Designed by Alan Payne, Australian America's Cup designer, the Hughes Columbia 8.7 has excellent performance in heavy weather. She has a traditional "wineglass" transom that pulls the quarter wave aft and makes for a fine trailing edge at all angles of heel. With her keel configuration and hull design, you will find comfort, stiffness, stability and safety. Below there is an abundance of space.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
DUET has had a number of recent upgrades that make her even more attractive. Some of these are:
- New canvas in 2010
- New electronics in 2008
- New interior upholstery in 2008
- XM Satellite Radio in 2009
She also comes with a dinghy, outboard motor and motor lift, wheel steering, and built-in propane cabin heater. She is a very well-kept and attractive offering for those looking for a turnkey introduction to the cruising life.