It’s taken Windy almost a decade to launch the follow-up to the SR52, but the SR44 Blackhawk looks like it will be well worth the wait
Windy stunned the boating world when it launched the Ed Dubois designed SR52 Blackbird almost ten years ago and, back then, there were indications that this would spark a range of rakish open sportsboats. Well, it’s taken some time but finally there is a new SR to get excited about in the shape of the all-new SR44 Blackhawk.
The boat is the result of a collaboration between Dubois, Design Unlimited, Windy’s in-house designers and its long time hull designer Hans Jorgen Johnsen. They say too many chefs can spoil the broth but in this instance the broth looks divine: lean, purposeful and rippling with muscular detail.
Below decks there is accommodation for four people and a separate bathroom but it’s as a top class, high performance day boat that the SR44 Blackhawk will most likely earn its keep. No doubt there will be a few superyacht owners with an eye on it as a chase boat/tender, too.
Performance is always at the forefront of Windy’s designs so as well as weight saving through vacuum-injection moulding techniques there is the choice between Volvo Penta IPS600/650 or D6 400hp/440hp sterndrives and, from 2020, up to triple Mercury 450R outboard engines.
The top speed is quoted as 45 knots but it’s the 300nm cruising range that tells you what this boat is about. For us, this will be one of the stars of this year’s Cannes show.
LOA: (14.02m) 45ft 9in
Beam: 12ft 9in (3.96m)
Engines: Twin IPS/sterndrive/outboard up to 880hp
Top speed: 45 knots
Price from: €578,000 ex VAT
Berth no. PAN220
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