By Lenny Rudow
Hunt Harrier 36 Jet Drive Boat Test Notes
Notes for the shallow draft jet version of the Hunt Harrier 36
Build a highly customizable pocket-yacht that’s available with three different power options, including traditional inboards, IPS drives, and in this boat, jet drives.
- Couple the classic Ray Hunt designed deep-v hull with modern power systems.
- Allow the owner to arrange and accessorize the boat as they desire.
- Vacuum-bagged and cored hull and deck.
- Trimmed as desired, with teak or stainless-steel accents.
- Twin diesels are coupled to Hamilton jet drives
- 1.1 miles to the gallon at a cruise in the upper 20’s means the jets are less efficient and offer less speed at cruise.
- Our test boat broke 40 knots at WOT, which is the fastest top-end any of these rigs can offer.
- Jet drive speeds jump significantly at the high end of RPM.
- Jet drives can make the boat dance on a dime, both at dockside and when underway at high speeds.
- There’s a learning curve, with jets. It may take you some time and experience to become comfortable handling this rig.
- Jets allow for minimal draft, reducing it from 3’0” to 1’10”.
- High level of customization in the bridgedeck arrangement and trim level. You can also get the boat with or without a full hard-top.
- Gotta love that Ray Hunt deep-v hull—it handles waves like a boat with several more feet of LOA.
- Lenny Rudow is Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media, including Boats.com and Yachtworld.com. With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, he has contributed to publications including Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design who has won 28 BWI and OWAA writing awards.
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