CUSTOM ALUMINUM JET DRIVE SPORTFISH CRUISER
People in Maine take their summers seriously. Along this coast, one can’t always depend on typical weather so boats built for fishing & cruising there need to be built to handle the good and the bad from Mother Nature. This owner plans on starting early in the spring and extending his season later in the fall when others are hauling out or heading south. His previous boat was aluminum with an unpainted commercial look so glossy paintwork was not high on his list of priorities.
NEB collaborated with Hunt Design on a development of the Hunt 33 design suited for coastal fishing & cruising yet capable to head offshore to the Atlantic canyons during the short but exciting season for big game fishing. While developing plans for power choices the owner voiced considerable concern regarding performance as well as a desire to avoid lobster pots and the associated problems. Call it a fact of life on the coast of Maine; sooner or later even the most careful pilot wraps a pot line. This owner wanted to do his part to help the fishermen & avoid destroying expensive lobster gear. Winn Willard, from Hunt Yachts, understood this project as a perfect candidate for a jet drive propulsion system. Plans for a joystick control system integrated with auto-pilot and state of the art electronics and fish finding gear were developed.
NEB understood the owner’s wishes for a simple and rugged sport fish/cruiser. Considerable emphasis was placed on acoustic insulation to overcome typical metal boat noise in the interior living spaces. Lightweight cored panels helped keep the weight down in the forward cabin and on the overhead throughout the interior. Interior cabinets, galley module and related components were built in the joiner shop then fitted and assembled in place after the metal fabricators and mechanics fitted and installed the engine, jet and major machinery.
Local Sea trials on Narragansett Bay & then eventually further offshore around coastal Rhode Island proved the boat was more than capable. Aluminum sport fish/cruisers may not be common around New England but this one certainly attracts plenty of attention at the dock and on the water. Since the boat was delivered to Maine NEB has received numerous inquiries from people looking for more info about the shiny jet boat seen up and down and all around the coast of Maine.
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Type: Custom Aluminum Jet drive Sportfish/Cruiser
Designer: Hunt Design, New Bedford, MA USA
Construction: Welded 3/16"" Aluminum hull & deck
1/8" deck house
Hull Form: Hunt deep-V
Finish: Bare aluminum-Scotchbrite finish
Interprotect Epoxy barrier system below waterline
2 coats Ablative Anti-fouling
Deck Style: Walkaround Trunk Cabin
Dimensions: LOA: 35'0"
Beam: 11' 6"
Displacement: 15,000 lbs
Main Engine: Cummins QSB 5.9, 480 hp @ 3400 rpm
Transmission: ZF 301PL2, Cardan shaft 20in
Jet: UltraJet 340, UltraJet Joystick control system
Bow Thruster: Side Power SE 60/185 S
Trim tabs: Linear Devices aluminum tabs w/ electric actuators 12V
Speed: Cruising 24 kts, Max 28 kts
Range: 225 n.m.
Fuel Capacity: 250 USG
Water: 30 Gal, 6 USG Water Heater
Holding tank: 20 Gal