Everyone here at the Hardy yard is saddened to learn of the passing of Colin Mudie RDI CEng FRINA FCSD – designer of the early Hardy range when the company was founded in 1976. Initially small motor-sailers but soon followed by the ever-popular models such as the Family Pilot 20, Fishing 20, 24 & 27 with their distinctive rope fendering on a wide blue hull stripe. Close to 4,000 boats of his design were launched during his era with Hardy.
In his 93 years he become known by many within the industry, from his small mass-produced designs through to large tall-ships such as the 23m training brig ‘Royalist’ and the 43m Sail Training Ship ‘Lord Nelson’. He was also a life Vice President of the RNLI in recognition of his active involvement at local level in Lymington where he lived, along with being an ambassador for the Jubilee Sailing Trust which allows many thousands of people, including those physically disabled, to enjoy the experience of sailing on a tall ship.
A huge loss to the industry, our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.