Nautitech have extended their range with the 44 Open, an evolution of their line of cruising catamarans. Once again, Marc Lombard has been tasked with developing the range with this new model that sits between the 40 and the 46.
She comes with a new interior layout, improvements to the rigging and good looks. The Nautitech 44 Open should prove popular. Once again, Nautitech are aiming for more performance from this design compared to much of the competition, like the Leopard 42, the Lagoons and Fountaine Pajot. That does mean you will need to compromise on some living space though.
For those looking to max out on performance there is the option of an overlapping genoa (similar to the Excess 14 which has also gone down this route) to replace the standard self-tacking jib, plus options for a carbon mast and bowsprit for your gennaker, spinnaker or Code 0.
The new boat has plenty of green energy options as well including up to 1760W of solar, lithium battery upgrade and an option to go for a ‘SMART ROOM’ which could be a workshop, utility room or storage for your sails and toys. That’s not as much solar as some of the out an out ECO cats (read out Windelo 54 review for example), but it is a sizeable chunk of solar, more than enough for the 44.
Nautitech 44 Open Boat Tour – Katamarans
A walkaround the Nautitech 44 Open at La Grande Motte.
- Sporty helms with direct feel to the rudders and full visibility of the sails. The downside here is protection of course, although there is an option for helm biminis- they’ve improved these too – much smarter.
- All the lines back to the helm for short handed sailing. In the 40, you reef from the mast.
- An option for an overlapping genoa to replace the self tacking solent. Less convenience, but more power. Take your pick.
- Lots of living space up top with that Open concept, she feels much bigger than the 40 inside in the Saloon with a forward facing nav station and a big galley to starboard.
- She’s a quick, seaworthy boat if you keep the weight off with that low slung boom.
- I like those new davits and the wrap around helm seats: very smart. You’ll see these on the Nautitech 48 flagship as well.
- The aft helms won’t suit everyone in a blow. With reduced visibility to the opposite bow when you are in the marina, you might need to nip up to the deck every now and then.
- Less space down below compared to other cruising catamarans due to the slender hulls. So no walk around berths, for example.
- The inside seating area looks small with so much room given over to the forward facing nav station on the port side. That just leaves room for an ‘L’ shaped sofa behind. I prefer the layout on the 46, but you do have plenty of seating space outside. Still, I prefer the layout on the 46.
In the interiors, there is a choice of a Walnut interior or a light oak finish with a range of upholstery options.
Choose between four layout options: including 4 cabins with 2 heads, and a 2 cabin boat with 2 heads plus the Smart Room.
Nautitech 44 Open Brochure
View the Nautitech 44 Open Brochure
What is the price of a Nautitech 44 Open? How much do these catamarans cost?
That will depend heavily on your options of course, but to give you an idea, the price for a basic boat will be in the region of €700k plus taxes. A higher spec’d 44 will come out around €850k. Get in touch if you would like some help spec’ing a boat out.
A great evolution for the brand. Marc Lombard has built on the success of the 40 and 46 Open and stayed true to the “Nautitech DNA” with sporty helms, shapely hulls and by keeping the weight down. The new Smartroom concept looks interesting, and options such as the overlapping genoa and solar power system are compelling. I’d like to have seen more seating space in the saloon though.