Congratulations R-Six Team 6601! 2nd Place Offshore Multihull 2017 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Day 1: A great round-the-island race and a very respectable 2nd place finish for HH6601. R-Six Team 6601 shined upwind, catching and passing nearly the entire fleet at the windward mark.
Day 2: Another awesome day of racing and today’s two races saw the fleet battling it out in various conditions around the Southwest half of the island. R-Six Team 6601 had another great day, sailing strong upwind and fighting through adversity with stellar crew work and determination. They finished the day with a 2nd and 1st place corrected, putting them just one point behind the leader, Bieker 53 'Fujin', heading into the third and final day of racing.
Day 3: An incredible finish to an amazing St. Maarten Heineken Regatta! HH66-01 ‘R-SIX’ finished 2nd today on corrected time, evening the overall score with Bieker 53 Fujin. Both R-Six Team 6601 and Fujin finished the regatta with a total of seven points, with the tie breaker going to the boat that finished best in the final race. First overall went to Fujin, who sailed a great regatta and, at only seven tons, is lightning fast. We are thrilled with an incredible result and so proud of the boat and the team on R-SIX, who sailed a hard-fought regatta against some very experienced and well-sailed opponents.
Thanks to all the competitors, the Offshore Multihull Class, and the event organizers for a great weekend!
We had a fantastic time at the Strictly Sail Miami Boat Show this year. This was HH66's american debut and we were thrilled to see HH66-03 'Nala' so well received. We also showcased our VR technology and a number of visitors were able to be the first ever to step aboard our HH88 and take a virtual look around her huge interiors. Together with the VR, we were also excited to introduce the HH48 for the first time and this new design received plenty of interest from visitors and, as a result, the first hull will go in to production this year!
All in all the show was a great success.
Thank you to everyone who came aboard to check out HH66-03 'Nala'. She is an impressive boat and we were very proud to have her at the show to debut HH Catamarans in the US.
HH55-01 named 'Minnehaha' finally launched this week and, in the foot steps of her bigger HH66 sisters, made her way from the boat yard to the Marina. Work will continue as final preparations are made for sea trials, due to commence this weekend. Congratulations to everyone bringing this amazing boat to realization.
Watch this space for the first sailing shots of this impressive boat.
HH Catamarans announces its newest model, the HH48, adding to its line of luxury, performance, carbon fiber cruising catamarans.
Jupiter, Florida, February 02, 2017
HH Catamarans announced the newest addition in their new line of luxury, performance, carbon fiber cruising cats Thursday. Renowned naval architects Morrelli and Melvin will lead the design team and the yacht will be built by Hudson Yacht Group at its state-of-the-art production facility in Xiamen.
The HH48 will fill a void in the semi-custom high performance catamaran market - a robustly built, blue water capable, fast cruiser with intelligent yet simple systems ideally suited for the owner-operator. The 48 will adhere to HH Catamarans’ core philosophies: advanced design, lightweight construction and luxurious finish, but will aim to reach a slightly different audience. For the sailor who’s serious about safety, speed, comfort, technology and style, the HH48 will offer the best of all worlds in a compact, easy-to-manage package.
“I’m excited,” HH President Paul Hakes said, “we’ve been working through the conceptual stages of design for quite some time now. We feel the HH48 will appeal to discerning sailors that have been wanting an easier-to-manage bluewater catamaran with the quality of design and construction that make a great enduring yacht. Although smaller than the HH55, the living space inside is still plentiful. This remains a big volume boat with excellent payload capacity, meaning that even when fully loaded for world touring this boat will still perform to expectations. We have at least five prospects who have expressed serious interest in a slightly smaller, simpler version of our HH cats that can be run without crew. The HH48 will retain the best features and benefits of our existing models but will widen our market base by offering a top quality product that’s currently not available elsewhere."
Deck layout and sailing systems have been designed with the owner operator in mind. Dual helm stations aft provide excellent visibility and allow the helmsman total sail control from either side of the boat. Push button mainsheet and self-tacking jib are standard. For those who wish to optimize performance, a powerful 520 sqft overlapping solent is optional. All line handling is done from the helm stations, opening up the rest of the boat for living space. Future development will provide a new deck and interior layout, allowing for the option of a forward helm station, a popular option which allows for total boat operation from the safety and comfort of the saloon. Like in the larger HH models, the HH48 will have curved “C” daggerboards with optional push-button controlled line drivers. Fully retracted boards will yield a draft of 2.25 ft (0.68m), allowing the boat to comfortably navigate shallow waters.
The HH48 features a spacious general arrangement. The large saloon offers a generous sized galley to starboard with an island just outboard of centerline. Seating for six around a large dining table and a dedicated navigation station are to port. When at anchor the forward sail handling area easily converts to an a comfortable forward facing seating area. An attractive ‘eyebrow’ around the cabin top adds to the aggressive styling but is very practical in creating much needed sun shade in the saloon as well as creating a safety hand hold when walking the side decks. The aft cockpit is perfect for entertaining: an L-shaped settee and table set the stage for dining alfresco, made complete by an integrated wetbar and barbecue. Down below you’ll find a luxury queen cabin aft in each hull. On port side, the master, which offers an office/lounge space amidship with substantial storage space and a generous head and separate shower forward. The guest side is to starboard with separate head and shower amidship and a third cabin forward. Dual companionways allow easy access to the saloon from either starboard cabin.
According to HH in-house designer James Hakes, the team is confident the HH48 will establish a new benchmark for the owner operated performance cruising cat, “Our ultimate goal here is a quick, strong, user-friendly boat. With very modern lines the 48 is beautiful and makes a statement of quality and style. Practical and robust, it will be the perfect boat for a couple who want to sail around the world or a group of friends looking to island hop through the Caribbean or South Pacific. We haven’t forgotten the sailor looking to take home the regatta silverware; with Morrelli and Melvin’s renowned abilities to deliver vessels with enhanced performance, we’ve given the 48 a generous sail plan that is well balanced with advanced rudder and dagger foils, and lightweight carbon construction that will satisfy the racer too.”
Though pricing is not 100% finalized, the design brief for the HH48 allows for significant cost reduction in comparison to the larger HH models. Alternatives to carbon rigging and construction materials will be offered, as well as incentives for buyers who stick to the standard specification and a la carte options. Standard options will include dual aft helm steering stations or a forward helm station, three or four cabin layout, and many other standard possibilities to complete the package.
The HH48 design will undergo a final round of review and market feedback before tooling commences in the spring. The first hull is expected to launch in the fall of 2018. For more detailed information, including specification and pricing, contact the HH Catamaran sales team: email@example.com.
HH66-01 'R-Six' receives another glowing review, this time from the guys at Multihulls World.
Philippe Echelle from MHW came aboard R-Six last Autumn and joined the crew whilst they were sailing in the Mediterranean.
You can read his impressions of HH66-01 by visiting our press page.
Sébastien Mainguet from Voiles et Voiliers magazine was on board HH66-01 last September where he joined the crew of R-Six for a test sail ahead of her Cannes debut.
Visit our press page to read (in French) his take on the first of the HH66 catamarans to launch.
HH66-02 'Night Fury' departed from Xiamen last month and, after a 36 hour journey, arrived in Hong Kong just in time for the new year celebrations and a very impressive firework display. Originally scheduled for a transfer to Phuket, Thailand, Hong Kong was later chosen and it was certainly a fitting first destination for Night Fury's maiden voyage. Talk about a welcoming party! Hong Kong sure knows how to put on a show!
They encountered 4m swells along the way, but other than a few rough seas, the journey went well. From the HH team; Paul Hakes, Sebastian Dorckel, Jan Rossa, Thomas Jonsson, Jeff Lin and Taka Wung all joined the owner's crew onboard for the transfer.
Night Fury will spend another day in Hong Kong before making her way north to Taiwan.
Here are a few photos from the transfer to Hong Kong from Jeff Lin:
Just in time for Christmas, HH66-03 is wrapped and ready for delivery. Wishing her owners, and all of our clients, friends and partners, a very happy holiday season and smooth sailing in the new year.
SOON TO LAUNCH
STACKING THE ROSTER
We were thrilled to welcome two members of the international yachting press, Zuzana Prochazka and Bill Springer, to Xiamen last week. While here they witnessed the soft launch of 55-01 and experienced some high flying action aboard 66-02 with Paul Hakes and Gino Morrelli. Enjoy the photos from sea trials below, and stay tuned for the first-hand accounts of their visit in the coming months!
Sea trials aboard HH66-03 'Nala' continued this week. Over the weekend we had her flying a hull at 20+ knots. A thrilled Bruce Livingston (VP) caught it all on camera, complete with his lively commentary! Go Nala!
We are thrilled to announce the launch of our latest HH Catamaran, HH66-03! Nala launched over the weekend and is now tucked away in her slip at Xiangshan Marina where she'll be based for sea trials and final finishing over the next two weeks. Enjoy the photos from launch day, and stay tuned for footage from sea trials in the coming days!
HH66-02 is nearly ready to sail off over the horizon. Though we'll be sad to see her go, we couldn't be more excited for her owners as they set out on a great adventure. The next time we see this boat, she'll be cruising the idyllic islands of the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea. We took the opportunity to grab a few interior shots during a gorgeous sunset a few evenings back as the team prepared the boat for final acceptance. Fair Winds, Night Fury!
We're still reeling from the excitement and joy surrounding R-SIX's 1st place finish at the Multihull Cup in Mallorca in September. It truly was a great event and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the racing and camaraderie. Check out the recently released event video HERE to relive the fun!
Special thanks again to the event organizers and filmmaker Ugo Fonollá.
A few still shots from the film: