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The thrill of the Hunt 32CC

hunt1History tells us that luxury and center consoles don’t go together, but this new 32-footer proves otherwise

Once upon a time, center console boats were bare-bone machines dedicated to the requirements of offshore — and inshore — fishing. Rod holders perforated the gunwales on both sides of the cockpit, and rod racks nestled in the hollows beneath. Hinged hatches in the cockpit sole opened a bait well here, a fishbox there. Hardcore center consoles had a dual seat at the helm, with a fold-up cushion that became a leaning post for runs out to the fishing grounds. Forget seating in the rest of the boat. That would infringe on the square footage of the deck and compromise the 360-degree fish-fighting arena.



Classics: E.C. Collier

classicsA 1987 article in the Chicago Tribune was frank in its assessment: “The E.C. Collier is dying.” The 52-footer is a two-sail bateau, a vee-bottom deadrise type of centerboard sloop known as a skipjack.



Sweet Freedom

An Uptown Girl's former Down Easter finds a happy home in Essex, Connecticut.The look is Down East, with a tall bow and sweeping sheer line, a traditional trunk cabin with eyebrow trim and an upright, open-sided wheelhouse. But this lobster boat hull is something else: a particular shade of blue that’s at once distinctive and alluring.

Sweet Freedom is a boat of a different color.



Snapshot of a Down Easter

Sweet Freedom is a Duffy 35 hardtop express that was built in 2000 by the Atlantic Boat Co. of Brooklin, Maine. She rides a built-down lobster boat hull with a fine forefoot and flat after sections “producing good speed and the excellent ride that Duffys are famous for,” says the builder.

This is a Down Easter with workboat roots as a platform for commercial fishing and lobstering, but she can be set up several ways for cruising — for example, with a galley-up or galley-down, and with a combination head and shower or a head with a separate shower.



Fishing Friendly

The details matter when you choose a ride.

The right boat is a critical component of the fishing equation.What makes a great fishing boat? I’ve fished all my life — mostly aboard center consoles and walkarounds from 20 to 35 feet, but also from express fishing boats, pilothouse vessels and convertibles.



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