The ships from the Pogo program are well known for the ultimate combination of offshore racing and the demands of family and touring sailing. Hardly any other brand pursues and masters the difficult compromise as consistently as the yacht builder in Benodet. The current line of their "Bateaux Croisière" currently comprises four types between 30 and 50 feet in length.
With the new Pogo 44, the shipyard is now committed to maintaining its line, but is still keeping the somewhat smaller, long-serving Pogo 12.50 (YACHT 1/2012) in its range. The designers from the Finot / Conq office have received the order to radically update their own design from back then and to rebuild it from scratch. The wide stern with the flat bulkhead is striking; double rudder blades are therefore essential. Unlike the 12.50, the new Pogo 44 will only be available with the hydraulic swivel keel, a fixed keel is no longer available. The minimum drafts of 1.38 to 3.10 meters when the ballast fin is fully swung out are remarkable.
Also exciting is the design of the deck with the cabin superstructure that is conspicuously drawn in towards the front, similar to that of the little sister Pogo 36 (test in YACHT 1/2017). The forward-angled construction windows also allow a clear view below deck and into the sails. In addition, the shipyard can save pounds thanks to the area-reduced deck structures. In general, the greatest possible weight saving is an important issue with Pogo. With a weight of only 5.9 tons, the 44 will be a real flyweight in comparison, despite the full interior and a not inconsiderable amount of ballast in the keel. The shipyard manufactures both the hulls and the decks using a vacuum infusion process with a foam core.
Photo gallery: Pogo 44
Pogo Structures builds all boats with double tiller steering, including the large models. For the new Pogo 44, however, two steering wheels will be feasible as an option. To do this, the customer has to choose between the standard aluminum rig and a carbon fiber rig. The carbon option without a backstay makes it possible to attach a flat mainsail with a wide, flared sail head (square head). The rig is very far aft on deck, even behind the middle of the ship. This makes the Genu very large in comparison. With a value of just under 5.9, the sails load number is well above the average for comparable performance boats. A small stay jib and a rollable Code Zero will also be available as options. In "normal operation" all headsails remain in a row, as with a Class 40 or Imoc60.
Inside, the boat is being expanded with two spacious double cabins aft, and one or two cabins are optionally available in the foredeck. And instead of the second toilet room at the front, a separate shower cubicle could also be implemented at this point. In the salon, the pantry is realized as a long row with large work surfaces and lots of storage space on the side. Opposite is the L-shaped seating group around the foldable saloon table.
The prototype of the new Pogo 44 is now under construction and should be ready in July of this year. The French have also already announced an initial asking price for the new model: Equipped with a 50 HP inboard engine from Volvo Pent and Saildrive, the classy French will cost 323,340 euros from the shipyard, including 19 percent VAT, but still without sails and without electronics.
|constructor||Finot / Conq|
|constructor||Finot / Conq|
|Hull length||12.80 m|
|Total length (with bowsprit)||13.55 m|
|Draft with swivel keel||1.38-3.10 m|
|Mainsail||51.0 / 63.0 sqm|
|Cross jib||30.0 sqm|
|Gennaker||150.0 / 165.0 sqm|
|Sail carrying number (STZ)||5,88|
Pogo 3, Mini 6.50, serial boat