H.A.R.D Yachts’ vision is to use design and construction methods from ship-building through the ages, particularly from arctic explorations. According to the builder, steel, or “armor,” cladding goes back to 1,000 A.D. and H.A.R.D. Yachts’ building principles are based on its development. The builder was also inspired by the 1993 sailing yacht Teel’s use of Kevlar laminates. The 97-footer is built of fiberglass with Kevlar reinforcement and stainless-steel cladding around the bow, waterline and other high-stress areas. Lamination is solid below the waterline with core composite above.