When UK-based Hunton made their US debut with two customized powerboats in Miami earlier this December, we were quick to scope out the unique, well-designed mix of performance and luxury. These aspirational performance machines are hand-built in Hampshire, England—with power in mind. The brainchild of one man, Jeff Hunton, who sought to build top-tier racing boats that carried a complete array of luxury options, the eponymous brand launched in 1979 and has gone on to win many awards over time (including the British Offshore Powerboat Championship six times). Annually, Hunton—now under new ownership and managed by Fiona Pool—commissions a very limited quantity of boats, constructed exclusively by their staff of 32 employees.
We had the opportunity to ride in the XRS37. Named the Flying Spur, the craft reaches maximum speeds of 55 knots (63 mph) and has a fuel tank that offers a range up to 250 nautical miles. It’s quite sleek at just 11.35 meters in length, and sports the brand’s famed deep V hull. Altogether, even at top speeds, it powers gracefully through the water—motoring on a 2 x 430hp petrol MerCruiser 8.2 MAG H.O. ECT engine.
The front cabin in the boat offers up a bed fit for two, a fully functional bathroom and plenty of couch seating. Other amenities include teak flooring, a fully integrated iDevice-compatible sound-system with external waterproof and salon speakers, and swim platform lights for late night dips. That said, prospective consumers can work closely with the design team to personalize both the look and feel of their boat. For those interested in an entry level powerboat, Hunton’s Tender series forgoes the front cabin, but still allows for up to 50 knots of speed and 250 nautical miles of travel. It’s aquiline form is bolstered by powerful outboard motors making evident the power amid luxury.
Browse Hunton’s full range of powerboats online, where prices start at £110,000 for the Tender series and £225,000 for the XRS series.
Images by David Graver