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Solaris One 44

Published on June 6, 2013 by   ·   No Comments

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Italy builds, in tonnage, more pleasure boats than any other country in the world and the nation has a reputation for fine design married with the latest technology.  From the banks of the River Natissa, at the head of the Adriatic in Northern Italy, the Cantieri Se.Ri.Gi shipyard has been crafting boats since the 1970s but the latest Solaris One range, shaped by a new era of technological development that swept-in in the 1990s, is arguably its finest.

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Sitting in the middle of their production series, above the 38 and 42 but below the 48 and 60, the Solaris One 44 is sleek and stylish with a more than attractive silhouette.  Achieving the impossible by pleasing everyone, she is a true cruiser-racer and feels solid and dependable at the same time as being responsive and fast.

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Looks-wise the Solaris One 44 is impossible to ignore with a low-profile, immaculate teak-topped coach roof and neat, smooth lines.  The attention to detail borders on the obsessive and renowned Argentinean naval architect, Javier Soto Acebal, takes the credit for much of this – along with the sail plan (a 62m² mainsail and 56m² genoa).

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The Solaris One 44 uses every inch wisely with generous locker space above that hasn’t compromised an equally capacious living accommodation below.  Clean and simple but with unmistakable Solaris quality, the interior has a brushed white oak finish and carefully finished joinery with neat bevelled edges for an elegant and easy life at sea.

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In the bow is a decent double cabin with large bathroom and unexpected head heights of 1.91 metres (almost 6ft 3in).  In the stern are two slightly smaller, yet bright, cabins sharing an additional bathroom.  A sofa sits to starboard, with a small desk area alongside accessing various on-board systems.  Facing is a superb L-shaped kitchen with oven, sink, fridge and ergonomic cupboard arrangements and, also to port, a large dining area with lockers above.  In fact there are overhead lockers running the entire living space to keep belongings safe and tidy with light flooding in from flush geometric porthole windows above.

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Outside there is plenty of flat deck space for sunlounging with the sails in the exact right spot so as not to interfere with the cosy yet comfortable seating arrangement centred around a fold-away dining table for four.  The stern is partially open and can be equipped with a hydraulic bathing platform reaching directly to the sea.

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She may not be defined as a racing boat, geared up for competition, but the Solaris One 44 earns absolute respect on the water and has precise sensitive steering with great balance and solidity.  Expect up to 12 knots in optimum conditions with full sail and feel the comfort of a 55hp Volvo Penta engine as back-up.  She is a joy to sail – for helmsman and passengers alike.

The standard version Solaris One 44 starts from 345,000 euros.

www.solarisyachts.com

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