On Saturday, May 27th, we christened HH55-01 'Minnehaha' with the owners, Doug and Deb, Gino and Mark from Morrelli & Melvin, and a few friends. It was Doug's birthday as well, making the day that much more special. Congratulations to all on a spectacular boat, and best wishes to Doug and Deb as they prepare to set sail on a great new adventure!
HH Catamarans Celebrates Their First Year
As the relative newcomer in the performance cruising cat segment, all eyes have been on HH Catamarans. The four year old venture, a partnership between esteemed Kiwi boat builder Paul Hakes and visionary Taiwanese industrialist Hudson Wang, set out to build the world’s finest cutting-edge, bespoke, performance cruising catamarans, and ensure a premier ownership experience by providing an unparalleled level of support and service.
HH Catamarans delivered their first launch, HH66-01 'R-SIX', to her owner in Valencia last June. The Morrelli & Melvin designed HH Supercat set the pace in her first six months, sailing from Valencia to Cyprus and many points in-between. She wowed industry insiders and show goers when she made her debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September, then sailed directly to Mallorca to compete in the first-ever Multihull Cup Regatta. Sailing against a competitive class of her more seasoned peers, including Gunboat 66s Coco de Mer and Slim and Nigel Irens custom 78’ Allegra, R-SIX pounced on the challenge, stunning the fleet and finishing in 1st Place Overall.
In January, R-SIX crossed the Atlantic, arriving in Antigua just in time to immediately switch gears and compete in the prestigious Caribbean 600. The multi day regatta challenged competitors with extremely light conditions for much of the 600 mile course. With gourmet food, entertainment and plush accommodations, R-SIX raced in comfort and finished in 3rd place behind two MOD70s. In March R-SIX was joined in the Caribbean by her sister ship, the newly launched HH66-03 Nala. The two went on to tag team the Caribbean race circuit, one or the other participating in the five high profile events of the season.
R-SIX sailed strong in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, defeating all three Gunboat 60s in class and coming in 2nd Overall behind the zippy, 7-ton, custom Bieker 53 Fujin. Next it was Nala’s turn to shine; she made her racing debut at the St.Thomas International Regatta just days after arriving in the USVI from the Bahamas. STIR proved to be an exciting an event, with big breeze testing the fleet and providing Nala the chance to shine. Boat and crew held up strong and validated the HH reliability factor - sustaining zero breakages over three days of intense racing. Nala finished with 1st Place in three out of five races and 1st Overall, defeating the previously unbeaten Fujin.
The next event presented a new challenge; the BVI Spring Regatta was billed as the matchup of the season, with veteran Gunboats Elvis and H2O meeting for the first time and Nala, with only a few weeks on the water, and hoping to shake things up a bit. Shake things up she did, giving both boats a run for their money throughout the weekend. Nala endured a few missteps early on, but made adjustments and improved each day, outperforming three of the five Gunboats in every race and chipping away at the elapsed time margins behind the two titans. Ultimately the tenacity paid off, with Nala taking 2nd Place Overall. A by-the-numbers analysis from Morrelli & Melvin (who designed all of the three fastest boats!) can be found on their Facebook page here.
R-SIX returned to do battle at Les Voiles de St.Barths. Light air prevailed throughout the regatta and R-SIX suffered a minor equipment failure making it impossible to use their asymmetrical headsail for much of the event. The team persevered and managed to sail well enough to secure a spot on the podium in 3rd Place Overall. Though not their best result, Les Voiles proved to be good practice for R-SIX for their next and final event of the season, Antigua Sailing Week. Mast lock issue resolved, the team attacked with full force, and after four days of competition only R-SIX remained unbeaten out of 150 yachts. Boat Captain Robert Janecki summed up the experience, "After many years of sailing racing catamarans, it is refreshing to see that there are things that can still surprise me. In Antigua we managed to maintain boat speed between 12-14 kts upwind, sailing against the waves! Quite amazing for a pleasure catamaran. What is more… the boat is built in such a way that it forgives us some of our mistakes during short and dynamic racing." Taking line honors in six out of seven races and wrapping up 1st Place Overall, R-SIX closed out their Caribbean season on a high note and immediately set out across the Atlantic once more, arriving in the Azores a quick ten days later.
With R-SIX and Nala providing ample proof of concept in the Caribbean, HH Catamarans pressed ahead with production, launching the first of the new HH55s in February. After a month of testing and fine-tuning, HH55-01 Minnehaha departed Xiamen bound for the USA. The boat was delivered into the waiting arms of her owner in Ft. Lauderdale just last week, and is currently undergoing recommissioning and some promotional sailing before setting off to the Bahamas for the owners’ first cruise in June. She’ll make her way up the East coast this summer, arriving in Annapolis in time to make her world debut at the United States Sailboat Show in October.
Production in Xiamen continues with three HH66s and three HH55s currently in progress. The next HH66, Flash, is slated to launch this summer, and features a newly styled cabin top, forward helm station and aft tillers with complete finger touch sail controls. Further expanding their product line, HH recently announced a new 48’ model. The HH48 will maintain the pedigree of the larger HH models, while incorporating simpler, easier-managed systems and layout for short-handed sailing. The newest addition to the HH Catamarans line is likely to encourage new entrants to the market, further expanding the incredible features of fast and safe blue water cruising. Like the HH55 and 66, the 48 will be a big volume boat, capable of taking a large payload for extended cruising with family and toys without diminishing performance or safety. The HH48 as a base boat will be offered at less than $1M, and at such a great starting price the growth of this bold new venture and brand is set for substantive growth. For more information on the complete line of HH Catamarans, visit hhcatamarans.com.
We are very proud of Robert and the HH66-01 Team R-Six. Their Caribbean tour, which included the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, the RORC Caribbean 600, and Les Voiles de Saint-Barth, concluded this month with the guys taking first place at Antigua Sailing Week!
After the first four days of the competition, they remained the only boat in the competition to have been unbeaten. There were 150 yachts this year so that's an impressive record indeed!
Next stop for team R-Six is Europe and the fastnet race! Here are some highlite photos from our Caribbean champions.
HUDSON BRAND NAME ADOPTED TO BETTER PRESENT A GLOBAL UNIFIED BRAND.
Xiamen - April 24th, 2017. Hudson Yacht Group (HYG), builders of HH Catamarans, Jaguar Catamarans and Hudson Powercats today announced the discontinuation of the Jaguar Catamaran Int brand. HYG will now use the international name Hudson Powercats for all future builds and this is to create consistent branding across global markets whilst maintaining their focus on excellence, delivering clients incredible performance, livability and safety at sea.
Company president Paul Hakes said, “As an international company that has clients from all corners of the globe, it’s important for us to put forward a unified brand and design. The mature and dynamic Australian and North American markets demanded a power cat with better features and more contemporary styling. Working with renowned yacht designer Bill Dixon and selecting distinctive styling and improved functionality, we have shaped and evolved the Jaguar’s original design into our international brand Hudson Powercat. It is now time to show Europe the new Hudson Powercat with its updated yet classic style and all round enhanced functionality”
The brand renaming is the part of Hudson Yacht Group’s continuing evolution and expansion, having acquired Jaguar Catamarans in late October 2015, and bringing them into their growing yacht construction company. HYG took the concept for Jaguar Catamarans International and developed it to suit the North American and Australasian markets, thus Hudson Powercats was born. The first Jaguar Catamaran JC48 launched into the European market in 2014 and Hudson Powercat’s HPC48, the North America variation, hit the water one year later.
JC48 and HPC48
Much has changed since the first JC48 launched, and the design has evolved a great deal. Though both the JC48 and the HPC48 were developed in tandem, the Hudson Powercat eventually proved to be a better representation of where HYG wanted to take their power catamaran division. There have always been distinguishing features that set apart the Jaguar brand from Hudson Powercat and these distinctions helped the company test the market to see where preferences tended to lean towards. The large lower helm of the JC48 was rearranged to be more effective and free up saloon space enabling the addition of a bar. Hudson Powercat’s focus on maximizing the interior spaces and more classic interior styling have ultimately proven to have greater appeal with their clients.
The HPC48 design has now been standardized and will come in two variations; the owner’s version, with king size walk-around bed in the master cabin, and now the charter version with 4 double cabins. In both versions, all cabins are complimented with full en suites, with showers, and both versions have a large and spacious flybridge with entertaining table capable of seating up to 12 guests. The optional fully-enclosed air-conditioned hard top flybridge sets a new standard. V8 370 horsepower Yanmar engines also come as standard.
About Hudson Yacht Group
Hudson Yacht Group is as diverse as it is dynamic. With project managers, naval architects, boat builders, engineers and sales and marketing professionals from around the world, they are a cohesive team who work towards a common goal: producing the world's best boats for the world's happiest clients. Hudson Yacht Group launched their first boat in 2007 and over the last ten years the company has continued to grow and grow. They began by building International J/80 One-Design sports boats, producing over 100 of them for domestic and international clients and quickly expanded their repertoire to include larger projects such as Pearl 75s, Pearl 50s and Gunboat 60s. Today HYG offers the full spectrum sea fairing vessels, from day racers, to the famous HH Catamarans, luxury performance sailing yachts currently dominating the multihull world over in the Caribbean.
About Hudson Powercat
Hudson Powercat is the collaboration of award winning naval architect Bill Dixon, and manufacturing powerhouse Hudson Yacht Group. Hudson Powercats are luxury power catamarans of exceptional quality, comfort and performance.
INTERNATIONAL SALES NETWORK
FOR HUDSON POWERCAT
Multiyachts: Vanny Gori
Navis LR: Magalie Raison
Swell Yachting: Golan Levi
British Virgin Islands
Virgin Motor Yachts
Hudson Yachts Dominates
Hudson Yacht Group had a fantastic time at the Strictly Sail Miami Boat Show this year. This was HH66's american debut and we were thrilled to see HH66-03 'Nala' so well received. We also showcased our VR technology and a number of visitors were able to be the first ever to step aboard our HH88 and take a virtual look around her huge interiors. Together with the VR, we were also excited to introduce the HH48 for the first time and this new design received plenty of interest from visitors and, as a result, the first hull will go in to production this year!
We also sold our beautiful HPC48. Her new owner purchased the 3-cabin owner's version and this boat will now join the Virgin Motor Yacht charter fleet this fall! There will now be two impressive HPC48s available for bareboat charter with Virgin Motor Yachts!
All in all the show was a great success.
Thank you to everyone who cam to visit us. See you next year!
MOTOR YACHT CHARTER COMPANY IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
ADDS HPC TO THEIR FLEET
Hudson Powercat was excited to announce this week, the sale of one of their HPC48s to Virgin Motor Yachts in the BVI. Virgin Motor Yachts intend to incorporate this brand-new catamaran into their charter program. This will be the first purchase of many HPC48s as a planned fleet expansion by Virgin Motor Yachts. In addition, public purchases of the Hudson Powercat can be made through Virgin Motor Yachts who will offer “fractional ownership when the boat is placed into their Charter Program which offers the owner a guaranteed income, fully maintained and serviced boat, and a stunning environment in which to cruise and use the Hudson Powercat. The first hull to Virgin Motor Yachts is expected to be completed and delivered to the Caribbean in September this year.
Hudson Powercat is part of Hudson Yacht Group. They blend smart design with stylish aesthetics and Hudson's trademark focus on luxury and comfort. Their Powercat series has come to represent the pinnacle in luxury Motor Yacht design. The introduction of the HPC48 into BVI means owners now can purchase a higher quality, more luxurious yacht than anything currently offered for charter in the region.
Virgin Motor Yachts are a well-established British Virgin Islands charter company and have been based in the region for the last 20 years. They operate out of Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola in a beautiful spot that overlooks the Caribbean Sea. As they move into their third decade in business they are working to expand their fleet to include several new Hudson Powercats.
Company President Paul Hakes said "The British Virgin Islands is an incredible destination and the perfect place to enjoy cruising power catamarans. We are very excited about seeing an HPC48 sailing in the Caribbean later this year and are thrilled to welcome Virgin Motor Yachts into the Hudson Powercat family.”
The HPC48 Charter Version has been especially designed for the specific needs of the charter market. She has been built with super durable fabrics both inside and out without compromising on finish quality or style. High quality mock wood finishes have been chosen for the cabinet surfaces and genuine solid walnut wood will be used for all cappings and fiddles. The wide aft deck features beautiful teak wood flooring and generous seating and storage and table for dining alfresco. There are four cabins on this boat that include one master cabin and three guest cabins and each has its own en suit bathroom/shower. The three guest cabins each have a double bed that quickly and easily converts to two single beds whenever needed. This means that HPC48 Charter Version may accommodate up to eight guests at a time. The boat is easy to handle easily maneuvered. She can spin on the spot or move sideways with ease thanks to the twin Yanmar 8lv 370hp engines and bow thruster combination. She will comfortably cruise at 18 knots with a top speed at 24knots helmed from the fly bridge that offers a 360-degree view. Without a lower helm station space is freed up in the salon for a wet bar and additional refrigerator.
As this will be “Bareboat” charter, Virgin Motor Yachts make available a boat fully serviced, fueled, watered and ready to leave the dock. Clients will skipper and run the boat themselves, or hire a captain if necessary, and buy all their own provisions and whatever they want on board. Virgin Motor Yachts also provides clients with recommendations for destinations and helps plan a complete schedule.
The HPC48s are built at Hudson Yacht’s world class production facility in Xiamen, China, alongside HH Catamarans and the HH42. HYG utilizes industry leading technology and implements industry-best practices in every aspect of the build process. With nearly 30,000sqm dedicated to their boatbuilding operation, HYG's boat yard is one of China's largest.
Hudson Yacht Group also recently announced the establishment of a new Florida-based Sales and Service Center. Their Sales and Service Center will occupy a 1000 sqft office space with a wide berth on the waterfront at the Jupiter Marine Yacht Club, and will serve as the company's US headquarters and the warranty and service hub for Hudson Yacht Group's brands. Sales and Service Director Dan Sammis will spearhead the Jupiter operation, while HYG President Paul Hakes will split time between the US Sales and Service Center and the Hudson Yacht Marine production facility in Xiamen.
HH Catamarans announces its newest model, the HH48, adding to its line of luxury, performance, carbon fiber cruising catamarans.
Jupiter, Florida, February 02, 2017
HH Catamarans announced the newest addition in their new line of luxury, performance, carbon fiber cruising cats Thursday. Renowned naval architects Morrelli and Melvin will lead the design team and the yacht will be built by Hudson Yacht Group at its state-of-the-art production facility in Xiamen.
The HH48 will fill a void in the semi-custom high performance catamaran market - a robustly built, blue water capable, fast cruiser with intelligent yet simple systems ideally suited for the owner-operator. The 48 will adhere to HH Catamarans’ core philosophies: advanced design, lightweight construction and luxurious finish, but will aim to reach a slightly different audience. For the sailor who’s serious about safety, speed, comfort, technology and style, the HH48 will offer the best of all worlds in a compact, easy-to-manage package.
“I’m excited,” HH President Paul Hakes said, “we’ve been working through the conceptual stages of design for quite some time now. We feel the HH48 will appeal to discerning sailors that have been wanting an easier-to-manage bluewater catamaran with the quality of design and construction that make a great enduring yacht. Although smaller than the HH55, the living space inside is still plentiful. This remains a big volume boat with excellent payload capacity, meaning that even when fully loaded for world touring this boat will still perform to expectations. We have at least five prospects who have expressed serious interest in a slightly smaller, simpler version of our HH cats that can be run without crew. The HH48 will retain the best features and benefits of our existing models but will widen our market base by offering a top quality product that’s currently not available elsewhere."
Deck layout and sailing systems have been designed with the owner operator in mind. Dual helm stations aft provide excellent visibility and allow the helmsman total sail control from either side of the boat. Push button mainsheet and self-tacking jib are standard. For those who wish to optimize performance, a powerful 520 sqft overlapping solent is optional. All line handling is done from the helm stations, opening up the rest of the boat for living space. Future development will provide a new deck and interior layout, allowing for the option of a forward helm station, a popular option which allows for total boat operation from the safety and comfort of the saloon. Like in the larger HH models, the HH48 will have curved “C” daggerboards with optional push-button controlled line drivers. Fully retracted boards will yield a draft of 2.25 ft (0.68m), allowing the boat to comfortably navigate shallow waters.
The HH48 features a spacious general arrangement. The large saloon offers a generous sized galley to starboard with an island just outboard of center line. Seating for six around a large dining table and a dedicated navigation station are to port. When at anchor the forward sail handling area easily converts to an a comfortable forward facing seating area. An attractive ‘eyebrow’ around the cabin top adds to the aggressive styling but is very practical in creating much needed sun shade in the saloon as well as creating a safety hand hold when walking the side decks. The aft cockpit is perfect for entertaining: an L-shaped settee and table set the stage for dining alfresco, made complete by an integrated wetbar and barbecue. Down below you’ll find a luxury queen cabin aft in each hull. On port side, the master, which offers an office/lounge space amidship with substantial storage space and a generous head and separate shower forward. The guest side is to starboard with separate head and shower amidship and a third cabin forward. Dual companionways allow easy access to the saloon from either starboard cabin.
According to HH in-house designer James Hakes, the team is confident the HH48 will establish a new benchmark for the owner operated performance cruising cat, “Our ultimate goal here is a quick, strong, user-friendly boat. With very modern lines the 48 is beautiful and makes a statement of quality and style. Practical and robust, it will be the perfect boat for a couple who want to sail around the world or a group of friends looking to island hop through the Caribbean or South Pacific. We haven’t forgotten the sailor looking to take home the regatta silverware; with Morrelli and Melvin’s renowned abilities to deliver vessels with enhanced performance, we’ve given the 48 a generous sail plan that is well balanced with advanced rudder and dagger foils, and lightweight carbon construction that will satisfy the racer too.”
Though pricing is not 100% finalized, the design brief for the HH48 allows for significant cost reduction in comparison to the larger HH models. Alternatives to carbon rigging and construction materials will be offered, as well as incentives for buyers who stick to the standard specification and a la carte options. Standard options will include dual aft helm steering stations or a forward helm station, three or four cabin layout, and many other standard possibilities to complete the package.
The HH48 design will undergo a final round of review and market feedback before tooling commences in the spring. The first hull is expected to launch in the fall of 2018. For more detailed information, including specification and pricing, contact the HH Catamaran sales team: email@example.com.