SHE’S GOT LEGS: The 680 is based on a hull by naval architect Howard Apollonio that’s designed to be efficient across a range of speeds. It will run most economically at 8 to 10 knots on a pair of 930-hp Caterpillar C-18 Acert engines, yet if the weather turns and you need to power out of a tough spot, the Hampton will hit a top-end speed near 20 knots.
SOCIAL NETWORK: The Hampton’s ocean-going hull form supports a spacious and comfortable interior that showcases Apollonio’s expertise in the design of motor yachts large and small. The salon, for instance, is partially separated from the galley and dinette that are located forward of it, in the skylounge area. As a result, it can function as a separate living and entertaining area.
DINE AND UNWIND: Forward of the salon on the skylounge level is a large dinette on centerline that offers fantastic views. We like the electrically operated blinds on the forward windows that function to cut harsh sunlight. African cherry hardwood used throughout the boat has a beautiful, high-gloss finish. An optional floor plan puts the dinette to port and a helm station on centerline.
A SERIOUS MEAL: Between the salon and dinette is the galley. Even here, the builder incorporates details for serious cruising. For instance, the legs of the stools fit into cutouts at the base of the island counter to anchor them firmly in rough conditions. The stools won’t slide or tip over when the boat is under way. There’s also a sturdy latch on the door of the full-size refrigerator.
CAPTAIN’S QUARTERS: Below decks at the accommodations level, a few layouts are available, including a four-stateroom/four head configuration that includes a large en suite master stateroom with king size berth.
TOP NOTCH: The flybridge has almost 20 feet of open space so it can accommodate a number of passengers. There’s plenty of seating and dining space, plus a wet bar and meal-prep area with barbecue. The area is protected with a hardtop canopy and an enclosure is available. Here, there’s more good detailing designed for bluewater cruising.
HEAVY METAL: In the engine room, air intakes for the Caterpillars are located on the inboard side of the wide walkways to keep salty misty from making its way into the machinery. The area is heavily insulated and air conditioned, too.
TWICE AS NICE: Like the other Hampton Endurance models, the 680 is all about redundancy when it comes to the systems you need for serious offshore cruising. There are two of all of the things you really need, from fresh water pumps to depth sounders, GPS antennas and chart plotters. There are even two generators. Other notable features include a solid glass hull from rubrail to rubrail.