Launched by the Norfolk yard in 2004, at the time, the Hardy 50 was the largest boat the yard had ever produced and was introduced as a larger version of the 42.
The layout is very similar too, offering the same three cabins, albeit with twin bunks in the third cabin rather than a single berth.
Andrew Wolstenholme designed the hull, as he did for the 42 and all the larger Hardy boats. The round-bilge semi-displacement hull has a fine entry to avoid slamming before filling out further aft to provide generous internal volume.
A Design Category A (Ocean) RCD rating bears testimony to the boat’s all-weather ability.
The huge internal volume and clever layout lends itself perfectly to extended periods on board. The master suite, for example, feels more like a bedroom than a cabin.
Situated aft and fitted with a queen-sized double bed, it’s a big square room with masses of hanging space, storage and even a proper dressing table, not to mention its own custom-installed surround sound system of course – the perfect retreat of an evening.
You can read the full report in the August 2016 issue of the magazine, out July 7.