John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.
Hunt Harrier 29
DECEMBER 2009
 
   
Length overall  29' 6"
Beam  10' 6"
Draft  3'
Displ.  9,000 lb
Fuel150 gal / Water 28 gal
Waste15 gal
Base Price$303,250 with 370-hp

Hunt Yachts has fitted its remarkably seaworthy 29-foot hull with a new Harrier 29 dayboat layout that features a cockpit big enough to seat 10 comfortably, while keeping a V-berth and full stand-up head with shower belowdecks. The Harrier 29 is available with a variety of gas or diesel power options to drive an outdrive with jackshaft, a straight inboard or a jet. The most popular choice is likely to be the quiet 370-hp Volvo D6 diesel with jackshaft and DuoProp outdrive.

By moving the wide companionway to port and placing a true double seat with flip-up bolsters at the helm, Hunt was able to include a long L-shaped settee with a custom teak table to port that curves around onto the centerline aft to form the forward half of the engine box. A double aft-facing seat covers the other half while allowing easy access to the engine for maintenance. A full seat mounts across the transom, with a removable center section that leads to a transom door. Aft of the helm seat is a bar with sink, a drawer-style refrigerator and trash bins. Hunt Yachts, Portsmouth, R.I.; 401-324-4201; www.huntyachts.com