HH50 Sports Cruising

Luxury and sport go hand in hand…

Hudson Yacht Group presented the “Sports Cruising” version of its 50-foot cruising boat at the Cannes Yachting Festival back in September. The HH50-SC, of which only 5 are available, is resolutely focused on high-level performance without abandoning great comfort and even a certain idea of luxury. We got the chance to sail aboard this catamaran, and we certainly got the feeling we were in the world of a “grand tourer”.

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Test location: Cannes, France
Conditions : 6 to 10 knots, slight sea

It was only two years ago that we took the helm of the very first HH catamaran designed for blue water sailing. The HH50 Ocean Cruising (unlike full carbon models such as the HH66 or the HH 55) saw the use of fiberglass/foam/vinylester infused hulls. Today, we have the pleasure of sailing the first HH50-SC model presented in Europe. In terms of differences between the two versions, the inventory is simple. The hulls are made of carbon on a carbon frame. The skeg keels are replaced by curved and profiled daggerboards (still in carbon) plunging over 10 feet (3.3 meters) below the surface. The custom Sparcraft aluminum mast painted in black is replaced by a Marstrom carbon mast with a teardrop section. The sail plan is bigger by around 5% in comparison with the Ocean version, while the full carbon construction of the boat lowers the weight by a ton and a half, giving around 25,000 pounds (11.5 t), which clearly does favors for the weight/power ratio. Two symmetrical helm stations allow for optimum control on each side. An optional set of Doyle Hydranet sails and a Maxikote radial reacher complete the performance-...

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