Month: May 2019

Hardy fleet gather in Yarmouth

Wonderful to see nearly 40 Hardy owners and crew gather together in Yarmouth Harbour on the Isle of Wight for the early May Bank Holiday weekend, with every model from the H32 to the H50 a total of 11 boats – the perfect environment for owners to compare and aspire!

Windboats Group, owner and builder of the Hardy range of motor yachts, welcomed everyone to a drinks reception at the Royal Solent Yacht Club on the Friday night before crossing the square and having a sumptuous dinner at On The Rocks restaurant where many stories were exchanged.

During the drinks reception our Head of Sales & Marketing, Julian Weatherill, presented owners David & Val Coulam with a pair of new Hardy name plaques as a thank you for allowing us to show their H42 to prospective clients looking to place an order for a new build – which we are pleased to report helped secure the latest build contract for the yard! (more news to follow on this)

David & Val Coulam with Julian Weatherill

Hardy fleet line up

Jostling for position!

Hardy fleet gather

Photos credit: Graham Rabbitts – owner Hardy 36

MBY Motor Boat of the Year Awards

WHAT A NIGHT!!  We are proud to announce that the Hardy 65 won Best Passage-Maker at the 2019 Motor Boat & Yachting Awards ceremony last night, held at the prestigious Corinthia Hotel in London.

Oliver James, MD of the Windboats Group, who own and build the Hardy range of Motor Yachts received the award along with our Commercial & Projects Manager Nick Creed who oversaw the 18 month project, and Head of Sales & Marketing Julian Weatherill.

After the presentation Oliver James said to Elaine Bunting of TI Media (Group Editor for MBY) that he was “delighted that the Hardy 65 has received recognition for excellent passage making, the Hardy strapline is ‘Designed for Comfort, Built for the Sea’ – this ethos lies at the heart of everything we build. The Hardy name has become synonymous with quality, comfort, strength, experience and excellent sea-keeping”.

The judges came to their decision after the impressive test report carried out by MBY in February 2018 during the dramatic winter storm nicknamed The Beast from the East, which is also an appropriate nickname for the Hardy 65!  They experienced F7 winds in the English Channel after clearing the snow from the decks before setting of from Portsmouth Harbour.  The MBY video can be viewed at

The MBY Awards Presentation said the Hardy 65 is ‘Tough and uncompromising, yet has an interior with style and panache, it is a true Passage-Maker!’ – great praise indeed, which a large part must go to the owners of boat who’s vision for a luxurious explorer yacht helped create this incredible vessel.

Hardy 65

Hardy 65 interior

MBY award