thing which seems very odd is that the backrest on the seat on the cabin
top is only a few inches high. This means it provides zero back support, but again FP seem unwilling to take customer feedback and make a simple change to one piece of stainless steel
tubing and make the boat way better. Looks like I will have to do this myself post delivery
. Again, pretty poor when you consider the immense amount of money