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Brief Summary

The Hunt Yachts Surfhunter Series has a clear Downeaster heritage, plus the patented C. Raymond Hunt 24-degree deadrise hull that assures an exceptionally smooth ride in rough going. A high chine forward sends water away from the boat, creates added lifting surface and increasing speed and fuel economy according to the company. A wide flared topside forward reduces potential for burying the bow in heavier conditions.

Key Features

  • Teak with stainless steel swim ladder and handle on transom
  • 4 pull-up stainless steel 8'' cleats and one 10'' bow cleat
  • Varnished teak companionway doors and folding hatch
  • Stamoid covers for teak companion way, helm console, electrical panel, port side drink holder
  • Cockpit with stainless steel Bimini bow with Stamoid top
  • V-berth with storage underneath and choice of Sunbrella fabric
  • L-settee with storage and custom bolster back rest
  • Standard VHF radio
  • Trim tabs with position indicator
  • Helm with fiberglass control console with varnished teak and mahogany navigator wheel
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 29’ 6''
    8.99 m
    Beam 10’ 6''
    3.20
    Dry Weight 8,000 lbs.
    3,629 kg(w/ eng)
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 3’ 0''
    0.91 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 140 gal.
    529 L
    Water Capacity 28 gal.
    106 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 1 x 380-hp Volvo Penta EVC 6.2 gas
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power 1 x 370-hp Volvo Penta D6-370 6-cylinder diesel
    1 x 370-hp Volvo Penta D6-370 inboard (V drive)
    2 x 250-hp Yamaha
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    Captain's Report

    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 design
    Raymond Hunt’s 1960 design for Dick Bertram (“Moppie”) outperformed the world’s top offshore racing boats finishing almost a day ahead in the 1960 Miami-Nassau Race. The design’s success was due primarily to the 24-degree deadrise creating a sharp entry forward and keeping pounding to a minimum.

    History

    Hunt Yachts has an unusual backstory in the boating industry that sets it apart from most builders today. The company developed from a naval architectural firm that opened shortly after the international acclaim received by the famous deep-V Moppie. The innovative and creative design seized the imagination of boaters all over the world, boasting a hull that could beat any boat in offshore conditions. The Moppie with her continuous 24-degree deadrise hull became the prototype for the classic Bertram 31 -- an offshore boat still sought after today.

    • The 24-degree deadrise allows for a sharp entry forward, keeping pounding to a minimum, and the lack of forefoot eliminates bow steering and broaching increasing stability and control.
    • The V itself carries all the way to the transom equating to even distribution of displacement/lateral plane, encouraging the boat to steer straight with little effort.
    • A high chine forward adds additional lift while multiple spray strips send water away from the boat reducing wetted surfaces and increasing speed and fuel economy.
    • A wide flared topside forward encloses significant buoyancy foam that reduces potential for burying the bow in heavier conditions.
    • The deep-V decreases roll by placing more of the hull into the water forcing the boat upright. The aggressive angle also allows the boat to bank on a turn rather than roll outward.

    All of these components are found within the patented hull design that remains a cornerstone for Hunt Yachts. Few critics today can offer improvements or suggestions to the timeless and arguably flawless hull design.

    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 deadrise
    C. Raymond Hunt created the 24-degree deadrise and established one of the most influential design firms in the world.

    John Deknatel became Raymond Hunt’s partner in 1961 upon the foundation of the design company. Together the two of them built an architectural firm that has established a glowing reputation of excellence all over the world. Ray Hunt died in 1978, but the firm’s deep roots continued to grow under the direction of Deknatel. Over the years, C. Raymond Hunt and Associates has designed hulls for companies such as Chris-Craft, Wellcraft, Four Winns, Bertram, Grand Banks, Grady-White and Boston Whaler. In fact, Dick Fisher, owner of Boston Whaler, came to Hunt in 1959 asking him to design a sailboat hull. Raymond was able to convince Fisher otherwise and instead designed the original 13’ (3.96 m) Boston Whaler with the unique foam flotation the company is founded on today.C. Raymond Hunt and Associates also started building commercial vessels and designing pilot boats that are famous for going out in almost any weather condition. The majority of harbors around the world have pilot boats designed by C. Raymond Hunt and Associates.

    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 commercial vessels
    C. Raymond Hunt and Associates designed commercial vessels used by the marine police, fire and coast guard. These boats are recognized for their shallow draft, fast speed and rock solid sea worthiness.
    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 partner
    John Deknatel became Hunt’s partner in 1961 and today is Chairman of the company.

    Birth of a Builder

    In the late 1990s, C. Raymond Hunt and Associates developed a 33’ (10 m) Downeast styled concept boat made for easy passages to places like Nantucket, Provincetown, Bar Harbor, and Mohegan Island. This day boat/weekender boat included modest accommodations that could go moderately fast with a single fuel-efficient engine. The deep-V hull would give a comfortable ride and be practical for any seasoned yachtsman.In 1998, the design was proposed to several of the firm’s clients but no one was interested. Because the firm had such a strong belief in the design they decided to start their own company and build the boat on their own. Hunt Yachts was born because of the 33, an open day boat with capabilities for an overnight.

    Today Hunt Yachts offers 15 different models

    ranging from 25’(7.62 m) to 87’(26.51 m) outlined in four different series. The Harrier Series is a line of day cruisers made in a 25, 25 Sport and 29. The Surfhunters are coastal cruisers made in a 29, 29 Hardtop, 33, 33 Hardtop, and a Harrier 36. The builder has two different center consoles including a 26 and 32, and the top shelf ocean series includes a 44, 52, 68, 72, and 80.

    By 2002 the 33 had evolved into a 36

    , and in 2003 the 36 was introduced at the Miami Boat Show where it received the NMMA Innovation of the Year award in boat design. In 2009 Hunt Yachts designed hardtops for several of its models making their boats even more impervious to quick changes in weather.

    Mission of the Surfhunt 29

    The mission of the Surfhunter 29 remains true to her roots in 1998. She is a strong recreational, semi-custom boat with the legendary deep V hull providing moderate speed, modest accommodations, simple design with minimal maintenance, efficient fuel usage, and the security of knowing one can travel to a destination and back without a problem. Her day boat practicality is ever present with a spacious custom teak bridge deck, and a full yet unobtrusive cabin allowing for random overnights should guests change their minds midway.

    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 running shot
    The Surfhunter 29 has a displacement of 8,000 lbs. (3,629 kg) and a top speed of 36 knots. She is pictured above with optional twin Yamaha 250-hp engines featuring stainless steel props.

    Distinguishing Features

    • Patented, award winning deep V hull
    • Stamoid covers and convertible top/optional hardtop
    • Semi-closed bridge deck
    • Hand-stitched, Majilite cushions
    • Custom teak bridge deck table
    • Faux teak and holly cabin sole
    • Microwave, refrigerator and Butane stove
    • Enclosed head with shower
    • Corian Countertops
    • Cherry bulkheads and cabinets
    • Commissioning package: bottom paint, name and hail port, anchor, boat gear, safety gear, and documentation

    Features Inspection

    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 profile shot
    Pictured with the optional coupe sedan windshield featuring a backdrop curtain, dual Lewmar hatches, a radar mast, stainless handrails, and recessed LED lighting on a dimmer switch ($37,140). This particular option is ideal for those who know they’ll be facing heavy conditions on a regular basis as it adds even more protection from the elements.
    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 floor plan
    The removable aft stern seat pictured above is an option ($3,945) that offers extra seating when necessary, yet easily removes for added fishing space. The additional seat comes with a stamoid cover for added protection from destructive UV rays.

    Foredeck

    Anchor Locker.

    The Surfhunter 29 features a built in anchor locker molded into the foredeck with a hinged hatch for easy access and stowage. She comes standard with a commissioning package that includes a 14 lb. Delta with 15’ x ¼” chain, 200’ x ½” rode. For those looking for additional anchor hardware or a higher end anchor the builder offers the following options:

    • Anchor roller ($440)
    • Stainless steel anchor and chain ($590)
    • Windlass- Lewmar 700 with anchor roller and extra cleat/ deck and helm control ($2,995)

    Deck Hardware.

    Windshield.

    Hunt’s attention to detail continues with the white powder-coated Solex glass windshield. The height of the windshield alone keeps the operator dry and safe from inclement weather conditions should they arise. Also note the overbuilt structure surrounding the two panes of glass. Hunt designed the windshield to take on a wall of water, and the thick mullions reflect that. Additional features worth noting include dual side vents, dual pantograph wipers with windshield washers, and dual stainless steel rails for increased security on the side decks.

    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 bow flare
    Hunt designed the bow to flare outward, decreasing the chance of burying the bow.

    Side Decks.

    The Surfhunter 29 was created in response to her younger sister, the Surfhunter 25. Buyers were looking for a little more room on the side decks and cabin below. The builder responded with the Surfhunter 29 by increasing space in the cockpit and cabin, as well as adding an extra foot and a half on the beam for an eased passage from the cockpit to foredeck. The entire top deck is finished in oyster white non-skid finish, although the optional tan gel coat ($1,850) contributes to an already timeless nautical palate of white and blue.

    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 running shot
    An optional express hardtop containing stainless supports, dual Lewmar hatches, four flush mount LED lights on dimmer, dual stainless steel handrails and radar mast ($17,120) adds additional protection from the elements while maintaining an open feel.

    Cockpit

    Stamoid Covers.

    An item we rarely see standard on production boats are protective covers and Bimini tops. In the case of Hunt Yachts we can expect that and then some. The stamoid fabric is unlike traditional UV-resistant fabrics found in typical shops. Stamoid is a vinyl coated woven polyester that's completely waterproof. It’s easily cleanable, cool to sit under, and folds easily for quick storage.Additionally, the high tenacity weave holds its shape and doesn’t show typical abrasion signs or sagging. The material is UV protected on BOTH sides and holds up in the sun. We find the following stamoid components on the Surfhunter 29:

    • Stainless steel Bimini bow with Stamoid Top
    • Stamoid covers for the teak companion way, helm console, electrical panel, and portside drink holder
    • Curtain package including side (with zip-out openings), front and stern curtains (three-pieces) with clear vinyl


    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 stamoid top
    The Surfhunter 29 pictured above with the standard Stamoid top. Notice how far back the windshield comes. Even with a soft-top the builder still provides the buyer with the necessary protection any offshore boat would need.

    Seating for Everyone.

    Inside the cockpit an L-settee with custom bolster backrest and storage below provides room for multiple guests to congregate near the captain. A teak ladder-back pedestal helm seat with adjustable pedestal base and teak arms welcome the helmsman and provide excellent sight lines for eased navigation. An engine box seat cushion facing aft still allows for easy communication with those in the L-settee, and opens up the possibility for another congregating space at the stern.An optional bench seat with Stamoid cover adds additional seating aft that complements the multi-functional engine box seat ($3,935). All seating is hand-stitched in Majilite fabric and finished with choice of contrasting piping.

    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 seat placement
    The placement of the aft facing engine box seat allows for easy conversing with others in the L-settee.
    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 bench seat
    The optional bench seat aft creates another area for guests to congregate separately from the bridge deck ($3,935).

    Custom Table.

    A custom varnished bridge deck table with removable stainless steel pedestal base provides a place for entertaining and sharing a meal with loved ones. We like the size and shape of the custom table as it delivers the necessary space for dining without sacrificing precious space on the bridge deck. Hunt Yachts takes it a step further by providing a standard padded stamoid cover and storage bag for the table pedestal.

    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 triangular table
    The triangular-shaped custom table allows room for dining with small plates and entertaining without protruding into the main walkway. Curved edges also eliminate the chance of someone hurting themselves in heavier seas.

    Helm

    Sightlines.

    The fiberglass control console with a varnished teak shelf and custom teak engine-instrument cluster provide open sightlines in all directions. The designers created an accessible dash arrangement with all crucial components within easy reach, keeping the overall height to a minimum. At the helm we also find teak handholds/trim, a custom Mahogany “Navigator” wheel, and multiple stainless steel drink holders.

    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 helm
    A low profile dash and generous sized windows allow for excellent sight lines in all directions. Notice how the helmsman can look out and down rather than over and out.

    Electronics.

    In addition to a full set of instrumentation we find several standard components that are often considered “optional” in mass produced boats:

    • Ritchie calibrated compass in clear sightline of helmsman
    • Bow thruster with electric joystick control
    • Trim tabs with position indicator
    • VHF ICOM M412 DSC

    Additional electronics are also available depending on the buyers’ mission, including:

    • Fusion IP700i sound system with four remote speakers, helm remote control, and USB/Bluetooth inputs ($1,975)
    • Garmin GHP20 autopilot system ($6,150)
    • Garmin 7612 12” color xHD radar/plotter/fishfinder 4 kW dome ($7,985)
    • Garmin 8212 12” color xHD radar/plotter/fishfinder 4 kW dome ($9,910)
    • Raymarine e127 Multifunction 12.1” chartplotter with HD digital radar and depth/temperature transducer ($7,450)
    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 display
    The Raymarine e127 is an excellent investment for any buyer looking to do coastal cruising. The features and placement on the dash display all the necessary information to ensure a safe passage from one destination to another.
    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 dashboard
    The Surfhunter 29’s dashboard is pictured above with optional Raymarine e127 radar and Fusion IP700i sound system. All components are laid out clearly within easy reach of the helmsman, and the teak accents add warmth and quality to the already well thought out dash.

    Below Decks

    Craftsmanship.

    Stepping below deck we’re welcomed by a traditional faux teak and holly cabin sole, and surrounded with satin-finish cherry bulkheads and cabinetry. Natural light beams through the cabin via four Lewmar portlights and a single hatch- all opening with screens. During the evening hours an inverter/charger with upgraded battery capacity (1800 watt) powers three 110-volt shore-power outlets for laptops and tablets.

    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 cabin
    The cabin ceiling mirrors the floor with a clever wood-like design pattern. Also note the built-in hooks for hanging gear.

    Galley.

    A complete galley below adds functionality to a modest cabin space, featuring a single-burner butane stove, hot and cold water pressure, stainless steel sink, refrigerator (110 volt/12 volt), microwave, Corian countertops and cherry storage cabinets. The builders use every inch of space creating a functional and attractive galley without sacrificing the living quarters and convertible berth.

    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 galley
    We like how the builder designed useable counter space for cooking and placed it between the sink and the butane stove. The refrigerator naturally sits directly below.
    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 v berth
    The convertible V-berth is excellent for unplanned overnights and offers storage underneath for immediate belongings.

    Head.

    Walking into the enclosed head with shower we’re greeted with Corain countertops and cherry cabinets that carry through from the galley. A shower with curtain, sump pump, and hot/cold water pressure allow for a quick clean up before a dock and dine. Towel rack and clothes hooks add to the functionality of the space, and the electric freshwater toilet has a 15-gallon (57 L) holding tank for longer passages at sea.

    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 head
    Not pictured above is a standard active solar vent, ensuring air circulation whether at sea or at port.

    Aft Deck

    Water Drainage.

    The cockpit in the Surfhunter 29 is self-draining should one take on water and spray in heavier sea conditions. Flush scupper valves allow for easy maintenance and clean up when the buyer returns to port. All hatches are fitted with gaskets, and the painted bilge contains dual bilge pumps with high water alarms -- 1100 gph aft and 2, 00 gph midship.

    Transom Lockers.

    Moving farther aft, Hunt Yachts built dual transom lockers that are perfect for storing life jackets and scuba gear. We like how the builder designed dual lockers allowing for designated storage compartments. For example, a single compartment could contain gear while another could hold shore power cable -- the configurations are endless.

    Swim Platform.

    A teak swim platform with stainless swim ladder and handle allow for easy boarding in and out of the water. Even with the dual outboard configuration, the buyer still has room to maneuver without tripping on mechanical components. When reboarding, a freshwater hot/cold pressure shower greet guests at the transom allowing for a quick washdown before climbing aboard.

    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 running shot
    An ensign with custom teak staff and stainless steel socket, complete the New England look of the Surfhunter 29.

    Propulsion

    Once a buyer decides on a Surfhunter 29, the next step is determining the most appropriate method of propulsion. In the case of the Surfhunter 29, we have six different methods to choose from:

    • Volvo Penta EVC 6.2 gas (380-hp) engine with OceanX sterndrive – standard with automatic fire extinguishing system
    • Volvo Penta D6-370-hp 6-cyl electronic control diesel with jackshaft / alum. sterndrive ($30,850)
    • Volvo Penta D6-370-hp inboard (V drive) (130 gallon /492 L fuel tank) ($31,975)
    • Volvo Penta D6-435 diesel with UltraJet 305 water jet, joystick control and electric bow thruster ($87,300)
    • Second inline Racor # 500 MA water / separator fuel filter with switch over valve (one standard) ($1,094)
    • Twin Yamaha 250-hp engines with controls, gauges and SS props ($14,300)

    The Volvo Penta engines comes standard with a two-year warranty, and an extended warranty is offered on the diesel configuration for an additional ($5,440). Most of the configurations above are placed midship allowing for an even weight distribution. While the dual Yamaha 250-hp outboards are intriguing we would be curious to compare the handling of the two.

    Price Range

    The Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 base boat with a Volvo Penta EVC 6.2 starts at $282,400. Bear in mind that all of the standard components Hunt Yachts includes, most of which are considered added options on the production market. We would consider a nicely-equipped Surfhunter 29 to be ($333,540), here is the breakdown:

    • Base boat -- $282,400
    • Twin Yamaha 250 outboards -- $14,300
    • Colored gel coat on hull -- $1,500
    • Optional deck color -- $,1850
    • Aft stern seat and cover -- $,3950
    • Windlass-Lewmar 700 -- $2,995
    • Express hardtop -- $17,120
    • Fusion IP700i stereo system -- $1,975
    • Raymarine e127 radar/chartplotter -- $7,450

    Observations

    With a semi-custom boat like the Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29, it is difficult to quote an exact price as every individual has a different need and mission. With a relatively short options list, most if not all of the necessary equipment for offshore travel is already on the boat. Should the buyer choose to add additional options, the price will naturally climb.When all is said and done the buyer is getting a top-shelf boat. The attention to detail, history of engineering, and the nautical knowledge that goes into each of Hunt Yachts’ boats is what the buyer is paying for. Plus she is a beautiful boat.

    Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29 hard top profile
    The 2015 Surfhunter 29 pictured with the optional express hardtop ($17,120) and backbench ($3,935).

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Optional
    Fishfinder Optional
    GPS/Chart Optional
    Radar Optional
    VHF Radio Standard

    Systems

    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    CD Stereo Optional
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    Washdown: Raw Water Optional
    Windlass Optional

    Galley

    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Optional
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Transom Shower Standard

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Standard

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