HH Catamarans were formed in 2012 aiming to compete in the luxury high performance catamaran market and is owned by Hudson Yacht Group.
The HH name comes from the 2 main drivers behind the company: Hudson Wang, who is the owner of Hudson Yacht and Marine and Paul Hakes, an experienced boat builder from New Zealand. The design team is headed by James Hakes, Warren Muir and James Juan who work closely with Morrelli and Melvin Design.
The philosophy at HH is quality with no compromise which will give you an idea of how they position their catamarans on the market in terms of price. To achieve this, they work with partners such as Morrelli and Melvin, Southern Spars, Harken, North Sails and Cay Electronics.
The other area that they are trying to differentiate themselves is on their after sales service. To provide that they have set up a SWAT team (Sevice Worldwide Anytime Team) to help fix those boat problems we all experience from time to time.
So far, we’ve heard good feedback on this front, from Seabattical for example, one of their OC50 owners.
The Fast Cat Connection
Hudson Marine were involved in the manufacture of the Gunboat 60, designed by Nigel Irens. The companies eventually went their separate ways and HH Catamarans was born.
HH focused on developing their own line of performance cats designed by Morrelli and Melvin and the rest is history.
HH Catamarans – Models
The first fast cat to come off the production line was the HH66. You can read our full HH66 reviewhere. They really laid down the gauntlet with this first design and it has become one of those aspirational cats and their flagship model.
Following the 66 footer came the HH55, shorter than the original boat, but still highly tuned for speed with a luxurious finish. This was a move to appeal to couples setting off on long distance cruises- now a key target market for this brand.
HH announced the launch of the HH44 in August 2021.
This fully carbon fibre yacht has lots of innovative feature like swinging dual aft helms and a closed transom and they have developed this as an ECO boat with all sorts of options for electric propulsion (see below).
It also runs a parallel hybrid system that operate in different modes:
1. Standard mode – diesel engines with the hybrid system disengaged.
2. Engine mode – operate the diesel engines with all extra horsepower used to charge the large battery bank.
3. Generator mode – Disengage the clutch in the prop shaft and use the two diesel engines as two 6kW DC generators.
4. Silent mode – Disengage the electric motors from the diesel engines and run on the electric motors which provide 10kW of silent propulsion power per shaft (20kW total)
5. Hydro Regen mode – while sailing, disengage the electric motors from the diesel engines, open the folding props and allow it to free-spin, generating electricity for free!
Designed with disabled sailors in mind, the HH44 Open was designed by HH Catamarans with the Disabled Sailors Association (DSA) of the UK. The design enables sailors to easily get on and off the boat, down into the hulls with full chair turning room, and up onto the side decks and foredeck.
For those seeking more speed, the HH60, with its powerful rig plan, bigger cockpit and deep daggerboards slots into the range between the 55 and 66. The example above has the single raised bimini like HH55-05, giving an even sleeker profile
The HH77 is a Supercat concept with the option to completely customise the layout. She can be powered with a Parallel Hybrid “Eco Drive”.
Also in development is an 88 foot superyacht. In fact, HH will custom build yachts of this type from 77 feet. The first cat will have a flybridge (this is optional) and has 100% carbon construction with carbon mast and rigging,
Although they specialise in light, luxurious performance cats, HH have branched out into the Ocean Series with the launch of the OC50. The OC50’s design closely follows that of the HH50, but she is constructed in e-glass and has fixed keels with winglets rather than dagger-boards.
The whole range is targeting long distance cruising couples who are looking for an easier boat to handle, but that remains a high performance machine.
In development is a flybridge version called the OC56.
The sister ship to the HH44, the OC44 is closely related to the HH44, but designed as more of a cruising boat for those on a sharper budget. With high-performance fixed skegs instead of daggerboards and a gel-coat finish instead of paint.
She comes a single swing-helm and twin diesel propulsion, with an option to upgrade to twin swing-helms and the EcoDrive power system.
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