Southern Boating

Hunt Yachts 32cc

Hunt’s classy new center console transitions effortlessly from deep-sea fishing adventures to posh evenings at the yacht club

It was a cold and gray early winter afternoon outside the Hunt Yachts factory in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, so Peter Van Lancker, Hunt president, and I put on extra fleece and heavy coats before we headed for the docks to test the new Hunt 32cc. Minutes later, however, as we cruised down Narragansett Bay, our weather concerns were long gone. For one thing, we were protected on three sides by the large helm console in this prize-winning boat. For another, as I nudged the throttles forward to a top speed of just over 48 knots, the adrenaline rush made up for all the heat we needed.

Despite the cold, the water was relatively flat this afternoon, so we weren’t able to give Hunt’s iconic deep-V hull a rough-weather test. But I’ve cruised on a lot of Hunts over the years, from Florida to Maine in all kinds of conditions, and I know that Hunt hulls, originally designed by C. Raymond Hunt (think Bertram 31), deserve their outstanding reputation for speed, seakindliness and safety. I have no reason to believe that this 32-foot center console, with a 23-degree deadrise at the transom, would behave any differently. Indeed, as I steered the wheel over into a sharp turn at 40 knots, this classic beauty simply dug in and carved an arc in the water without missing a beat.