Flash is Ready to Depart

HH66-05 'Flash' commissioning and sea trials are officially over! She was hauled out last week and is now being prepared for delivery to the US and to her new owner.

Another huge congratulations to the HH team for their incredible efforts in building yet another stunning catamaran. Next time we see Flash, it will be Baltimore, MD!

HH55-02: Out of Paint Booth

HH55-02 left the paint booth this week, giving us our first look at the newly completed hulls and it's another great job from the HH paint team.

Every HH Catamaran launched to date has been striking, unique and visually distinct. HH66-01 and 02 owners both chose a clear coat carbon finish for their hulls (with 66-02's owner adding green dragon eye vinyls on the bow!) whilst HH66-03 left the yard with glittering hazelnut-gold hulls. The most recent 66 launch, HH66-05, sports a metallic blue paint job and might be the most eye popping launch so far.

For the HH55 series, both owners have chosen more classic looks, with HH55-01 opting for baby blue hulls and and now HH55-02 with her beautiful Pearl Grey finish.

HH66-05: Video

HH66-05 FLASH launched late June and has been undergoing sea trials in Xiamen over the past two weeks. In this video you can join HH principle Paul Hakes, designer Gino Morrelli, FLASH's ecstatic owner Dave and the rest of the crew for the mast stepping, launch and a great day on the water.

Newsletter - July 2017

HH66-05 FLASH HAS LAUNCHED

 HH66-05 FLASH launched last week in Xiamen, upping HH Catamaran's on-water fleet count to five. The gorgeous Morrelli & Melvin design is the first of the   forward helm   HH66s and sports electric blue hulls, a slick flush bimini, and bonus bucket seats and tillers aft. This dual purpose configuration allows owner and crew to choose helm position in any given condition or circumstance. Push button mainsheet, traveller and self-tacking jib sheet controls integrated into the ORMA-style bucket seats give the helmsman complete control. FLASH will complete sea trials in Xiamen before being shipped stateside later in the Summer, and will make her world debut at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis in October. Have you been waiting to get aboard and see this one-of-a-kind cat? Drop us a line at   sales@hhcatamarans.com   to schedule an appointment and avoid the lines.  

HH66-05 FLASH launched last week in Xiamen, upping HH Catamaran's on-water fleet count to five. The gorgeous Morrelli & Melvin design is the first of the forward helm HH66s and sports electric blue hulls, a slick flush bimini, and bonus bucket seats and tillers aft. This dual purpose configuration allows owner and crew to choose helm position in any given condition or circumstance. Push button mainsheet, traveller and self-tacking jib sheet controls integrated into the ORMA-style bucket seats give the helmsman complete control. FLASH will complete sea trials in Xiamen before being shipped stateside later in the Summer, and will make her world debut at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis in October. Have you been waiting to get aboard and see this one-of-a-kind cat? Drop us a line at sales@hhcatamarans.com to schedule an appointment and avoid the lines.  

HH55-01 MINNEHAHA CRUISES THE EAST COAST

 Two weeks after   arriving in the U.S  ., HH55-01 MINNEHAHA set sail on a shakedown cruise to the Bahamas. Designed by M&M to be the ideal couple's cruiser, MINNEHAHA is "exceeding expectations" and has proven to be the perfect platform for her multifaceted owners. Combining the luxury and creature comforts of home and the high-performance and robustness required for crossing oceans, MINNEHAHA meets all the couple's requirements. Shakedown cruise complete, MINNEHAHA will now make her way up the East coast, stopping in quaint coastal ports along the way and eventually arriving in Newport, RI to make her public debut at the Newport International Boat Show this Fall. Limited opportunities to preview and sail this special yacht will be available beginning in August - contact   sales@hhcatamarans.com   to learn more. 

Two weeks after arriving in the U.S., HH55-01 MINNEHAHA set sail on a shakedown cruise to the Bahamas. Designed by M&M to be the ideal couple's cruiser, MINNEHAHA is "exceeding expectations" and has proven to be the perfect platform for her multifaceted owners. Combining the luxury and creature comforts of home and the high-performance and robustness required for crossing oceans, MINNEHAHA meets all the couple's requirements. Shakedown cruise complete, MINNEHAHA will now make her way up the East coast, stopping in quaint coastal ports along the way and eventually arriving in Newport, RI to make her public debut at the Newport International Boat Show this Fall. Limited opportunities to preview and sail this special yacht will be available beginning in August - contact sales@hhcatamarans.com to learn more. 

NALA DAZZLES IN MIAMI AND CLAIMS VICTORY IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

    HH Catamarans made its US debut in February at the   Strictly Sail Miami Show   with HH66-03 NALA. With her striking golden hulls and gorgeous luxury interior, NALA was the star of the show.  Following the show, NALA headed East for a shakedown sail to the Bahamas and then on to the USVI. Immediately after arriving in St. John NALA switched gears to prepare for the   St. Thomas International Regatta  . With North Sails' Cam Appleton, designer Gino Morrelli and commissioning skipper Chris Bailet joining the crew, NALA sailed with shrewdness, speed and consistency, scoring three firsts and a second and finishing in 1st Place Overall.  Next on the docket was the   BVI Spring Regatta  , billed as the heavyweight event of the season. NALA, with only a few weeks on the water, set out to prove her prowess on the racecourse once again. Led by North Sails president Kenny Read, NALA hoped to shake things up amongst a formidable fleet and give the veteran competitors a run for their money. Making the necessary adjustments after a few early missteps, NALA improved each day, chipping away at the elapsed time margins behind the fleet's toughest competitors. Ultimately the tenacity paid off, with NALA taking 2nd Place Overall.  After a blazing racing debut, NALA finally cooled the pace and took a bit of time to enjoy cruising in the VIs before eventually heading North to her Summer home in New England. 

 

HH Catamarans made its US debut in February at the Strictly Sail Miami Show with HH66-03 NALA. With her striking golden hulls and gorgeous luxury interior, NALA was the star of the show.

Following the show, NALA headed East for a shakedown sail to the Bahamas and then on to the USVI. Immediately after arriving in St. John NALA switched gears to prepare for the St. Thomas International Regatta. With North Sails' Cam Appleton, designer Gino Morrelli and commissioning skipper Chris Bailet joining the crew, NALA sailed with shrewdness, speed and consistency, scoring three firsts and a second and finishing in 1st Place Overall.

Next on the docket was the BVI Spring Regatta, billed as the heavyweight event of the season. NALA, with only a few weeks on the water, set out to prove her prowess on the racecourse once again. Led by North Sails president Kenny Read, NALA hoped to shake things up amongst a formidable fleet and give the veteran competitors a run for their money. Making the necessary adjustments after a few early missteps, NALA improved each day, chipping away at the elapsed time margins behind the fleet's toughest competitors. Ultimately the tenacity paid off, with NALA taking 2nd Place Overall.

After a blazing racing debut, NALA finally cooled the pace and took a bit of time to enjoy cruising in the VIs before eventually heading North to her Summer home in New England. 

R-SIX CROSSES THE ATLANTIC AND CRUSHES THE CARIBBEAN

 Not to be outshined by her sistership, HH66-01 R-SIX sailed across the Atlantic to get in on the action in the Caribbean. Just days after arriving in Antigua, the R-SIX Team turned the boat around in time to sail in the   RORC CARIBBEAN 600  , a grueling 600-mile blast around eleven Caribbean islands. A true testament to the durability, character and strength of boat and crew, R-SIX finished the race 3rd in class behind two purpose-built MOD70 racing trimarans, earning a place on the podium and a bid to participate in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's famous   Fastnet Race   later in the year.  R-SIX kept things rolling throughout the season, hitting many of the Caribbean circuit highlights. They took 2nd Place Overall at the legendary St.   Maarten Heineken Regatta  , and 3rd at   Les Voiles de St. Barths  . They wrapped up their Caribbean tour with Antigua Sailing Week, where heavier conditions favored the fully-kitted cruising cat allowing them to dominate the competition. After the first four days of racing only R-SIX remained unbeaten out of 150+ yachts, solidifying their   1st Place Overall   victory before even going into the final day of racing.  After ending their season on a high note, in true R-SIX fashion, the crew immediately set out across the Atlantic once more, arriving in the Azores just a quick eleven days later.

Not to be outshined by her sistership, HH66-01 R-SIX sailed across the Atlantic to get in on the action in the Caribbean. Just days after arriving in Antigua, the R-SIX Team turned the boat around in time to sail in the RORC CARIBBEAN 600, a grueling 600-mile blast around eleven Caribbean islands. A true testament to the durability, character and strength of boat and crew, R-SIX finished the race 3rd in class behind two purpose-built MOD70 racing trimarans, earning a place on the podium and a bid to participate in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's famous Fastnet Race later in the year.

R-SIX kept things rolling throughout the season, hitting many of the Caribbean circuit highlights. They took 2nd Place Overall at the legendary St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, and 3rd at Les Voiles de St. Barths. They wrapped up their Caribbean tour with Antigua Sailing Week, where heavier conditions favored the fully-kitted cruising cat allowing them to dominate the competition. After the first four days of racing only R-SIX remained unbeaten out of 150+ yachts, solidifying their 1st Place Overall victory before even going into the final day of racing.

After ending their season on a high note, in true R-SIX fashion, the crew immediately set out across the Atlantic once more, arriving in the Azores just a quick eleven days later.

HH48 DEVELOPMENT CONTINUES

 Together with Morrelli & Melvin, HH Catamarans is excited to announce that design for the new   HH48   is nearing completion. With Hull 01 now spoken for and the specification more clearly defined, tooling is set to commence in the Fall. A forward helm version is on the drawing board - expect initial GAs and renderings to be released soon. The HH48 will maintain HH Catamarans' performance and styling pedigree, while incorporating production techniques and material options to significantly reduce cost. To learn more, browse the HH48 specification and renderings   online  , or contact   sales@hhcatamarans.com   to speak directly with a member of our team.  

Together with Morrelli & Melvin, HH Catamarans is excited to announce that design for the new HH48 is nearing completion. With Hull 01 now spoken for and the specification more clearly defined, tooling is set to commence in the Fall. A forward helm version is on the drawing board - expect initial GAs and renderings to be released soon. The HH48 will maintain HH Catamarans' performance and styling pedigree, while incorporating production techniques and material options to significantly reduce cost. To learn more, browse the HH48 specification and renderings online, or contact sales@hhcatamarans.com to speak directly with a member of our team.  

SL33 and HH Catamarans: An America's Cup Story

 ETNZ Learns to Fly on the SL33 in Auckland

ETNZ Learns to Fly on the SL33 in Auckland

 HH66-05 Under going Sea Trials in Xiamen

HH66-05 Under going Sea Trials in Xiamen

Over eight years ago Hakes Marine in New Zealand started building a very special catamaran for a German client. It was called the SL33: 10m in length, weighing only 650kg with a mast over 18m tall. A bit insane in its power to weight ratio, the boat was designed and built for the light winds of Lake Constance, where the goal was to hull fly to victory on the regatta circuit in the typical 4kts of breeze.

The SL33 was one of many successful ventures between builder Paul Hakes and designer Gino Morrelli. At the time of construction Morrelli & Melvin were also contracted by Emirates Team New Zealand to design what would eventually become the very first flying AC72. Impressed by the SL33 project and recognizing it as a good training and development platform, ETNZ purchased two SL33s from Paul, with Luna Rossa following suit and purchasing one of their own. Using this new, lightweight yet robust platform, ETNZ began daggerboard development and eventually learnt how to foil on the SL33s. This technology and valuable experience was quickly applied to the AC72 that went on to shock the world when the ETNZ achieved full flight, setting a new standard for AC racing.

2014-2017 has seen a remarkable number of boats, both multihulls and now even monohulls, flying on foils with incredible speed. It’s great to reflect back to one of the foundations to flying multihulls and spectacular America’s Cup racing, the SL33. Today there are three SL33s still tearing it up around Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. Black Jack, the original SL33, still dominates the lake racing of Northern Europe.

Today we see Paul Hakes and Gino Morrelli teaming up again, this time on a slightly cushier project. HH Catamarans, the luxury, performance cruising cat line, has commanded the niche market, and considering the shared pedigree: carbon construction, curved C-boards, T-rudders, push button sail controls; and luxuriously comfortable platform, it’s easy to see why. HH Catamarans’ most recent launch, HH66-05, is currently in the midst of sea trials. The electric blue hull is already hitting speeds in the high teens in the light Xiamen sea breeze, with plenty left in the tank. With a forward helm inside the salon and ORMA style bucket seats and tillers aft, HH66-05 provides the best of both worlds for the serious dual purpose sailor. Loaded with all the amenities for cruising and entertaining in style, the HH66 will be the perfect platform for spectating the next Cup in Auckland in 2021... Want to get in on the fun? Contact sales@hhcatamarans.com to discuss your AC inspired cruising catamaran.

FLASH Dazzles in Red, White and Blue

Happy Independence Day, U.S.A.! We celebrated onboard HH66-05 FLASH today with her American owner. FLASH dazzled under a striking red spinnaker and hit 15kts on a reach in the light summertime sea breeze. FLASH will make her U.S. debut at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis this fall, schedule your visit onboard with a member of our sales team today! 

HH66-05: Sea Trials Commence!

66-05 FLASH began sea trials Thursday. The latest HH66 sports a central helm, flush cabin top, and bonus bucket seat and tiller steering aft. Thursday's objective was to check rigging, mainsail and solent. In 15kts of breeze FLASH easily glided along at 12kts upwind and 15kts on a reach. The next sea trial is set for Sunday, with breezier conditions expected. Sunday's plan is to test the reacher and the tiller steering - stay tuned! 

Launch Day - Flash

Flash Splash!

HH Catamarans HH66-05 'Flash' launched today in Xiamen.

The flush bimini, forward helm and working cockpit and the bonus bucket seats and tillers may just make this the slickest 66 yet.

Sea trials are set to commence this week so stay tuned for sailing photos!

Stepping Up

We stepped the mast on HH66-05 'Flash' last Friday. Launch day is tomorrow and sea trials will begin this week. The first sailing photos of Flash are coming very soon.

Watch this space!

Minnehaha

HH55-01 'Minnehaha' arrived in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida just over two weeks ago. She is the first of the HH Catamarans to sport a forward, interior helm. She is a gorgeous yacht and an absolute pleasure under sail.

Here is a short video compilation of Minnehaha with her sails up, catching the breeze and looking good. 

Big thanks and best wishes to owners Doug and Deb for letting us join them aboard and record the re-commissioning process. We wish them all the best as they set out on their first offshore adventure.