The Hinckley Company, which bought Hunt Yachts in 2013, just announced it has integrated Hunt in its day-to-day operations and unveiled two new expedition-ready yachts, a Hunt 63 and a Hunt 76 (pictured above), in Hunt’s Ocean Series. Both new Hunts were drawn by the legendary Ray Hunt Design firm, with an emphasis on bluewater performance, safety and cruising comfort. The first of the new Hunt expedition yachts, a 76, has already been delivered to an owner in Europe, and two others are currently under construction.
For cruising boats, Hinckley’s Talaria Series now runs from 43 to 55 feet. The Hunt Ocean Series is from 55 to 76 feet. The new Hunt 76 flagship has a cruising speed of 24 knots and a top speed of 29 knots with its standard twin 1600-hp CAT diesels, and a cruising speed of 27 knots and a top speed 31 knots with optional 1900-hp CATs.
The Hunt 63, with twin 1000-hp Volvo Penta IPS1350 pod drives, has a cruising speed of 26 knots and a top speed of 31 knots. Volvo’s 1350 is the largest and most powerful of its IPS series.
“Our new Hunt 76 and Hunt 63 Ocean Series are the best performing yachts in the world,” said Mike Arieta, president of The Hinckley Company. “This new generation of Hunt Ocean Series is for customers who want new experiences, to go explore their world making rapid passages and embracing the offshore route to get there.”
The new Ocean Series yachts have Hunt’s traditional deep-V hull for a smooth ride and rough water seakeeping abilities. The 76 has three large staterooms with en suite heads and showers, a large varnished-cherry salon, a gourmet galley and an extended flybridge to hold a dinghy and hydraulic lift. Access to the flybridge is from either the aft deck or the salon (a nice feature offering extra safety in bad conditions); the flybridge has dual Stidd helm chairs, a teak-accented dash, teak deck, a varnished teak table and teak lounge chairs.
Both new yachts can be customized to fit each owner’s cruising preferences.
Specs. for the Hunt 63: LOA: 69’6”; Beam 18’0”; Draft: 4’2”; Disp.: 78,000 lbs.; Fuel: 1,000 gals.; Water: 300 gals.; Power: 2×1000-hp Volvo Penta IPS1350 diesels with pod drives.
Specs. for the Hunt 76: LOA: 82’3”; Beam: 19’6”; Draft: 5’5”; Disp.: 135,000 lbs.; Fuel: 2,050 gals.; Water: 490 gals.; Power: 2×1600-hp CAT C32 diesels. Optional: 2×1900-hp CAT C32 diesels.