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HHH 35 catboat - Hull no 9

Old 06-09-2021, 11:36 AM
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Default HHH 35 catboat - Hull no 9

We are excited about our upcoming H3 35' catboat and are documenting its progress and build through this thread. Like the three previous THT'ers (Carpediem15, rcoshane, & Knot Tight) whose builds have been shared on these pages, it takes a certain combination of product and organization which makes an individual 'push the red button'/squeeze the trigger and commit to a new build. And like the three guys above, it was not displeasure with our existing boats, but a strong enough interest in a catamaran to want the experience. Our commitment was solidified when we visited the shop last year, met with the builder, and were able to see firsthand their operation and their boats. Though we did not get a seatrial that day, we felt comfortable enough with what we saw that we subsequently plunked down a deposit and began the process.

What we saw - We saw an extremely attractive (to us) offshore capable cat employing state of the art materials and building techniques in a smart and functional design. The boats are being put together by a group of talented staff under the direction of people whose interest is to put out the highest and best quality product possible. There are many capable builders putting out some truly beautiful boats, and many have been illustrated on this board. But after looking for some time, Hinkley, his group, and his boat fit our requirements to a 'T'.

In the ensuing time period since our initial meeting, and following the builds of the others, our interactions with Hinkley and his staff, including Art, Miguel, and his very talented rigger, Jordan (more on these guys later), and Esther, the most important person at the yard because she handles the money... has only emphasized that we made a good (right) decision when we chose HHH Boatworks to build our boat. I don't doubt that this will continue throught our build.

I will try and emphasize areas which were not elaborated on/or photographed in the prior threads. If I occasionally repeat something please accept my apologies in advance. Also would be glad to answer any questions you may have and what I don't know can be readily gotten from the builder. Suggestions/comments are appreciated and encouraged. Here we go...



In early February, our number came up. Here, the mold is being prepared at Marine Concepts in Sarasota, FL

Here are some initial features incorporated into the build -

1 - Hull/cap/deck - Base 35'LX in Dessert Tan colored hull w/Snow White cap and deck. The configuration is twin aft above deck live wells w/center transom walk thru
2 - Hard top - Standard hard top w//stand thru second station controls and custom CPD T-Top/pipework
3 - Engines - Twin Mercury 300R, AMS, white with custom trim kit, props tbd
4 - Controls - Main - Mercury Digital w/9" VVD . Seastar 360 Optimus w/JS & AP/software suite - Second Station - Mercury Digital, tab ctrls, on/off
5 - Navigation - Simrad, dual 16" Evo3S w/dual 1K chirp transducers 175HW/175L, 4' open array radar, 5" compass, Ritchie, engine integration, Icom VHF - Second Station - Simrad Evo3s, 9"MFD
6 - Audio - JBL base system package (no, not 15 spkrs & 5 amps (!))
7 - Soft goods - provided for all std seating surfaces including coffin box and rear seating options
8 - Storage/Seating - Std trip seating with storage, Coffin box, rear seating w/cooler option and footrest
9 - Fishing - Hardware is Gemlux including Bluewater series outriggers w/screwless rodholders fixed and swivel type w/outlet(s) for electric hardware. above/below deck live wells 30/50 gal, plumbed and macerated. Full linered 5' forward fishboxes plumbed for bilge and macerated discharge. Seachest(s) p&s.
10 - Other - we are fitting a head for convenience in the console. The boat is furnished with safety gear including Fortress anchor and ground tackle. We have included optional lighting such as undergunnel, underwater, and other miscellaneous components not listed for brevity's sake.


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Old 06-09-2021, 12:04 PM
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What boats were you considering other than the HHH? And why did you decide on the HHH?

Desert Tan will definitely be a unique color. What color rub rail would you pair to that?

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Awesome boat and definitely a unique color
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Hey OakFord - My first interest was Freeman. I saw the little 2 x 2 ads in the back of Saltwater Sportsman/other mags in the mid 2000's and thought it was neat and the first cat that i thought looked good.. Somewhere around 2012 or so, there was a used 33 for sale in the Saerasota/St Pete area. It was one of their first hulls and was light blue hull color. I thought - gee, maybe buying a used Freeman was a good way to get introduced to catamarans. That was my first taste of 'Freemanitis'. In retrospect, it was probably a good deal at 200 large...but things heated up workwise and I forgot about boats.

Around 2017, I began thinking about it again and another boat that piqued our interest was Bill's new line of Prowlers, the 36 in particular. At the MIBS in 2018, I rode on THT'er Seal108's 36 w/twin 450R's. I also rode the Invincible 40. Both boats were very well done. A month later I read #1 tuna's thread https://www.thehulltruth.com/showthr...0#post11216860 . Although I thought I might see the H3 at that years MIBS, instead I rode on the new big Seahunter. Finally, following CarpeDiem15's build thread on his hull no 5, we had seen enough and paid Hinkley a visit...Had Robert (Calcutta) had his 32 available at the time, we would have considered it as well, but realistically Calcutta was on their way already and like Bill, didn't need our help. The entire Hinkley 'setup' attracted us in a way that was too hard to resist - exclusivity, design/designers, looks, execution/quality, and Hinkley's quiet way of letting his boat do the talking...The fact that he was only a little over an hour from us also helped.

As far as color goes, Dessert tan is not a color that is in vogue right now. But give it a chance. She will be paired with white engines/white rubrails, and possibly something you don't see much anymore - a bootstripe...Here's a taste...



First day at the yard in mid March

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She looks great, Mark! Happy for you, and excited to see this thing unfold. I’m also excited to see what the 300Rs will do.
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How would a seakeeper work on a cat? Worth it?
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I cringed a bit when I first read Desert Tan was the hull color of choice. Just seeing it freshly popped from the mold I think it looks great and will only look better with white accents. Nice!
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I like that color
Congrats
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Congratulations Mark, I will admit I wasn’t a big fan of the color but I think it will turn out nice. Heath shared with me after the fact he was unsure about my color choices but he liked them once the boat was built. I am also interested to see what the 300 r’s will do on the boat.
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LIke that cat. My last boat was moon dust w/white verados - looks sharp. this platform seems to be a good balance w/twins. that's where cat's shine - when you run less running surface w/ less HP
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Originally Posted by bigfoot2 View Post
How would a seakeeper work on a cat? Worth it?
Stay tuned. Maybe, but not on ours...Regarding cost and worth that's more than the $64,000 question...and a good topic for a thread...
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Originally Posted by Aquasportfisher View Post
I cringed a bit when I first read Desert Tan was the hull color of choice. Just seeing it freshly popped from the mold I think it looks great and will only look better with white accents. Nice!
Lol - So did the builder, but he is an extremely courteous fellow...Thanks for your support. As they say...From your mouth to God's ear...
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Originally Posted by rcoshane View Post
She looks great, Mark! Happy for you, and excited to see this thing unfold. I’m also excited to see what the 300Rs will do.
Originally Posted by Knot Tight View Post
Congratulations Mark, I will admit I wasn’t a big fan of the color but I think it will turn out nice. Heath shared with me after the fact he was unsure about my color choices but he liked them once the boat was built. I am also interested to see what the 300 r’s will do on the boat.
Thank you guys. Corey I had been thinking Ice Blue for ours but you got there first. Shane the picture of your boat in white at the yard the day we saw it was breathtaking. The photo doesn't do it justice. I think you could paint these boats 'Barney Purple' and they would still look good...

Regarding engines every time we would talk the 300's would get further and further out. When I asked Heath to inquire about the R's, the answer came back available in June! Sadly, whoever told him that was wrong...Anyway, we shall see...
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Originally Posted by MarkV View Post
Thank you guys. Corey I had been thinking Ice Blue for ours but you got there first. Shane the picture of your boat in white at the yard the day we saw it was breathtaking. The photo doesn't do it justice. I think you could paint these boats 'Barney Purple' and they would still look good...

Regarding engines every time we would talk the 300's would get further and further out. When I asked Heath to inquire about the R's, the answer came back available in June! Sadly, whoever told him that was wrong...Anyway, we shall see...
Selling the Rybo????
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Originally Posted by oldbrowndog View Post
LIke that cat. My last boat was moon dust w/white verados - looks sharp. this platform seems to be a good balance w/twins. that's where cat's shine - when you run less running surface w/ less HP
Thank you sir. Our existing boat is Moon Dust before it was catalogued as such by Awlgrip. It has a special meaning to us, but the new girl gets her own 'makeup'.

One of the attractions for us on the H3 is the fact that the boat was designed to run on twins, and so far, the performance numbers on all the boats reported on don't disappoint...
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Selling the Rybo????
Hey Brandon it's great to hear from you! That will be the worst part of this as we were perfectly content to 'exit stage right' with our Runner, and after 25 years it is a hard thing to do. We cannot keep both. Per the Admiral...But as with my best friend, both of us have started our 'fourth quarters' and time waits for no one. I would always be wondering...Anyway, I will pm you later and lets catch up. Would love to hear what's going on in your world...
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Hey Brandon it's great to hear from you! That will be the worst part of this as we were perfectly content to 'exit stage right' with our Runner, and after 25 years it is a hard thing to do. We cannot keep both. Per the Admiral...But as with my best friend, both of us have started our 'fourth quarters' and time waits for no one. I would always be wondering...Anyway, I will pm you later and lets catch up. Would love to hear what's going on in your world...
Likewise Mark. 25 years... I can't even imagine keeping a boat that long!! haha. I can't wait to see your finished build, maybe we can catch up in Miami when I am driving down for Mini season? I will be there staying the night (somewhere) on the eve of July 23rd.
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A quick little video of the hull being infused and below, a still shot of the 'spaghetti bowl'


It takes down a lot easier than it goes up. The infusion process itself goes fairly quickly. H3 makes extensive use of Carbon Fiber in all the major hull components. Note to others: If you plan on using a big boy 'ducer such as AirMar's R series let the builder know in advance. I made the mistake of assuming I could use a shoot thru unit (I did not want to put a very large hole in the bottom of the boat) and didn't realize it can't shoot thru CF...
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Dang Mark! I wish I had told you about the transducer. The same thing happened to me.
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Early on in one of the prior threads there had been some discussion on Hinkley's tunnel and its ability to take stress. Below are a couple of shots of the grillage/bulkhead scheme used and a detail of the glasswork and bonding. The entire boat uses VE resin and is cored with Gurit's Corecell...The exception are the fuel/water tank areas whose tops are sealed utilizing epoxy with glass. We will talk a little more about fuel tanks later on...






grillage/bulkhead bonding detail. Members themselves are at least 3" thick




Figure in picture for scale. All areas/voids not being used are filled with 2lb density foam




another bulkhead detail


From the outside it is hard to tell just how robust the construction is, and possibly its fine features give the hull something of a feminine and light feel in contrasts with its interior. In this picture the hull has not had its tabbings trimmed which were part of the infusion...H3 provides its own inspections on each hull for voids or any blemishes/imperfections on arrival at the yard...

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