What a piece of kit Hardy built! You can tell that this Hardy Commodore 50, KISMET, has some heavy commercial heritage behind her—from the size of the stringers and ribs on display in her inner hull to the heated screens, which allow a mist-free, clear view over her decks from the inner helm. Her sea-kindly hull enables a smooth, damped ride through confused seas that would keep similar hard-chined boats in dock. Thus, her passage-making potential is far superior.
Andrew Wolstenholme designed her hull with blade-like forward sections that cleave the water neatly in twain, while flicking it astray with vim and vigour. She is as solid as a rock, as you would expect from her 27 tons light loading, passing through broken water. Thus, she can maintain a speed at a level of comfort that would bring any planing hull to a literal standstill in the water.
KISMET is one of the handful of these wonderful Hardy 50s that emerged from the Hardy sheds in North Walsham before the welcome takeover of the Hardy brand by Mylor’s Cockwells Ltd. Originally specified and built for Mark Funnell, who was the MD of Hardy Marine Ltd. at the time, she boasts the larger MAN R6-800 diesels, enabling a phenomenal top speed of 30 knots if required, or a leisurely 6 knots with a fuel burn in single figures. Her machinery is housed behind a watertight bulkhead door, as expected from a proper commercial sea-going vessel. Additionally, she features practical utility and study areas, along with six berths spread across three cabins.
Brokerage craft in this condition, with a class A rating, are rare—especially in the current used yacht market. She is, and will make, a superb cruising motor-yacht for those who do not wish to be held back by a bit of breeze. Offered to the market in sparkling condition, her engine room, in particular, is in a stunningly good state. With a complete set of instruction manuals, an excellent pedigree, exceptional volume, and ability for her size, she is a complete joy to be on board and a privilege to show.
A fantastic boat used by us as a family, KISMET is equally comfortable cruising the Channel Islands and Scilly Isles, as popping across to Yarmouth. Easy to handle and being 15m, can always find a berth on a busy weekend in the solent.
Continual maintenance and improvements carried out, but always trying to keep the boat as original as possible. From LED lights throughout to new cushions and entertainment systems, all improvements have been based on practical experience.