We got our first look at the newly completed HH55-01 'Minnehaha' earlier this month whilst she was finishing her final days of sea trials. Her impressive, spacious interiors include sliding salon cockpit doors that open right out to create a large aft deck that flows seamlessly into the salon. The forward helm frees up the entire aft cockpit for more seating space, a large sun lounger and BBQ.
Commissioning captain Thomas Jonsson reported “Sea trials went exceptionally well. We placed every moving part under load, including opening and closing the large salon sun roof whilst under sail and powered up. Though we came close, we didn’t quite manage to fly a hull during trials. As usual, we tested the boat under different sail loads and varied sea conditions. We managed to reach 23 knots in 20 knots of wind and, even when we were sailing conservatively with reef and stay sail, we still easily reached our target speeds. Despite our best efforts, nothing broke! I have sailed many boats in this category, high end race/performance cats, and I don’t believe I am easily impressed any more. However, the results we got on HH55-01 were exceptionally good all-round and I was certainly impressed.”
Her owners came out to China to visit the yard and were here for the final few days of sea trials. Both were very impressed with their new boat’s performance and said she was “beyond all expectations”.
She is due to depart China at the end of this month, ready to make her way over to the USA where her new owners await.