Stars of London: Hardy 40DS

See the Hardy 40DS on stand A260

At Southampton, Hardy was wowing the crowds with the largest boat it had ever built but at London it hopes to stop people in their tracks with one of its most rakish.

This is the first Hardy to be fully conceived and built under the auspices of new owner Windboats and it looks like being a match made in heaven.

It is a Hardy through and through but there’s a modernity to the styling the likes of which we haven’t previously seen from the Norfolk yard.

We think it looks cracking and the Hardy boys should take plenty of shoe covers to the show because there will be a fair few people keen to get on board and have a look around.

Once there they will find a spacious saloon, no doubt enhanced by the cool wraparound windscreen, and accommodation comprising a double master in the bow and twin guest cabin amidships with a shared heads.

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As more and more customers look to slow down, save fuel and go further on their boats, Hardy has matched the Andrew Wolstenhome hull with single or twin engines designed to cruise effortlessly at around 20 knots.

That said, the largest twin 440hp CATs on offer will get the 40DS up to just shy of the 30-knot mark. Look out for a full test early in the year.

See it: Stand A260.

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