Hunt Associates, Inc. is among the foremost
firms in the field of small craft design. Hunt designs are built
and in service around the world in commercial, military and recreational
use. Several large manufacturers build or have built Hunt designs,
including Alden, Baltic Yachts, Bertram, Boston Whaler, Burger, Cal
and O'Day Sailboats, Chris Craft, Concordia, Grady-White, Grand Banks,
Hinckley, Lyman Morse, Palmer Johnson, Pearson, Robalo and Royal
Ray Hunt, whose work was marked by great variety and success, was one
of the most innovative designers of his time. His most significant
contribution to the field of small craft design was the creation of
the high-deadrise, "deep-vee" hull that revolutionized the
development of fast powerboats. The design of the world-renowned Bertram
31 powerboats was conceived by Mr. Hunt in 1961. The 13' Boston Whaler,
equally well known worldwide, is also a Hunt creation.
Ray Hunt was the only yacht designer of his era to achieve international
success in both power and sail.
In sail, he is remembered for the renowned
Concordia yawl with which he won Cowes Week of 1955 and for the 12
meter "Easterner," built for the 1958 America's Cup defense,
and outfitted in Marblehead.
also designed many 5.5 meter boats, including the winners of the 1960
Olympics and the 1963 World Championship. Above all, he is remembered
for the "Moppie" series of powerboats that shook the offshore
powerboat racing world in the early sixties with wins including the
Miami-Nassau race and the World Powerboat Championship. The descendants
of these designs have continued to be winners to the present day.
Ray Hunt died in 1978 at the age of seventy.