Small Stuff -July 2006 - Soundings Online

Small Stuff -July 2006

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New Hunter called an easy-sailing cruiser

There’s a new flagship at Hunter Marine — the Hunter 49.

“We designed this new model to be a luxurious passagemaker with a versatile floor plan for total extended offshore cruising, offering a complete range of liveaboard accommodations and outstanding entertainment features,” said John Peterson, director of sales and marketing for Hunter Marine.

As part of its launch in May, the 49 embarked on a six-week dealer and media introduction tour along the East Coast, starting in Jacksonville, Fla., and ending in Newport, R.I.

The 49 has an overall length of 49 feet, 11 inches, a 14-foot, 5-inch beam and 6 feet, 9 inches of saloon headroom.

Driving the 49’s new hull is a specially engineered sail plan that achieves maximum efficiency while maintaining the Hunter trademark of single-handed sailability. Components include Hunter’s mainsheet traveler arch, backstayless B&R rig, a battened full roach main sail, and two headsail options: single self-tacking jib or self-tacking staysail with overlapping jib. A dual-ended mainsheet allows adjustments from both the cockpit and companionway, and all sheets and halyards end at the cockpit. A sail locker just forward of the watertight bulkhead and aft of the anchor locker is convenient for storing extra sails and spinnakers.

A 12,600-pound antimonious lead keel was custom-designed to give the Hunter 49, a low center of gravity plus a stiff and stable ride and is available in either a shoal or deep configuration, according to the maker. The forward hull section on the bow is Kevlar-reinforced for extra strength. The introductory price is $319,900. www.huntermarine.com

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Safety-at-sea seminars added

The Storm Trysail Club has announced a three-pronged approach to sharpening the profile of dedicated junior sailors in the national sailing community.

• Additional Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminars, open to any junior from a recognized junior sailing program, have been added to the club’s 2006 summer schedule. Seminars will take place in: Newport, R.I. (Ida Lewis Yacht Club), June 28, contact Lat Spinney, lspinney@msn.com ; Marblehead, Mass. (Pleon YC), July 7, contact Toby Reilly, jtreiley@dealerfinancetechnology.com; Larchmont, N.Y. (Larchmont YC), July 14, contact STC, stormtry@aol.com ; and Annapolis, Md. (U.S. Naval Academy), date to be announce, contact Karl von Schwarz, vonschwarz@comcast.net .

• Plans are under way for another Intercollegiate Big Boat Regatta in the fall. Hosted by the STC since 2001, the Intercollegiate Big Boat Regatta has been scheduled to return to Larchmont Yacht Club on Oct. 7 and 8. STC expects the popular regatta to expand to 35 or more teams. The junior sailors competed in three classes aboard donated J/120s, J/109s, J/44s, Express 37s, J/35s and J/105s. Winners included Navy, Georgetown and Kings Point.

• A junior division has been added to the Storm Trysail Club’s membership categories. Junior members accepted into STC have to be between the ages of 18 and 28. They must have completed a club-approved Safety-at-Sea course and sailed a minimum of four offshore or distance races of not less than 150 nautical miles each, with a total minimum of 1,000 nautical miles. A junior member then has seven years, or until the age of 33, to meet the qualifications for regular membership.