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Helia 44 Maestro | Catamaran - 2018
Name: Real Nauti | Air Conditioned
The Fountaine Pajot design team in collaboration with naval architects, Berret Racoupeau, continue to up their game in the areas of performance, comfort and dynamic styling. The Helia 44 (which replaced the Orana 44) has proven to be one of the most popular mid-size catamaran models in the BVI bareboat charter industry ... ever!
From stem to stern you will discover innovative designed concepts to enhance life aboard as well as your sailing experience. The combination of the rigid bimini, sliding glass door and pass through window have transformed the aft cockpit into an extension of the interior space. This has expanded your entertainment area tremendously, while ensuring that all are part of the conversation ... including the cook.
The dining table has been relocated to the cockpit, to make better use of the indoor lounge area while allowing diners to enjoy the fabulous Caribbean views. I don't know what it is about dining al fresco, but it always seems to enhance the appetite. The smell of the sea breeze and sound of the waves lapping at the sides of the yacht, somehow engage our senses that in turn elevate even a lowly hot dog or tuna sandwich, to some kind of rare delicacy, oozing flavours you would swear you have never experienced before.
Large windows, opening hatches and fixed portlights fill the interior with a plethora of natural light and provide excellent flow through ventilation. To take advantage of the air conditioning, just slide the door, windows and hatches closed, flip on the generator and air, grab a book or a deck of cards ... and relax.
The u-shaped galley is beautifully designed, is equipped with all the standard amenities found in a modern home kitchen, has plenty of counter space, faces both fore and aft and features 2 lovely large refrigerator drawers as well as a front opening freezer.
The 3 cabin owner's layout (Maestro) boasts 2 guest cabins with walk around, queen berths and separate en-suite heads with showers. You'll find sufficient storage space as well as a hanging locker in each. The owner's cabin includes another walk around queen berth, a settee with reading lamp, a desk with storage, two large hanging lockers and a very spacious head with shower.
The raised helm is easily accessed from the wide side deck and offers terrific visibility. This is probably where most will congregate while underway. The three seater bench seat offers the captain lost of room for company and just a few feet away and up three steps, there's a second, L-shaped settee on the coach house roof. Forward of that, you'll find two large sun pads for lounging. Basically, your entire crew can be up there with the captain.
There are several reasons why the Helia 44 is in such high demand in Tortola ... and those reasons are comfort, excellent sailing performance (she's quick and handles easily), there's a wonderful social aspect to the layout, and she is as attractive as a catamaran can be. It all just works. Well most of it anyway.
If I have any complaints at all, it would be the curtains. I have to be honest, I really hate them. I wish Fountaine Pajot would come up with some kind of durable window treatment that is easily and quickly deployed and that doesn't look a mess after the first few months of use. What they have now, I would describe as shabby and rather poorly fitted. They never look tidy and they cheapen the overall appearance of the interior.
Aside from that one rather minor complaint, I think this is a very well put together catamaran. She is perfect for a family of 6 or three couples planning to sail the BVI in style!
Model: Helia 44 Maestro
Name: Real Nauti
Overall length: 43' 6"
Beam: 24' 4"
Draft: 3' 10"
Main sail: Fully battened
Lazy jacks and stack pack
Square top main
Headsail: Roller furling
Sail area: 1238 sq. ft.
Engine make: Volvo
Engine size: 55 Hp
Fuel capacity: 124 Gallons
Water capacity: 198 Gallons
Electric heads: 3
12 RIB Dinghy with 15 Hp
Electric dinghy winch
Electric | Electronics
Electric winches: 1
Manual winches: Yes
Free onboard Wi-Fi
Helm | Cockpit
Helm bimini: Canvas
Cockpit bimini: Rigid
Transom: Sugar scoops
Oven and 3 burner stove
Front opening fridge 6.7 cu. ft.
Front opening freezer 3.2 cu. ft.
Electric coffee maker
Hot & cold water
Electric Main Halyard Winch
Note: The equipment list is believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed. The charter company reserves the right to substitute the dinghy, outboard or any other equipment listed which, from time to time, may need repair or replacement.
Cabins and berths - Maximum 7 persons
This yacht offers:
3 Queen cabins -
1 Single berth - in the following configuration:
1 Port Forward queen cabin - Sleeps 2
2 Aft queen cabins - Sleeps 2 in each
1 Port Forepeak single adult berth - Sleeps 1
Note: If you require a captain or ASA instructor they will each require a cabin. See Crew notes below for further details.
Note: Prices and seasonal dates are subject to change without notice.
Pricing and booking information
If considering booking your BVI sailing vacation and would like the price for Real Nauti, enter your preferred charter dates at the top of this page and return to the charter rate section to see your net charter fee, including any applicable discounts. Note: The minimum charter period over Christmas or New Years is 7 nights. A sleep aboard is not considered a charter day.
Bareboat charter rates displayed do not include:
BVI Cruising Tax, NPT daytime mooring fees, yacht insurance, hired crew costs, cell phone rental, security deposit, V.I.S.A.R. donation or prior night sleep aboard fees.
Prices indicated are for 7 nights aboard and all charters begin and end at 12:00 noon. Please note that Real Nauti is not available during hurricane season from: September 1 to 30.
Until you request a "hold" be placed on the yacht (and we confirm), availability cannot be guaranteed. A deposit in the amount of 50% of the gross charter fee is required within 5 days of placing your hold.
Interested in booking the Helia 44 Maestro, Real Nauti?
Photos of Real Nauti - Helia 44 Maestro
Free Nights: Sail 10 nights for the price of 7 from August 1 to November 1. No repeat or other discounts will apply.
Sleep Aboard: Appropriate discounts will apply to a prior night sleep aboard - available at the beginning of your charter only.
Long Term Charters: 10% off during seasons B and C, and 15% off season D rates for charters lasting 10 nights or longer.
Tandem Charters: Hire two yachts for the same dates and save 5% off each. (New clients only)
Multiple Yachts: Hire three or more boats for the same dates and save 10% off each. (New clients only)
TMM Repeat Guests: Will receive 10% off charters lasting 7 nights or longer, except on 10 for 7 offers. Two or more yachts booked by a repeat charter guest (for the same dates) will each benefit from the repeat customer discount. Repeat and long term discounts may be combined.
Our Guarantee: You will always receive the best offer available, first time ... every time. Count on it!
Standard bareboat equipment
Free on board Wi-Fi.
Pots & pans, dinnerware, glassware and cutlery are provided in quantities matching the capacity of this yacht.
Towels, bed linens and snorkel gear are supplied for all aboard. Beach towels are not provided.
Small first aid kit, binoculars, navigational tools, small chart and a cruising guide to the Virgin Islands.
Life jackets are supplied for all aboard. However, if you will have a toddler or very small child aboard, it would be wise to bring a zip up life jacket to Tortola as small life jackets are in very limited supply and fit is not guaranteed.
A starter kit including 1 toilet roll per head, small hand soaps, 1 roll of paper towels, dish liquid, all-purpose cleaner, 1 sponge, 3 Handi Wipes, 2 small and 2 large trash bags, matches, and 4 bags of ice are provided. Once the starter kit has been used, you are responsible for all consumable items.
Notes about hired crew
Accommodations suitable for your captain: Midships bunk cabin | quarter berth cabin | double or queen cabin.
You may also assign an adult forepeak berth provided the crew have clear access to a head (bathroom) that does not require entering a private cabin occupied by members of your party.
If your group is of a size that requires the use of open berths such as an open midships berth or saloon table conversion, please designate members of your party to fill those spaces.
Please note that a captain is hired at your request and is non-cancellable less than 91 days prior to the start of your charter. Should you wish to cancel a crew member 90 days or less prior to your charter start date, the full crew fee will will become due and payable.