OUR NEW HYBRID ELECTRIC CATAMARAN
We’ve been building our dream boat “in theory” for years. Which has never been in the form of sketches but rather a list of features that would create the most self-sufficient boat possible. Because…
Self-Reliance + Sustainability = Freedom
Self-Reliance: To rely on our own resources and limit our need for a marina or fuel dock.
Sustainability: Thinking about what we do today and how it will affect next week, next year, the next decade, and so on. It’s the recognition that we’re all part of a living system and that everything we do impacts the world around us.
In other words, we want to be out in the world living and exploring for as long as possible. Both in terms of not having to worry about our resources or our habitat disappearing. It’s practical, not political.
And we know we’re not the only ones seeking this kind of freedom because we have you! Our community of like-minded people we’ve been having this exact conversation with for the past decade. It doesn’t matter if you are in an RV, Tiny House, Sailboat, Motorboat, Homestead, Farm, Ranch, or Off-Grid Island Resort…at the end of the day, we’ve all connected over our love for nature and our desire to be in it.
This new HH44 is a continuation of that conversation and desire. This is not the ultimate, all-time perfect eco boat or zero-footprint anything. Not even close. It’s the best option that we could find working with viable, available solutions. It’s the type of innovation we want to support, encourage, and see way more of. Selfishly of course. Because we would love nothing more than to one day announce our all-time perfect sustainable boat with living hulls made of oysters and other bivalve molluscs that naturally propel the boat as they filter feed and improve the water as we travel the world’s oceans. It may seem preposterous now but, in my defence, prior to 1961 most people didn’t think humans would be living in outer space…so anything is possible.
But until then, here is the sexiest, most self-sufficient sub-50-foot sailing catamaran we will soon call home!
This is the beginning of a very exciting journey and because we share it with you (thank you for being a part of it) we want to hear your thoughts! What are you most interested in as we build this boat? What systems or features you would like us to dive into as things progress? Is there a feature or a piece of tech you don’t see that you think we should consider? We’re all ears and eyes!
Learn more about HH Catamarans: hhcatamarans.com/hh44-wynns
Full Disclosure: Transparency is important and we want you to understand our relationship with HH Catamarans, what it means and how it will affect our content. The short answer is, that it won’t. We did receive a small discount on the purchase of our boat in exchange for the publicity our HH44 Catamaran will inevitably receive (because we document our travels). But we have purchased the boat and retain full creative freedom and continue to create as we always have, sharing our honest experiences.
GEL COAT !!
Super stoked for you two !!
HH44. Home run, you guys could not have picked a better platform for your edventures.
GEL COAT all the way. I built semi custom 90 to 100 foot yachts and to paint or gel coat was always the question.
Every boat we built was gel coat for numerous reasons and all the owners always came back and thanked us for the push towards gel coat.
Look very fwd to seeing CURIOUS 2 come together.
Your next journey i think will start in Cebu, Philippines. Where it is being built. Goodluck with your new journey.
Congratulations and well done! I’m a monohull fan, but ai have to say that the new HH44 is the cat that could possibly sway me! The hybrid drive and solar capacity is amazing considering the boat lines are so clean and attractive! Wishing you all the best. I’m pretty sure you’re going to love it!
Matt - SV Cadence
Congrats, Jason and Nikki! The new sailboat is a dream come true! All the best.
The HH44 looks amazing! Great choice!
I’m still scratching my head to figure out how the lines magically go from the helm to the rooftop, as the saloon sides are almost all glass. 🙂
I predict the next year will find your excitement level building month by month. I do hope the folks at HH will let you do some filming of the boat during its build. RR2’s videos have been very entertaining in that regard.
Will you be sailing Curiosity in the meantime or have plans if she should sell right away?
You’ve got all of Australia, New Zealand and Queensland to explore and visiting parts of the country that are miserable in the heat of their summer are probably very comfortable as you enter their winter.
I mentioned in a post on your YT channel that selling your boat might be easier on the paperwork out of a US territory like Guam.
Congratulation you two..she looks awesome..have you thought of a name ?
Exciting times, congratulations! Looking forward to hearing all about the build and the unveiling. Will you break a bottle of champagne against the boat?
I know you guys are in New Zealand….wait I don’t really know that. Wondering what’s next while you wait for the new Cat. How long does it take to make a yacht? Ever think about starting a yachting school? Getting couples or people interested in sailing to take the plunge? Or back to the basic of sailing Wynn style videos. Good Luck Guys, Stay safe, be well!
Wow,just watched your clip re your new dream boat(how exciting for you both!),now we are watching you tube on these beautiful catermarans,can’t wait to follow you on your next adventures and the progress of the build of curiosity2.Have a great time in South Island too,it will be cold,so wrap up🥶but it is truly beautiful 😍
Shane and Tee(we once helped Jason from having to swim to his dinghy at the Barrier😂😂😂
Looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing all your lovely adventures!
YES! I guessed correctly! So excited for you guys.
I’m currently sailing from fort Lauderdale to Bristol RI, but I can’t wait to catch up on the videos when I get home next weekend.
Will the keel/dagger boards (?) be able to be raised in shallow water? Can the boat be made with larger foils? Can the underside be contoured with ribs or some such that can eliminate some of the wave noises under the center hull? (It could be added after the mold process, of course.)
Nikki and Jason, Congratulations. The HH 44 OC is just gorgeous! I am so excited for you and look forward to more adventures in it. I’ve been following your sailing adventures for the past few months, and so far, have resisted the temptation to watch them out of order. I’m on the video where you just landed in Ecuador. However, when I saw this in my inbox, I just had to skip ahead to check it out. Awesome, sustainable technology that seems like it was made for you guys!
I’m curious about the lines routed underneath the deck. How quickly could you change a sheet if one were to blow out? It certainly cleans up the deck and minimizes tripping hazards. What a beautiful yacht. Enjoy!
Congrats you two! HH is a phenomenal brand and the HH/OC44 is I think their best most innovative offering yet. They are lucky to have you guys aboard as brand ambassadors. Just curious if there is actually a “business case” that can be made for the extra cost associated with the hybrid set up, or is it just the coolness/eco-friendly side of things that sold you? In one of your expense’s breakdowns, you list monthly fuel expenses on the Leopard at $86/month on average, so roughly $1k/yr. Even if you triple this amount to $3k/yr and assume zero motoring, the payback is over 25 years to pay for this option. We recently went through a similar buying decision and HH was one of our finalists, but I couldn’t make this particular feature make sense when compared to a lightweight higher performance boats this competes against with daggerboards that sips fuel at such a low clip and is a negligible portion of the budget. (Seems silly to talk about budgets when dealing with $1M boats!)
Anyway, I’d love to hear your take on this as you both are so eloquent in your story telling and your journey has definitely inspired ours. I’m assuming you’ve ordered a ZeroJet OC 350 as well to slap on the back of Clarity2, (that’s our plan) it would be great if you take delivery first and give us the full low-down! Keep up the great work and looking forward to following the new adventure.
Hi Nikki and Jason, Rupert here from South Africa. I am so excited for you. I love the HH cats, just wish I could afford one. Heck, I cannot even afford your old Leopard cat…. :(…..maybe if I sell half my organs I might…..lol. my dream cat doesnt matter what hulls it have, I will demast it and build a solar roof from above the dingy all the way to the bow with electric drives. Kinda like the Silent 55 cat……my ultimate dream but way too expensive. So a cheapy will have to do. So I would be most interrested in the eco elrctrical system of your HH.
Yep, Im really looking forward to you getting to know this new yacht too and sharing it with us. Very much so, only I didnt want to use that word that every man and his dog tend to (over)use beginning with EX and ending in D. Thanks to you two, I now believe cats are the pyjamas for cruisers. Gone over to the other side from the yachtsman point of view; though I still think a keelboat on a heel is a beautiful thing to behold. Not so keen on being in one anymore, but will be by your side (in the comfort of my home) in your future adventures. You really bring huge enjoyment to me whether you are having an exhilarating introduction to a new place/experience and I can empathise with the frustrations when things aren’t going right. Im sorry you cant spend more time cruising here in the North Island, the weather wasn’t the best for you this summer, but you might make it back here again! If Dan and Kiko have shown us electric motors are workable, you can show just how much more flexible you can make your routing. And maybe we will see paws on board again??
Is CURIOSITY2 being built in Cebu, Phillipines, or in Xiamen, China? If Cebu, where is the factory? An exciting project and I am among the many that will be following along.
Cebu — Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
I am so excited for you both! I hope “Curiosity 1” is going to a good home. We’ve all gotten emotionally attached to her, you know. I know you’ve done your homework, so I’m sure you’re going to love your new home. Can’t wait to see her in person!
How exciting and after taking a break from current Curiosity, am sure you will maximise storage, minimise waste and only buy and use what you absolutely need. The extra storage room is just so practical, food supplies and easy access to what you need to maintain or secure your electronics – how great an option that suits you both. Look forward to having those open windows bringing in the fresh breeze but not needing endless maintenance and the open views will just make it an incredible usable space. Just curious – do you think the ceiling height is different than current? I am hoping you get to visit Phillipines during the build – or a virtual visit (hire a local videographer) to talk about the build process, features before they are hidden – as who knows you may not be upgrading and removing older items for some time yet we all seem interested in the new gear you research. I very much like the idea – not using diesel, but do turn it over, replace diesel as it does age and no longer become viable over time (night-time turn it on boost power after cloudy days). So looking forward to you personalising things even more – your coffee maker, the cups and plates, cushions, soft furnishings too.
Oh My God. I am soooo excited for you both. Congratulations on this incredible, exciting journey you both have created. Awesommmme!!!! Very excited for you both!
I know nothing of boat construction, on-board instruments and machinery or sailing for that matter. I sense that there are a lot of good, informative thoughts, suggestions, and ideas in the 41 or so comments above me. You might consider checking em out, one-at-a-time.
The new HH is so modern, precise, clean with minimal rounded edges it reminds me of something from another world! Alien-like! Congratulations on this great move and exciting choice. Looking forward to next Sunday and more smiles from you guys.
Safe travels, Love and Joy,
I’m so excited for you guys! Can’t wait to see you guys sailing on your new OC44! Wondering whether you chose the carbon fiber mast?
Congratulation for the selecting the right boat for your needs. Great peace of mind to know that that’s all figured out (at least on paper). Still very curious about why you did not go with an all EV/ Solar catamaran like Silent Yachts (other than money of course)? Non the less, congrats and looking forward to the delivery video and many more to come.
You both sound so wonderfully giddy with excitement, and rightly so! Excellent adventures ahead – enjoy all the time you spend with your families when you get there. Freedom will be yours as you hit the high seas (hopefully not too high) later on. Will her name be Curiosity 2 or will she be called Freedom? We’re all really excited to hear about your upcoming travels. Hurry back! Stay safe, healthy and happy. 💓🌊⛵️🌊🙏💓
Outstanding boat…what a beauty!
Hard to wait to see the completed boat and have longer video tours of each area of the boat.
Enjoy your time ashore and I eagerly await the upcoming adventures you will have.
Someone mentioned in the comments that the boat is built in China…you said in the video that you are picking it up at the factory…is that correct and the plan?
According to the HH website, HH44’s and 50’s are being built at the factory in Cebu, Philippines.
So excited for you…Curiosity 2 will be a trend leader for yachts for years to come…Will thereby any form of autonomous drive as we’re seeing in cars nowadays…Or is that still in the future for sailing yachts?
Umm, boats have had it for many years in the form of autopilot or purely mechanical self steering for navigation.
Automatically reefing and trimming sails do exist but they are fiendishly expensive and would be a nightmare to maintain.
Are you keeping Minion ? I did not see a space for that. I assume it will be hanging aft.
Well they’re keeping *Curious* Minion, but not the Highfield dinghy Minion. They mentioned in the video about selling Curiosity that it’s just too difficult to try to store everything off of Curiosity until the new boat is ready. They are selling her soup to nuts to the new buyer, which is a selling point for them since they will be picking her up in NZ and sailing off from there.
TexasTumbleweeds would better describe your wanderings all over the world. Much better description of your helter skelter travels describing your lifestyle so make it the new name of your wandering boat !!!
I can’t wait to hear all about your trip home!!! I
I looked up the factory and I see there are several places that sell these catamarans. Where will you leave from?
I am so excited for you both! I hope that there are good years ahead with little and hopefully NO maintenance. It seems that you have been working so hard over the last few years. You need to have some fun again.
Finally, one of my favourite sailing youtube channel, owning an HH 44 eco catamaran. Looking forward to the experience and seeing how that will change the trend in sailing. Congratulation guys!
I bet you will be riding the HH45 open
Beautiful boat. How fun!!!! Can’t wait for your next adventures:):):)
Congratulations….so happy for you two.
I absolutely love C2. I have a small suggestion to push her from eco friendly to eco loving. Have you considered either a CNG (compressed natural gas) or dual CNG/diesel fuel? The advantage of having a fuel that won’t spoil and has a lower CO2 foot print. I realize you have already signed a contract and they may be a bit more expensive.
Which hull number will your boat be?
I read that it will be hull #3.
Sorry for all the comments. I was one of those kids who was always asking questions and I’ve had 70 years of practice.
Have you looked into the wired helm controllers? I see them sometimes in the Nautistyles boat tours and Rico swears by them as they let you go up on deck during docking and are more reliable than using wireless ones.
Elizabeth Jo Collins.
Congratulations!!! WOW! I want that boat! You guys have a beautiful new boat, and I’m looking forward to seeing you aboard it soon. I do have a question about where the wash and dryer are located? I’m so excited and happy for you two. GOD Bless you and keep you smiling and sending us all updates.
Many prayers and hugs to you.
I was expecting you to go with a little larger boat as you mentioned in your ‘Checklist’ video but I can see sacrificing size to get the other features you want.
Are you going to do a comparison video on Curiosity vs Curiosity 2?
I think you should add the extra solar over the dinghy. Speaking of dinghies, are you keeping the one you have now or going with something different? Solid hull ones seem to be popular. Adding a cover to protect from sun might be worth it too for the long run. Considering what happened during your eventful passage to New Zealand I’d be looking at a dinghy that is deflate proof. Also a better location for your liferaft. One where you can get at it faster and one that’s in a more secure location near the back of the boat.
I’m so happy for you guys it looks like a dream catamaran. Just one word of caution make sure H&H has cleared up any lawsuits it has with gun boat. All the designs at H&H has are stolen from American builders from the Chinese, why am I not surprised?
The son of the owner of HH looks a lot like Jason. When you go to pick up your boat don’t bring the wrong one home.
If the solar panels on the boat are custom I would see about buying a spare set as soon as you can so in case they become unavailable you’ll be covered for future repairs.
I hope SelfReliance isn’t the new name. It is so unimaginative. You can do better.
Your new catamaran looks amazing! Per your request, here are topics / questions I’d like to learn more about.
1. What color(s) did you choose for the hull?
2. What can you do now, or do differently with the new / enhanced features of this boat? (More time between provisioning, certain budget items will be more or less, etc.)
3. Suggestion: consider working with HH to create videos showing construction / build out of key areas. Could be an interesting series and benefit HH as well.
Buy a more comfortable chair for the Nav station. Maybe bug screens for those large windows when you open them. You’ll just use them at anchor in buggy locations, although they could keep out the flying fish too.
Considering your ‘Want list’ does HH have tight weather enclosures for the cockpit for those hot/cold/windy/high seas days?
I am intensely curious, perhaps you know: HOW does a 44′ catamaran get shipped from Xiamen to North Carolina?
(I presume you’ll be receiving the boat in the US.)
The HH44’s are being built in Cebu, Philippines.
According to the HH website, all future HH44’s and 50’s are being built at the factory in Cebu, Philippines. And you can ship a boat or have it delivered anywhere (limited only by your willingness to write checks) but if Nikki and Jason plan to continue their circumnavigation, picking it up in the Philippines makes more sense. Based on the video, I guess we’ll all wait to find out! Stay tuned!
Im soooo jealous! How long is production meant to take?
July 2023 is the projected delivery date.
My suggestion is for the Nav station is to add a 32″ or larger, wide screen monitor that you can use for most of your sailing needs and then add either or the Mac Studios ($1999 or $3999) or a similar PC set up for video editing so you can both watch the helm and do your video editing at the same time. The power and speed of a workstation will cut down on your editing time and you’ve got the extra power on board you don’t have to skimp anymore. They’ve got the power so you both could work on it at the same time. You can network out to your laptops no matter where they are on the boat. In fact you might consider adding Cat 6 or better Ethernet during the boat build. Run them throughout the boat wherever you might want to use your laptop. Faster and better connection than wi-fi.
Add some Sonos speakers around the boat too. Hard to beat their sound quality and features.
You could easily add voice command via Alexa or Google so if there were an emergency while you were in bed you could instantly command a system to turn on or shut down. Great for turning on and off lights, tv, music, and controlling HVAC, security.
AWESOME guys! Well…yeah that’s all I can think of…AWESOME!
Will you still have a dingy and if so where does it stow?
I live in Nova Scotia, south shore, CANADA. Very near Halifax. I do have relatives in New Zealand.
I would prefer a mig welded Cat or Trimaran.. is HH associated with any builders here in Canada.
I am interested in having a livaboard as my mini-home.
I love this new name “SelfReliance” for your new boat
Where … did you got it ????
Happy sailing … Happy life !!!!
Self reliance should be every humans ultimate goal in life😁 Then we can honestly give to others without hidden agendas or personal issues!
Nikki and Jason, so glad you’ve recovered from COVID! Congratulations on your new HH Cat! I’m inspired by your commitment and leadership to helping SOLVE the climate crisis with your decision to purchase a much more eco-friendly catamaran! I look forward to seeing how the ripples you create lead to waves of positive change in the sailing world!!
Congratulations, the new boat looks amazing! Can’t wait to see the real thing in action.
Beautiful boat…are you picking it up in the Philippines? What are you plans for the next year while you wait for this beauty to be built?
Sandra & the 2 Spaniels
Boat looks amazing! Can’t wait to see Nikki cooking in the fab new kitchen! I feel like she does about propane-uh, no! I am even hoping to get an electric cooking stove in my house, if I can get the gas lines removed. The picture tour was great, but I am waiting for the up close and real tour! Congrats!!
Does your new HH-44 have radar? If you seek yet another highly intelligent source of imput regarding this boat contact Troy at Free Range Living and solicit his advise as he is real smart and he might recommend some type of modifications or what ever !!! Best wishes from Fort Worth, Texas !!!!
Good choice of boat design and technology. All electric is not yet practical for passage making, so hybrid is currently the only environmentally friendly, motor-sail silently, practical choice. Never liked the helm stations on Cats. Too exposed. These helms are a great compromise for safety, comfort and visibility. Congrats.
Congratulations on your new boat, can’t wait to tag along on your next adventures. Have a safe journet home, and we will see you when your back in the water. It will be a different sailing and it looks like it will be a great way to explore. Have a great time with your family and friends . Good Luck
Sounds like the perfect choice. I’m so happy you guys can continue this amazing adventure is real style and comfort.
Congratulations, so very awesome. Who ever bought curiosity the first probably got a the best self maintained boat ever. I can hardly wait for the new adventures
Clearwater County, Alberta, Canada
I agree on the technology question, Charles. It sounds like there are many more electronics on this new boat. What safeguards are in place to ensure the safety and continued functioning of them? Are there redundant or backups for key equipment, just in case?
Congratulations! Looking forward to to all of the progress and technical videos.
Steve and Mandy
What an amazing opportunity you have created for yourselves.
New boat sounds exciting.
Question, with all this performance would you be kind enough to show us how everything will be secured. Being the new need for speed water bearing beautiful people that you are.
What about “Minon”?….”Minon 2″ ??. You will still need to reach shore.
Very exciting! After reading your wish list for a new boat, I was pretty sure the HH 44 would be your choice. It’s the only cat on the market that checks all the boxes…the hybrid propulsion system with shaft drive really puts it over the top! I am looking forward to following your videos as you acquire and sail it. Can’t wait to see one in person. Congratulations!
I am so excited to hear that you are moving up from the near east side. The two of you have done a fantastic job building out your current boat for sure! Now you’ll only have to set sail, major work free for a few good years. Defiantly visit the South Island. You will fine it more captivating than the north, which is saying something.
Peace and safe seas.
Where is the HH Catamaran factory located? Will you be taking delivery there?
HH web site states that the build site is their Cebu, Philippines plant
Elizabeth Jo Collins.
IDTS, it’s in the US now.
Seems that HH44’s are being built in the Philippines
According to the HH website, all future HH44’s and 50’s will be built in their factory in Cebu, Philippines.
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WHEEEEEEEE!!!! I AM SOOOOOO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!!!
Love the celebration ‘fireworks’ your keyboard skills produced!
CONGRATULATIONS NIKKI & JASON!!
My Husband & I have been big fans for years and
want to do what you do when we grow up! Please place
twin order for that gorgeous OC44 for us! LOL! Laura & Paul
How exciting! So happy for you guys. Boy, it looks like a great boat with every bell and whistle one could imagine. Right decision on the direct drive in my opinion. Absolutely astounding electrical system with huge battery storage and motor/high output generator. The cockpit and salon layout is amazing. And the workroom with the huge storage and a supplemental refrig is awesome. Can’t wait to see you guys sailing in it!
A lot of amazing technology and capability on this new boat.
But I am not crazy about the large flat bottom between the hulls – an area that will make a lot of noise and take a lot of stress in high seas.
There is also a certain amount of risk in taking on an unproven model. Because of its newness and high-tech construction and equipment, many critical repairs and repair parts won’t be readily available or DIY.
Ther is a lot to be said for the principle of KISS: keep it simple, stupid!
Mike~ The builders have already proven and built high performance yachts and catamarans since 2012. Construction methods are built for America’s Cups and know what they are doing.
I agree. You two have proven that you can do anything when it comes to repairs. However, there are always going to be “issues” with a new boat. One recommendation: When you take delivery, don’t be sailing off on a multi thousand mile trip. Stick close to home for a while until most issues are worked out. Of course you already knew that. Safe travels.
They told me this same thing when I wanted to take my RV to Alaska the first year I owned it. I feel sure they will get their feet wet before a major passing.
I have been following y’all since your trip to Alaska in your class a Bounder. My wife and I are full timers for 19 mos in our Montana 5th wheel. Congratulations to both of you. Safe passage and keep the fantastic content coming.
We look forward to watching you every Sunday night. You are simply a part of our family (the ones we like) and we could not be happier for you both. Can’t wait to continue watching your marvelous adventures!
Yes, yes. All of this is wonderful, congratulations. However, your video left out the most important feature in your selection– what color did you choose?
That’s pretty important, I agree.
Sherie and Craig Masters
Yay! We’ve been wondering and waiting the big reveal! Wow! What a great boat! Perfect for you both and can’t wait to see your journey continue on Curiosity2! Now you have us thinking about HH for our second boat. 🤔
Congrats & best of luck. Price?
What is the build time?? From deposit to splash.
I am so excited for you two! You so deserve this great new boat!
What a beautiful boat! Congratulations.. it will be exciting to see the build underway.
The work room is fantastic and perfect use for a third cabin.
Will she be named Curiosity?
Can you tell us more about the marine refrigeration? Capacity, models etc.
I know that was a big issue on the current boat.
Best of luck with the upcoming surveys!!!
The new name is … “SelfReliance” !!!
Elizabeth Jo Collins.
No, the name is Curiosity 2. They said so in the message.
I’m a bit old-school, but whenever ’digital’ is mentioned, I cringe. But wow! What a boat!
But where’s the life raft that drops out in the middle of the night in rough seas on long passages???!!!!
I see the sail bags sold in a flash. Congrats! I’ve anticipated this post for weeks. I’m really looking forward to the future watching you guys.
Dr J. Stuart Latham
Hi both, the new boat sounds incredible, I wish you all the best for your continued adventures on the Oceans. The tech has always been an interest and high involvement throughout my life, along with a short 7 year career in the RN so I get the draw and freedom of the Sea.
Kind regards, Stuart (Sheffield, UK)
Wow, so excited for you two. The new boat Sounds amazing. Love reading and watching your blog. Love from Oregon.
1. Are there provisions to make the aft cockpit weather tight?
2. That is a lot of technology. How do you feel about maintaining that equipment while at sea?
I particularly wondered about number 1, as well.