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.
Externally, her Basalt Grey hull will be fitted with robust and practical rubber fendering and the bonded hull windows will merge visually into her grey topsides.
Her white superstructure also has frameless bonded windows that will give her a more modern look than her predecessor, with some of them appearing as continuous wrap-around glass.
A new stern platform has been produced in GRP and stainless steel, the centre section of may be fitted with hydraulic lifts, enabling it to stow, and launch, a jetski of up to 500kg.
There are entry gates in the transom both port and starboard, the port one being for use with a Besenzoni hydraulic extending passarelle, and the starboard one giving access from the aft deck to the platform.
Bow to stern, she is now 19.95m (65’5”) overall.
Her flybridge is being moulded now, after a major redesign from hull 01, with the emphasis on a really comfortable steering position, plus lots of lounging space. More about this in a month or so.
Below decks, the joinery, which has been designed and styled by Synolo Design, is being fitted. The interior has been planned using 3-D design software, giving a computer model – sections of this have been ‘rendered’ in order to help her owners finalise their choices of colours and textures. The main joinery is of dark wenge and grey Alpi (a Italian timber product), complemented by dark fabric and black gloss to the areas around the hull windows, with headlinings of carefully chosen fabric offset by areas of gloss white. Fabric berth headboards and polished stainless steel trims will complete the look. Absolutely every aspect of the interior fit-out, whether the light-switch surrounds or the layout of stowage for the glasses, has been the result of close owner involvement.
Shown below is a section of the storage in the walk-in wardrobe with wenge counter-top and glass fronted clothes drawers, and an Alpi joinery unit in the owner’s cabin.
The VIP guest cabin will have a large ‘scissor’ berth, suiting it equally to use as a double or two singles.
As the lower deck accommodation fit-out progresses, so does the detailing of the upper accommodation deck…
Hardys have long been justifiably proud of the engineering standards on board our yachts, and this 65 is a superb example of this excellence. The engine room and lazarette/workshop take up the aft 7.3m (24’) of the hull. On many boats, the engines are squeezed into as small a space as possible, resulting in a maintenance nightmare – with the 65 there is proper space to lay out all the equipment for easy access.
In the engine room, accessed via the lazarette/workshop are the twin 800hp MAN diesels, around 7,000 litres of fuel capacity, 8kva ‘night’ Onan generator, hydraulic unit powering the stabilizers, fuel filtration and polishing system.
Aft of this the Lazarette/Workshop. This is accessed via a door in the aft starboard buttress of the coachroof side, and houses the main 17.5kva Onan generator, Siemens laundry, a long-term large fridge/freezer, main electrical control panels plus chargers and inverters, and watermaker.
With the 65’s fantastic hull volume, she has a further engineering area below the forward cabin, giving access to the bow thruster, forward air conditioning unit.
As Motor Boat and Yachting magazine described the Hardy 62 in 2013 – “Its honesty and lack of pretentiousness is hugely endearing and you simply feel as if it is a boat that will look after you when the wind is howling and rain lashing.”
We believe the new Hardy 65 more than maintains these characteristics – albeit with significantly more contemporary styling – and cordially invite you to visit our Norfolk building yard to see this great example of British craftsmanship as she progresses.
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