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John Burnham, Boat.com on the Hunt 52 IPS

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Hunt 52 IPS: What’s the Difference?

How does a good-sized yacht yacht differ when it's powered by pod drives? I learned a lot on a recent ride aboard an IPS-rigged Hunt 52.

Last summer, I had the chance to ride in Hunt Yachts’ latest 52-footer, the sixth in their semi-custom express-sedan series. The new boat is equipped with Volvo IPS 900s, while Hull No 1, which I’d ridden aboard two years earlier, carried twin CAT C-18s (see “First Ride on the Hunt 52“). Keeping in mind that with help from C. Raymond Hunt Design, each 52 is already customized to the owner’s preference, I wanted to learn how the powerplants might change the nature of the vessel.

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Hunt 52 Express Cruiser Delivers Fast, Smooth IPS Performance, Easy Joystick Handling and the Luxury of 3 Staterooms

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Hunt 52 Express Cruiser with Joystick Control and Automated Dinghy Garage

She has been receiving rave reviews from all who have been aboard.  Marika, Hunt 52 Express Cruiser #6, arrived as our first IPS Express Cruiser with Joystick Control.  Not only does her performance exceed all expectation in ride, speed and fuel efficiency, but the layout is just perfect for those families who will frequently be cruising with just 2, yet occasionally might need to accommodate more couples or children and grandchildren.

The Hunt 52 Express with Pod (IPS) drive can easily be designed with 3 staterooms.  The spacious salon can be arranged as a living room suite with two barrel chairs, settee and convertible coffee/dinette table.

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