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Ray Hunt

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C. Raymond 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 Huisman Shipyards.

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.

He 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.

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