Windboats Marine Limited – Press Release
The new Hardy 65 – MARESIA – en route to her launching
After a construction period of 18 months, MARESIA, the largest yacht ever built on Windboats Marine North Walsham site, is being transported to Alicat Shipyard at Great Yarmouth on Tuesday 7th March, where she will be launched the following week. At 65’ long and towering 20’ above the tarmac she is one of the tallest vessels that Norwich based Abbey Transport have ever moved. Apologies for any travel disruption that may occur, caused by the need to raise power cables along the route, but we are immensely proud of this stunning example of Norfolk yacht-building excellence. There is the possibility that the A47 Acle Straight will be closed or a rolling road block set in place.
The hull and superstructure are designed by renowned Norfolk designer Andrew Wolstenholme, whilst the yacht’s fully custom interior was styled by Synolo Design of Ipswich, and is finished in light grey Alpi Wood imported specially from Italy, contrasted by dark wenge timber. Her stunning owner’s stateroom is flooded with light through four hull windows and even features a carefully designed walk-in wardrobe. MARESIA’s main deck accommodation includes a split-level saloon, large, comprehensively equipped galley, and ship-style wheelhouse.
The 65 boasts all the equipment you could wish for in a modern motoryacht. Engineering systems include twin 800hp engines, bow and stern thrusters, full hydraulic systems including a lowering bathing platform and extending gangplank, and a wireless joystick control system that allows the owner to manoeuvre her into tight spaces easily and safely. Internally, the boat offers full satellite entertainment systems, and complete CCTV monitoring systems.
After intensive sea-trials, MARESIA will head off to her home berth in Jersey, from where her owners will cruise extensively in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.
The Hardy 65 will debut at the 2017 Jersey Boat Show before being exhibited at the Southampton Boat Show alongside the latest Gunfleet 58.
For more press information please contact Robin Campbell, Sales. 01473 694747
Our Hardy 42 owner Phil Keen (H42 Keen Interest) has been in touch to see if any other Hardy owners want to join a Hardy cruise weekend and Hardy’s are happy to assist.
There is a Hardy gathering on Friday 22 & Saturday 23rd September and five Hardy’s attending and there are five more moorings available so you may contact him direct if you wish to join the cruise. This ties in with Oktoberfest which sounds good fun!
* Oktoberfest at Bembridge Harbour *
A new event, to be held at the Duver on Saturday 23rd September, to coincide
with the Bembridge Harbour Food Festival weekend (bembridgefestivals.co.uk)
and Isle of Wight Day. Taking inspiration from the tradition of German beer
festivals, this Oktoberfest will have a distinctly Island flavour, featuring locally produced and sourced food, beers and ales. There’ll be live music from 1800.
Phil’s email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest Hardy 65 has left the workshop and will remain outside for comprehensive commissioning, before being transported for her on water commissioning in early March.
We have been reliably informed that she will be the tallest motor yacht that our transport company have moved in the Eastern region.
Due to a high level of recent sales, we are expanding our workforce and wish to recruit additional experienced staff.
We have a requirement for:
Work would be carried out in either our Wroxham or North Walsham sites, building both Gunfleets and Hardy motor yachts.
If this is of interest, please contact our team on 01603 782236
We have been sent through some photos of the new owner of Hardy 32 DS ‘Henry’ looking fantastic on transport to it’s new home on the Thames.
The new owner is pleased with the boat and looks forward to cruising around the Thames next year as well as the South Coast. We wish him all the best on aboard ‘Henry’ and the boating season ahead.
We received the following quote from Stuart Henty, who was delighted with the re -fit teak deck work that was carried out on Hardy 36 Misty Jack and his quote is below:
Previously Named – Crazy Diamond & Manatee
Boat No. 2386
“When I first bought the above vessel little did I know that the deck would require a replacement after approximately 18 years. Saying that it wasn’t a noticeable requirement and that at that time it wouldn’t have been top of my shopping list – more impressing upgrades were a priority.
Enough said, upgrades completed and two years on the deck was beginning to show further signs of wear and tear; the caulking between joints was beginning to lift and fall out. At first it was thought that a repair could have been afforded by re-caulking the joints but as further investigations revealed this wasn’t to be that easy. This was most prominent on the lower ring deck. The flybridge and aft deck still had a few years left before attention being required.
The root cause for the amount of wear & tear for the past 18 years cannot be easily identified. It can only be assumed that this was due to the possibility of sanding, high pressure jetting, deck brushes being too aggressive, etc. who knows. This may provoke a response from previous owners & other users alike.
It was decided that 2016 was the year to investigate, rectify & repair the damaged areas, at least 75% – replacement had not been an option I had even contemplated. At first I contacted Hardy Marine as I had found them to be most useful for after sales service and the fitting of three Plastimo Cool n Dry Dorade vents to the foredeck roof.
My contact as in the past was David Bull, Quality Manager (with additional support from Oliver James, MD) David visited MJ and went away to devise a plan after doing some research. The plan and news was not what I wanted to hear at least not initially. David had identified that the thickness of the teak had worn sufficiently to prevent re-caulking. To conclude the only option was to renew / replace the decking – “Give me a quote” was my reaction.
The wait was agonising (what was the alternatives – none that I could see – to do nothing wasn’t an option) although I wasn’t in any hurry to receive the quotation; £ note signs clouded my vision. Despite the quotation being a bit of a shock to the system, there was the comfort of knowing that the work would be completed by experts, and that the teak suppliers/manufacturers had retained the original patterns so production wouldn’t be a problem. My only concern was the duration to undertake the work and leisure downtime.
Do I go ahead? After careful consideration; cost against benefit, etc. the decision to proceed was made near the end of the year so the family could get full use of the boat until then. This entailed the lifting out and placement of vessel in a safe and clean environment – Windboats Marine (Hardy’s mother company) at Wroxham, Norfolk. Removal of old teak from the GRP structure, including the removal of all deck fittings; preparation of GRP decking to accept adhesive and deck fittings but not before cut & polishing of the superstructure; lastly the teak replacement although several access hatches had to be cut from inside to gain access to deck fillers, etc.
The costs – although some may consider the figure to be excessive it was considered to be an investment, the initial decking had lasted 18 years and if maintained properly would take us into mid 2030’s at least. Apart from enhancing the beauty of the 36 it would maintain its value and beyond – at least my two sons would reap the benefit. It is intended to retain the boat long term.
After agreeing a start date with David all that remained was to move the boat to Windboats.
The boat lifted and transported to the confines of Windboats, it was farewell to the boat for the agreed four weeks works duration. During the 4 week period both David & I kept in touch, emails, phone calls some with supportive progress images especially when issues arose. Issues were few and far between, i.e. unforeseen access panels, damaged / broken deck fittings, supplementary refitting of two scuppers – an unusual add-on for clearing deck of low lying water and a couple of canvas buttons.
The expected phone call to inform me that the works had been completed had arrived, it was time to view the completed works.
On a very cold and frosty morning I visited Wroxham to view the finished article. It was better than I had anticipated, I could not find any defects and I haven’t found any yet. David Bull gave his word that any defects as a result of the works would be attended to as if under warranty.
What lovely boats these Hardy Commodores are – a typical Classic. Look after them and they will last a life time. It has therefore been suggested to clean the deck purely by lightly brushing with a running hose.
HARDY 36 REFIT
Our Hardy 36, ‘Misty Jack’ that was in our workshop has now had all her teak deck relaid along with her super structure polished and she looks fantastic!
If you require any spares or a refit is of interest then please do not hesitate to contact us at: email@example.com or phone us on 01692 408700.
Our Hardy 32DS Henry that was lying in Scotland, was recently sold onto Mr Atkins who has since taken delivery of her and is now lying on the South Coast.
Upon delivery, Mr Atkins sent an email to Sally Coleman “I plan to have a thorough check over the boat tomorrow and may then have a few questions, but for now may I say a big thank you to Windboats Hardy and particularly to you for your efficient support and very prompt attention to all my emails throughout the purchase. It has been a pleasure doing this business with you”.
We wish Mr Atkins all the best on board ‘Henry’ and look forward to receiving photos of Henry in her new berth in due course.
We are delighted to welcome Cathy and Richard Brown as Hardy owners.
Pictured here aboard their Hardy 40DS ATTITUDE, retired journalists Cathy and Richard are a highly experienced yachting couple who also own a 41ft sailing yacht that they cruise and race successfully from their base here on the east coast. For ATTITUDE they have plans for extensive cruising, both offshore and on inland waterways throughout Europe. The 40DS has the same semi-displacement hull design as the highly respected Hardy 42, giving outstanding sea-keeping for safe, comfortable passage making. Her lowering mast has been modified to minimise her air draft and her protected propeller suits her well to canal use.
Cathy, who used to edit the Cruising Association magazine, said: “We are really excited about starting a new chapter in our life afloat, and look forward to reporting on our adventures in this beautifully designed and built and brilliantly equipped boat.”
We wish them many happy times and successful cruises aboard ATTITUDE.