Hampton Endurance 680 LRC Boat Review | Yachting Magazine

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Hampton Endurance 680 LRC

Hampton Endurance 680 LRC Main

Photo by: Shaw McCutcheon

Hold this thought by celebrated basketball coach John Wooden: “ It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen. ”

By the time I caught up with the new Hampton Endurance 680 Long Range Cruiser, she was already on a tight schedule. If you’re considering a boat designed and built to do some serious cruising, then it’s completely understandable that you don’t want to sit at the dock. And if her owner is like many of the other Hampton owners I’ve interviewed over the years, I suspect this boat’s time at the dock will be quite limited.

I felt the pressure while trying to shoehorn my way on board for my sea trial. The latest offering in the Endurance lineup had already made an appearance at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Then she went through the detailing and cleanup from all the foot traffic, a pre-show aerial photo shoot, then an interior shoot and the final sea trial for the twin 873-horsepower Caterpillar C18 diesels. Now her owner was chomping at the bit to get his hands on the wheel of his new boat and head over the horizon to the Bahamas.

When I finally managed to get on board, along with Anchor Yacht’s Forest Roberts, who heads up the Lauderdale-based Hampton dealership, Coach Wooden’s words kept going through my head: “ Little things make big things happen. ”

Some of the Hampton’s little things are actually big. The bottom, from the keel to six inches above the waterline, is a solid fiberglass laminate. The Kevlar-reinforced collision zone extends from the bow area 12 feet aft under water and then out to port and starboard another 12 feet. Among the truly little things I noticed is the way the legs of the stools at the portside island galley were secured. The two front legs fit neatly and securely into a cutout at the base of the counter, anchoring them to the island.

“They’ll never slide or tip over while she’s under way or in a sea. Simple solution,” Roberts said. Slick.

This small touch was just the first of multiple details I discovered on the 680. A unique latch on the door of the full-size refrigerator keeps the door closed in a pitching sea. There were screens on the easy-to-swing pantograph doors. I took particular note of the electrically operated and custom-fit designer blinds on the usual out-of-reach forward windows, which will effortlessly cut harsh sunlight. I found drains on the bridge deck seamlessly connected to overfills to prevent water from pooling topside. And the engine room air intakes were located on the inboard sides of the exterior’s wide walkways, in order to significantly discourage salty mist from making its way into the machinery.

Based on countless boat tests, I’ve found this attention to detail almost always signifies that the big items will also stand out. And they certainly did on this Endurance.

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It’s easy to extol Hampton’s craftsmanship on the 680’s interior, what with the perfectly matching African makore cherry and flawless, high-gloss finish. The accommodations layout includes comfortable and fully finished crew quarters aft — an area that could easily double as a private space for the children or grandchildren of owner/operators. Our test model featured four staterooms and four heads, with sufficient stowage, perfect for extended cruising. Several optional layouts are available.

Topside, the spacious enclosed bridge, with dining and seating area, has almost 20 feet of open space extending from the back of the house, while the main-deck cockpit has its own alfresco table and seating. In addition, there is a useful and well-placed day-head on the afterdeck. Put that all together with her Portuguese bridge and a salty profile, and this boat is ready to go.

However, it was in her Soundown-insulated and air-conditioned engine room that I could truly appreciate the builder’s attention to detail and safety.

“Redundancy is one of the keys to our building philosophy,” Roberts said. “We want and need our owners to feel and be safe while under way.”

To that end, I found a hands-on-owner’s dream space, with room to work on any part of the mains, gensets, pumps, or any other critical maintenance or service area, and the kind of backup systems that create an indisputable safety factor.

For instance, there are two saltwater air-conditioning systems with two AC circulation pumps. There are a pair of freshwater Headhunter pumps, one 110-volt and a backup 24-volt DC unit. Two power steering pumps and a pair of heavy-duty pumps from the power-takeoff on the transmissions can drive the Wesmar nine-square-foot fins, as well as both 33-horsepower bow and stern thrusters. The automatic oil-change system services the mains, the 23 and 15 kW Kohler gensets and both transmissions. There are eight 115-amp AGM marine batteries in boxes for the house system, a pair of 200-amp, boxed AGM starting batteries per engine and a 100-amp heavy-duty battery, also boxed, for each genset. Then there are a pair of shore-power isolation transformers with ISO boost, two 75-foot Glendinning Cablemasters and a 4 kW inverter. Combine that with sturdy, no-nonsense construction and the Endurance 680 more than lives up to her name.

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