The Foun­taine Pa­jot MY44 is a power cata­ma­ran with fam­ily-size space.

Yachting - - DEPARTMENTS - by tom se­rio

Cata­ma­rans may be in vogue, but Foun­taine Pa­jot has been build­ing these sta­ble cruis­ing plat­forms for 20 years. The lat­est is the MY 44.

Power cata­ma­rans have been gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity, bring­ing the rest of us in line with the think­ing of France-based Foun­taine Pa­jot, which has been in the power-cat game since in 1998. Its lat­est model is the Mo­tor Yacht 44, the new flag­ship in a three-model mo­to­ry­acht se­ries. ¶ The MY44, a cre­ation of Ital­ian ar­chi­tect Pierangelo An­dreani and French de­signer Daniel An­drieu, has a main deck that’s open from the aft-deck seat­ing all the way for­ward to the star­board helm sta­tion. The sense of spa­cious­ness is sig­nif­i­cant, for sev­eral rea­sons. First, four glass pan­els aft can all slide to port, cre­at­ing an in­door-out­ver­ti­cal

Into the brine For swim­mers, snorkel­ers and divers, Foun­taine Pa­jot’s MY44 has a nearly full­beam, hy­draulic teak swim plat­form. It should make get­ting into the wa­ter easy, even in fins.

door space with the aft deck and sa­lon. In the sa­lon, 32-inch-high win­dows ex­tend for 12 feet down the sides of the yacht, with three sec­tions per side, bring­ing in nat­u­ral light along with the three for­ward panes that com­prise the wind­shield. Fi­nally, 6-foot-6-inch head­room pro­vides clear­ance, with a 21-foot-7-inch beam that adds in­te­rior roomi­ness while keep­ing the yacht sta­ble. ¶ With the slid­ing doors to the cock­pit open, the sa­lon’s fo­cal point be­comes the U-shaped gal­ley aft. It has a four-burner Bosch cook­top, a mi­crowave, a full-size fridge/freezer and more. The gal­ley of­fers ac­cess not only to guests in the cock­pit, but also to those on the sa­lon’s 7-foot-long sofa with a cor­ner table and chair to port, or on the twin couch to star­board. ¶ At the busi­ness end of the MY44, the for­ward helm con­sole is sized for two 22-inch dis­plays, and a Volvo Penta throt­tle and joy­stick are to star­board. Teak-capped side steps

lead to 24-inch-wide side decks, and safety rail­ings en­cir­cle the main deck. For­ward is re­cessed seat­ing with a table, per­fect for watch­ing dol­phins swim in the MY44’s bow wake. Aft, a hy­draulic swim plat­form ac­com­mo­dates a dinghy or Jet Ski for ven­tur­ing ashore. ¶ Three- and four-state­room lay­outs are avail­able. The MY44 that I toured had the four-state­room setup. The mas­ter suite was in the port hull with an en­try stair­case aft. The king is­land berth was set athwartships with views out the hull­side win­dows. With more than 6-foot head­room and light alpine fur­nish­ings, the state­room felt airy. For­ward was an en suite head with a sink, toi­let and shower stall. Twin-berth state­rooms were in the star­board hull, with an amid­ships en­trance. For­ward on the main deck was a fourth state­room, ideal for crew or kids. ¶ Op­tional twin 435 hp Volvo Penta IPS600 diesels cou­pled to pod drives give the MY44 a topend around 24 knots, ac­cord­ing to the builder. IPS500s are stan­dard. ¶ With a fam­ily-size lay­out, an ad­mirable turn of speed, and twin hulls for added sta­bil­ity, the Foun­taine Pa­jot MY44 should ap­peal to salty souls with a sense of ad­ven­ture. Take the next step: foun­taine-pa­jot.com



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