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Hunt Yachts set to launch 80-footer in 2015

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Hunt Yachts said it is building its largest model yet — an 80-foot Sport Motoryacht — for an experienced yachtsman who also owns a 25-foot Hunt Harrier.

Hunt said that like the rest of its range of traditionally styled, elegant, functional and performance-oriented vessels, the Sport Motoryacht features a hull and superstructure designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates, whose founder, Ray Hunt, invented the deep-vee hull.

Powered by twin 1,600-bhp diesels mated to Hamilton water-jet drives, the new yacht is projected to have a top speed in excess of 31 knots, combined with a draft of just 4 feet.

It is due to launch in the summer of 2015.

The new Hunt motoryacht is based on a hull design that C. Raymond Hunt Associates conceived as a platform for a variety of yachts in the 63- to 82-foot range. Hunt said its deep-vee configuration and moderate beam enable it to slip easily through the water, enhancing the vessel’s speed and seakindliness in rough offshore conditions.

This platform made its debut with the Hunt 68-foot Motoryacht, an offshore cruiser with attractive lines and outstanding performance. In the 80-foot Sport Motoryacht, the design firm has maintained those attributes while greatly expanding the living and entertaining spaces and adding a fully enclosed raised command flybridge.

The 80-foot Sport Motoryacht series features a three-stateroom layout with a full-beam master suite amidships and a fourth “bonus” bunk room that can accommodate a child, a nanny or another member of the owner’s staff. The lower-deck layout also includes a separate crew quarters aft with a double stateroom for the captain and a bunk for another crewmember. The main deck encompasses a large galley, a dining area and a main saloon opening onto a large open-air aft deck sheltered by the flybridge overhang.

The semicustom Hunt 80-foot and 68-foot motoryachts are only the first two examples of the wide range of yachts based on this successful hull platform that are available from the partnership of C. Raymond Hunt Design and Hunt Yachts.

“We have design for a 63-foot conventional motoryacht with a nice layout due to use of pod propulsion, which saves a lot of space,” C. Raymond Hunt Associates vice president Winn Willard said in a statement. “At the upper end, with the mold extended to 82 feet, we get all these variants starting with the very classic 82-foot Cockpit Motoryacht. We also have plans for a sophisticated 68-foot Sedan Express.”

“This hull design and the versatility it gives us to offer to owners is a big breakthrough for Hunt Yachts, and the new 80-foot Sport Motoryacht is the head of the train,” Hunt Yachts president Peter VanLancker said.

“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.”

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