Hunt Yachts moves; will build bigger boats

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Citing a 31-percent growth in sales within a year, Hunt Yachts relocated its operations from South Dartmouth, Mass., to the Melville Marine Complex of Portsmouth, R.I.

Citing a 31-percent growth in sales within a year, Hunt Yachts relocated its operations from South Dartmouth, Mass., to the Melville Marine Complex of Portsmouth, R.I.

The move, completed in August, will double the boatbuilder’s manufacturing capability.

“We just outgrew our original facilities,” says Peter Van Lancker, Hunt Yachts president.

In Rhode Island the semi-custom builder has more than 24,000 square feet of production space, enough to increase their capacity and take on larger sizes than their current line of 25-to-36-foot deep-vee single-engine yachts. Indoor storage for customers’ boats will be provided in an additional 12,000-square-foot building. Hunt has 600 feet of dockage immediately adjacent to the manufacturing facility.

In its new locale Hunt Yachts will be the East Coast agent for the Hunt-

designed GLOBALarrow68, a Taiwanese-built 68-foot express cruiser that will debut in U.S. waters at the Palm Beach Boat Show in March 2007.

Hunt Yachts was founded in 1998 with the C. Raymond Hunt Associates-designed Hunt 33.

The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation is continuing to develop plans for additional marine-oriented development at the Melville complex, a former Navy base, including luxury housing and a 1,500-slip marina. www.huntyachts.com