Helia 44 - Owned for three years. I would recommend the larger power units, early models have the 55hp Volvo's later units have the 50hp units due to EU emissions issues with the 55hp (as I understand). Cockpit
surround provides a significant increase in livable space. We have found the cockpit
fridge and ice maker valuable, (it is a Cat after all). Also we have changed our AC seawater pumps out from MARCH that fail when dry to KOOLAIR that are a direct replacement and do not fail. By fail when the seawater filter or thru hull
blocks due to plastic or fish
etc and runs dry it wears a hole in the back of the pump
and starts to flood the boat
. We have had no failures with the KOOLAIR. Check steering
connecting pins and rods and rudder
stock clearances. Outside of that we have had little to complain about and Otium has been a great buy so far. You could do alot worse than read Starry Horizons excellent pair of reports on the Helia 44 pre evolution however the boats are extremely similar as far as the mechanics are concerned. Yes the main sail not dropping readily is a Royal pain in the A$$..........
All the best.