Warren Luhrs passed away on Sept. 18, 2013. From left to right, Ken & Carolyn Schmalenberger, Owners of Norton Yachts, Steve Pettengill, Director of Offshore Testing, Warren Luhrs, Founder and Designer.
Founder of Hunter Marine Corp, Warren Luhrs, passed away last Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 in Pennsylvania. Mr. Luhrs was an avid sailor and had the idea of applying production line efficiencies to the sailing industry. In 1973, the first Hunter sailboat was launched. This was the HUNTER 25, designed by John Cherubini. Norton’s became a dealer for Hunter Marine in 1974.
The Hunter 25, as well as may models that followed were extremely well received. To this day, Hunter Marine is a major force in the sailboat industry.
Luhrs became involved in single handed ocean racing and set many records aboard Thursday’s Child and Hunter’s Child. These floating test beds became the basis for many of the innovations that have appeared in Hunter production models. These include B & R rigs, arches and water-ballast.
Hunter was sold in August 2012 to Mr. David E. Marlow, builder of Marlow Yachts.