Hampton’s new Endurance 640 long-range cruising yacht seems more like a conservatively styled scaled-down superyacht than a midsize fast trawler, and she’s likely to stir any yachtsman’s wanderlust. Maybe more important, her tried-and-true no-nonsense looks will hold up well over time, as will the quality of her construction.
A long-range cruiser of this ilk often serves as a second, or even a primary, home. Relatively beamy for a given overall length, she’ll swallow nearly as much clothing, consumables, and guests as a shoreside dwelling. The E640’s arrangement plan suggests that of a beach-side cottage—the galley, right forward and up three steps from the spacious and homey saloon, is very much like a family room. An L-shaped settee with table on the starboard side faces a pair of barrel chairs and a small table to port. The entertainment center is forward of the settee and keeps prying eyes out of the chef’s machinations. All the way forward on the main deck, Hampton has placed the helm on the centerline, between a dinette to port and a stairway to starboard.
The stairs lead below to a foyer, which gives access to the master suite amidships, a guest cabin on the port side, and the VIP stateroom in the bow. Occupants of these latter two cabins share the head at the base of the stairs to starboard. In the full-beam master, the berth occupies a place of honor on the centerline and is twice isolated from the engine room by the head, walk-in closet/dressing room, and fuel tanks.
Owners who enjoy machinery checks should appreciate the engine room’s standing headroom. The arrangement plan shows an extraordinary amount of space around the in-line six-cylinder Cats, plus a massive lazarette abaft the engine room. It seems an ideal spot for a garage to shelter the tender, but I’d be happier keeping the stowage area and putting the tender in chocks on the boat deck abaft the flying bridge.
Although the E640 stays true to traditional styling, the exterior elements work well together. Her sweeping sheerline breaks nicely amidships, the sail panels that support the flying bridge lean forward in synchronicity, and the clipper bow is lovely to look at. In addition to its good looks, the bow’s shape rapidly increases buoyancy when the yacht beats into steep head seas.
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This article originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.