Hampton Endurance 720
Any boatbuilder worth his salt knows that success lies in the fundamentals of design and construction. Falter there and no amount of backfilling will save the day. But dial in all the critical points and a promising foundation can be laid. Hampton Yachts nails the fundamentals with this addition to its proven Endurance Series, the 720EN.
I sea-trialed the Hampton Endurance 720EN in the open Atlantic, straight offshore from Ft. Lauderdale, , on a day that was rather rough and ready. The steady 20 knots of wind, driving before it legions of 3- to 4-foot cresting waves of short duration, with an occasional “big boy” thrown in for good measure, generated conditions that were perfect for evaluating the bluewater performance of this fair-sized yacht.
The boat handled like a champ. I noted little if any of the usual ‘bucking’ motion that often prevails when busting headseas, a total lack of slamming in the errant big boys, no squatting aft in following seas, and no significant roll while abeam and running, whether the seas were on the port or starboard sides. Facilitating all this were our Wesmar Three-Term Stabilizer fins and a pair of 1,150-horsepower Caterpillar C18 ACERT diesels, which generated an average fast cruise of 18 knots at 2000 rpm and a respectable 14.7 knots at 1750 rpm.
The 720 features a hand-laid solid fiberglass hull with Knytex or Cymax fabrics. Vinylester resin is used for the first 5 layers of the hull layup, with 2 layers of Kevlar from chine to chine and 3 layers in the forward collision zone. Deck, deckhouse, and flying bridge are all cored with high-strength Divinycell foam. The hull-to-deck joint is through-bolted every 6 inches, sealed, and secured with 3M 5200 sealant, and glassed over with 3 layers of fiberglass. Longitudinal and transverse members are molded FRP and interior structural components are thoroughly bonded to the interior of the hull.
The 720 also offers an array of features and amenities, outside and inside, that provide a comfortable and luxurious feel. On the main deck, aft, there’s a dining table with a grill and sink. Step inside the saloon and you are greeted by top-shelf fit and finish and an obvious attention to detail. At the bottom of a wide staircase that joins the forward end of the saloon and the lower deck, the 720 features a four-stateroom, five-head layout. The forepeak VIP offers an island queen berth and cedar-lined closets, while an amidships guest stateroom (which shares a head with the VIP) offers side-by-side berths easily converted to a double thanks to a convenient insert. The full-beam master aft has an exceptionally decorative burl overhead, as well as a large walk-in, a cedar-lined closet, a bureau, vanity cabinets, and an en suite head. The crew’s quarters, all the way aft, have upper and lower berths and separate shower and head compartments, as well as a full galley. Exceptional, finely crafted woodwork and stowage areas ample enough for extended cruising are prevalent throughout.
On the upper deck, the skylounge has a dining table as well as a helm station, a comfortable seating area, and a head. A beautifully crafted staircase leads down to the main deck, with its galley forward, bar to starboard, formal dining area to port, and aft, a lovely main saloon.
After thoroughly testing the Endurance 720EN in sporty seas, I was absolutely convinced—this boat is well-suited to provide comfort and all-important peace of mind while underway and a long way from home.
Hampton Yachts, (949) 673-6300; www.hamptonyachts.com
: 122,500 lb. (dry)
: 2,031 gal.
: 450 gal.
: 2/1,150-hp Caterpillar C18 ACERT diesels
: $4.5 million
: Hung Shen 40 x 39 five-blade
*Range based on 90% of advertised fuel capacity.