Meet La Vie Dansante

La Vie Dansante is a great boat! We knew we liked her the minute we set toes on her, even though she’d done time as a charter boat and needed quite a bit of love! Here she is:

By the numbers:

2013 Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 – Hull #11
Owner’s version (3 staterooms – an owner’s suite and two guest staterooms)
HIN: FPA54011A313
Length overall – 43′ 6″
Beam – 24′ 4″
Draft – 3′ 10″
Mast height – 68′
Displacement – 21,600 lbs
Sails – Incidences Dacron, genoa and fully battened main
Engines – Dual Volvo Penta D2-55 diesels
Fuel capacity – 124 US gals
Water capacity – 198 US gals
Electrical – 12V dc / 125V ac
Tender – ZAR mini RIB 11 DL w/20 hp fuel-injected Suzuki motor
Communications – VHF, AIS, EPIRB and Garmin InReach Mini
MMSI – 368068830
Radio callsign – WDK 5843

Enhancements we made to her:

As we found her, La Vie Dansante needed a lot of love and a new name. You can read more about the transformation in our blog post “La Vie Dansante Found!”

Here’s what we’ve added so far:

Plasteak decking in the cockpit and sugar scoops (Nov 18) – thanks to Juan at Specialty Marine Products!
New bimini and sail bag (Nov 18) – Thanks Vlad and his Creative Canvas team!
New upholstery throughout (Dec 18) – thanks to Barbara and her Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1 Premium!
New ATN Supertramp trampoline (Feb 19) – thanks Anthony at Onboard Rigging!
600 ah of lithium batteries – six Dragonfly DFGC2 LiFePO4 cells (Mar 19)
960 watts of solar – three Sunpower SPR-E20-320 panels and Victron controller (Mar 19) – batteries and solar expertly installed by Alex at SeaTek Marine Systems Specialists!
All new running rigging – installed over the course of 2019
New genoa sunshade – thanks to Barbara and (May 19)
New grill – Magma Newport 2 Infrared (Sep 19)
New dinghy! (yeah!) – ZAR mini RIB 11 DL w/20hp Suzuki motor (Nov 19)
Inverter upgraded to Victron Multiplus 3000w with color controller (Dec 19)
Spectra Catalina 340c watermaker w/Z-Ion (Dec 19)
Gori folding props – which are WAY COOL! (Dec 19)
Chart plotter upgraded to Raymarine Axiom 12 (Dec 19)
Aqualuma 6 underwater lights (Dec 19)

Arrived in Boca Chica!

Wish list:

Parasailor or Code Zero for downwind sailing
Single side band (SSB) radio