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The Hood 52 is a modern motor yacht with a very special mission in mind. It’s a creation from Ted Hood’s well tested design board, and represents an elegantly appointed cruiser featuring the accommodations of a sixty‐footer and handling ability like no other. Most importantly, this addition to the Hood line of power cruisers and sailboats builds upon past accomplishments, setting a new standard for coastal cruising, and a benchmark that redefines the meaning of a home afloat.
By design, the Hudson 52 is a user-friendly cruiser with shorthanded operation. Part of the breakthrough stems from the rotating Zeus Drives that allow the agile trawler to instantaneously respond to commands from a highly responsive joy stick. There is no need for a bow thruster with the Zeus Drives, which are significantly more effective and efficient. This maneuverability turns docking into a low stress, low impact boating experience. While a capable couple can handle the vessel alone, there is plenty of room to comfortably accommodate friends, kids, or even kids with grandkids. Best of all, she’s designed for both gentle meandering in a displacement mode and a “full throttle” request that taps into her alter ego – going from a 8.5 knots, and a top speed of 14 knots.
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With a powerful high bow and carefully tapered topside flair, the Coastal Explorer 52 promises to be a dry deck trawler. Her beamy (18.9’) hull narrows (to 15.6’) at the water line. The fine sections and modest deadrise create a large volume hull that culminates in a protective 4.5’ draft keel providing directional stability and protection for the thrust producing, pivoting Zeus drives. TRAC fin stabilizers are part of the standard package. However, there’s also a gyro stabilizer system offered as an option. This eliminates the drag and damage of stabilizer fins, and can be operated both at anchor and underway, while using only 1.5kw of power.
One of the design goals was to make sure that the pleasure of being underway be as enjoyable as arrival in port. Picking the right engine and right drive train was an important part of this equation. The Coastal Explorer 52 is powered by a pair of 600hp Cummins/Mercruiser turbocharged after-cooled diesels. The dual 600hp diesel engines are now standard. The boat can easily climb onto her bow wave and leave water astern at twenty + knots! The “power density” of the new in-line six cylinder innovative Zeus drive train is high enough to squeeze a lot of thrust into a compact package. Eliminating a long run of shaft, and a conventional drive system upped overall efficiency and the vessels power to weight ratio benefited. The boat also offers efficient displacement mode cruising with the big engines running at a quiet 1,200 RPM’s and merely sipping fuel along the way at 8.5 knots and all while achieving 2.1 miles to the gallon.
Several major technological breakthroughs, combined with Hood yacht design’s unique balance of tradition and innovation, work in conjunction to deliver this best of both world’s boat. Take for example the big boat accommodations that are fitted into a relatively small waterline footprint. Hood has achieved the volume by creating a careful balance between a large cabin house and a usable hull shape. To overcome a rising center of gravity he has kept the tankage and machinery as low as possible, all well below the lower deck as well as the waterline, and specified modern composite construction for all of the interior, hull, and deck structure. Ted Hood’s sea-going background in designing custom sail and power boats, along with the success of both the Little Harbor line of sailing yachts and WhisperJets, have been a benefit to the new Coastal Explorer 52. By combining the functional design attributes of other Hood designs, and the firm’s consummate knowledge of equipment and manufacturing processes, the Hood crew has given the new boat a valuable head start.
Ted Hood Yachts has always been known for its willingness to embrace new technology. Take for example the Explorer’s aft engine room and the innovative twin Zeus drive diesels, a combination of propulsion package and engine isolation that’s a win-win for both crew and machinery. Seven-foot headroom and wide beam aft create a spacious engine room, making regular maintenance a much easier task to accomplish. The location minimizes machinery noise, and keeps the fragrance of internal combustion well away from the main saloon and owner’s stateroom. Tanks conform to the shape of the hull and occupy the lowest point in the vessel keeping the thousands of pounds of water and fuel weight well below the water line, while still allowing fluid transfer to be used to maintain the fore and aft trim of the vessel.
The accommodations aboard the Coastal Explorer 52 connect rather than isolate passengers from what there is to see. Ports and windows have been placed with a person’s line of sight in mind, not simply positioned based upon how they look on the vessel profile drawing. From the flybridge to the main deck to the accommodations below, there are three distinct angles of view. The hull molding technology and the engineering behind the fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) laminate schedule allows for large windows to connect the crew with their surroundings. For example, the deep U-shape galley is anything but hidden away in a dark corner of the boat. Located between the salon dining area and aft to the outside dining area, the cook is both in the midst of all conversations and has a spectacular 360 degree view of his or her waterfront. If a kitchen is the heart of a home ashore, this galley certainly plays that role afloat far better than any home on land.
The theme of connectivity is maintained throughout the boat. With the salon in the center of a spacious main cabin, it affords both informal ability to socialize and a place where more formal dining can occur. Located just forward of the well-appointed galley lies a curved settee and sculpted dining table that can seat 6-8 comfortably. Aft of the galley is a large open (yet under a protective roof) lounging/ dining area with access to the galley via a sliding window. Across on the starboard side is a comfortable sofa. A handy day head is located at the same deck level directly opposite the galley. Just outside the day head and to port of the galley is the main electric panel installed at eye level. No more leaning over and straining to flip the right switch.
The area forward of the main saloon transitions into a “full feature” pilot house which is more like a large yacht’s bridge than a small motorboat’s inside steering station. There’s room for extensive instrumentation and the anticipated use of a large digital chart display, stand alone radar, and equipment such as sonar, FLIR, and a laptop and communications equipment that guarantees connectivity. Instead of a sloped Euro sculpted leading edge to the cabin house, Hood’s version of pilot house follows the tradition of seafaring wisdom with window angles sloped forward and an over hang to the cabin top that’s just enough to minimize glare; not only is hot sunlight kept out, but the helmsperson (and 2 guests can sit with the same view) with the best 360-degree view possible. This layout successfully uses the main cabin to function as the inside steering station while the social epicenter once the anchor has been dropped or the docklines made fast.
Accommodations below are spacious as well as functional, with an owner’s suite deserving of the name. The large king size island berth is flanked by port and starboard seats and lift-up desktops with bookcases above. His is to port, hers is to starboard. There are two comfortable lounging chairs perfect for reading or watching TV. (The TV rotates for easy visibility from the chairs or from bed.) Her head is entered from starboard and his from port. A large shower is between the two heads with doors opening inward so there is plenty of room to stand when getting the dry towels… and water stays where it belongs – in the shower!
Just forward to port is a door to a passageway forward – starboard of which is a guest stateroom with upper and lower berth, its own study, and a head, sink and shower. To port in the passageway is a separate washer and drier and a second freezer for storage, next to the washer/ dryer. Under the stairwell is the below decks electric panel mounted high on the bulkhead so there’s no need to need down to see the appropriate switches.
A bit forward are two small steps up to a large VIP stateroom with two 3-foot wide berths and comfortable sears for two people. There is a head and a sink to starboard and shower and a sink to port. Pretty impressive for a 52’ boat.
From the helm seat on the flybridge to the built-in workbench in the engine room and out to the swim-platform, the Coastal Explorer 52 is a perfect example of seagoing ergonomics. Far from the obstacle-course-type decks seen aboard most trawlers, Ted Hood’s straight runs and unencumbered 22” wide easy-pass side decks with 1 meter/ 39” high side handrails add to more comfort and safety and less risk in a choppy seaway. Custom Dinghy lift is light with easy to use lift run from the swim platform. So easy in fact that the person running the lift can, at the same time, guide the boat into water. Additionally, when dinghy is stored any person has head room under the dinghy from the swim platform and people sitting on aft deck can see over the top of the dinghy. However, if you want to struggle launching from aft upper deck the option is available, but hard it handle, plus the weight is up too high. Stairways from the swim platform to the main deck and to the flybridge, along with the spiral staircase port of the helm to below deck, are used to make an easy transition from level to level. There are no steps on any level. A good measure of the success of this design is how effectively it links the interior and exterior aspects of the vessel with the cruising routine. The owner can go aft through the hallway and the engine room for a swim and the mechanic can service the engines from the aft door of the swim platform without disturbing the accommodations.
Engineering plans call for the hull to be built in female molds and incorporate a structural foam core with hand laid fiber reinforced (FRP) skins on both sides of the rugged sandwich structure. Solid glass in-fills are molded in high stress areas and where fuel and water tanks are encapsulated with the hull. Systems Installation follow the usual Hood tradition of outfitting their boats with “top of the line” gear and careful engineering prior to installation. A look at the way the Little Harbor line of sailboats, Whisper Jets, and Hood’s other custom power cruisers, have stood the test of time is a valuable lesson about the longevity of quality design. It underscores the reason why first-rate components, whether they are hatches, ports, cleats, custom fabricated bow rollers, or simply the right alloy of fastener, are such an important investment in the long run.
A look at what is billed as “standard equipment” tells a lot about a partial summary of standard features aboard the Coastal Explorer 52 includes one 23 kW and one 9 kW Onan generators, both with power take-offs to run stabilizers, et cetera. Also, generously included are 6 Cruisair air conditioners, as well as radar, GPS, instrumentation and an autopilot all included with Zeus package. Instead of opting for an all too often seen electric range in the galley, the Coastal Explorer 52 comes equipped with a stainless-steel household 4 burner stove and oven with microwave with a vent above. There are also 2 built-in double refrigerator and freezer under-the-counter style drawer units. Finally, there is also a dishwasher and trash compactor conveniently included.
From the powerful Lofrans anchor windlass and massive stainless steel bow rollers to the custom dinghy lift on the stern, Ted Hood demonstrates his knowledge of what makes cruising comfortable and enjoyable. For the active “in the water” recreation oriented cruisers, he’s designed a swim step that’s more like a “water deck” where kids and adults can play while the spectator-types cluster around the spacious aft deck settee and table enjoying a cocktail and barbecue from the port side aft grill.
Better than a stationary second home, the new Coastal Explorer 52 gives its owners ever changing scenery in luxurious, homey comfort – afloat. Living on the water, breathing fresh air, exploring the natural world in quiet efficiency – cares fades and stress melts.
Ted Hood understands, as he always has, that one should be as comfortable and cozy on the water, in their “home-afloat”, as they are in their land home. If not more so.