Compared to the first-generation Helia 44, the group at Racoupeau and Fountaine Pajot has made a few critical changes interior, especially with regard to the expansive 180sq. ft saloon. For case, where the Helia had a horseshoe-shaped galley aft and a profound, devoted chart table forward to port, the modern boat takes off this space to a great extent uncluttered, with the galley presently running along the port side of the saloon, where it is punctuated by a set of stairs driving down into the cabins within the hull. The chart table has moreover been done absent with, and the navigation instruments moved to a cabinet by the sliding entryway driving to the cockpit. In clarifying the choice, Racoupeau says, “From our individual encounter, we saw that we utilize the chart table less and less. We go there for information, but not to sit down and work like we did within the past.”
There are two interior arrangements on offer: a “Maestro,” or owner’s, adaptation that devotes the whole port hull to a twofold cabin with fold-out TV, dressing table, bountiful dress capacity and a huge shower room and heads; and a charter-friendly four-cabin, four heads “Quatuor” setup. Both include a crew compartment within the starboard bow and room for a crew head to port. There’s space for a cruise locker as well. The standard wrap up is in a light grey oak for the furniture, dark oak flooring and a choice of unbiased upholstery.
You don’t squander any time getting the sails up in this motor boat, with the errand of raising the main facilitated by an intelligently constructed hook mounted on the head car that provides a 2:1 purchase as it pulls the sail up the mast track. With the completely secured fundamental and the standard 120 percent genoa, we found the Fountaine Pajot Elba 45 overseen a simple 7 to 8 knots beating into around 12 hitches of genuine wind at an clear wind point of 45 degrees.
Off the wind, she rollicked along pleasantly. Fountaine Pajot keeps up that the bigger genoa implies there’s less require for, say, a devoted Code 0. In any case, a central longeron too projects past the bow giving a tack point for such canvas.