HARDY OWNERS QUOTE

We received the following quote from Stuart Henty, who was delighted with the re -fit teak deck work that was carried out on Hardy 36 Misty Jack and his quote is below:

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Previously Named – Crazy Diamond & Manatee
Boat No. 2386

“When I first bought the above vessel little did I know that the deck would require a replacement after approximately 18 years. Saying that it wasn’t a noticeable requirement and that at that time it wouldn’t have been top of my shopping list – more impressing upgrades were a priority.

Enough said, upgrades completed and two years on the deck was beginning to show further signs of wear and tear; the caulking between joints was beginning to lift and fall out. At first it was thought that a repair could have been afforded by re-caulking the joints but as further investigations revealed this wasn’t to be that easy. This was most prominent on the lower ring deck. The flybridge and aft deck still had a few years left before attention being required.

The root cause for the amount of wear & tear for the past 18 years cannot be easily identified. It can only be assumed that this was due to the possibility of sanding, high pressure jetting, deck brushes being too aggressive, etc. who knows. This may provoke a response from previous owners & other users alike.

It was decided that 2016 was the year to investigate, rectify & repair the damaged areas, at least 75% – replacement had not been an option I had even contemplated. At first I contacted Hardy Marine as I had found them to be most useful for after sales service and the fitting of three Plastimo Cool n Dry Dorade vents to the foredeck roof.

My contact as in the past was David Bull, Quality Manager (with additional support from Oliver James, MD) David visited MJ and went away to devise a plan after doing some research. The plan and news was not what I wanted to hear at least not initially. David had identified that the thickness of the teak had worn sufficiently to prevent re-caulking. To conclude the only option was to renew / replace the decking – “Give me a quote” was my reaction.

The wait was agonising (what was the alternatives – none that I could see – to do nothing wasn’t an option) although I wasn’t in any hurry to receive the quotation; £ note signs clouded my vision. Despite the quotation being a bit of a shock to the system, there was the comfort of knowing that the work would be completed by experts, and that the teak suppliers/manufacturers had retained the original patterns so production wouldn’t be a problem. My only concern was the duration to undertake the work and leisure downtime.

Do I go ahead? After careful consideration; cost against benefit, etc. the decision to proceed was made near the end of the year so the family could get full use of the boat until then. This entailed the lifting out and placement of vessel in a safe and clean environment – Windboats Marine (Hardy’s mother company) at Wroxham, Norfolk. Removal of old teak from the GRP structure, including the removal of all deck fittings; preparation of GRP decking to accept adhesive and deck fittings but not before cut & polishing of the superstructure; lastly the teak replacement although several access hatches had to be cut from inside to gain access to deck fillers, etc.

The costs – although some may consider the figure to be excessive it was considered to be an investment, the initial decking had lasted 18 years and if maintained properly would take us into mid 2030’s at least. Apart from enhancing the beauty of the 36 it would maintain its value and beyond – at least my two sons would reap the benefit. It is intended to retain the boat long term.

After agreeing a start date with David all that remained was to move the boat to Windboats.

The boat lifted and transported to the confines of Windboats, it was farewell to the boat for the agreed four weeks works duration. During the 4 week period both David & I kept in touch, emails, phone calls some with supportive progress images especially when issues arose. Issues were few and far between, i.e. unforeseen access panels, damaged / broken deck fittings, supplementary refitting of two scuppers – an unusual add-on for clearing deck of low lying water and a couple of canvas buttons.

The expected phone call to inform me that the works had been completed had arrived, it was time to view the completed works.

On a very cold and frosty morning I visited Wroxham to view the finished article. It was better than I had anticipated, I could not find any defects and I haven’t found any yet. David Bull gave his word that any defects as a result of the works would be attended to as if under warranty.

What lovely boats these Hardy Commodores are – a typical Classic. Look after them and they will last a life time. It has therefore been suggested to clean the deck purely by lightly brushing with a running hose.

From my point of view it’s a big thanks to the team at Hardy (Windboats) who worked on Misty Jack in addition to David Bull and Oliver James for a terrific job. Just waiting for my 20 year warranty.”

Owner: – Stuart G. Henty
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HARDY 36 REFIT COMPLETE

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Our Hardy 36, ‘Misty Jack’ that was in our workshop has now had all her teak deck relaid along with her super structure polished and she looks fantastic!
If you require any spares or a refit is of interest then please do not hesitate to contact us at: aftersales@hardymarine.co.uk or phone us on 01692 408700.

Photos below:

 

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HARDY 32 DS HENRY

Our Hardy 32DS Henry that was lying in Scotland, was recently sold onto Mr Atkins who has since taken delivery of her and is now lying on the South Coast.

Upon delivery, Mr Atkins sent an email to Sally Coleman “I plan to have a thorough check over the boat tomorrow and may then have a few questions, but for now may I say a big thank you to Windboats Hardy and particularly to you for your efficient support and very prompt attention to all my emails throughout the purchase.  It has been a pleasure doing this business with you”.

We wish Mr Atkins all the best on board ‘Henry’ and look forward to receiving photos of Henry in her new berth in due course.

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RECRUITMENT

Due to a high level of recent sales, we are expanding our workforce and wish to recruit additional experienced staff.

We have a requirement for:
Laminators
Marine Electricians
Boat outfitters

Work would be carried out in either our Wroxham or North Walsham sites, building both Gunfleets and Hardy motor yachts.

If this is of interest, please contact our team on 01603 782236

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HARDY 40 DS ‘ATTITUDE’

We are delighted to welcome Cathy and Richard Brown as Hardy owners.

Pictured here aboard their Hardy 40DS ATTITUDE, retired journalists Cathy and Richard are a highly experienced yachting couple who also own a 41ft sailing yacht that they cruise and race successfully from their base here on the east coast. For ATTITUDE they have plans for extensive cruising, both offshore and on inland waterways throughout Europe. The 40DS has the same semi-displacement hull design as the highly respected Hardy 42, giving outstanding sea-keeping for safe, comfortable passage making. Her lowering mast has been modified to minimise her air draft and her protected propeller suits her well to canal use.

Cathy, who used to edit the Cruising Association magazine, said: “We are really excited about starting a new chapter in our life afloat, and look forward to reporting on our adventures in this beautifully designed and built and brilliantly equipped boat.”

We wish them many happy times and successful cruises aboard ATTITUDE.

 

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HARDY 36 REFIT

We have a Hardy 36 ‘Misty Jack’ in our factory having her teak decks relaid and superstructure polished ready for another seasons boating.

If you require any spares or a refit is of interest then please do not hesitate to contact us at:  aftersales@hardymarine.co.uk or phone us on 01692 408700.

Photos below:
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SCOTLAND’S BOAT SHOW

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Our Hardy 32 DS ‘Henry’ will be on display at the Scotland Boat Show at Kip Marina, Inverkip, Inverclyde on berth E22 from the 14th to 16th October that opens on Friday and Saturday from 10am until 6pm and Sunday 10am until 5pm.

This is Scotland’s largest boat show and it is free admission for visitors.  For more information please go to http://www.scotlandsboatshow.co.uk/

Please do come aboard and chat to us in regards to the Hardy 32DS or if you would like to discuss any other boat from the Hardy range.

HARDY 65 PROGRESSING STEADILY

The new flybridge was fitted last Friday morning.  This has a redesigned steering console plus an additional eating/dining area, bar and BBQ.

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In place of the 62’s central mast, this 65 will have a custom antenna arch, which as well as taking the radar scanner and sat domes, will also support biminis.

 

SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW – 2016

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We will not be exhibiting a Hardy at the Show this year, we had planned to premiere the new Hardy 65 but we don’t want to rush finishing this fabulous custom yacht, so she will be launched in October.   Watch our website for news of this.

Nonetheless, we will be exhibiting two other boats from the Windboats Group stable, the Gunfleet 58 ocean cruising yacht on marina berth M260, and a Trusty 28 on berth M128. During the show our MD Oliver James, Sally Coleman and Robin Campbell will be based on the Gunfleet, where we would be delighted to meet you and to update you on the Hardy range.

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Reduced price Advance Tickets may be purchased by clicking onto https://nbs-southampton.yourticketbooking.com/events/SouthamptonBoatShow/uniqueCode/resetCode?_ga=1.231133855.1410226299.1445421518 and entering the code EPTOSQHR5Y.

HARDY 65 LATEST

Hardy 65 being built

The first of the new Hardy 65s will be launched later this year. Based on the original Hardy 62 design, she retains all of the rugged, sea-going features for which Hardys are so justly renowned, but her styling and finish, both internal and external, have been lifted to a totally new level.