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 https://www.mby.com/videos/new-boats/video-24-hours-hardy-65
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.