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Hunt’s new 25-foot runabout

The closed-bow runabout continues to gain popularity. Case in point: the new Hunt Harrier 25 Sport, a single-sterndrive, do-everything dayboat. She has a signature New England-style profile and shares the same deep-vee hull as Hunt’s Harrier 25. C. Raymond Hunt Associates designs all of the Hunt boats. “She’s engineered to be both easy to own and put away at the end of the day,” Hunt president Peter Van Lancker says.

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The skipper drives from a starboard-side sit-down helm. The companion seat can face forward or aft, and a center companionway leads below, where there’s a V-berth, marine head and a faux teak-and-holly sole. A contoured windshield wraps around the helm. A cockpit wet bar abaft the helm seat includes a sink, refrigerator/freezer and trash can.

For skiing, the 25 Sport has a retractable tow post and a swim platform with a stainless steel ladder. A handheld shower at the transom pulls out from a receptacle. A wraparound settee with room for six dominates the layout, and a beam-width sunpad with a removable center section for boarding sits on top of the engine compartment.

Hunt will power the 25 Sport with a 320-hp Volvo Penta gas sterndrive and offer options up to 430 hp. The boat tops out at 36 knots with standard power. She carries 100 gallons of fuel and draws 1.5 to 3 feet, depending on the drive position. With a 9-foot beam, she displaces 7,000 pounds fully loaded and carries 15 gallons of water.

The ready-to-launch boat with the 320-hp Volvo is $165,000. Hunt Yachts, Portsmouth, R.I., (401) 324-4201.

March 2014 issue