Words and pictures courtesy of Boating World
At the end of 2016, Fountaine Pajot gave the world of boating a little Christmas gift in the form of the Fountaine Pajot Power 44 (MY 44). Following the positive sea trials in December, the team at Boating World awaited the official arrival of the new Fountaine power catamaran with baited breath. When she was formally unveiled at the Dusseldorf Boat Show in January 2017, she captured hearts the world over and set a new standard for mid-sized power catamarans.
Sitting elegantly between Fountaine Pajot’s 37 and 55 models, the most striking feature of the MY44 is actually a fairly simple one – her size. From the moment one sets foot on the MY44, the particularly light-filled and airy living areas demand attention with the vessel offering unprecedented room for a craft of this size. There is an enormous amount of living space onboard the Fountaine Pajot Power 44, with a 20 metre saloon, a spacious 15 metre master suite as well as a massive 12 metre flybridge area, which comes complete with lounges and a dining room table. Somehow Fountaine Pajot have managed to deliver the room one would come to expect on a 50 foot vessel in the manageable, compact package of a 44 footer and at the same time, offer the stability that only a cat can afford.
Aside from that grand flybridge area, the Fontaine Pajot Power 44 also offers a number of additional entertaining spaces onboard. The user-friendly u-shaped galley features a gas stove with four burners, oven, two stainless steel sinks, a vast amount of storage space as well as a built-in fridge/ freezer. Venture further into the interior of this catamaran and one gets the feeling you are entering into a classy loft apartment with an inviting lounge that awaits for evenings where you just want to put your feet up and catch up on your favourite pastime – relaxing. The saloon coffee table can also be quickly converted into a dining table and the TV neatly slides back into the cabinet for when you no longer need it and would prefer to dine inside. From the galley area you can also head outside into the cockpit where gorgeous sun loungers beckon, a wet bar area awaits and a hydraulic swimming platform provides a seamless flow from your boat into the inviting waters of wherever it is you dream to throw down anchor.
In front of the sleek 360 windows, which offer panoramic views out to sea and let in an incredible amount of natural light, a sun pad on the foredeck of the MY44 is the best place to catch a tan while enjoying the scenic views. Additional features of the Fountaine Pajot Power 44 also include a hydraulic gangway, dinghy crane, a fresh water outlet in the cockpit and hand-held outdoor shower, making the entire cruising experience an absolute pleasure.
GREAT FOR GUESTS
The MY44 Maestro version features two awe-inspiring guestrooms on the starboard side of the vessel while the port side is dedicated entirely to a princely master suite. Each guest room offers stunning sea views, a spacious double or twin beds and its own en-suite bathroom for absolute privacy for you and your friends. The gorgeous master suite has a queen sized island bed, panoramic windows, a dressing table, plenty of storage space and a large en-suite bathroom. This all combines to offer up the type of suite that one would come to expect at a 5 star hotel. For families who need the extra space, the Maestro version can be swapped for a four berth option which includes an additional private cabin with a double bed.
The MY44 was designed by the luxury specialised architect Pierangelo Andreani and built to Daniel Andrieu’s hull plans, proving that the Italians and French can indeed work together and combine the best of both their worlds. This formidable duo has collaborated to ensure that the Fountaine Pajot’s subtle French styling is complemented by meticulous attention to detail, creating a vessel that is bound to turn heads everywhere she goes. The interior spaces are not only impressive, they exude that timeless elegance that this French boat manufacturer is famous for. With light alpine woodwork cabinets, leather-style cushions, and synthetic teak decking on the transom and in the cockpit, the light and bright furnishings have been stylishly crafted to create a liveable space that is a true home away from home. Daniel Andrieu has been designing motor catamarans since the 1990s that are renowned for their elegance, performance and exceptional seafaring qualities.
Together with Fountaine Pajot, Andrieu has worked to develop highperformance catamarans that are also kind on the environment and your pocket. The streamlined hull design ensures buoyancy under load and a remarkable offshore performance with incredible fuel economy that is up to 50 percent lower than similarly sized monohulls. In addition, the Fountaine Pajot Power 44 features 700 litre water tanks, two 1 000 litre fuel tanks, and more storage than you could possibly imagine, giving you the range to go wherever your heart desires and your dreams lead.
The MY44 comes equipped with two Volvo Penta IPS350 engines which are ideal for just a fun day out on the water or longrange cruising. But with an impressive top speed of 30 knots, the optional IPS600 435 HP engines allow you to either cruise along at economy pace, whiling away the days at a comfortable pace or when you need the extra power to outrun formidable weather or simply want to get where you’re going quickly, in time to catch the setting sun with a cocktail in hand. The easy to use homogeneous propulsion system is expertly complemented by an onboard computer, cruise control, a glass cockpit and a Volvo IP single stick control to make driving the MY44 an incredibly easy and pleasant experience. Fountaine Pajot and Volvo Penta work hand in hand to ensure both brands are on the cutting edge of technological developments and that clients always have the best systems powering their boats. With a worldwide network of service centres you can also be ensured that your boat, and its engines, will be in safe hands wherever you travel.
Built and designed to maximize stability and safety, Fountaine Pajot prides itself on exquisite craftsmanship. Using only the latest technology, the brand is a world leader in the use of resin transfer injection, infusion techniques and vacuum moulding technology. These techniques offer a number of benefits including a massive reduction in waste, optimisation of the weight of the vessel, highly homogeneous laminates that provide for much healthier working conditions and a lighter, stronger and more consistent product that offers a perfect finish. Every component of the MY44 is crafted from the highest grade composite materials to deliver a strong, safe and environmentally friendly catamaran that is at the top of its class.
All of these features combine to make the Fountaine Pajot Power 44 the power catamaran you want to call your own. So if you are a dedicated power boater looking for a chic, sophisticated upgrade, or a leisure sailor looking for something that is easier to handle and is less hassle, then the Fountaine Pajot Power 44 (MY 44) may be exactly what you are looking for.
ACCREDITED DEALER NETWORK
Fountaine Pajot has a network of accredited dealers in more than 40 countries and Boating World is proud to be associated with the brand as their South African partner. At Boating World we are on hand to provide all the support, services and advice you need to make your cruising dreams come true. Since our establishment in 1999, we have successfully safeguarded the delivery of countless boats into many African countries including the adjacent islands. So if you’re looking to spend your days on the MY44 sipping Champagne at Clifton, snorkelling off the islands in the Seychelles, or wining and dining in Angola, then we are here to make it happen.
All Fountaine Pajot yachts are designed for their stylish good looks and excellent on-water performance. However, if you’re not quite ready to take the plunge and purchase your own vessel, then Boating World is happy to set you up with co-ownership shares in a Fountaine Pajot Power 44. We professionally manage every last detail, meaning the only thing you need to do is step onboard. This is the perfect option for those who don’t want the commitment and expense of full-time boat ownership and everything that comes with it. This option gives you the joy and lifestyle of boat ownership at a price tag that will pleasantly surprise.
Contact Boating World:
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Office: 0861 324 754