Moloka’i Strait 75' "Hercules"... Ticket to Everywhere! by Capt. Chuck Gnaegy She’s the yacht coveted by adventurers; daring, with just the right touches of luxury. Built to venture far and near, across the bay or across the ocean, the Galapagos or Ketchikan, Baja, Rio, Borneo or Timbuktu, whatever suits you. Wherever farthest and fabled dreams may lie, the serious voyager is at home on this rugged, expedition-style cruiser. From Moloka’i Strait, the name is Hercules. The Moloka’i Strait expedition design was influenced by the fishing trawlers of Romsdahl Norwegian renown. I met with Eric at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, where he stresses the building specs in a quick rundown, which underline her sturdiness: “Hulls are double-bottom, marine-grade A-36 steel with 5 watertight compartments; a 6000-series aluminum deckhouse; LOA 75’- LWL 60’- beam 23’4” - draft 7’- with 315,000 lbs. displacement. She’s heftier by a long shot over any 75-foot glass motoryacht, which might weigh less than half of the Molokai. The majority of this weight is kept very low for ultimate stability." Her cruise range extends to 5,500 miles at 7 or 8 knots. This range, coupled with a true, blue-water engineered hull, place this expedition on coordinates rarely traveled by boats of this size.