Monday, February 18

Sleek and Luxurious New Hunton 55: Cruising in the Fast Lane

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Going back to its racing and high-performance heritage, Hunton Yachts is building a new 55-foot luxury cruiser with twin MAN 1,0000-hp diesels and Arneson surface-piercing drives that is expected to top out at a swift 55 to 60 knots. That means you could cruise from say, Miami to Nassau in the Bahamas, or New York to Nantucket, and leave after breakfast and arrive in time for lunch. And with the Hunton’s spectacular looks, you’ll be guaranteed to catch a lot of attention along the way.

The new Hunton will be constructed using all epoxy composite and the vacuum bagged, resin-infusion process for light weight and extra strength. It has a deep-V entry, low center of gravity, hard chines and lifting strakes. It also will have fingertip joystick control for easy maneuvering at low speeds around the docks.

A U.K. company, Hunton says the boat will be built with luxurious materials throughout, and is meant for a global market, but particularly for the United States. It is designed to compete in the Riva or Pershing sphere, but with an offshore racing history dating to 1979.

The looks are singular, with a sleek wraparound windshield that flows back to the cockpit. Teak is everywhere. There are twin seats at the helm and the co-pilot’s area, and the cockpit is designed for entertaining, with luxe settees on each side with tables. The large sunpad aft can be adjusted so the two lounges there can face forward or aft. A unique side-entry garage can hold a 9-foot tender.

Below, two double cabins are separated by a lower salon and galley. The large master stateroom is filled with natural light from side windows and has an en suite head and shower. The guest stateroom is forward and has two berths that can be converted to a queen; it shares the day head.

The boat is scheduled to be launched next spring, and will be sent to the U.S. after that. For more:

http://hunton.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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