How do you build a superior cat?
First, build a superior yard.
HH Catamarans are built by a team of professional boat builders in a state-of-the-art production facility in Xiamen, China. HH Catamarans parent company, Hudson Yacht Group, is dedicated to building the highest quality, most technologically advanced, luxury cruising catamarans. With an investment of over USD 50 million, the newly expanded HYG factory spans over 1.2 million square feet and is situated beside a harbor for easy launching and hull testing.
The yard incorporates the very best technologies, modern halls, test pool, overhead cranes and hundreds of experienced craftsmen. Our facility is well on its way to becoming the biggest, best and most technologically-advanced yard in Asia and it is redefining how luxury boats are built.
We only build our boats one way - the right way.
- Paul Hakes, HYG President
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precision IS everything
Our investment in CNC (Computer Numerical Control) routers means we are able to produce incredibly precise tooling. This allows us to create boats to the highest possible quality and meet the standards required of the HH name. We have a 5-axis CNC router that is 18 meters long, 5.5 meters wide 4 meters tall. We also have two 3-axis CNC routers with 7 meter vacuum beds and a 2-axis CNC laser cutter with a 3 meter bed.
Lightest and Strongest
Infusion is the process of drawing resin through the layers of carbon cloth and core, which ensures the lightest and strongest parts possible, while eliminating unnecessary weight. Our resin infusion process has been perfected to deliver carbon structures free of defects and voids. This allows us to offer an impressive 10-year structural guarantee.
The hull, deck and structures are 100% carbon fiber composite sandwich construction using post-cured infused epoxy resins. Corecell foam cores throughout the boat provide the lightest and toughest construction, as well as sound and heat insulation.
The rig and spars are from Future Fibres with carbon fiber fractional mast, Vee boom and longeron and all pre-preg carbon fiber that's been autoclave baked. No marginal alloy rig substitute here. This carbon fiber and aramid rig uses continuous fiber construction technology which is 30% of the weight of stainless steel rod rigging. This rigging technique has been extensively tested by Germanischer Lloyd and exceeds all impact and safety standards.
State of the Art
All boats are equipped with a B&G H5000 Hercules Performance Central Processing Unit (CPU) and graphic color display system which displays fast, accurate data.
B&G’s H5000 instrument and autopilot systems deliver sailing-specific features and powerful race-proven technology with an ultra-fast CPU, convenient web-style interface access, full color and 7-segment displays and a dedicated autopilot controller. The system is powered by a smart CPU, which runs Hercules software to fully meet performance sailing requirements.
Wherever possible, robots and computers are utilized to enhance quality and efficiency. From giant 60’ overhead robots capable of carving entire boats to within a surface accuracy of 0.5mm, to computer controlled cutters that precisely shape carbon and fiberglass to the exact specification needed, our facility is truly state-of-the-art.
Alongside the automated robotic systems we have in place, we also have a extensive team of skilled carpenters, painters and laminators who work on the hand crafted aspects of the yachts. All the interior wood furnishings and floors are built in-house which allows us to maintain the highest quality finishes. Our finishing departments are lead by the most experienced and skilled painters, carpenters and riggers found anywhere. Many are expats from the marine centers of excellence in New Zealand, England and South Africa.
Research and Development
When we ask ourselves “will this be strong enough?” we know there is only one way to find out - build it and attempt to break it. Sometimes we will test to the point of destruction just to understand the ultimate strength, other times we test to a known load to ensure the part will not fail under even the most extreme conditions.
For example - the HH66 has incredible 270kg (600lb) x 6m (20’) long daggerboards that are built from aerospace technology carbon and cost over $200,000 each. We need to know they are built perfectly and will withstand whatever they may encounter. To test each board we designed an impressive test jig that applies a massive 17,000kg (37,500lb) force – equal to twice the maximum working load.