So You'd Like to Own a ... Dream Boat

By DREW LIMSKY

More than 30 years ago, British powerboat racer Jeff Hunton put his vision where his passion was. He already had three-plus racing seasons under his belt by this point, but now it was time to control all the variables. In 1980, just a year after he founded Hunton Powerboats, Hunton saw his very first design - the Gazelle 23 - score a Cruiser Class A win in the prestigious British Offshore Powerboat Championship.

A string of victories followed for the company, whose object-of-desire products were guided by the principle that luxury should not be sacrificed for performance, and performance should not be compromised for luxury. That the company builds in small batches (about 24 boats a year) and collaborates closely with buyers to create handcrafted bespoke products has helped to ensure application of its key values over the decades.

All that has been quite nice for buyers in the U.K., Hunton's home base. But now its watercrafts are finally available in the U.S.: The company recently debuted the sharp-prowed XRS37 stateside, which boasts a top speed of more than 50 knots and a range of 250 nautical miles. If the launch goes according to plan, other models may also appear on tony American shores, perhaps even the hotly anticipated EQ52, set for a U.K. unveiling later this year.

The 37-foot XRS37 looks sleek and elegant in white and charcoal gray and features an interior cabin with a sleeping area, seating area, and kitchen. Like all Hunton models, the boat is outfitted in the finest customized furnishings, with buyers making many of the design choices. For example, pick from a variety of wood finishes - including beech, walnut, and wenge - and consider giving the cabin an extra-lush feel with Loro Piana cashmere and customized leather. 

Info: hunton.co.uk

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