OUR NEW CATAMARAN – Paint, Windows & Winches
It’s been a while since we’ve given you an update on our new HH44 catamaran and this is a big one! There has been a flurry of activity behind the scenes and we have a few big surprises in the coming weeks. Because…we’re finally on our way to the HH factory! But we’re taking the long route.
The whole factory experience was a lot more in-depth and expansive than we ever anticipated. We have so much footage, we could have made this a one-hour episode! Because we didn’t even get to the design team with their high-performance 3D printers, the training on winch maintenance, or how hatches are made. But that just means we have a few more pearls to share with you later.
But most importantly, the trip was a success, and we feel like we have a from-the-ground-up understanding of the day-to-day equipment we will trust to take us around the world on our sailboat safely. Hopefully, you do too! And I don’t have to tell you how excited we will be to see our new boat’s beautiful, flat, toughened glass windows. Because we still get a slight nervous tick just thinking about re-bedding our old windows.😵💫
As for Curiosity, it is really exciting to see her taking shape. HH is making great progress at the factory and (knock on wood) seems to be moving along smoothly with no major setbacks or surprises. Fingers crossed that everything continues to move forward with no issues. And don’t worry, we’re going to keep the updates coming on the boat and we’ll dive into a lot more detail soon.
This sanding (or fairing) process takes weeks and is an incredible amount of work. Underneath those suits are probably some very shredded gents. I shall give them all a Texas-size hug when we get there.
I am so excited to see those folding transoms I can hardly contain myself! That bit of extra security during big seas is going to have me sleeping like a baby. And those side boarding gates, well grocery loading and stepping onto a dock just got a whole lot easier.
We’re soooo excited about the weeks ahead and know it will fly by in the blink of an eye. Our next stop is in Italy, which involves making a family dream come true and some unique problem-solving for our workshop and navigation areas. So, if you have any travel tips for Tuscany, we would love to hear them!
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I wanted to add, good for lewmar wanting to talk about your extensive real world experience etc.
You are such good communicators that your feed back should be valuable . In the few years you have been sailing you have accumulated more on the water time than 99% of their customers .
N&J, Great video, love the factory tour of Lewmar and the clearly proud people that work there. I started my manufacturing life in England, (boats) but I spent the past 43 years in the USA in manufacturing, and I’m so glad to see how strong it is in the UK sadly not the case in US.
100% agree with paint for the hull, really good decision, gelcoat is only good as an in mold process.
Great to hear lewmar expert say paint the outside of a replacement acrylic window edges. Sadly you missed my advise to do the same although I think I suggested using ‘vinyl wrap’ type material ( I’m sure it was long after the job was done though).
Looking fwd to much much more !
Cheers Warren (Patreon)
Ps I hope the lewmar buyout is working well in usa it’s so often the death nail for a company or product line.
So glad you enjoyed the tour and approve of the paint! It really was such a hard call but in the end, we’re feeling confident about it. And yes, we clearly did miss your suggestion on painting the outside of the windows. Not sure how well it would hold up but certainly worth a try to help make them last longer.
As for the buyout, we were surprised to hear from the team that it had all been very positive. Because yes, it is a rare case. They said it brought more infrastructure and solid leadership to the company.
You said, “We have so much footage, we could have made this a one-hour episode!”
Make it so!! 😀
We would love to see that. Seriously!!!
Still catching up watching through all of your videos. I’m still watching back videos from 4 years ago.
How much is the final price? I want one like yours!
We placed our order before the price increased. So I honestly don’t know what the pricing is now. But you can request full price lists here: hhcatamarans.com/hh44-wynns
That was a great video. Lippert and Lewmar seems to be great companies. I liked it when the engineering people were available and they were asking you questions about your comfort, about what you want technology wise, what is easy and convenient for you and what is inconvenient and other helpful questions.
I liked them recognizing the recycling aspect. Recycling was mentioned a couple times I believe. Everyone you spoke with was not rushed, informative and professional as they took the time to explain everything.
Window headaches from the past turn into a blessing for you as this tour was a good move on your part.
Happiness and Joy,
They really didn’t hold back and it was great! They gave us much more access and freedom than we probably deserved but we were much appreciative! We learned so much, I just hope we can retain it all.
That was fun! What an amazing factory, I can’t imagine the cost of all that expensive machinery!
Love the color of your new boat. It is one of my favorite colors! I can’t wait to see the next process. Thanks for bringing us along.
They did and its in an earlier video. Short answer is its still not practical for remote destinations and long distance use. Just like vehicles and aircraft. Good planning always requires 2 ways out.
Hope Nicki found time for a High tea at the Dorchester, Savoy, Ritz, Claridges or… Not to be missed.
what an amazingly well put together and informative video and I too am a sucker for a factory tour. I was impressed with the factory employees you were paired with, they were so knowledgeable and well spoken. Your confidence must be buoyed after the tour.
How much does this kind of boat cost?
Great episode. You will clearly be much more connected to your new boat by seeing how many of the critical components are actually created. Thanks for bringing us along. The excitement builds. Also, we are headed to London in just under two months and your comments on the jet lag were helpful. We’ve added a day on the front of our trip to allow for our adjustment. Of course, I could not do nothing so I booked Mama Mia for that evening. Hopefully the music will keep us awake.
What fun! Yes, so glad you booked an extra day, you will want it. We were so wiped the first couple of days…but still had a fantastic time and stayed awake for the fun stuff. Just don’t plan early mornings. 🥴
This was fantastic! It was a great tour, and I loved learning more about Lewmar. Pretty sure they will be our windows of choice.
Can’t wait to see them installed on your beautiful HH. Loved seeing you guys in London. xo
Loved this Video! My company Surface Prep Deals with Lippert in Indiana for the RV side, they are a fantastic Company.
Wow……..I enjoyed this Factory Tour Looks like TOP NOTCH operation, Looks Like they have the right Formula for production. Love the Recycling and the Quality Control they have in place. Also love the TIP of putting the UV blocker on the Perspex on the outside will be Keeping this in mind for our next Leopard Window Job that seems to be a Continuing problem on our boat. I also love the part where you had the Idea of putting the Laminated glass up top and once they said 4x the price plus a weight issue that was a complete NO GO. ( I was thinking the same Question ) As always you guys Do the best videos for US cruisers. Enjoy ! the UK
and stay Warm !!
Jon & Lori
Marathon, Florida Keys
“Hertford, Hereford and Hampshire Hurricanes hardly ever happen”. Enjoy your time in England. Hope the weather picks up a little for you.
“fairing”, not “faring”, when you mean to describe smoothing by sanding.
“…we feel like we have a from-the-ground-up understanding of the day-to-day equipment we will trust to take us around the world…”
So your plans are to do a complete circumnavigation eventually?
Yep, that was the plan from the beginning and hopefully they’ll be able to complete it!
I feel that sailing about the world is the goal. RTW is less about trip more about the passage. (:
Warren, you know us well! 😉
Love your posts. I have been following you for awhile
Thank you Lewmar!! I loved the factory tour, it could’ve been an hour and I’d still want more! So incredibly excited for Sunday to roll around so I can get my “Wynn fix”, get all the tea. Nikki and Jason, you are two of my favorite people, I love your energy and I’m so thankful this is what you’re doing!
Next Sunday can’t come fast enough 😉
Love your dream boat. Wondered if you have ever considered going all electric instead of hybrid.
Absolutely! If the battery technology was more advanced, we 100% would. Because right now that is the one area that seems to be the weak link with the all-electric motors. If we were only coastal cruising we 100% would. But for the extremely remote locations and long stretches of ocean we plan to tackle, it’s safest to go hybrid. But that is the beauty of our eco-drive, we don’t ever have to burn a drop of diesel if we don’t need to (it’s back up, no different than an emergency generator but much more functional and helpful) . We can run 100% electric all the time.