By John Kerr

Sell the cottage, heck, sell the house because you could easily live in this boat…it is a blue water cruising beauty!

With current memories of spending a full week with five of my dearest friends on an older Westerly 45 cruising the western islands of Scotland, I was introduced to the newest Hunter, a 50’ center console. Talk about a time warp.

First impressions were somewhat exaggerated but this boat has so much to give. I was immediately impressed by how the modern technologies – we use and rely on today to make boating enjoyable and fun – have been accelerating exponentially of late. Being now in a more modern yacht with its wonderful headliners, interior treatments, glasswork, fittings and easy-to-use hardware so quickly after ‘roughing’ it, really made me think just how far we have come.

This is a big boat; it looks big and at the dock the twin transom stair access is a real eye catcher. This boat is built on the former 49 hull. However, it did not seem like it. Once sailing, the 50CC seems so much bigger both above and below decks. Perhaps the bonus 6’ 8” headroom below contributes to its sense of size.

I have always had a bias for the traditional rear cockpit configuration, but I must say that the Hunter design team has started to convince me of the practicality and comfort dividends available by pushing it forward and having it a tad higher than traditional cockpits. Under sail and without a dodger, we were high and dry and needless to say the visibility was perfect. Watching Toronto-based True North’s Alan Mestel back the boat through a narrow gap and effortlessly and practically parallel park with a full range of view is testament to not only the visibility quotient but also to the practical nature and control characteristics despite the windage and prop wash issues we have all had to deal with with bigger boats. The center helm had all the controls right at hand, including the bow thruster directional stick control that I strongly recommend now because they are so reliable and effective.

Coming aboard from the aft, you immediately see one of the first luxuries. Imagine a place where you can escape on a boat: a perfectly placed, aft facing cushioned backrest support seat complete with removable cockpit table. This boat has many escape zones, as I call them, places where you can just go to zone out. This is one of the great ones, but wait, read on, there is one below decks that will blow you away.

The cockpit is graced with the traditional Hunter arch; our test boat came with three electric Harken winches, two primaries and one on the cabin sole. Control lines that lead aft were easily in reach of any of these making single-handing a breeze. A double-ended mainsheet, also accessible, ends by one of the primaries and on the cabin sole.

The scope and impressive deck size provides wonderful forward access especially with the high life lines, easy to grab handrails and an extra step to compensate for the highness of the cockpit. Storage abounds from the forward locker to the aft lazarettes so no panic when you need to load up on the extras you might need spending time aboard.

The classic B&R self-furling mast with its swept back spreaders allows openness aft – free of the traditional backstay one would expect. The in mast sail furling/reefing system worked effortlessly – a marked improvement on previous systems. This boat comes with several sail and mast options including a tall rig. I loved the self-tacking intermediate headsail and its large overlapping sail forward that fixed on a standard easy-to-use Furlex furling system. Though we did not have the intermediate with us on our test sail, it is a nice touch that will pay dividends upwind.

The sailing characteristics for a boat of this size and type are impressive. The 50CC is not a performance cruiser and, in fairness, was not built to address that niche, so any comparison here is not worthy. With the 50CC, you will find a solid, comfortable feel steering upwind and I was able to adopt my favourite steering perch on the side with no problem. Sailing right behind the steering pedestal was great too, with easy view of the related Raymarine instruments. Upwind in 8 knots, we tacked through 80 degrees though I must admit I was guilty of trying to sail too high – it’s the racer in me I guess. The boat is easy to get into a groove as far as feel goes. An impressive 5+ knots average speed in medium to light breezes was more than I expected for a boat of this size until I remembered its designer and the fact the hull was based on the 49 hull.

Below is where this boat continues to shine and boasts benefits and great live aboard style and comfort. The high headroom is one of the big contributors to the volume and size below. It is certainly a welcoming and a wonderful space to live in. Cherry veneer and excellent joinery work combined with wonderful hardwood trims are just a few details that will attract you. The configuration boasts a wonderful table to starboard surrounded by a luxurious settee. Together, they convert to a double berth (if needed) though to port there is great sea berth as well. Below is well lit and the use of LED cabin lights and the large windows accent this. Of course, the (now) obligatory flatscreen TV is mounted on the forward bulkhead complimented by a Bose sound system. Simply put, this is great living space that few boats offer so well.

Right below to port is the nav station – a place I migrate to immediately – with its large captain’s chair and more than adequate treatments in space for electronics and storage.

Opposite, the galley is a wonderful space with huge galley counter surface made of Karadon and offering a three-burner stove. Refrigeration is made easy with its front opening fridge/freezer combo and a bonus top-loading freezer. The storage and cupboard configuration is generous.

Forward, a head (with separate shower and head) separates the main cabin from the forward cabin. Our boat was set out with a wonderful queen-sized island berth. Storage abounds here with drawer space below the bed, cedar-lined closets and wonderful tongue and grove wall paneling. Neat reading lights above reinforce the inset LED lighting.

Moving aft, a set of doors right behind the nav station open to a complete washer/dryer set – something you would rarely expect to see. It’s well mounted and easy to get at.

Aft, the owner’s cabin provides the wow factor. It’s a well-balanced collection of features that can’t ever disappoint. From its walk-in, cedar-lined closet to the welcoming chaise lounge, to the walkaround bed boasting a Jet Spa tub cleverly located below the bed, one can imagine lounging in this comfort zone anytime. The Jet Spa tub is easily accessed through what Hunter calls a smart flip top mattress that’s a snap to fold up. Randy Hoffman, a new Canadian owner had this converted to a set of drawers and related storage compartments. I sense I would default to the tub.

I can‘t stop thinking how wonderful the features have been put together in this boat. There are too many that you need to see and experience it for yourself. This boat has so much to offer for those that want to live aboard, be comfortable and know they have all the creature comforts of home…and probably more.


Owner’s Comments

Randy Hoffman, a proud new owner of the Hunter 50CC just loves his boat. “I had a 43 CC before and have had four boats so far and this one is just great,” said Hoffman. “We have had this boat out in 20+ knots and have had no problem hitting 7.5 knots easily. It just ploughs through the waves so easily”. Sailing out of Doral Marine Resort in Midland, Hoffman and his family are cruisers enjoying the live aboard lifestyle and destinations that Georgian Bay offers. “The one thing I love most is this boat’s performance under sail. The 110 Yanmar is also perfectly matched so that I never feel the boat pushing the engine too hard when we must opt for power.” Hoffman has worked closely with both Hunter and True North Yachts to tweak a few things along the way like opting for storage instead of the jet tub and replacing the coffee maker for more galley storage.


Specifications
LOA 49' 11"/15.21 m
LWL 43' 10"/13.36 m
Beam 14' 9"/4.50 m
Draft (shoal/dp.) 5' 6"/7' 0"/1.68/2.13 m
Sail Area (100%) 1,056 sq. ft./98.1 sq. m
Ballast 12,500 lb./5,670 kg
Water 194 gal./734 l
Fuel 162 gal./613 l
Engine 110-hp. Yanmar
Designer Glenn Henderson
Base Price $380,000

Boat supplied by
True North Yachts
www.truenorthyachts.com


Other Centre Cockpit Models
45CC
www.huntermarine.com


Photo Captions:
Photo 1 - the Hunter 50CC - Great Ready for Luxury Plus
Photo 2 & 3 - The owner’s cabin offers a well-appointed collection of features that can’t ever disappoint. From its walk-in, cedar-lined closet to the welcoming chaise lounge, to the walkaround bed boasting a Jet Spa tub cleverly located below the bed.
Photo 4 - The galley is a wonderful space with huge galley counter surface made of Karadon and offering a three-burner stove.
Photo 5 - Cherry veneer and excellent joinery work combined with wonderful hardwood trims are just a few details that will attract you.
Photo 6 - Forward, a head (with separate shower and head) separates the main cabin from the forward cabin.

Related Articles

Friday, 03 January 2014 15:49

The Beneteau Oceanis 38 claims more flexibility than seen before on this size of boat and a new way of looking at below decks, giving the boat an airy loft than a traditional cabin arrangement.

Thursday, 10 October 2013 15:45

Canadian Yachting Magazine was invited to be one of the first publications to test sail the Blue Jacket 40, the first in a new series of performance cruising sailboats designed by Tim Jackett in...

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 14:32

Catalina’s Gerry Douglas has spent a considerable time listening and bucking many trends. His boats have stood the test of time and his brand following is the envy of many builders globally. His...

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:57

If the continued growth of sailing as a pastime depends on user-friendly boats and shallower learning curves, then an entry-level cruiser like Hunter’s newest 33 is well positioned to meet the...

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 11:56

The Beneteau Oceanis 55 was unveiled at the Paris Boat Show in December 2012.  We had the pleasure of sailing the Oceanis 55 immediately following the North American debut at Strictly Sail – the...

Friday, 05 April 2013 10:30

The Hanse 415 is like lots of new production cruising boats in the 40-foot range. It has generous beam carried well aft, a big, comfortable cockpit, dual helms, a walk-through stern, and plumb bows....

 

 

Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 54By Zuzana Prochazka

Beneteau saw an opportunity to add a little thrill to any cruising adventure, so they took the hull of the First 53 racer (introduced just last year), and with a few fashionable changes, created the Oceanis Yacht 54, the new entry-level of Beneteau’s swanky Oceanis Yacht line. The result is a performance cruiser that sails like a witch and looks like a grande dame.

Design

Roberto Biscontini is the naval architect and Lorenzo Argento created the details of the exterior and interior design. 

Read More

Destinations

  • Prev
Over the course of four days in September 1864, representatives from Prince Edward Island, Nova ...
The new owners of L’Orignal Marina offer boaters a new destination. Located in a charming ...
On Friday, April 2 at 7 pm ET on TVO and streaming anytime after that on tvo.org and the TVO ...
Salt Spring Island, the largest among the Gulf Islands, has a certain mystique—much of it having to ...
Located in Lake Huron, the internationally significant Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater ...
In Part I, Sheryl Shard ended the story at June and the start of Hurricane Season when they were ...
You likely aren’t quite ready to travel yet, but we have our fingers crossed that we can all fly ...

Riverest MarinaThe new owners of L’Orignal Marina offer boaters a new destination. Located in a charming francophone village in Eastern Ontario, this joined marina and restaurant venue is the ambitious initiative of long-time entrepreneur André Chabot and biologist Alexandra Quester, both residents of L’Orignal.

The purchase of the L’Orignal Marina was made official in November 2020. The new year was barely underway when all 50 available slips were already reserved. No wonder the addition of member and visitor slips is already planned for the 2022 season – the 2021 count is up to 62 power and sail already. At the moment, the Riverest Marina offers boaters a stop where they can launch their boat...

Read More

Lifestyle

  • Prev
Last issue we featured a story about the engagement proposal aboard Via-Mara, a 1969 Trojan 42 Aft ...
With thanks to Sail Canada, here’s a collection of photos that are Olympic quality. Clearly our ...
Wow. That was a lot of fun reading the collection of boat names that came in from all over the ...
No individual had a greater impact on the modern sport of sailing than Bruce Kirby. Known and ...
Just off The Ocean Race European Tour, Daniel is setting his sights on competing in The Ocean Race ...
After being our fearless leader and publisher since CYOB kicked off, Greg Nicoll, handed over the ...
Swim Drink Fish is spearheading the Vancouver Plastic Cleanup by installing, maintaining, and ...
With but four weeks to go, Sarah is in Japan, staying safe while acclimatizing to the heat at ...
MJM is a different kind of boat builder, second generation family owned and operated, we design and ...
Stuart Hendrie, a pro photographer sent along this photo of the pirate ship in Jordan Ontario. Many ...

DIY & How to

  • Prev
It’s a scary thought - whether your boat is made of wood, fiberglass, aluminum or composite – it’s ...
It’s a scary thought – but whether your boat is made of wood, fiberglass, aluminum or composite – ...
Last summer there was tremendous interest in buying a boat to have fun in the restricted world ...
The boat buying or selling market is hot now and has been since the late spring of 2020. Sean ...
Last issue we got up with Montreal sailor Marc Robic who has accumulated a lot of tips and tricks ...
While some parts of the country are lucky enough to have year-round boating, there are plenty of ...
A Transducer is a device that is installed below the waterline that provides underwater data to a ...
Spring has finally sprung! At least it has weather wise here in Montreal, so it is with great ...
For most of us, the thrill of being aboard is associated with the motion of the water, wind in our ...
An important, but often overlooked maintenance item on any type of boat is it’s steering system. ...

Galvanic CorrosionIt’s a scary thought – but whether your boat is made of wood, fiberglass, aluminum or composite – it’s slowly deteriorating under you. Part of this is the nature of the marine environment: Sun, moisture, waves, wind, movement and vibration all contribute to components breaking down.

But there are other factors that are much more concerning and act at a significantly faster rate that the environment can take credit for. One of these is commonly spoken of, but not terribly well understood: Corrosion. As boaters, we’re concerned with two main types of corrosion: Galvanic and Stray-Current. This edition will focus on galvanic corrosion – in two weeks, stay tuned for info on stray-current.

Read More

 

  

Marine Products

  • Prev
Watermakers take ocean water and create perfect drinking water using reverse osmosis. A Schenker ...
If you’re headed out for a weekend afloat or on a week-long cruise you often must park your vehicle ...
Ten years ago, St. Margaret’s Bay (Halifax), Nova Scotia-based SailTimer Inc. made the first ...
Between the odor and working in confined spaces, replacing an onboard sanitation line is never a ...
For many boat owners who have gear to tote and the occasional stretch of bumpy road to negotiate, a ...
The 2022 Sea-Doo Switch is a re-imagined pontoon that makes hitting the water more accessible than ...
On the water audiophile-quality sound is attainable with the new JBL-R3500 source unit. The latest ...
An environmentally friendly product for refinishing your teak, hemp wood finishing oil is an ...
August means cruising, entertaining and enjoying summer at its finest. And that means food and ...
A Bluetooth-enabled phone or tablet is ideal for streaming music, but it's often stowed safely away ...

News

  • Prev
Royal Canadian Yacht Club’s Defiant completed a six-race sweep of the Cup for Canada over Zing, the ...
On September 6, Groupe Beneteau laid out its course to develop new boating experiences, new ...
Last Friday, the first ever Canada’s Celebration of Sailing honoured the season for Sailing in ...
Boating Ontario is very proud to have Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety jump on ...
Montreal-based Vision Marine Technologies, Inc. is headed to the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout to ...
Summer is in full swing with Canadians enjoying time outside and on the water. So, while enjoying ...
On July 23 last year, CYOB published a piece on a beautifully restored 1967 Trojan 42 Motor ...
HanseYachts AG presents RYCK, its third motorboat brand carrying the "Made in Germany" label. The ...
“We are all proud of our athletes and coaches who have dedicated themselves to push Canadian ...
Collingwood, ON hq’d Limestone Boat Company – owner and builder of Aquasport Boats, Limestone Boats ...

Mia and Caleb's EngagementOn July 23 last year, CYOB published a piece on a beautifully restored 1967 Trojan 42 Motor Yacht in Oromocto NB. (That piece was also expanded in CY magazine later in the year.)

One of our Canadian Yachting contributors, Denise Miller, had shared the article on my social media and a young man reached out and asked if she could connect him with the owners of the boat, Dave and Barb. Denise leapt into action and Dave and Barb were thrilled. They concocted a plan that the young lady, Mia, thought she was coming to model for a sales brochure for Dave to do charter tours.

Read More