Tuesday, March 2

Hampton Endurance 658: Easy-Living, Long-Range Cruiser

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A new Hampton Endurance 658, one of the company’s most popular long-range cruisers, will be ready for delivery this spring in Seattle. With twin 1,000-hp CAT 12.9 diesels, the four-stateroom, four-head yacht reaches a top speed of about 19 knots, and has a range of 1,300-nm at 8.6 knots.

The Endurance 658 is built for serious cruising couples or families. It is remarkably user-friendly, with wing docking stations on both sides of the aft deck, including engine controls and bow and stern thrusters. Large rudders also help with low-speed maneuvering.

And it offers a large margin of safety for long-range cruisers, based on the principle of redundancy. The 658 has in-line backups for fuel filters and pumps; it even has a spare generator.

For comfort on board, there’s a day head on the forward starboard side of the aft deck, an unusual feature for anything short of a superyacht. The Portuguese bridge is another popular cruising feature. It’s lined with stainless steel grab rails and has storage compartments forward; swing gates open outward and lead to two bench seats on the foredeck.

Protected by a hardtop, the flybridge has a centered helm seat with a companion seat to starboard; an L-shaped settee and dining table are a bit aft. Farther aft, a mini-galley provides an upper entertainment center, with a bar, fridge, icemaker, propane grill and Corian countertop.

The salon is made for relaxing, with a large sofa on the starboard side and occasional chairs to port. Internal stairs lead down to the aft crew quarters and engine room. Forward, the helm is centered with a companion seat to starboard.

On the accommodation deck, the full-beam master stateroom is amidships, with a king-sized bed; the master head is aft. A VIP stateroom with a queen-sized bed is in the bow; a guest cabin, with convertible twin beds or a queen is to port.

Specs.: LOA: 68’10”; Beam: 19’2”; Draft: 5’2”; Disp.: 102,500 lbs.; Fuel: 1,750 gals.; Water: 400 gals.; Power: 2×1,000-hp CAT 12.9 diesels. Read more, and see a video of a 658 in Seattle by Neil Rabinowitz below:

http://hamptonyachtgroup.com

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