A few notes.
The Washer/dryer goes forward of the shower so damp clothes can be staged from a waterproof compartment. (We use an externally vented unit so it actually dries clothes!)
There is also a dedicated compartment for a water-maker, aft starboard, and a generator
aft-port. See links below to see actual engineering drawings.
There is a square top main, and a low (easily reachable) boom keeping the CE low for better performance as well. Many choices for head-sails, including a bowsprit
for Code 0 or asymmetrical spinnaker
and sail area are about proportional to the proven well performing Lipari
On this totally new boat, FP has chosen a narrower waterline beam flaring to a wider hull
to accommodate more storage
and Island beds inside--good choices, and added buoyancy for long distance cruisers and live-aboards. It's been proven that these more buoyant hulls have better load carrying ability and thus often sail better than narrower, performance oriented hulls--when loaded with the typical cruisers gear
There is a Hi-Low table option. But over 50% of buyers for the 44 chose the cocktail table with storage to have a more open cabin
. With the pass through to the covered cockpit--most dining goes on in the cockpit
anyway. Many owner's use a textelene enclosure for this space.
Oh, by the way--the sharp corners? All the new boats will have cabinets incorporating a routed out corner with a vinyl strip encased to soften the corner and prevent possible chipping--though this hasn't proven to be a problem--most who have seen it--like it.
Forward of the island bed
is the popular desk/make-up table option. Forward of that a totally separate head--so two people can use the head at the same time. Again forward is a vanity with large linen locker opposite, shower forward and storage and/or washer-dryer compartment all the way forward of that.
A part of the dynamic was that FP designers eliminated the small forward single cabin
to move everything forward for more room and with the flare of the hull
, the forward berth is still a comfortable width similar to the Lipari
. (Everything's a trade
off--off course--but some pretty good ones by most people's opinions with 20 already sold) See the video on the Atlantic Cruising Yacht site which does an excellent walk through of the boat and includes videos of similar areas from other sisterships to help better explain the spaces.
The power option is about right if you use any of the proven design programs. As designers know, the limitation most often isn't the size of the engine
, it's the inefficiency of the prop!
The solution? Autoprops. These are self pitching, feathering, reversing props. From our actual experience they add about 1K of boat speed at the same RPM
with a 1K better top end, or more fuel
efficiency at lower RPMs. Your boat sails
better, reverses better and has extended range. While the cost may seem high initially, it's about the same as the combination of larger engines with folding props--which still don't accomplish the same objective.
Everyone, including smart women, know this: Women for Sail--Auto Props-- Learning Center â€” Atlantic Cruising Yachts
Just trying to clarify some of the guess work. There are so many things to talk about in this extraordinary new generation cruiser. It's not all things to all people, but for those who want comfort, space and light with good cruising performance--performance that greatly exceeds that of the charter
oriented hulls out there--this is worth a second look. After 40 years, and 40 new models you would expect no less.
So enough already about the model designation! As we've all come to realize, trying to get a sense of a catamaran
from it's overall length is fruitless. Compared to a similar length monohull
they often have 20-40% more volume--same is true when you apply the overall design concepts to the competition--maybe what we really need in the model name is some definition of volume!
So don't guess. Learn more at the only web site that has complete up-to-date information with a walk-through video: FP 40 - NEW! â€” Atlantic Cruising Yachts
I've been involved with the introduction
of many new models in the last 25 years, including the Helia 44 and Saba
50. None have been as exciting and innovative as this hull which incorporates the best of what has come before. Check it out. Hell it's got more to offer than most of the older generation 42 and 43's--ans so at its current
price point, with the favorable exchange rate, it's a bargain--maybe that's why so many are being ordered!