The Helia Versus the Helia Evolution

Starry Horizons is a Fountaine Pajot Helia 44.  We are extremely happy with her, and having sailed 30,000 nm on her, we find her a very capable ocean cruiser. Why Refresh? As Fountaine Pajot has done with many of its models, about halfway through the production cycle they...

Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 Review

6,000nm Helia Review Well, technically we hit 6,002 nm on Starry Horizons as we pulled into Regatta Pointe Marina but that doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as well, so for the purpose of this post, we will round down slightly. There are others out there with...

Transport, Launch, and Handover of Our New Boat!

After spending a good portion of the day at the Fountaine Pajot factory yesterday, we got up early on October 29th excited to launch our new boat! We arrived at the factory at 8 am.  It was a bit like prom; we had four iPhones, one iPad, a camera, and a GoPro all snapping away...

Fountaine Pajot Factory Tour

382 Days…  That’s how long it took from the signing of our contract in Annapolis until today, when we saw Starry Horizons, our Helia 44, for the first time while taking a Fountaine Pajot factory tour.  “Patience” has been our word of...

Fountaine Pajot Sailing Channels

Before Starry Horizons was launched, we spent years dreaming about cruising. Back in the day, there weren’t nearly the number of sailing channels that there are now. In fact – La Vagabonde, undoubtably the most famous YouTube channel, started the same week we did!...