Newly-delivered high-specification example of the brand new Solaris Power 44 Open. Boasting over Euro 460,000 in factory options including fold-out bulkwarks, Volvo IPS 650 engines with joystick control, 5kw generator, air-conditioning and additional mid-ships master cabin. 100% ready to go.
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Launched in 2023 and newly delivered to her new berth in Ibiza, ROMIA is a very highly-specified example of the new Solaris Power 44 Open. With all of the best options ticked, she is perfectly configured for comfortable Mediterranean cruising. Offered for sale exclusive of VAT, she is also an ideal option for non-EU buyers.
Her specification highlights include:- • Blue Solaris colour painted hull, deck and superstructure • Optional fold-out bulkwarks • Teak decking • Stern tenderlift • Largest engine option – Twin Volvo IPS 650 (D6-480) engines with IPS drives • Joystick control • Volvo autopilot system and trip computer • Twin Garmin/Volvo 12” Glass Cockpit plotter displays • T-Top plus additional stern awning with carbon fibre poles • Full external covers • Stern sun-pad arrangement • Additional interior full-beam midships owner’s cabin • Luxury kit package for interior spaces • Exterior lighting package with courtesy lighting • Stereo system • 5kw generator • Air-conditioning for both interior cabin areas • Electric induction hob at wetbar • Coffee machine • Additional fridges in cockpit • Telescopic hydraulic passarelle • Stainless steel anchor
Docked stern-to outside the chic waterfront Fort Lauderdale eatery Boatyard, this 44 Open looks like she may as well have been born here in this slip. With a high plumb bow, black carbon-fiber T-top, and sleek but masculine contours in her exterior lines drawn up by Italy’s Victory Design, she is nothing if not striking…
The first impression is one of a very Euro-styled vessel yet with a little more heft than some competitive models. Her sturdy presence is owed to a combination of that imposingly high, almost naval-looking forward section, and a beam that registers at 14 feet and three inches, and which carries well forward. That beam does not include two terraces that fold out from the cockpit and greatly supplement this model’s party-boat bona fides…
For Victory Design’s Brunello Acampora, width is key to this boat. “We have the vertical bow, which helps us obtain maximum waterline length, making this boat very efficient,” he says. “But, of course, a golden rule for any boat design is that widths must be adequate for the waterline. So with the 44 Open we have achieved not only the right balance between beam and waterline length, but also we have more interior volume and the stability that boaters crave. Gyroscopic stabilisers are available, of course, but in my opinion, for this boat, they are not compulsory.” The interior volume Acampora mentions is on full display in the cabin, which fairly impresses me. Italian boats of this size often have cabins that might best be described as oversized stowage lockers. But the cabin on the Solaris is actually livable, with excellent headroom and space for real maneuverability.
The layouts on the accommodations level are customisable. This test boat has a full-size king berth in the forepeak, a feat made possible by that well-forward beam. The head has a shower with six-feet and three inches of headroom and enough space for me to pivot my considerable shoulders. A second berth, queen-sized and amidships, makes the Solaris an option for cruising couples or – perhaps more likely – a nuclear family. The cabin also hosts a Vitrifrigo fridge and ice-maker, to help fuel the party up top, which is this boat’s true raison d’être.
The after section of the boat’s console acts as a wet bar and main service station for the guests, who will mostly congregate at the convertible couch just aft of it, and the sunpad aft of that. Cupholders and speakers dot the boat like slices of pepperoni on a pizza. Wide side decks lead forward to a bow lounge, which to my tastes is the preferred seating when under way…
And yet for all these niceties, maybe the most impressive part about the Solaris 44 Open is her performance. The Forli, Italy-based builder is on point in this regard. “We were the first in Italy to design using IPS,” Acampora says. “We have been using them for 20 years, and we continue to use them because we feel they are excellent.”
The Volvo Penta IPS650s on this boat have her coming out of the hole cleanly and quickly, and on to plane with steady power that is reassuring at the helm. Outside the seas are not angry exactly but they probably got out of bed on the wrong side that morning. Earlier in the day, these blustering three-footers had knocked me around in a similar type of boat. So when the Solaris 44 slices cleanly, quietly and solidly through the slop at a 30-knot fast cruise, it is both impressive and a little bit surprising.
Such solid performance seems almost unlikely from such a snazzy-looking boat. Good looks usually come at a price, and you might assume that the credit of the slick dayboat styling would mean a debit for her rough-water performance. But happily, that turns out not to be the case. Hardover turns are tight and exhibit little heel, while smooth S-turns leave an impression of responsiveness and easy control that is very desirable in boats of this type. The 44 Open’s whole package – the enticing lines, the loads of volume and deck space, and sporty yet resolute performance – leave me one word in mind as I step back onto the docks. Bravo!
Boat International – May 2022
The boatyard’s reputation, founded in Aquileia 45 years ago, is better known among German, Swiss and Austrian yachtsmen than it is in Italy. Right from the beginning, the company’s philosophy has been the building seaworthy, solid and secure sailing boats to the highest quality standards, capable of challenging the prestigious Scandinavian and Dutch yacht builders. Fittingly, Solaris claims that our yachts are also: ‘Built for sailors’.
Its volume and revenues increased fivefold in just a few years and today it is the European leader in the category of top-class sailing boats from 50’ to 110’. There are not many boatyards left today, who can combine leading-edge technology with traditional craftsmanship of detail and finishing as Solaris Yachts does. Since 2008 Solaris also operates a production unit dedicated to motoryachts from 44’ to 100’, including five 90’ luxury displacement motoryachts for an internationally renowned brand. This facility is now the builder of the new Solaris Power range, to the same exacting quality standards of Solaris sailboats.
2023 Solaris Power 44 Open ‘ROMIA’ for sale – Now asking Euro 799,000 ex VAT – full details here
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