A new Hardy 62 with a whole host of changes, including an updated interior, will hit the water in 2016
The layout has also changed somewhat on the inside where the galley has jumped up from the lower deck to the main deck so it is now raised up amidships opposite a sociable six-man dinette.
The galley is well equipped with cooker, fridge and dishwasher and is bolstered by a vast utility area aft of the engineroom containing a washer/dryer, chest freezer and bags of room for storage or a small workshop.
The aft section of the saloon – the main lounging area – now has a far better link to the cockpit thanks to full glass doors in place of the more workboat-like single door fitted to hull one.
And forward, the helm has moved from its central location to a position on the starboard side where Hardy promises it has improved the look and finish of the dashboard.
The galley being on the main deck means there is even more space for accommodation below decks. The master cabin is amidships and occupies the boat’s full 17ft 8in (5.43m) beam with a proper walk-in wardrobe (but sadly no gun cabinet) and a spacious ensuite.
To port is a smaller bunk bed cabin opposite the day heads and forward is a much improved ensuite VIP with versatile scissor-action beds.
Unfortunately, the monstrous 1,200hp MAN V8s that powered hull number one to a top speed of 30 knots have been replaced by the 800hp R6 motors on hull two but the boat should still be good for 25 knots flat out and the payoff will hopefully be seen in improved fuel consumption.
The 7,000-litre fuel capacity remains meaning that at 10 knots you should have over 1,000 miles of range, made all the more comfortable by the standard fit Sleipner fin stabilisers.
The updated Hardy 62 isn’t going to hit the water until next year but credit to the yard for recognising the snags on the first boat and addressing them so thoroughly. We can’t wait to see it on the water.
Contact: Windboats Hardy. Tel: +44 (0)1692 408700 Web: www.hardymarine.co.uk