February 8, 2014

Project: Hunt 80 Sport Motoryacht

Hunt is proud to announce it is building its largest model yet: the 80 Sport Motoryacht. An experienced yachtsman who also owns a 25 Harrier 25 has commissioned this new Hunt 80 flagship. Like the rest of the Hunt range of traditionally styled, elegant, functional and performance-oriented vessels, the 80 Sport Motoryacht features a hull and superstructure designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates, whose founder, Ray Hunt, invented the deep-V hull. Powered by twin 1600hp diesels mated to Hamilton water-jet drives, the new 80 is projected to have a top speed of 31 knots, this combined with a draft of just 4 feet. It is due to launch in the summer of 2015. The new Hunt 80' is based on a hull design that C. Raymond Hunt Associates conceived as a platform for a variety of yachts in the 63 to 82 feet size range. Its deep-V configuration and moderate beam enable it to slip easily through the water, enhancing the vessel’s speed and sea-kindliness in rough offshore conditions. This platform made its debut with the Hunt 68 Motoryacht, an offshore cruiser with attractive lines and outstanding performance. In the 80 Sport Motoryacht, the design firm has maintained those attributes while greatly expanding the living and entertaining spaces and adding a fully enclosed raised command flybridge. The owner worked intensively with the Hunt design team over a six-month period on the design of his highly customized new project. What started out as a 75 motoryacht quickly morphed into an 80-footer due to the owner’s desire for more open-air space on the flybridge and main decks. The tender was moved down to the extended swim platform in order to keep the aft portion of the flybridge clear for use as a sundeck. He also specified that the vessel’s draft be 4 feet so he could use it in the shallow waters of Florida and the Bahamas. The Hunt 80 Sport Motoryacht series features a three-stateroom layout with a full-beam master suite amidships, plus a fourth, “bonus” bunkroom that can accommodate a child, a nanny or another member of the owner’s staff. The lower deck layout also includes a separate crew quarters aft with a double stateroom for the captain and a bunk for another crew member. The main deck encompasses a large galley, dining area, and main saloon opening onto a large open-air aft deck sheltered by the flybridge overhang. The semi-custom Hunt 80 and 68 Motoryachts are only the first two examples of the wide range of yachts based on this successful hull platform that are available from the partnership of C. Raymond Hunt Design and Hunt Yachts, LLC, the builder.