Stacey Collins reviews the Hunter 45CC for the 2007 Cruising World Sailboat Show.
Refined from years of customer feedback, the new 45 CC combines signature Hunter features-such as the backstayless B & R rig and the trademark stainless-steel traveler arch over the cockpit-with innovative ideas in style and comfort. In a break from the traditional Hunter look, a European-styled wraparound saloon port/ windshield provides a streamlined profile and allows natural light to brighten the well-appointed interior.
True to the purpose of a center-cockpit boat, the aft cabin really is a "master stateroom," a palatial suite with a centerline innerspring queen berth, a teak vanity desk, Corian-topped nightstands, cedar-lined closets, and a generous en suite head. The tradeoff is a high center cockpit and profile that suggest that maneuvering in a strong wind could be a challenge.
A second head and guest cabin forward allow the owners to entertain others in style and comfort. The galley boasts an expanse of Corian countertop, a large refrigerator/freezer capacity, and also includes a combination microwave/coffeemaker and a glass-fronted dish-draining cabinet.
Above, the 45 CC has clear decks that should be easy to maintain. During our trials in light air, under sail in 6 knots of breeze we had the 45 CC reaching at 4.8 knots, although we might have done better had the bimini not obstructed our views from the helm of the telltales, masthead, and traveler. Under power, the boat made 8.7 knots at full speed and a respectable 7.9 knots cruising at 3,200 rpm.
With room to stretch out below, and with a cockpit that cries out for a gathering, buyers looking for a comfortable home on the water that sails as well should check out this newest offering from the designers at Hunter Marine.
Hunter 45CC Specs
LOA: 45' 0"
LWL: 39' 2"
Beam: 14' 6"
Draft: 5' 0"
Sail Area: 834 sq. ft.
Displacement: 22,936 lb.
Water: 149 gal.
Fuel: 70 gal.
Engine: 75-hp. Yanmar
Designer: Hunter Design Group
Hunter Marine, (386) 462-3077, www.huntermarine.com