Day: October 5, 2020

How This Pioneering New Catamaran Builder Is Creating the ‘Ferrari of Sailing Cats’



a small boat in a body of water


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Multimillion-dollar sailing cats are a small but fiercely contested niche, mostly dominated by European brands. So it’s worth paying attention when an eight-year-old builder from China is considered a legitimate challenger to pedigreed French names such as Privilege and Lagoon.

HH Catamarans, with a line ranging from fast, wave-jumping 50-foot cruisers to 88-foot ocean yachts, has gained a loyal following in the US and Europe, in part because COO Paul Hakes—he’s one of the H’s in “HH”—is obsessed with mating upscale interiors to featherweight racing hulls.

Hakes assembled what he calls a “mini-UN” of expat experts at HH’s production headquarters in Xiamen, China. Naval architecture is done by the California-based firm Morelli & Melvin. The yachts are built by local labor: With an average of 40,000 man-hours per cat, the labor savings add up significantly, allowing HH to

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China launches new satellite to monitor ocean environment

A Long March 4B rocket carrying the Haiyang-2C (HY-2C) satellite takes off at 1:40 pm (Beijing Time) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China, on Sept 21, 2020. [Photo by Wang Jiangbo/chinadaily.com.cn]

JIUQUAN — China on Monday sent a new ocean-monitoring satellite into orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China.

A Long March 4B rocket carrying the Haiyang-2C (HY-2C) satellite took off at 1:40 pm (Beijing Time), according to the launch center.

The country’s third ocean dynamic environment satellite, the HY-2C, will form a network with the previous HY-2B and subsequent HY-2D to carry out high-precision maritime environment monitoring.

Monday’s launch was the 347th by the Long March rocket series. Xinhua


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