Several of you have noticed the article ‘A Wide White Road’ in the magazine WoodenBoat no 245, which tells of the development of Ray Hunt’s Bertram 31. Sadly, it concludes that the Bertram 31 “was the first true production powerboat with a deep-V hull.”
The Bertram 31 was announced at the New York Boat Show in January 1961, nine months after the prototype ‘Moppie’ won the 1960 Miami-Nassau race. But by January 1961 the Fairey production lists indicate that over 40 of the British built hot moulded Hunt deep-V hulls had been produced and sold as Christinas, Huntresses, Huntsmen and Dell Quay Rangers. Brochures and advertisements for each of these boats proudly proclaimed the advantage of their Ray Hunt designed deep-V hulls.
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