Hunt 44 Express Cruiser Boat Test Notes
Detailed notes about the Hunt 44, which Lenny Rudow tested on a windy day in Narragansett Bay.
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Overview: An express cruiser designed to appeal to the cruising couple with both luxury and performance in mind.
-Use the traditional flush-deck design to provide a single level cockpit, salon, and helm, with a great deal of attention paid to interior décor and a roomy layout.
-Fiberglass hull, deck, and superstructure built with resin-infusion technology.
-Heavy-duty stainless-steel hardware and fittings.
-Emphasis placed on high strength to weight ratio in the hull.
-Cruises in the upper 20’s and hits 33 knots at top end.
-Extremely good rough-water handling abilities. We cruised into a two to three foot head-sea chop at WOT, and the boat smoothly sliced through the seas.
-Efficiency at cruise is above average, for a boat of this size.
-Pod drive powerplants provide excellent dockside maneuverability.
-The addition of an aft cockpit control joystick allows for close-quarters maneuvering from the outside of the boat.
-Master and guest staterooms are roomier than expected.
-Master head is surprisingly large, with plenty of room for the separate stall shower.
-Interior fabrics are luxurious and rugged.
-Sunroof and windows open at the press of a button, and feature sunshades.
-Garage is large enough to handle a serious tender.
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About the author:
- Lenny Rudow is Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media, including boats.com and YachtWorld. 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, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.
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