Rhode Island based boat builder, Hunt Yachts, has announced plans to build their largest model yet—the Hunt 80’ Sport Motoryacht.
The boat, which is being commissioned by a current 25-foot Hunt Harrier owner, will be powered by twin 1600hp diesel engines mated to a pair of Hamilton water-jet drives. Combined with a draft of just 4 feet for easy shallow-water maneuverability, the jets drives are projected to give the motoryacht a top speed in excess of 31 knots according to Hunt’s press release.
Based on a hull design that C. Raymond Hunt Associates hatched as a platform for a variety of yachts in the 63- to 82-foot range, the deep-V configuration and beam of just less than 20 feet aims to provide the owner with both speed and seaworthiness in rough offshore conditions.
The owner, reports the company in a press release, decided to build a bigger Hunt after experiencing the craftsmanship, handling and performance of his 2013 Harrier 25’, which Hunt Yachts personalized for him with an extensive teak trim package and other options.
"When he first ran his Harrier, he said, 'It runs like a bandit. What's a big version going to be like,’" recalls Hunt Yachts president Peter VanLancker. The owner, who also had a 70-foot European-built cruiser at the time, checked out the Hunt 44 Express Motoryacht and was just as impressed by its fit and finish. In addition, he sent his captain to seatrial a 40-knot, 60-foot, aluminum water-jet-powered vessel that Hunt had designed and built for the New York Police Department. “They went flat out in New York Harbor,” VanLancker said. “The captain was blown away.”
According to Hunt, the owner worked extensively with the design team, Peter Boyce and Winn Willard on what was originally slated to be a 75-foot motoryacht. However, due to the owner’s want for more open-air space on the flybridge and decks, the project endured a growth spurt. With the added space, the vessel will feature a large living and entertaining space with a fully enclosed flybridge.
Accommodations include a 3-bedroom layout featuring a full-beam master suite as well as a fourth “bonus” bunkroom. The lower deck also features an aft crew quarters and double staterooms suited for a captain or additional crew members.
“This hull design and the versatility it gives us to offer to owners is a big breakthrough for Hunt Yachts, and the new 80’ Sport Motoryacht is the head of the train,” said VanLancker. “Our acquisition by Scout Partners in September, which made us a sister company to Hinckley, also is helping to stoke the engine because our service networks have merged, expanding our footprint. Look for more new models from Hunt in the near future.”
The hull currently exists in a 68-foot variation; with the 80-footer set to launch in the summer of 2015.