Architecture by Daniel Andrieu and interior design by the Pierangelo Andreani Studio, Fountaine Pajot launched the MY 44 in early 2017 with the promise of it being the shipyard’s most successful power catamaran. True to their word, Fountaine Pajot did unveil a power catamaran with not only an extremely spacious saloon and accommodations but also a remarkably fuel-efficient sailing experience.
DESIGN – INTERIOR & EXTERIOR
Fountaine Pajot completely reconceptualized the use of space on a catamaran. Instead of the traditional transoms, the MY 44 boasts a fixed and a hydraulic teak beach that stretches full beam and is controlled with a remote. From the platform, a couple of steps lead up to the deck from both port and starboard side and then another set of steps lead up to the symmetrical side-decks. The side-decks are wide and well-protected by the rails that come up to about 25 inches.
The forward cockpit of the MY 44 is spacious and consists of two comfortable lounges on each of the sun pads. With no trampoline, the forward cockpit offers a large, unencumbered space for looking out at the sea or relaxing in the sun. The two storage lockers on the forward cockpit are also deep and wide, ideal for storing linens and additional equipment.
Fountaine Pajot has also moved away from the traditional design of the aft cockpit where it also served as a dining area. Now, the cockpit serves primarily as a seating area and appears to be a mere extension of the saloon when the sliding glass door is wide open. The bench seat across the stern faces forward and has storage lockers underneath. It is entirely covered from the top with a drop-down canvas for added protection from the sides.
From the port side of the aft deck, a stylish spiral staircase leads to the flybridge which can easily house up to 8 people for dinner. It features an L-shaped settee wrapped around a wooden desk and a large sun pad that can be converted into seats facing forward. There is also an additional station with a drawer fridge, storage, sink, and a trash case. On the hard-top roof of the flybridge, a shade can be pulled back to reveal a sunroof.
The saloon of the MY 44 is not only commodious but also has considerable headspace. At the direct entrance from the cockpit is a contemporary galley from where the main living area is a step up.
The galley of the MY 44 is U-shaped and has plenty of storage space in the form of cupboards and drawers as well as multiple storage compartments underneath the floor. The countertops are sleek and extensive and are fitted with double stainless steel sinks. The galley is equipped with a convection cooktop, oven, and a full-sized fridge and freezer.
The saloon of the MY 44 is designed in a modern and stylish fashion with a couch to starboard side and an L-shaped settee to port. Surrounded by the settee is a wooden cocktail table which can also be easily converted into an expansive dining table. The saloon enjoys an all-around view of the outside with panoramic windows and is also well-ventilated because of the two opening hatches.
The saloon also has an interior helm station in addition to the exterior helm station. The interior helm station is to the starboard side (like the exterior station) and features a bench seat for two behind the wheel and a large navigation instrument panel, making the station fully-equipped and fully-functional.
All in all, the saloon of the MY 44 is exceedingly impressive due to its clever use of space and the comfort and luxuries it offers.
In the Maestro version of the MY 44 catamaran, there are three cabins in total with the entire port hull dedicated to the owner’s suite.
The owner’s suite in the port hull boasts an exclusive king-sized island bed with lateral access which faces a rectangular window. There is ample storage space within the cabin too in the form of drawers, cupboards, and storage underneath the bed. There are also quite a few storage compartments underneath the floors, seamlessly blended with the flooring. The cabin itself is kept bright and airy with LED spotlights, bedside reading lights, and a large porthole. The en-suite bathroom has a separate shower and head and also offers considerable storage space in the form of cabinets. The bathroom, too, is well-ventilated with a porthole, a deck hatch, and an extractor fan.
The starboard consists of two cabins and two bathrooms with the aft cabin being slightly bigger. The aft cabin has a queen-sized island bed while the forward cabin has twin beds. Both offer storage furniture, bedside reading lights, and ventilation via porthole
The MY 44 is powered by standard 260 HP Volvo Penta IPS 350 twin diesel engines. The engine rooms of the catamaran are accessed from the aft cockpit. The starboard engine room also houses a generator and the cruise air system. Both the rooms are neat and spacious, comfortably placed for all the routine maintenance checks.
The overall length of Fountaine Pajot MY 44 is 13.4 meters and it has a beam of 6.61 meters. The full load displacement of the catamaran is 22.5 tonnes. It has a total fuel capacity of 2000 liters and a total freshwater capacity of 700 liters.
The price of the MY 44 varies from $900,000 to $1,400,000.
In conclusion, the Fountaine Pajot MY 44 can very easily be adopted as a second home on the sea. It is particularly designed to be modern and comfortable, all the while being top-notch motoryacht. Its large living space, coupled with its fuel-efficiency, makes the MY 44 a breakthrough in motor catamaran cruising.