Windy SR44 review: 10 years in the making and well worth the wait

Ten years after the SR52 Blackbird blew us away there is a new, smaller SR model ready to take on an ever-growing field of challengers. With a sunny Solent as our playground it was time to put the Windy SR44 through its paces...Somewhere, tucked away in a highly secure location at Windy’s Västervik HQ, there must be a crystal ball. I say this because it was back in 2010 that Windy, in conjunction with Ed Dubios, created the SR52 Blackbird, a spellbinding custom-built 52ft chase boat with a deck-focussed arrangement and neat T-top perched above the helm. […] This article Windy SR44 review: 10 years in the making and well worth the wait appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

Windy SR44 review: 10 years in the making and well worth the wait

Ten years after the SR52 Blackbird blew us away there is a new, smaller SR model ready to take on an ever-growing field of challengers. With a sunny Solent as our playground it was time to put the Windy SR44 through its paces...

Somewhere, tucked away in a highly secure location at Windy’s Västervik HQ, there must be a crystal ball. I say this because it was back in 2010 that Windy, in conjunction with Ed Dubios, created the SR52 Blackbird, a spellbinding custom-built 52ft chase boat with a deck-focussed arrangement and neat T-top perched above the helm.

Wind the clock forward to the present day and you can’t move for this style of boat as established purveyors of these T-top deck boats, such as Fjord, tussle with new blood from the likes of Pardo, Solaris and even the high-volume builders in the Hanse Group and Jeanneau.

There’s no two ways about it, the traditional sportscruiser is being displaced by a new genre of fast cruiser and with the shadow of the SR52 looming large, Windy was well placed to strike and build a 44ft offering all of its own.

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Like its bigger sister, the Windy SR44 Blackhawk is the result of a design collaboration between the Dubois studio and Windy’s longstanding hull design guru Hans Jørgen Johnsen, this time with superyacht designers Design Unlimited in the mix to handle the interior.

A fine looking thing it is, too, especially in the surroundings of Lymington, where boats of this style aren’t quite as common as they are in the South of France, Italy or the Balearics.

Even in an all-white colour scheme with muted grey upholstery it still has plenty of wow factor in the flesh, and in the stifling heat of an unusually warm July day its large sun pads and expanse of relaxed seating look almost irresistible.

The Windy SR44 is a bigger boat than it looks, partly down to its impressive freeboard and partly because of the heft of its mouldings, particularly around the superstructure of the hard top, wet bar and coachroof.

Read our full review of the Windy SR44 in the October issue of MBY, which is out on September 2.

Windy SR44 specification

LOA: 46ft 0in (14.03m)
Beam: 12ft 10in (3.96m)
Draught: 3ft 6in (1.10m)
Displacement: 9.5 tonnes
Fuel capacity: 900 litres
Water capacity: 300 litres
Test engines: Twin 440hp Volvo Penta D6
Top speed on test: 41.2 knots
Cruising speed: 20 knots
Range: 218nm
Fuel consumption: 66lph
Noise: 80dB(A)
RCD category: B for 12 people
Design: Dubois, Windy & Hans Jørgen Johnsen
Starting price: €690,000 (ex. VAT)
Price as tested: €839,335 (ex. VAT)

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From dusk till dawn, Lumishore has your boat lighting needs covered

Very few aftermarket upgrades have the capacity to elevate your on board experience like smart lighting - and with its industry-first technologies, very few lighting solutions are quite as smart as the latest system from Lumishore.With its unique capacity to combine warm and cold white (as well as red, green and blue) in a single lighting unit, Lumishore’s ‘CRGBW’ Lux Lighting Collection is unlike anything else on the market. Whether installed in the form of down lights, courtesy lights, neon flex, strip lights, livewell lights or speaker light drivers, the […] This article From dusk till dawn, Lumishore has your boat lighting needs covered appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

From dusk till dawn, Lumishore has your boat lighting needs covered

Very few aftermarket upgrades have the capacity to elevate your on board experience like smart lighting - and with its industry-first technologies, very few lighting solutions are quite as smart as the latest system from Lumishore.

With its unique capacity to combine warm and cold white (as well as red, green and blue) in a single lighting unit, Lumishore’s ‘CRGBW’ Lux Lighting Collection is unlike anything else on the market.

Whether installed in the form of down lights, courtesy lights, neon flex, strip lights, livewell lights or speaker light drivers, the Lumishore Lux system is engineered to deliver any colour you choose, bringing much greater flexibility and sophistication to your on board lighting.

Of course, for full control over your yacht’s ambience, Lumishore’s pioneering light technology requires an equally high-end user interface and that comes in the form of the Lumi-Link Command Center – the heart of the entire system and the key to controlling your Lumishore lights.

As the marine industry’s only ‘plug-and-play’ module with preinstalled interfaces and lighting options, it features a brilliantly intuitive colour wheel, enabling you to refine the colour output with the utmost sensitivity. And once you’ve found the colour you want, you can then slide the horizontal bar to fine-tune the white balance.

The fact that all lights from the Lux collection are dimmable means that, in addition to adjusting your ambient lighting to suit your mood or activity, you can also control the intensity. You can up the power for parties or you can ease it back, creating a more intimate environment for atmospheric dining or relaxed evening drinks.

You can also adjust your lighting across multiple zones, with a variety of pre-programmed effects like Strobe, Sweep or ‘Sound-to-Light’. And you can even create personalised lighting events, like a ‘Welcome’ lighting scene for your arrival at the boat or a ‘Berthing’ scene for your entry to your homeport.

But while this is all clearly fantastic fun, the system’s benefits go way beyond recreational novelty. With its high Colour Rendering Index, Lumishore’s CRGBW light system reduces distortion, giving a far more accurate appearance to the objects they illuminate.

Better still, the easy-tune whites mean you can tailor your lighting to work with your natural circadian cycle, creating warm, relaxing tones for a restful evening ambience and more stimulating morning tones to help compensate for limited natural daylight in compact or confined cabins.

The sheer practicality of Lumishore’s Lux Lighting system also feels distinctly premium. The lighting units themselves are beautifully built, enhancing your boat’s fit-out, even when not in use.

And the installation of the Command Center is an object lesson in user-friendliness. You simply connect it to a compatible multi-function display (MFD), optional Lumishore Display, smartphone or tablet and smart control for your lights will appear automatically. Your boat’s lighting system is yours to control, even when you find yourself away from the central module itself.

It’s very clear then that installing high-end lighting on your yacht is no longer the challenge it once was. With a powerful reputation around the world for bespoke marine-specific lighting systems, Swansea-based Lumishore can work its magic on every shape and size of boat, from compact RIBs to A-list superyachts.

If you want to make an upgrade that has a real and tangible impact on the calibre of your yachting experience, it’s one of the most rewarding investments you can make…

For more information, visit: lumishore.com

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