A number of yachts made their world debut at Cannes, including two catamarans that drew a lot of attention. The first was the Helia 44 from Fountaine Pajot.  Helia means ‘sunshine’ in Greek, and both the exterior and interior design were designed with this in mind, providing lots of natural light and ventilation.  There's a helmsman’s bench that allows for three people to be with the skipper and enjoy the experience.

helia 44

Fountaine Pajot's new Helia 44 makes the most of natural light and open-air space.

The protected cockpit is integrated with the lounge deck on one level, providing a large and comfortable 50 sq. m. dining and entertainment area with seating for 8 to 10 people.  This version had two double cabins in addition to the owner’s suite,  and all feature double beds, private ensuite heads, and large windows. There is also a four-cabin version available. This yacht lives up to its name and is well worth a look when it comes to a show near you.

The second was the Sunreef 82 - a huge double-decker sailing catamaran featuring a streamlined deckhouse topped with a giant 35 sq. m. flybridge complete with the main helm station, bar with barbecue and ice maker, large dining table, and comfortable deckchairs, as well as a coffee table.  The double-deck concept provides for one very spacious owner's cabin forward, and a large and bright saloon with an internal helm station and sea views.


The double-decked Sunreef 82 represents an avant-garde concept in catamaran design. She drew crowds at Cannes.

The owner's suite is arranged over two levels, and occupies the entire forward section of the yacht with a master cabin, Jacuzzi, and vanity on the main deck, and a walk-in wardrobe and head compartment located belowdecks in the port and starboard hulls respectively.  It is worth noting that Sunreef believe double-deck catamarans have a chance to become the superyachts of the future because of their comfort on board and relatively low fuel consumption resulting from shallow draft and reduced drag.

- James Nolan