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VIDEO: Hunt Yachts meets Volvo IPS

The Hunt 52 IPS is the first Hunt Yachts model with pod drive and joystick technology. Twin Volvo Penta IPS900s (653 hp) power this classic New England-style yacht.

With a full load she can travel 0.65 miles per gallon at a 20-knot cruise. The Hunt 52 IPS has a range of 300 nautical miles at that speed, using 90 percent of its 600-gallon fuel supply.

The yacht — second-largest behind the Hunt 68 in the builder’s fleet — has an LOA of 57 feet, 4 inches and a beam of 15 feet, 8 inches. She draws 4 feet, 8 inches.

Click play to watch Chris Landry talk about the Hunt 52 IPS.

The use of pods has freed up space for a guest stateroom under the forward portion of the saloon sole. “We were very pleased with the way the stateroom turned out," says Peter Boyce, C. Raymond Hunt Associates’ principal designer. "Anyone who has seen the boat has been taken with it. It's a pretty nice space for a boat that's 52 feet long."

The 52 has two heads with separate showers and a port-side galley with a starboard-side seating area. A settee to port in the saloon faces inboard, with a dinette table. In the saloon you'll find a clever seating arrangement: The companion chair converts to an aft-facing portion of the lounge seating.

The windshield and windows are large, so natural light floods the helm and saloon areas. On the aft deck, two boarding doors flank a bench seat. A hatch in the sole provides access to the dinghy storage. The entire transom opens via a powered door so the dinghy can be retrieved.

"Everyone is very excited about this boat, and I think the interest will be high," says Hunt Yachts president Peter Van Lancker.

Hunt introduced the 52 in 2006. With its standard propulsion — twin Caterpillar C12s (705-hp) — the yacht costs $1.95 million. There's an additional cost of $63,000 for IPS and the third stateroom.