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
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 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.
Hardy 65 interior
The latest Hardy to leave the yard in North Walsham is the stunning Hardy 42 ‘Emaris‘. Launched last week in Ipswich she has now undergone full engine trials down the River Orwell and out into the North Sea.
Sporting the new style bonded windows and fixed bathing platform extension to the hull she has certainly been turning a few heads in the area. Her upgraded twin Caterpillar 450hp engines provided an impressive 27kn during trails, together with her Twin Disc gearboxes, EC300 Joystick controls and Dynamic Positioning System, hydraulic bow & stern thrusters she handled like a dream in all scenarios.
She has the standard 3 cabin arrangement with cherry timber interior joinery and all the modern conveniences of home; oven/microwave, dishwasher, heating, Sat TV.
This is the 2nd Hardy 42 for her experienced owner, who eagerly awaits delivery of this beautiful motor yacht at the end of the month.
We look forward to attending the Motor Boat & Yachting 2019 Motor Boat of the Year Awards where we have made it through to their shortlist of finalists with the Hardy 65 in the category Best Passagemaker sponsored by NautiBuoy Marine.
The awards ceremony will take place at the Corinthia Hotel in London on the evening of the 7th May, just prior to the London Yacht Show in St. Katharine Docks 8-12 May.
Come along to Fox’s Marina for the Spring Boat Sales Open Weekend (Fri 5th – Sun 7th April) to see the latest Hardy 42 recently completed at our North Walsham yard and meet the team who will be on hand to answer any of your questions on the Hardy range of motor yachts.
We are proud to be supporting this annual event at Fox’s Marina where our Sales & Commissioning office is based. 2 of our key suppliers, Raymarine and Dolphin Covers are also exhibiting and will be on hand to answer any questions you may have for them.
The east coast’s biggest and best stocked chandlery is onsite and will be open for the event www.foxschandlery.com
No booking is necessary, but do let us know if you plan to visit: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open 1000-1600 daily. Hope to see you there!
Windboats Marine Ltd, owner and builder of Hardy Motor Yachts based in North Walsham, Norfolk, is pleased to announce that they have been short-listed in the North Norfolk Business Awards 2019 for the Young People & Skills category.
The awards night at Gresham’s School, Holt, on Thursday, February 21, will again be hosted by Chris Sargisson, Chief Executive of Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.
“The inaugural awards were very impressive, and based on the quality of the entries I’m sure the 2019 event will be even better,” said Mr Sargisson.
“I know it was a tough job whittling down the entries and drawing up these shortlists. I suspect the judges are going to find it even harder to select the winners.”
The Team at Hardy would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2019.
Our yard and offices will close Friday 21st December and will reopen Wednesday 2nd January.
Hardy will once again be attending ‘Boot Dusseldorf‘, the 50th year of this event which is one of the world’s premier indoor boat shows, with an incredible 1900 exhibitors from 68 countries.
You will find us in Hall 16 on stand D58, sharing the stand with Gunfleet who are exhibiting their GF58. Do let us know if you plan to be there as we are expecting a busy show and would be happy to book an appointment to discuss your next boat – email@example.com +44 (0)1473 694674
For tickets go to: www.boot.de/voucher
Look forward to seeing you there!
Fun article in the November 18 issue of Motor Boat & Yachting – which Hardy would you have in your Fantasy Fleet?
5 Awesome boats we’ve tested to their limits – VIDEO
It was great to prove what Hardy’s are built to do! What a test for the Hardy 65, as expected she took it in her stride.