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Current and past projects of Ed Joy Yacht Design


Good Hope 65 - Expedition Yacht

Rugged aluminum expedition yacht developed from a proven concept

Good Hope 65

Lifting Keel Expedition Yacht


LOA: 65'-3"   LWL: 54'-9"  Beam: 17'-6"  Draft (keel up): 3'-5"  Draft (keel down): 9'-6"  Displacement: 75,425lb  Ballast: 27,000lb   Sail Area(IJPE): 1899sq ft   Fuel: 755gal  Water: 405gal  Engine: John Deere 4045AFM 180HP@2400RPM

After a Cape Town Boat Show tour of Urchin, the brand new Good Hope 56 built by Jacobs Brothers, a couple from Johannesburg were convinced that a larger version would be the perfect vessel to take them, their grown children and their families on extended cruises anywhere in the world. 

The larger size opens up many options for the deck and interior layouts. The deck forward of the pilothouse is flush. There is below deck storage for a tandem kayak to port and a foldable RIB tender to starboard.

The pilothouse features a seagoing galley to port, navigation and helm to starboard and a wrap-around saloon forward. Below are private staterooms for four couples, as well as copious spaces for refrigerated and dry stores.

Like her smaller sisters, ruggedness and reliability are the focus of her construction and systems. The proven lifting keel and rudder will allow exploration of shallow bays and bottom maintenance via drying out at low tide.


Study plans are available via PDF attachment or post.

Purchase plans