The Hunt 32 CC is a limited-production premium vessel intended for adventuresome excursions and entertaining by day, sunset cocktails and moonlight cruises. Her hull is an original Ray Hunt design with a proven comfortable ride.
2 x 250-hp Mercury Verados
2 x 300-hp Mercury Verados
Captain’s Report by Capt. Steve
Hunt designed the 32 CC to combine the attributes of a luxury day boat with the functionality of a center console. Options allow for a focus to be more on entertaining or fishing.
Major Features (Including Distinguishing Features)
- Two showers, one below and one at the transom.
- Option for opposing seating at the cockpit.
- Full wraparound seating at the bow accommodates eight.
- Overnight capability.
- Premium fit and finish.
- Ray Hunt hull design.
Standard engines are twin 250-hp Mercury Verados. This boat we reviewed had the upgrade to twin 300s.
The cockpit is the start of the fit and finish that Hunt Yachts is known for. Caprails are teak, toerails are finished teak and the upholstery is cool touch for comfort even in direct sun. The deck is all single-level from bow to stern. To the port quarter is an optional seat in a fixed position. Alongside is a pull-out transom seat, but it has a departure from the multitudes of seats that we usually see. It comes out a little bit further, so it definitely has more of a comfort level.
Ahead is a refreshment center with room for an optional grill and underneath is storage. The whole module can be taken out and swapped for an aft-facing bench seat much like the helm seat. A table can go in the middle of the two seats. For added comfort on hot days, there’s a Mediterranean sunshade that covers the whole aft deck.
To the port side, there’s a teak step with storage underneath and additional space is across the side deck in the refreshment center side panel. To starboard, there’s the same under-step storage and at the side of the refreshment center is a refrigerator.
Access to the Bow
Because there’s a walkthrough to the bow only from starboard, the port side is reserved for an elevated deck to make boarding easier from a fixed pier. Under the deck is fender storage, a remarkably clever use of space.
With access only to starboard, the bow seating can be wrapped around to the port side in a “J” fashion. The passageway to the bow is 22” (55.88 cm) wide and the bow area is surrounded by padded bolsters. There’s storage underneath all seats with the aft seat having an insulated compartment. In addition to flip-down beverage holders, there's a pedestal base so we can put a hi/lo table in that converts to a sunpad.
The windshield is fabricated from three separate 3/8” (6.76 cm) thick pieces so a corner is not going to have a distortion. More importantly, all pieces are mounted to the hardtop supports so the design introduces ventilation from all sides. Those supports are mounted to the console, not to the deck which would take up additional deck space.
The helm panel is populated with dual 16” (40.64 cm) displays. There's a SmartCraft screen just above. Engine controls are to the right along with a bow thruster and the JPO joystick. There’s connectivity and a charge port to both sides of a little nook for the cell phone. At 53” (134.62 cm) the helm seat is three-across. There’s a single and double-wide bolster. In the center of the seatback, there's a flip-down armrest with beverage holders.
Immediately to the port side is a console that includes an insulated box, grab handle and storage underneath. A wet-head to starboard includes a privacy curtain but, for all intents and purposes, the main door is the privacy door. There's an opening portlight for ventilation. Natural light comes from a forward window that allows for seeing out, but not in. Alongside the entrance is a panel with gauges for the water tank, remote battery switches, 12 Volt breaker panel and 120 Volt breaker panel. This boat has 120v because it accommodates air conditioning, the refrigerator and 110v outlets.
It's interesting to see how Hunt Yachts takes what is otherwise a utilitarian design and adds upscale features that are consistent with the brand. The result is anything but an average center console. It’s an attractive platform that begs to be shown off.