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Hood 55 Expedition

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Ted Hood has been designing seagoing yachts for over 50 years; his latest is an all-round ocean voyager. It’s designed with a tall rig for running before trade winds, and there’s also a big diesel to get to windward when time is short and the winds are from the wrong quarter. There’s comfortable seating behind either of the dual wheel stations, with good visibility in all directions. A remote autopilot in the pilothouse lets the helmsman operate the yacht from there in poor weather. The cockpit area just forward of the helm stations has a folding teak table that can handle up to eight for a meal.

The hull and deck are fiberglass with CoreCell sandwich and solid glass where there are through-hulls. A Scheel keel keeps weight low, and the draft without the centerboard is only 61/2 feet. Hood keeps to his proven design principles with this yacht, and the result is a whale-shaped hull with fairly round bilges, full underwater sections, and reasonably heavy displacement.

Belowdeck accommodations include a large master stateroom aft with ensuite head and two cabins forward with a separate head and shower. An option includes a single berth aft adjacent to the owner’s stateroom for use by a captain or delivery skipper. The interior joinery is satin-finished American cherry, and all soles are teak and holly with a matte finish. All hatches have screens and shades, and a reverse-cycle air conditioner cools the entire interior.

A 300-horsepower turbocharged John Deere diesel provides enough power to cruise comfortably at over 9 knots. Two tanks carry 500 gallons of fuel; the water tanks store up to 300 gallons; and a 90-gallon holding tank provides lots of flexibility when cruising along the coast. A Stoway mast and electric headsail-furling gear make sailhandling easy for two even in less-than-ideal weather conditions.

For more information, visit Ted Hood Yachts.

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