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Hunter’s new 45 Center Cockpit

Hunter Marine has launched a new center cockpit sailboat designed to provide comfortable arrangements for liveaboards and better performance than the company’s previous center cockpit models.

Hunter Marine has launched a new center cockpit sailboat designed to provide comfortable arrangements for liveaboards and better performance than the company’s previous center cockpit models.

The Hunter 45 Center Cockpit replaces the Hunter 456, which had been in production for nine years, with 360 boats built. The 45 CC represents a “new rendition” of the Hunter center cockpit, as compared with the 456 and another popular model, the 420.

“It’s geared to have reasonable performance for its weight and the way it’s laid out, but it’s really designed for a true liveaboard,” says John Peterson, Hunter Marine director of sales and marketing.

“By moving the cockpit to the center of the boat, you can truly make that [aft] stateroom exceptional.” The aft stateroom has 6 feet, 5 inches of headroom and a queen-size island berth. The cabin also contains a pair of cedar-lined hanging lockers, a pair of nightstands, bench seating to port, a desk/vanity to port, a lounge seat to starboard, four drawers at the foot of the berth, and a dresser with four more drawers.


The aft head, located to starboard, contains a stall shower. “It gives you as much of a home feel as possible on a boat without sacrificing any of the headroom you would with a standard aft cockpit,” says Peterson.

The layout below deck also includes a forward stateroom, a saloon, a galley and a nav station.

The forward stateroom, which has 6 feet, 3 inches of headroom, has a double berth with storage beneath, cedar-lined hanging locker, cabinet, and 6 feet of ceiling shelves along both sides. The cabin also has a private head compartment to port, with a stall shower.

The saloon, with 6 feet, 11 inches of headroom, has an L-shaped dinette to port that converts to a double berth, and a settee to starboard. The galley is abaft the starboard settee and has a side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, two-burner stove with oven, stainless steel double sink, and Corian countertops, as well as various cabinets, drawers and shelves. To port of the companionway steps is the nav station with swiveling chair, an opening chart table, storage cabinets and space for electronics.

The cockpit of the 45 CC includes storage lockers, FlexiTeek on the seats, and pedestal wheel steering with mechanical linkage, as well as single-lever engine control, wheel brake, lighted compass and pedestal guard.

The standard engine is a 75-hp Yanmar diesel with a three-blade propeller.

The boat has a backstayless B&R double spreader fractional rig, dual single line reefs led aft, and internal halyards led to the cockpit. An arch keeps the traveler out of the way. Vertical battens in the mainsail and in-mast furling are available.

In addition to the vertical battens, the 45 CC gained performance on its predecessor by means of a new hull design, according to Peterson. The fiberglass hull uses a combination of balsa coring and solid laminate construction, with structural grid and Kevlar hull reinforcement.

The boat has a lead shoal-draft keel, bronze seacocks on through-hulls below the waterline, balanced spade rudder, and a 360-degree rubrail with a stainless steel guard. Other features on deck include an anchor well for rode and chain, dual offset anchor rollers, electric windlass, stainless steel bow and stern pulpits, double lifelines (with three gates), hot and cold transom shower, stern rail seats, and a swim platform with a stainless steel telescoping swim ladder.

Options include a deep keel, electric sail-handling winch, furling boom and electronics, including autopilot, GPS and radar. An air-conditioning system is available, as are a Bimini top, canvas dodger, watermaker and washer/dryer.

“We feel that there’s still a need in the marketplace for a center cockpit boat,” says Peterson. “Not too many people are building and marketing them aggressively right now.”