The new Hunt Ocean 63 will arrive in the U.S. this spring, the latest in the legendary builder’s line of classic, sea-kindly Down East cruisers. Powered by twin 1,000-hp Volvo IPS1350 pod drives, the new Hunt is expected to cruise at 26 knots and top out at 31 knots.
What makes the Hunt Ocean 63 special, of course, is it design and heritage. The boat, like all Hunts, was designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates of New Bedford, Massachusetts, which has been developing the original deep-V hull that Ray Hunt first drew more than half a century ago. C. Raymond Hunt Associates also designs military and pilot boats, and the new Hunt Ocean 63 is built to have the same hull and all-weather handling as those vessels.
The new 63 hull has a 20-degree deadrise at the transom, and its built to American Bureau of Shipping certification. Made in Taiwan, it has Hunt’s traditional craftsmanship and clean lines, with an aggressive bow, long sheerline and low profile. It has all the attention to detail that earned the Hunt 72 the Best New Powerboat award at the Newport International Boat Show in 2016.
The interior layout of the 63 can be customized by the individual owner. You can order the galley up or down, and three or four staterooms, plus a crew cabin. Interior wood can be cherry, teak, or mahogany.
The Hunt Ocean series is a distinct offshore cruising brand under Hinckley Yachts, which bought Hunt in 2013. Hinckley’s Talaria models run from 43 to 55 feet. Hunt’s Ocean models are from 55 to 76 feet.
The Ocean series are designed as expedition yachts. “This new generation of Hunt Ocean Series is for customers who want new experiences, to go explore their world, making raid passages and embracing the offshore route to get there,” Hinckley president Mike Arieta said a year ago, when he first announced the Ocean yachts.
Hunts are welcomed at each of Hinckley’s nine service centers from Maine to Florida.
Specs.: LOA: 69’6”; Beam: 18’0”; Draft: 4’2”; Disp.: 78,000 lbs.; Fuel: 1,000 gals.; Water: 300 gals. Power: 2×1,000-hp Volvo IPS1350 pod drives.