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Brief Summary

If there were a better lifestyle than spending long days on a yacht exploring distant locales, well… we’re not aware of it. And to our eye, the Endurance 720 from Hampton Yachts has all the ingredients. These include: ease of use for an owner/operator, plenty of storage for provisioning on long cruises, robust systems redundancy, accommodations for up to eight guests, and room to spread out…and did we mention ease of use?

Key Features

  • Hand-laid solid fiberglass hull with Cymax (Kevlar)
  • Centerline station with complete engine & navigation instrumentation
  • Fresh and raw water washdown outlets
  • Anchor windlass: Muir hydraulic dual anchor with 3 station controls
  • 49” LED HDTV with Bose sound bar and subwoofer
  • Open Galley design -- offering unobstructed open view to the aft deck settee
  • Washer & separate 220V Dryer
  • Full Beam owners stateroom with walk-in head and closet behind the owners berth
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 74' 04"
    22.7 m
    Beam 18' 10"
    5.73 m
    Dry Weight 116,600 lbs.
    52,888 kg
    Tested Weight 123,690 lbs.
    56104.8 kg
    Draft 5' 02"
    1.57 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 2,000 gal.
    7,570 L
    Water Capacity 400 gal.
    1,514 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power 2 x CAT C-18 1135 hp
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 6.5 5.7 4.0 1.6 1.4 2925 2543.5 58
    1000 10.2 8.8 8.0 1.3 1.1 2284 1985.9 56
    1250 12.1 10.5 18.0 0.7 0.6 1210 1052.2 57
    1500 13.9 12.0 32.0 0.4 0.4 779 677.4 67
    1750 15.6 13.5 52.0 0.3 0.3 538 468.1 66
    2000 18.4 16.0 79.0 0.2 0.2 418 363.6 60
    2250 22.1 19.2 103.5 0.2 0.2 383 333.5 68
    2365 23.8 20.7 114.0 0.2 0.2 375 326.1 69
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 2543.5 4707 10.50 15.14 0.68 58
    1000 1985.9 3676 16.40 30.28 0.55 56
    1250 1052.2 1947 19.50 68.14 0.30 57
    1500 677.4 1254 22.40 121.13 0.17 67
    1750 468.1 866 25.10 196.84 0.13 66
    2000 363.6 673 29.60 299.05 0.09 60
    2250 333.5 616 35.60 391.79 0.09 68
    2365 326.1 604 38.30 431.54 0.09 69

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane N/A
    0 to 30 N/A
    Ratio N/A
    Props N/A
    Load 4 persons, 1/2 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 60 deg., 35 humid.; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: calm

    Captain's Report

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    The Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge Long Range Cruiser has a LOA of 74’4” (22.65 m), a beam of 18’10” (5.73 m) and a draft of 5’2” (1.57 m). With an empty weight of 116,600 lbs. (52,889 kg), half fuel and four people onboard, we estimated our test weight at 123,690 lbs. (56,105 kg).

    Overview

    By definition, a Long Range Cruiser should be set up for living aboard and/or extended traveling with guests. Having multiple living spaces is a critical element in a successful LRC and the Endurance 720 has a wide variety of beautiful spaces for living and entertaining. Start with the plush aft deck, airy salon with its dedicated dining and bar area and on forward to the bow seating. The namesake Skylounge adds an elevated vantage point for taking in the view complete with a day head and adjacent outdoor kitchen. And this is just the start of a long list of well thought through features on this boat.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    Now here is the reflection of a quality cruising yacht. The enclosed skylounge benefits are above all the rest… literally.

    Construction

    With 50 years of yacht building under their belts, Hampton Yachts is no stranger to quality construction. The hull is hand-laid fiberglass and Kevlar with Vinylester resin for the first five layers of the hull lay-up. Then two layers of Kevlar are added from chine to chine with a third layer added in the forward collision zone.

    The deckhouse is also hand-laid fiberglass but here it’s cored with Divinycell foam to reduce weight and keep the center of gravity down low where it belongs. The hull and deck joint is thru-bolted every 6” (15.24 cm), sealed with 5200 and then glassed over with three layers of hand-laid fiberglass.

    This results in one of the strongest and impact-resistant hulls on the market… although we wisely chose not to test this claim.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC main deck
    The layout of the main deck as seen on our test boat. Here, we have a more formal dining area for eight and the galley takes up the full forward area.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC layout
    As an alternative main deck layout with an equally well-equipped galley and an informal dining area forward.

    Features Inspection

    Entertainment Venues

    Swim Platform

    The swim platform comes out 4’ (1.22 m) from the transom. There’s a watertight door in the center of the transom leading to the crew quarters and then to the engine room. Removable rails line the trailing edge of the platform and a swing down gate is in the center of the rails. If any one section of the rails is removed, it can be placed in open receptacles in the deck.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    The swim platform is well suited for entering the water or boarding a tender.

    At the stairs there are side compartments. To port is storage, to starboard there are fresh and salt water washdowns, a shower, and a quick connect to the compressed air tank for blowing up those large fenders. The stairs are teak treaded.

    Aft Deck

    The teak covered aft deck can be accessed in multiple ways. Two sets of stairs come from the swim platform, one to each side. There are also doors to both sides that allow boarding from a fixed pier.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC aft deck
    The aft deck is the first gathering area guests will see. It can be opened fully or even enclosed behind roll down curtains, seen here across the back of the settee.

    The deck is open and roomy. An extended overhead is 6’6" (1.98 m) off the deck and allows for the installation of removable curtains, which were lined across the back of the deck on our test boat. Additional curtains to the sides would completely enclose the deck for three-season comfort. A 32” (81 cm) flatscreen TV drops down from the overhead, just abaft of the salon door.

    Seating for eight consists of a forward facing couch and removable deck chairs surrounding a solid wood table with a beautiful compass rose inlay. The clever use of space that we’ll see throughout the yacht starts right here with a refrigerator under the table as opposed to a simple pedestal. Counter space and storage is ahead and to port. Further to port is a day head, allowing for ease of use from the swim platform, thereby negating the need to traipse through the salon in wet bathing suits.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC aft table
    The aft deck table is finished to perfection and includes this attractive inlay work.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC fridge
    A refrigerator is under the table in what would otherwise be wasted space.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    Side doors are in the bulwarks to both port and starboard.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    A 32” (81 cm) TV drops down from the overhead. To the left is the door to the day head.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC day head
    One of the most convenient items on any yacht is seen here. A day head, easily accessed from the aft deck and swim platform.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC storage
    Below the side control stations there’s a clever use of space with an 8’ (2.44 m) long compartment, perfect for boat hooks and long handled brushes.

    Salon

    We enter the salon through a stainless steel framed sliding glass door. Inside is an open and airy feel enhanced by the 7’ (2.13 m) of headroom and surrounding frameless windows.

    Amenities start with twin chairs to starboard flanking the cabinetry that houses the 49” (124.46 cm) flat screen TV on an electric lift and the surround-sound system beneath that. Opposite is an L-shaped sofa and single seat wrapping around a solid wood table on a hi-lo pedestal with storage underneath.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC salon
    The salon is open and airy with plenty of natural light coming from all directions.

    The fit-and-finish and creative use of space is a theme seen throughout the Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC and here it starts with the African Makore Cherry wood with raised paneling and a satin finish. Overhead is a stylized ceiling trimmed in more of the Makore Cherry and the joinery is flawless. To the sides, the soffits conceal the air conditioning vents so the room is cooled more evenly.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    The table is on a hi-lo pedestal with integrated storage.

    Dining Room

    The salon is separated from the dining room by a cabinet with glass doors and enclosed storage underneath. A step up also defines the division of the two rooms. The dining table is to port and seats eight. When the vacant chairs are slid under the table, the front legs slip into small receivers surrounding the table to hold them in position when operating in a seaway, thereby negating the need to strap them into place. The overhead receives the same treatments as the salon with lights embedded in a finished cherry trim piece.

    Storage is underneath the port side windows and curves around to the divider just aft of the table. A 32” (81 cm) flat screen TV is also housed in this divider.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC salon
    The division between the salon and the dining area is highlighted by a cabinet with glass doors and storage underneath. Two steps separate the salon deck from the dining room deck.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC dining table
    The table seats eight for fine dining. Directly across is a wet bar.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC chairs
    Notice how the legs of the chairs fit into recesses to hold them into position when the yacht is underway.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC pull out drawers
    More clever use of space is seen here with pull-out drawers with side access over the entry to the dining area.

    As an alternative, another layout is offered that removes this formal dining area and brings the galley aft into this location. Then, fully forward there is a more informal dining area. The simple question to ask when choosing is… are all the guests going to be gathered together at mealtime? If the answer is yes, then choose the formal dining area. If the answer is no, then go with the informal.

    Wet Bar

    To the starboard side is a wet bar consisting of granite countertops with a raised edge, plenty of storage for glassware, a sink and chilled wine locker. The aft wall of the wet bar includes plenty of storage, an espresso machine, refrigerator, and icemaker.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC wet bar
    The wet bar ensures that there are refreshments always within easy access of the dining table. It’s fully fitted with premium appliances including an espresso machine and chilled wine locker.

    Galley

    With no lower helm, the entire forward section of the main deck is dedicated to the galley. And the area is simply stunning thanks to the wraparound windows.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC galley
    The galley is fully forward, allowing the chef to have an amazing vantage point for visibility forward.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    Refrigerated drawers can be configured in any manner an owner chooses.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC dishwashers
    A dishwasher and trash compactor are just two of the many features that the galley includes.

    The area has ample stone counters, all with raised edges. To the port side are six refrigerated drawers that can be configured in any combination of refrigeration and freezer units. Forward is an induction cooktop over a convection oven. There is a single basin stainless steel sink with a pull-out sprayer. The galley continues to wrap around with a dishwasher and trash compactor under the counters.

    Storage is both below the windows and above surrounding the entire galley. The granite deck is heated by a separate diesel hydronic furnace that also heats the marble decks in all of the heads.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    An elevated section of the counter serves as a breakfast bar, and two stools are to the outside of the galley. Much like the chairs in the dining room, these stools are held in place with notches in a footrest.

    Watertight doors are to both sides of the galley leading to the side decks. To port, the door opens forward allowing access aft. To starboard, the door opens aft allowing access forward to the Portuguese bridge.

    Flying Bridge

    Skylounge

    An interior set of stairs leads us to the skylounge, which is fully enclosed. Greenhouse effect is mitigated with the air conditioning, or we can open the sunroof, side door, two side windows, aft window and aft sliding door to combine the inside with the outside.

    For amenities, to the aft port side is an L-shaped sofa wrapping around the solid wood table with expandable leaves. Two storage drawers are underneath the table. A separate section wraps around the front of the table, and the section also has a reversible seat back to switch from aft facing to forward facing seating. In the forward facing seating position there is another table that has a small storage compartment recessed into the center.

    Just across is a storage credenza with open counter space and a flat screen TV on an electric lift. Just behind is another day head.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC stairs
    An open-tread stairway leading to the flying bridge is just ahead of the wet bar, and just behind the companionway leading down below to the accommodations deck.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC fly bridge
    With the flybridge being fully enclosed, a skylounge is created serving as yet another entertainment venue on this impressive yacht.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC sky lounge
    The skylounge benefits from the visibility demanded from being on the same deck as the helm.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    There’s plenty of open counter space for serving food and drinks, and this encloses a flat screen TV on electric lift.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC seat flipped back
    This seat has a flip seatback so it can be used to accommodate aft facing seating at the large table, or forward facing seating to enjoy the company of the captain. Notice the small storage space in the middle… perfect spot for the TV remote.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC day head
    A convenient day head is also located on this deck, so we don't have to go down below when nature calls.

    Boat Deck

    As we step out the back of the skylounge, there is yet another entertainment venue left to be seen. The boat deck not only can accommodate our water toys but also a large party. To the forward end, and at the back of the skylounge, there is a large double-burner propane grill. The propane stores in a cabinet right alongside. Next to that is a flip up lid over a sink. To the opposite side of the sliding door to the skylounge is a smoker that was purchased by, and installed at the request of, the owner of this boat.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    Here we can see the double burner propane grill, and the open hatch over the sink. To the opposite side is a smoker that belonged to this owner and installed at his request.

    At 16’ x 18’ (4.88 m x 5.49m), the aft deck is spacious enough for holding a number of water toys and owners can opt for keeping them all here or going with a hydraulic swim platform. With the boat-deck option the toys are launched with a 1,600-lb. (726 kg) capacity deck crane that is mounted to the side allowing it to reach either off the stern or over the side. With the water toys all in the water, the open boat deck is a mecca for entertaining and can accommodate a number of deck chairs or remain open to promote mingling.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC boat deck
    The boat deck can hold water toys or be left open to accommodate party, or even deck chairs. Water toys are launched with the deck crane located just behind.

    Accommodations

    The accommodations are accessed by a companionway to the starboard side of the galley fully forward on the main deck. The stairs curve down to an atrium that has a mirror beautifully framed in Makore Cherry hardwood. Cherry and Holly decking features and inlaid compass rose. Overhead is more beautiful artwork.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    The accommodations level on the Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC features three ensuite staterooms. The guest stateroom to port and can be a twin berth or two singles. Notice the master berth separated from the engine space by the head and fuel tanks.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC lower deck
    The lower deck accommodations are accessed by stairs to the starboard side of the galley.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC atrium
    The deck of the atrium features a compass rose inlaid into the Cherry and Holly decking.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC atrium
    Overhead in the atrium is more ornate artwork surrounded by beautiful wood joinery.

    Master Stateroom

    The master stateroom is located aft and it is full-beam. A king-size berth is mounted on center. To starboard is a chest of drawers below two hullside windows. Glass fronted storage cabinets flank these hullside windows. There's plenty of storage all around. Wood trim highlights the overhead just above the bed. To the port side, the theme of hullside windows being flanked by glass fronted storage cabinets is repeated. This time, however, the storage below includes a vanity with a flip-up lid. Just behind is a large walk-in closet.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC master stateroom
    The master stateroom is full-beam and features a king-size berth.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    To the port side, we see the same hullside windows flanked by glass fronted storage cabinets. This time, just beneath is storage with a vanity in the center.

    Master Head

    The entrance to the master head is to the starboard side of the berth, opposite the entrance to the walk-in closet. It is a well laid out head with the usual accommodations of stone counterwork, a single basin sink, and walk-in shower. The marble floors in this head, as well as all of the other heads throughout the boat, are heated from a diesel hydronic furnace in the engine room.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC master head
    The master's head is ornately finished with beautiful woodwork and stone counters. The decks in all of the heads throughout the boat are heated.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC washer dryer
    Just outside the master stateroom are a stacked washer and dryer with a small storage cabinet alongside to hold the soap. Cabinet doors slide in alongside the washer and dryer when opened.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC guest room
    The guest room is directly opposite, right at the bottom of the companionway stairs. It features a twin berth underneath a mirrored bulkhead. Choose two singles as an option. Twin hullside windows flank a small bookshelf. A large closet is alongside the berth. An ensuite head is just forward.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC guest head
    The guest head is small but still accommodates a space for a separate walk-in shower behind a frameless glass door.

    VIP Stateroom

    As expected, the VIP stateroom is located fully forward. It features an island berth, with an ensuite head just to the right of the entrance. There’s ample storage all around, and we’re happy to see that Hampton Yachts included plenty of storage along the overhead, above the hullside windows. Additional storage is under the berth.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC vip stateroom
    We’re always happy to see when a builder accommodates the storage in, what would otherwise be, unused space over the hullside windows.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC vip
    Additional storage is located under the berth. Notice the steps leading up to the sides of the berth, which allows for the berth to be wider while at the same time accommodating the flair of the bow.

    Crew’s Quarters

    Now normally crew spaces are considered more of an operational aspect, but since this is clearly an owner/operated boat, it’s more likely that this will be used for additional guest accommodations.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    The crew quarters consist of berthing for two, a split head and modest galley. Access is from the salon or through the watertight transom door.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    The crew galley is modest and functional with plenty of open counter space.

    An island counter has a single basin stainless steel sink with cabinets overhead. Two bar stools are to one side and they secure in position much like the chairs did at the main galley. The only ingredient to the galley that we feel is missing is a microwave that would provide complete autonomy from the deck above. Of course, one can easily be added but the owner of this boat chose not to. To the opposite side is a pocket door leading to a stateroom with over/under berthing that sleeps three.

    There’s access to the water closet (sink and toilet) from the stateroom and then across the entry companionway from the transom door is the shower. This split head arrangement is exceedingly convenient allowing two people to utilize the separate facilities at the same time.

    Overall, the fit-and-finish is the same as the rest of the yacht with the same quality woodwork and flooring.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC crew refrigerator
    The refrigerator is under the counter, along with additional storage. To the opposite side are two barstools.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    The crew stateroom sleeps two below and one above. The “captain’s desk” is just behind, next to the door to the head. Notice all portlights are opening.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC crew head
    The crew head is separate from the shower.

    Operational Features

    As we look at operations, there are two focal points that are repeated throughout the entire yacht… ease of use and redundancy. These are not only the hallmarks of any cruising yacht, they are words that Hampton lives by. Our test captain found this to be among the simplest of cruising yachts to understand the usually complex systems on, easiest to handle, and among the most replete with redundant systems to allow things to keep working when some items might fail.

    Helm

    With a fully enclosed flying bridge/skylounge, there’s no need for a lower helm station. Therefore, the only helm is on the elevated perch of the flybridge with amazing visibility. On the Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC, Hampton went with a center mounted control station and a well-appointed panel.

    It begins with three 17” (43.2 cm) screens that are user-configurable. To the left is the water maker control, and two tri-data displays above a VHF. A second VHF is to the opposite side. Below and to the center is a sub-panel with a Fusion stereo, the twin CAT engine displays, a Garmin autopilot, the ABT track stabilizer display, engine and thruster controls, the dual ignitions, the windlass control, remote spot control and trim tabs.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC helm
    The Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC’s helm is a study in beauty and efficiency.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC chart table
    Chart storage is over to the left side of the helm panel.

    The steering wheel is a well-fabricated wood and stainless model with perfect joinery. Helm seats are from LeBroc and are fully adjustable for height, slide and swivel. They recline and include flip-down footrests and flip-up armrests.

    Side deck access is via the aft door or a starboard side watertight door. To starboard there is an opening hatch that conceals the collapsed ladder that can be fitted to the trailing edge of the flybridge overhead so that we can gain access to the antenna array above.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC sun roof
    A sunroof is a welcome addition to any enclosed space and here it combines with windows and doors to blend the inside with the outside.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC side decks
    A watertight side door gives us access to the starboard side deck.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC ladder storage
    To the starboard side is storage for the ladder that allows access to the flybridge overhead.

    Control Stations

    In addition to the helm, there are multiple options for control stations aboard the Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC. As expected, there is a station on the lower aft deck, but unexpected was seeing one to both sides. Another was behind the flybridge, with the option of having them to both sides, and our test boat actually had two additional stations we need to highlight.

    To both sides of the enclosed skylounge there are hatches that open with lift and lock latches. Reach inside and flip-up the panels to reveal and deploy a complete control station, one to port and one to starboard.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC remote control
    All of the remote control stations have engine and thruster controllability as well as engine shutoffs.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC control station
    Control stations can be added to both sides of the flying bridge aft deck in addition to the standard control stations on both sides of the main deck. Here we see the one to port.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC control
    The side decks allow walk-around capability to the flying bridge deck. To the forward sides of the pilothouse, there are pull-up control stations to port and starboard.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    The side control stations allow a full view of the sides, stern quarters, and a clear view ahead.

    Caveats to the Side Stations

    Now these side stations had our test captain questioning their feasibility. We already had two at the aft deck, plus another at the rear of the flybridge. Why add these two side units? Hampton made a case for them but Captain Steve wasn’t having any of it. What he did consider instead were the drawbacks to them.

    • • In the flipped-up position they effectively block the side deck around the skylounge. This is why they flip back down to store out of the way.

    • • In order to stow them away, the engine controls need to be laid flat in the full ahead or full astern position so that there’s room for the hatch to close. Woe be-tied the rare captain that tries to do this with the engines running and this station selected. It would take an extreme level of irresponsibility to make it happen but that’s why we have warning decals coffee cups.

    And Then the Truth Comes Out

    But truth be told, when it came time to pull away from the dock, Captain Steve first gravitated to the controls aft of the skylounge. Hmm, no forward visibility, no stern visibility… just out the side. The aft deck controls were even more limited in their visibility offerings. But at the side station, full view of the stern quarter, the whole side of the boat, and even forward visibility. The lines came off, he maneuvered out, and then drove the boat out of the tight confines from this one station. Something that is not possible from any of the other remote stations. Even the center-mounted helm can’t offer the side or stern visibility. So suddenly the genius of these pop up side controls is self-evident. As to the two drawbacks….

    • In the flipped-up position they effectively block the side deck around the skylounge. This is why they flip back down to store out of the way. So what? It’s not like we need to run races around the skylounge when we’re maneuvering anyway. If fact, we’re not moving at all. We’re staying here to control the boat. This is a non-issue.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    Without the side controls in place there’s walk around capability to the side decks.

    • In order to stow them away, the engine controls need to be laid flat in the full ahead or full astern position so that there’s room for the hatch to close. Woe be-tied the rare captain that tries to do so with the engines running and this station selected. It would take an extreme level of irresponsibility to make it happen but that’s why we have warning decals coffee cups. Ok, this one is valid. People are stupid and you can’t fix that. But with a little ingenuity, the clever folks at Hampton could come up with a kill switch that disables the controls when the panel is lowered anywhere from the horizontal. That would solve the problem entirely.

    So overall, the side stations, that were first thought to be a folly, are actually the preferred method of controlling the Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC around the dock. Go ahead and add the aft deck stations, they’d still be good for backing into a slip. Leave the stations aft of the skylounge off the options list.

    Lower Side Decks

    The main level side decks are not without their operational features. There’s 22” (56 cm) from the rail to the cabin sides and protection overhead from the elements. The air intakes for the engine room are on the insides of the bulwarks so they’re protected from salt spray and rain.

    Fuel fills are to both port and starboard so we can fuel from either side and a crossover keeps the two tanks level. Large hawseholes have cleats integrated into them so we can actually reach the cleats from the dock to tie the Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC up.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC air
    Air is drawn into the engine room from these intakes, protected from salt spray from their position inside the side deck bulwarks.

    As we continue forward, just ahead of midships, there’s connectivity for the shore power so we aren’t limited to only a stern connection. Rail height at this point is 3’4” (1.02 m). As we come around the superstructure, the decks curve around to form a Portuguese bridge with more clever use of space in the form of bulwarks storage, fore and aft.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC storage
    Storage space is taken well care of in the Portuguese bridge. Here we see storage both fore and aft.

    Bow

    The bow is accessed via a step up through a gate at the center of the protected Portuguese bridge. Bench seating is to both sides but the main focus of the foredeck is the ground tackle. It consists of a horizontally mounted windlass to both sides supporting a 60 kg (132 lb.) and 80 kg (176 lb.) anchor on all-chain rodes. Foot controls allow us to operate either side. And to both sides of the windlasses there are access hatches to removable bins leading to the chain lockers.

    With the entire foredeck being recessed, we can easily hose down the area with either of the fresh or saltwater washdowns and the deck is covered in hand-laid fiberglass non-skid.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC windlass
    Here we can see the twin windlasses, anchors and hatches to the sides. The single foot controls are to the left. Fresh and raw water washdowns are to the right.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    Couches are to either side of the doors from the Portuguese bridge.

    Engine Room

    The operational features continue with the well-appointed engine room, accessed from the forward end of the crew quarters. The door is finished in the same quality woodwork as the rest of the yacht, and of course the rest of the crew space.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC engine room door
    The engine room is accessed from the forward bulkhead in the crew’s quarters.

    Upon entering there’s 6’9” (2.06 m) of overhead clearance, and while looking up we see two removable panels leading to the salon deck so we have access for major maintenance. Space between the two engines is 29” (73.7 cm).

    In the center of the engine room are the two 1136-hp CAT C-18 ACERTs on stainless steel vibration eliminating mounts. Behind it is the SeaTourque propulsion system eliminating the shaft seals, cutlass bearings and vibration. Just above are the PTOs (Power Take Offs), one on each engine, providing the hydraulic power for systems including the thrusters, the stabilizers, and anchor windlasses. Left off of this list is the crane on the boat deck. That has its own proprietary electric/hydraulic system that it uses for launching the tender. But more to the point is the redundancy. If one engine dies, the other can power all the systems. There will, of course, be a reduced output so we will need to manage the loads but everything will indeed still work.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    Here we can see the gold SeaTorque system, the PTO just above, and the easily accessed raw water strainer for the generator just behind. All this is repeated to the opposite engine.

    At the aft bulkhead, and to both sides of the entry, are the twin generators on elevated platforms. One is a 17 kW and the other is a 29 kW so we not only have redundancy, we’ve got plenty of power to spare for when the end of the day comes and we’re not only cooking, we’re running laundry, hair dryers, air-conditioners, stereos and TVs.

    To the port side there are dual intake pumps for the water cooling and two circulating pumps for the chilled-water air conditioning. Just above we see more of the excellent use of space seen throughout this yacht, this time in the form of a storage space between the vent fans used to feed air to the engines.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    Here we see the dual water intake pumps and dual circulating pumps for the chilled water system.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    The intake vents have emergency shut-off doors just above. Between is storage.

    Fuel System

    At the forward bulkhead are the twin 1,000-gallon (3,785 L) fuel tanks. All filters are easily accessed, all fittings are readily visible, and two sight gauges allow a quick look at the fuel levels. The dual filters are controlled by a ball valve so they can be changed out on the fly by switching from one to another. Between the two tanks is an 1 1/2” (3.81 cm) crossover that can be opened in the event we want to fuel both tanks from one side (there are fill ports to both port and starboard). Each engine still draws fuel from the tanks independently.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    Here are two crossovers for the fuel tanks. The bottom one keeps the two fuel tank quantities even during normal operations. The upper one is the 1 ½” (3.81 cm) crossover to handle more volume such as when fueling.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC filters
    Here we see the dual filters with a crossover valve between them. The smaller filter is for the generator.

    It’s also worth noting that with the bulkhead-mounted tanks there’s a distinct noise separation between the engine room and the master head just forward. This provides two levels of separation between the engine room and the master berth.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    Because of the sound reduction of the fuel tanks and head, the sound levels in the master stateroom while underway only reached 71 decibels.

    Additionally, the lack of outboard “saddle tanks” removes the concern of uneven weight distribution as fuel is burned off. Plus we have more room to access the outboard sides of the engine for servicing.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC fin
    The stabilizer fins are easily seen and serviced from inside the engine room.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC
    There is more redundancy with an AC and DC water pump for the toilets.

    A Feature We Want On Every Cruising Boat

    Below, there are Y-valves connected to the main engine water intakes so that we can easily switch between drawing water from the electrically bonded thru-hulls or from the bilge, making the main engines serve dual-duty as emergency bilge pumps. Why we don’t see this in every yacht is a mystery to us, but Hampton wouldn’t even consider not having it on any of its yachts.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC panel
    Just outside the engine room is the power panel controlling the AC and DC systems for the aft section of the yacht.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC shore power
    The shore power comes in from the bottom step riser and is on an electric cord reel. This is repeated to the other side and both are 100 Amp lines. The Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC will also accommodate plugging in to a receptacle on the midship side decks.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC power panel
    A second power panel is at the top of the companionway leading to the accommodations deck. This panel controls all of the systems at this end of the yacht.

    Test

    The Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC has a LOA of 74’4” (22.65 m), a beam of 18’10” (5.73 m) and a draft of 5’2” (1.57 m). With an empty weight of 116,600 lbs. (52,889 kg), half fuel and four people onboard, we estimated our test weight at 123,690 lbs. (56,105 kg).

    With the twin 1136-hp CAT C-18s doing all the heavy lifting, we reached our top speed of 20.7 knots at 2365 rpm. Now because this is a distance cruiser, there is no best cruise, per se, but it’s more of a… set the speed based on how far you want to go. For example, that full speed setting produced a range of 326 nm. Drop down to 16 knots and the range opens up to 363 nm. Bring her down to a 12-knot trawler speed and she’ll keep going for 677 nm. And at 10 knots she’ll run for 1052 nm, all while still holding back a 10% reserve of the boats 2,000-gallon (7,571 L) total fuel capacity. Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC side control

    When it came time to get underway, Captain Steve immediately gravitated to the side control stations he was so skeptical about.
    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC running
    Top speed during our tests was measured at 20.7 mph.

    Handling

    As we got underway, I have to say… I was skeptical of the pop-up wing controls when there were controls at the aft end of the flybridge, and in the lower aft deck. But… when it came time to start maneuvering, guess where I ended up… mostly because of the visibility out the front that the other controls don’t allow. As for her maneuverability, it’s outstanding. The 33-hp hydraulic thrusters had more than enough push to get us away from the dock with just slight pulses of the controls. I also liked being able to drive us away from the dock and into the fairway using the engine controls before moving into the bridge and the main helm station. Once underway her close quarters handling ability came into play in our tight confines leaving us with no concerns about lack of space.

    Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC running
    On a slow cruise she’ll travel 1052 nm at 10 knots.

    While underway she’s a peaceful and sedate ride, regardless of whether a test captain tries to get heavy handed. She is surprisingly responsive to the helm and turns tend to remain fairly level. We naturally had calm conditions during our tests so we can’t comment on how she handles in hard sea conditions, but otherwise, her handling characteristics are predictable and comfortable.

    When it came time to return to the dock, it was back to the wing controls, that I really came to appreciate. It allowed me to drive all the way into the marina, and then transition right to maneuvering without having to move stations. And again, the thrusters made short work of the sideslip as we laid port side to.

    Observations

    The long range cruise market is a tough one since there are such specific requirements for these yachts. Having one that can be operated well above trawler speeds is beneficial, particularly when running from a storm. Additionally, it’s nice to be able to make time heading to a destination and then haul the speed back and loiter for weeks at a time, all without having to refuel. The Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC offers this sort of versatility, as well as the luxury, redundancy and ease of use that make this such an ideal owner operated yacht. As for the fit-and-finish… well that’s frosting on the cake.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC (2018-) is 23.8 mph (38.3 kph), burning 114.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 431.49 liters per hour (lph).

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Standard
    GPS/Chart Standard
    VHF Radio Standard

    Systems

    Air Cond./Heat Standard
    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    CD Stereo Standard
    Trim Tabs Standard
    TV/DVD Standard
    Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
    Washdown: Raw Water Standard
    Windlass Standard

    Galley

    Coffeemaker Standard
    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Door Standard
    Side Door Standard
    Wet bar Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Davit Standard
    Freezer Standard
    Generator Standard
    Trash Compactor Standard
    Washer/Dryer Standard

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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