Updated: Aug 15
HQ² is our new home for the next 2-3 years while we sail around the world. When she was purchased in Durban by her new family, we thought it would be fitting to give more life to the meaning of HQ² and came up with “Honour Quest 2” which can also be heard as “On-a-Quest”. The concept is that we are on a quest to explore the world via the ocean, bringing a little bit of the KwaZulu-Natal coast with us with a little Hibiscus flower.
HQ² is a luxurious South African 75ft Sailing Catamaran, designed by Du Toit Yacht Design and built in the Two Oceans Marine Shipyard in Cape Town in 2013. She is an Open Ocean 750 Catamaran and participated in the Cape2Rio in 2014 where she placed 6th in her class, completing the race in 28 days and 6 hours.
HQ² has 4 spacious bedrooms and 5 heads, with ample space for us as a family of 5/6 plus guests. This includes owners’ cabins in the aft and guest space in the forward cabins. There is an external cabin for professional crew as well with 2 bunk beds. Her open plan saloon, dining area and braai (barbeque) is perfect for entertainment whilst still being very versatile especially with its B&O system which makes for the perfect surround sound for any sort of festivities especially for movie nights with it's indoor cinema (screen and projector fitted by the new owners).
HQ² is fitted with a smeg gas oven, mielle stove top, washing machine, dryer and dishwasher. With 6 fridge drawers, 2 freezer drawers and 2 chest deep-freezers to sustain HQ² 's crew for long passages and ensure that it is a comfortable one.
According to 2 Oceans Marine HQ² is built in a sandwich construction, using epoxy E-glass with a PVC foam core with a fixed keel and spade rudder using laminar flow foil sections. This means that water flows in separate paths, which gives HQ² more lift and less drag in the water. Having a spade rudder means that the rudder post inside the rudder can be moved further aft so that the relentless force of water does not put pressure only on one side when the rudder is turned. A fixed keel is much lighter allowing it to achieve the highest righting moment due to its center of gravity as a percentage of its draft.
The owners of HQ² have sailed from Cape Town in Mid Feb 2023 and across the Atlantic Ocean including Saint Helena and Ascension Island across to Brazil, French Guiana and now are based in Trinidad/Tobago as they get ready for the charter season.