Hunter Boats

The first Hunter boat was built in 1969 and for over half a century the name has been associated with some of Britain's most succesful production cruising and racing boat designs.

History

  • Beginnings

    1969

    The company was founded by in 1968 by Michael Poland and the first design produced by the new company was the Squib, an open keelboat designed by Oliver Lee in 1967.

  • David Thomas Joins

    1975

    In 1975 David Thomas became the main designer producing the iconic Hunter Sonata and Impala 28 Cruiser Racers which to this day continue to offer competive One-Design racing and have their own National Championships.

  • Racing Yachts

    The 70s

    Throughout the 70s the company produced many racing yachts including the Formula 28 and HB 31 designs by Steven Jones. The HB 31 was the first production boat to use kevlar laminates in its hull construction.

  • Move to Cruisers

    The 80s

    By the 80s the company started building cruising yachts with the Hunter Horizon 26 and 32 Models winning the Best Production Boat of the Year and Best Production Cruiser of the Year awards respectively.

  • Return to Racing

    1995

    1995 saw the company build the Hunter 707, a highly succesful sportsboat which went on to win the Yacht of the Year awards the following year.

  • The present

    2009-20

    Hunter Boats was bought out in 2003 by the Select Yachts Group and in 2009 Lauren Marine of Southampton purchased the rights, moulds and tooling for the Hunter range of boats including five designs.


List of Hunter Yachts

Listed below is a summary of boats built by Hunter.

Type Designer Built No in HA Details
Channel 245/Ranger245 David Thomas 1997 - Present 38
Channel 27 David Thomas 1999 - Present 11
Channel 31 David Thomas and Ken Freivokh 2000 - Present 29
Channel 32/323 David Thomas 1991 - 2001 35
Codling 1974 - 1993 0
Crusader 30 David Thomas 2
Delta 25 David Thomas 1980 - 1986 13
Duette David Thomas 1986 - 1989 16
Formula 28 Stephen Jones 1984 - 1987 1
Formula One Stephen Jones 1982 - 1986 0
HB31 Van de Stadt 1983 - 1985 0
Horizon 21 David Thomas 1992 - 1996 19
Horizon 23/232 David Thomas 1989 - 1998 69
Horizon 26 David Thomas 1984 - 1988 49
Horizon 27 TK, 272, 273 David Thomas 1989 64
Horizon 30 David Thomas 1993 - 1998 21
Horizon 32 Wheelhouse David Thomas 1988 - 1991 5
Hunter 19/Europa Oliver Lee 1972 - 1982 18
Hunter 20 David Thomas 1
Hunter 27 OOD David Thomas 1988 - 1995 8
Hunter 490 Oliver Lee 1972 - 1977 4
Hunter 701 Oliver Lee 1971 - 1975 3
Hunter 707 David Thomas 1995 - 2000 0
Impala 28 David Thomas 1977 - 1984 3
Landau 20 Cruiser David Thomas 1999 - ? 5
Landau 20 Walkaround David Thomas 2000 - ? 1
Liberty 22/23 David Thomas 1980 - 1986 1
Medina 20 David Thomas 1979 - 1982 15
Minstrel David Thomas 1987 - 1993 2
Mystery 35 Stephen Jones 2003 - ? 0
Pilot 27 David Thomas 1996 - 2005 47
Ranger 265 David Thomas 1994 - 1999 52
Sandhopper Oliver Lee 1975 - 1980 0
Scout David Thomas 1992 - ? 1
Sonata David Thomas 1975 - 1990 4
Squib Oliver Lee 1971 - 1987 1
Tracer Oliver Lee 1977 - 1984 0