Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine, is building a new, custom 41-foot Hunt Dayboat, powered by twin 480-hp Volvo IPS650 pod drives. With Hunt’s classic deep-V hull, the new 41 is expected to top out at 38 knots and cruise at 32 knots.
The new boat has classic Down East lines, with a fine entry, long sheer and low profile, all the work of the iconic Ray Hunt Design studio in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Hunts have been known for their superior seakeeping abilities for past 60 years, ever since C. Raymond Hunt developed the first deep-V hull.
The Hunt Dayboat was commissioned by a private owner who wants to cruise New England waters with his family or a small number of guests. The aft cockpit is built for socializing; it also has a hidden fish box and recessed rod holders, so the owner can go fishing as well.
The salon has a large front windshield and side windows, promising excellent visibility from the helm in all directions. The boat has a sliding door next to the helm leading to the starboard side deck, a big advantage for line handling.
There’s a two-person seat on the foredeck, while the aft deck has a seat across the transom and individual aft-facing seats forward. They’re protected by a short overhang from the cabin top.
The interior has varnished cherry cabinets and trim, white panels, and an oiled teak sole. Below, there’s a single cabin for occasional overnights plus a head with an enclosed shower.
The topsides and deck will be laid up with cored fiberglass with vinylester resin for light weight and strength. The boat is scheduled to be launched next year.
Specs.: LOA: 41’6”; Beam: 13’6”; Draft: 2’5”; Disp.: 30,000 lbs.; Fuel: 420 gals.; Water: 120 gals.; Power: 2×480-hp IPS650 pod drives. Read more: