This 44ft flybridge is a serious departure from traditional boatbuilding that will shock traditionalists but inspire those willing to think outside the box
An Italian industrialist and keen boat owner, Raffaele became increasingly frustrated by the internal dimensions of the typical mid forty foot motor boat and the fact that the only way to get the space he required seemed to be trading up to a seven figure 70 footer.
The Overblue 44 is the direct result, and it’s a serious departure from traditional boat building, so much so that it’s not unreasonable to consider this a brand new concept.
Basically, what Raffaele and his team have done is take the dimensions of that typical mid forty foot motor cruiser, and completely max out the volume available – effectively they’ve built from the inside out.
Only the flybridge adds a little style, with curved side spars arcing forward, giving a little relief to the boxiness.
For traditionalists, the looks are likely to be a deal breaker but I actually think it has a real purposefulness about it – absolute function over form.
And those that are willing to think outside the box are richly rewarded once they get inside the box.
Slide open the glass saloon door and you find yourself in an area that defies the word ‘cabin’ – what you have here is nothing less than an aquatic apartment. A large and very comfortable domestic sofa graces the port side.
Opposite, a freestanding domestic six seater dining table with individual chairs provides a proper home dining experience.
This is real ‘home from home’ stuff, and it carries on as you pass the galley and head toward the bow.
Remember, this is all on one level – you wander from bedrooms to kitchen to lounge to cockpit without encountering a single step and the headroom is immense at seven feet throughout.