I discovered it after finding a boat
tour of their Aventura 34 which reminded me of the love child of a Maine Cat
38 and a Fountaine-Pajot. The 34 looks like a great day sailor and island hopper, but then I saw the 44.
Up to this point, I've been considering buying
a Helia or the new FP 45 so I'm framing this in comparison to that boat
since they're so similar.
Things I like:
Style - Very similar layout and design aesthetic to the Helia 44. Smart salon
layout with a true forward facing nav station. You do lose the roof deck
lounging area, but there is a lot of room for solar
up there. Even little details like having the head
in a separate room from the sink/shower is a smart theft from FP.
Performance - While I love the Helia and the new FP45, they are getting heavier as they prioritize comfort over performance. Outremer
and the like go too far the other way for me so I'm curious if this boat could be that sweet spot. She's only 9.5T vs the Helia at 10.8T with similar sail area.
- Unknown, but the 34 starts at $200k. These look to be built in Tunisia
so quality control will be something to be aware of.
What I'm not so sure about is the transom area. I love a bench seat at the back as I just feel it makes the cockpit
safer on a true Bluewater cruise
. The 34 has the Davits
right against the bench, but there is a walkway/platform here that could be good or bad. I'm undecided.
While some people hate the notion of a high volume production cat, I actually see it as a positive. FP, Leopard
, and Lagoon
make so many of these boats, problems get discovered quicker and they can afford to iterate faster. This wouldn't be the case with a small manufacturer like Aventura.
Curious for feedback on the 44. My goal is to spend 3 months out of the year on the boat between the Med and Caribbean
with the eventual goal that someday, I would take it into the Pacific and just keep heading west.