The 50 Expedition Motor Sailor from Ted Hood Yacht Design
For over 50 years, the name Ted Hood has been synonymous with beautifully crafted yachts for even the most discerning yachtsmen. The newly re-designed Ted Hood Expedition 50 Motor Sailor is no exception-she is designed for ocean cruising, as evident from prismatic hull and impressive freeboard. The 50 Expedition exudes power, comfort and safety with an emphasis on performance and ease of use, traits that Ted Hood has built his legacy on.
The 85 foot tall aerodynamic rig is efficient, with triple spreaders can catch even the lightest of breezes and propel you to sailing speeds of over ten knots. A Lofrans electric horizontal windlass complete with two 75-pound stainless steel anchors provide a secure footing when at rest for even the most serious cruisers. Her beautiful flare, high bow and effective chine strake assure for a dry ride while under power and twin steering stations guarantee unobstructed views of both the sails and the surrounding seas. The pilothouse helm station features a Raymarine autopilot and navigation station allow for command protected from the elements in inclimate weather, and these controls are also available at outside starboard helm station. A wide open deck layout and cockpit are all on the same level with no coamings to climb over add to the countless features that make this yacht easy to sail, dock and live aboard.
The 50 Expedition’s hull and deck are molded by hand-laid fiberglass with Vinylester resin with core. Solid fiberglass is implemented in thru-hulls, centerline, shear and equipment locations. A rigorous construction and design plan meets Bureau Veritas Standards, and all systems are installed in accordance with Lloyd’s and ABYC standards. The Scheel keel (16,000 lbs.) guarantees stability while only drawing 6.4 feet (option for deeper draft 7.5’ keel also available). A centerboard is also available for added performance when getting to windward.
Coming aboard can be done from either port or starboard boarding ladders in addition to the convenient step aboard swim platform with centerline steps leading up to the cockpit. The aft deck and large flush foredeck have ample room for sunning and relaxing underway or utilized for dinghy storage. The cockpit is spacious, with room to seat six or eight for enjoying a meal while at anchor, and plenty of room for family and friends underway. With only one step down and up to get across the cockpit, moving from port to starboard is easy and comfortable. All sailing and navigation controls are within reach of the starboard helm station. The electric mainsail Stow-Away, electric headsail furling and electric Harken winches for trimming are all easily accessed by the helmsman. In addition, full instrumentation with chart plotter and radar are all available topside on deck, in the pilothouse and at the below decks navigation station. A custom solid teak folding leaf table with a beautifully varnished finish features a hinged top for access to storage located inside. Two handrails run along the sides of the tabletop, providing added security as one moves below and keeps things in place on the table while underway. During inclimate weather, all pilothouse windows are equipped with wipers to ensure clear visibility.
Moving below decks from the pilothouse, you transition from a design focused on function and ship handling to an exceptionally finished interior found only on luxury yachts. As with all on board accommodations, the main saloon (including cabinets and trim) is outfitted in satin finish American Cherry wood. All cabin soles are matte-finished teak and holly, with removable panels to access systems, tanks and equipment. Overheads are premium marine-quality vinyl with removable panels where needed. Deck hatches are equipped with OceanAir sky/screen/shades. All drawers are mounted on Hafele roller bearing slides, and are secured with push button lock and latch kits. An air conditioning system comprised of four reverse cycle self-contained units creates a comfortable atmosphere throughout.
An open U-shaped settee (covered in Ultraleather, color selected by owner) is to starboard surrounding a varnished cherry dining table, perfect for dinners and entertaining six comfortably. The dining area is complimented by straight settee to port covered in coordinating Ultraleather which pulls out for additional bunk space. Storage lockers are located below settee and a second bunk is just outboard, also with storage availability. Five large portholes (two above the port settee and three above the dining area) provide beautiful views of the surroundings and contribute to the open feeling of the saloon. Flexible strip lighting mounted behind the valences compliment natural light and provide a cozy atmosphere after sunset.
A well appointed galley adjoins the saloon aft and to port, accessed through one short step down. The galley features satin finished American cherry panels, corner posts, trim, drawers and cabinet fronts. Counter tops can be finished to owner’s taste in granite or Corian with inlay. The countertops feature upward radius edges at fascia and fiddles. An opening port provides natural light and ventilation. Just below the port you will find a Scandvik stainless steel double sink with over/under storage. Three drawers and a trash compactor are located beneath the counter. Aft of the sink is a four burner gimbaled stove with oven and broiler capable of producing plenty of meals for a hungry crew. Just above the stove is a full sized microwave oven with built in cabinets just aft. A large storage area in the forward outboard corner of the galley provides plenty of storage for cookware, supplies and utensils. Forward of the sink is a large reach in custom refrigerator with access from top and front openings. Underneath cockpit stairway there is a large freezer unit with stainless steel shelving and ample storage.
Aft of the galley is the door to the engine room with full head room for easy maneuvering and maintenance. There is also an on deck access hatch to engine room for added safety. The Expedition 50 is powered by a unique system, employing IO design engine (twin engine option available) that come up under sail, so that there is no fouling and serviceable from both the swim platform and below decks in engine room. This full head room engine room also holds the generator, air conditioner, additional systems and a good sized work bench.
Starboard of entryway to aft is a twin guest stateroom. This area can comfortably accommodate two guests in twin berths. Ample storage lockers are located below the berths, and a cedar lined hanging locker is forward and outboard. Two large portholes allow in plenty of natural light and offer excellent ventilation as a result of high freeboard.
Just forward or the main saloon you will find the guest/day head to port. The head features a silent Tekmar toilet and porcelain sink (countertops can be finished in owner’s choice of granite or Corian inlay) with vanity mirror. A shower with its own separate sink is located through an adjoining door forward, which can also be accessed from a second private entrance from the owner’s suite. Both the shower and head areas offer opening ports for light and ventilation and plenty of storage is available. Shower is privately accessed by both staterooms.
The forepeak boasts the spacious and comfortable owner’s stateroom. Entering from midship, the owner’s stateroom boasts a king sized berth, with generous storage available under bed and in overhead lockers to port and starboard. Two comfortable seats are located to port and starboard, and make for a comfortable dressing seat with storage below.
Aft and to starboard is the owner’s private head with silent Tekmar toilet, porcelain sink, and customizable countertops in granite or Corian inlay and vanity mirror. Directly across to port is the owner’s access to the shared shower compartment with private separate entrance.
The 50 Expedition is a yacht that is truly designed and constructed to explore the coasts and oceans in comfort and safety, without being burdened by frequent returns to marinas for provisions or supplies. She has the speed of a racing boat, and can get you into port quickly and comfortably when needed. The 50 Expedition is a self-sustaining home on the water that can independently cruise for months at a time, while also having the ability to operate as a handsome platform for entertaining friends and family. Comfort, performance and style all come together to make the 50 Expedition a truly unique design that will turn heads in any marina.