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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
In addition to a full set of instrumentation we find several standard components that are often considered “optional” in mass produced boats:
Additional electronics are also available depending on the buyers’ mission, including:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!