The 68 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 68 Motor Sailor is no exception-she is designed for ocean cruising, as evident from the high prismatic hull and impressive freeboard. The 68 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 103’ (calculated from off the water) high aspect 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 an autopilot and navigation station allowing 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 68 Expedition’s hull and deck are molded by hand laid fiberglass with Vinylester resin and core. Solid fiberglass is implemented in thru-hulls 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 (23,000 lbs.) guarantees stability while only drawing 6.5 feet (option for deeper draft 8’ keel also available). A centerboard is also available for added performance for 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 aft deck and forward to port and starboard helm stations. The large side decks and flush foredeck have ample room for sunning and relaxing underway or utilized for dinghy storage. The cockpit is spacious, with room to seat ten to twelve for enjoying meals 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 furling mainsail and headsail 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 at the starboard helm on deck and in the pilothouse as well as at the below deck navigation station. Forward of the helms on centerline is 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 top 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 locks. An air conditioning system comprised of reverse cycle self-contained units creates a comfortable atmosphere throughout with a chilled water option available in the engine room.
Descending the steps into the main salon, you are greeted by two spacious L-shaped settees, one to port and one to starboard (outfitted in owner’s choice Ultraleather). The port settee surrounds a beautifully varnished solid teak dining table with additional bench seating, creating a beautiful dining and entertaining area for six to eight guests. Ample storage lockers are available above and below the settee, with recessed and fiddled bookshelves behind the settee. The aft end of the port settee doubles as seating for the navigation center, which provides easy access to the electrical panels and below decks navigation systems.
The starboard settee offers comfortable lounge seating for four with a convenient cocktail table which can also be used as an additional dining area. Storage is also available above and below the settee. Six large portholes (three to each side, port and starboard above the dining area and settee, at eye level when seated) provide views of the surroundings and contribute to the open feeling. Flexible strip lighting mounted behind the valences compliment natural light and provide a cozy atmosphere after sunset.
A well appointed galley adjoins the salon aft and to starboard, 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 selection of granite or Corian with inlay and feature upward radius edges at fascia and fiddles. An opening port provides natural light and ventilation. Moving aft, a four burner gimbaled stove with oven and broiler capable of producing plenty of meals for a hungry crew is to port. Just above the stove is a full-sized microwave oven surrounded by built-in cabinets. Aft of the stove is the large capacity reach-in refrigerator, outfitted with stainless steel shelving Generous counter space on either side provides plenty of work room for meal prep. A storage area in the forward outboard corner of the galley provides plenty of storage for cookware, supplies and utensils. A Scandvik stainless steel double sink is located on the opposite countertop with storage and a trash compactor located below, and plenty of storage shelves above.
Moving aft of the dining/navigation area and past a short step down is a large storage and utility area out of the way of the main salon. To port is a large reach-in standing freezer with plenty of room for frozen provisions. A washer and separate dryer unit are located above the freezer access point. To starboard there is an under/over storage unit with three double lockers up and three double lockers down below, providing plenty of room for storing clothing, foul weather gear, supplies and other items.
Just aft of the galley to starboard and aft of the storage and utility area to port are identical guest staterooms. Each stateroom provides comfortable accommodations with twin beds. Hanging lockers are located at the foot of each bed, and additional storage is available above and below each bunk. Both staterooms boast private heads with plenty of storage, separate shower stalls with sink, quiet Tekmar electric toilets, porcelain sinks, above sink vanity mirror, opening port for ventilation and owner’s choice of granite or Corian inlay countertops.
The engine room can be accessed from the port or starboard guest shower stalls. The engine room has full head room for easy maneuvering and maintenance. Additionally, there are two on deck hatches with ladder to access the engine room for added safety. The Expedition 68 is powered by a unique system, employing IO design twin engines that come up under sail, so that there is no fouling, and they are serviceable from both the swim platform and below decks in engine room. This full head room engine room also holds the generators and optional chilled water, air conditioning systems, watermakers additional systems and a generous work bench.
Forward of the main salon is a third stateroom that can also be used as crew quarters. Twin bunk beds are provided outboard, with a hanging locker forward. There is a private head with quiet Tkemar electronic head and porcelain sink unit, with a separate shower and sink area attached.
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 seats are located aft of the bed to port and starboard, and make for a comfortable dressing seat with additional storage below. The starboard seat is aft facing with a writing desk and dresser with mirror. Just outboard of each seat are two hanging lockers to either side. Aft of the starboard seat and desk is the private owner’s shower with its own separate sink unit and opening port. Attached to the shower is the owner’s head with quiet Tekmar electronic head, porcelain sink, vanity mirror, an opening port for ventilation, wet locker and countertops in owner’s choice of granite or Corian inlay. Generous storage is available below the sink unit.
The 68 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 sailboat, and can get you into port quickly and comfortably under power when needed. The 68 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. In addition to her capabilities as a private family yacht, her layout would also provide excellent accommodations for a charter company, with room for six guests, a captain and a mate. Comfort, performance and style all come together to make the 68 Expedition a truly unique design that will turn heads in any marina.