Over the next few blog posts, we will be focusing on the 2009 Hunter 50 Center Cockpit, “Quiet Wings”. “Quiet Wings” is listed in our brokerage inventory for $316,900 which is a great price for such a gorgeous boat.
In this video blog we will be taking a closer look at the exterior of this boat, mainly, the cockpit, rigging, decks, and swim platform.
Let’s start with one of the first things you notice when you approach this yacht from the dock: the huge wraparound windows! These let in lots of light, but also offer UV protection. The styling of these windows help give this center cockpit a pretty sleek look.
When you enter the spacious cockpit of the yacht, you’ll notice the custom full cockpit enclosure which kept me pretty toasty on this chilly November day. A Full Cockpit Enclosure gives you the comfort of being able to stay in the cockpit during any temperature, so you can enjoy a beautiful Fall or Summer day.
This yacht’s cockpit seating has been ergonomically designed with a very comfortable back and allows you to relax and enjoy a good time while you listen to some music from your Cockpit Speakers mounted on the arch. Make more room for entertaining in the cockpit by folding in the Lewmar Folding Wheel.
Then easily swing out the simple and beautifully designed Corian Cockpit Table for some hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail.
Cocktail and Happy Hour can continue aft with more seating and custom pinstripe cushions that are being stored for safe keeping. The stainless steel rail offers a nice back rest, and the aft bench seat also has a place for another Corian Table. Simply slide the stainless steel post into the fitting, and grab a drink.
Moving to the Swim Platform of this boat, there are built-in staircases on starboard and port side making the maneuver quick and easy. The Swim Platform features a telescoping ladder that allows you to exit the water after a quick swim. As soon as you come up the ladder, you can rinse off with the Hot & Cold Transom Shower. Back here on the platform, you also find some storage including this aft compartment that holds some smaller items like your emergency tiller.
Just at the top of these built in steps you’ll find a locker on each side. One offers a deep storage compartment and the other is a propane locker.
At the helm, you have a beautiful set of Raymarine Electronics including the e120 Multifunction Display. The unit measures about 14 inches wide and gives you a 12.4” diagonal screen with a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels.
Also at the helm, you have Raymarine ST6002 Autopilot and Raymarine ST70 instrument displays for depth and speed with repeaters forward over the companionway. The boat also has Sirius Weather Receiver which allows you to do weather overlays on the e120 MFD.
We will cover the electronics below in our next post.
Looking at the rigging, you’ll notice all lines are led aft to the cockpit for easy single handed sailing, and the traveler on the arch allows control from the helm. You have four electric winches in your cockpit: a Port #46 Self-tailing winch, Starboard #54 Winch, Port #54 Winch, and a #54 Winch for the Overlapping Jib. Forward in the cockpit you have these nice line buckets to keep the lines out of the cockpit when not in use.
Walking forward, the Side Decks on this Yacht are quite wide and make maneuvering back and forth very easy. Just Forward of the mast is the sheet for the self-tacking staysail then Roller Furling Overlapping Jib. Between the two, you find a very convenient forward Sail Locker, and also your anchor locker. To the right of that, you find the foot pedal for the electric winch which can also be controlled by a remote.
Let’s go back to the Dock now, and take a closer look at the hull design of this boat. You can see the height of the freeboard is phenomenal which will keep you dry while also giving you a lot of volume below. There’s also a bow hollow that has become very common on Hunter sailboats, and this gives a concave shape to the hull at the waterline just under the bow to give less resistance through the water for added speed, and also reduces pitching in rougher conditions.
The exterior on this boat overall is quite sleek, and the Hunter 50 Center Cockpit is by far one of the most low profile Center Cockpits on the market. The engineers at Hunter Marine did a fantastic job with the design of this yacht, and it truly dominates the center cockpit, as well as the larger sailboat market today.
Today, a 2016 Marlow Hunter 50 Center Cockpit equipped like “Quiet Wings” would cost you about $600,000. “Quiet Wings” is a practically NEW Yacht listed at about half the price with all of the equipment you need. With interest rates at all-time lows, you could see monthly payments as low as $1,600 with a 15% Down Payment and 20 year term, as well as no pre-payment penalties. Take advantage of low rates now because we may see increases very soon!
Next Post, we will take a tour of the Salon and Galley of the Hunter 50 Center Cockpit. If you have questions regarding any of the exterior items on “Quiet Wings”, call Norton Yachts at 804-776-9211.