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Bred with race boat DNA, the Hun­ton H55 was born to run.

Power & Motor Yacht - - IN THIS ISSUE - Carly Sis­son

With a top end ca­pa­ble of reach­ing 55 knots, Hun­ton’s H55 is a Bri­tish-built cruiser im­bued with off­shore rac­ing DNA.

The Hun­ton H55 aims to pack­age sta­bil­ity and speed for boaters look­ing to cruise in com­fort. The Bri­tish com­pany was es­tab­lished in 1979 as a pro­ducer of off­shore race boats. To­day, Hun­ton looks to its rac­ing her­itage when de­sign­ing boats that have stayed true to the ge­om­e­try of a rac­ing hull. The 55-foot Hun­ton will be the com­pany’s largest yacht.

The epoxy-in­fused, vac­uum-bagged hull and deck with foam cor­ing should ab­sorb vi­bra­tion to cre­ate what Chris Hughes of Hun­ton de­scribes as “an air­plane qual­ity boat.” The 55’s ag­gres­sive deep-V hull en­try al­lows the yacht to cut through waves. “Where most boats would turn away or be un­com­fort­able in four to five foot seas, the Hun­ton ex­cels, and it would feel like you were driv­ing a lux­ury Mercedes,” Hughes says. With a nar­rower beam than other yachts in its class, the H55 doesn’t sac­ri­fice speed in ob­tain­ing sta­bil­ity; with twin 1,000-hp MANs it’s re­port­edly ca­pa­ble of reach­ing 55 knots.

The hull de­sign is met with lux­u­ri­ous touches typ­i­cally found aboard su­pery­achts. The dig­i­tal fly-by-wire joy­stick con­trol as­sures easy ma­neu­ver­abil­ity, even in tight mari­nas. The yacht also fea­tures a gy­rosta­bi­lizer, a panoramic hard­top with tinted glass and a cus­tom ten­der.

Hughes de­scribes the in­te­rior as “Bri­tish-re­fined with a hint of Ital­ian and some Amer­i­can flair.” The sa­lon area has seat­ing to ac­com­mo­date up to six for din­ner and fea­tures an elec­tron­i­cally con­vert­ible din­ing-to-cof­fee-ta­ble-level hi/lo ta­ble. The mas­ter suite has a queen berth, while the guest berth fea­tures sin­gle beds that can swing to­gether, mak­ing the space ideal for chil­dren and cou­ples alike. With com­fort­able ac­com­mo­da­tions, an abun­dance of nat­u­ral light be­low from the hatch and port light, and lux­ury fea­tures—in­clud­ing a hid­den wine cooler—the yacht’s liv­abil­ity is un­ques­tion­able.

Most cus­tomers that have placed or­ders are com­ing from larger boats. “They want to spend more time on the wa­ter and get places quicker, but they want to do it in a much higher level of lux­ury,” Hughes says. There is also in­ter­est from cruis­ers that own smaller mo­to­ry­achts, at­tracted to the 55’s speed. The Bri­tish boat will cruise far and wide, mak­ing its way from Florida up the coast, ex­plor­ing the Pa­cific North­west, and head­ing out on the Mediter­ranean. The low bridge height even makes the yacht a good can­di­date for com­plet­ing the Great Loop. The H55 is al­ready spo­ken for through Hull No. 3. “There just isn’t any­thing out there with that two-cabin setup that goes that speed with that com­fort,” Hughes says in re­sponse to the yacht’s suc­cess so far. “It’s a cruis­ing boat built from a race boat.”

Hun­ton is plan­ning to de­but the H55 at the Ft. Laud­erdale In­ter­na­tional Boat Show. The lux­ury model is sure to make an im­pres­sion on the in­dus­try. Says Hughes, “You get a great com­bi­na­tion of dif­fer­ent types of boats in this one de­sign.”

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