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April 30, 2014

The Ultimate Powerboat

By Ingrid Skjong | Boats

The Ultimate Powerboat
Courtesy of Hunton

Powerboats are traditionally anything but subtle. And in the case of those produced by British company Hunton—which is now available to the U.S. market for the first time in its 30-year history—they are also anything but mass manufactured, evidenced in the new bespoke 43-foot XRS43 (pictured above; from $800,000). “It’s a high-performance sports cruiser while also being a fabulous, very luxurious day boat,” says Hunton CEO Fiona Pool. “It is the perfect combination of speed, handling and luxury.“

Nearly any design idea is fair game, with a variety of colors (11), fabrics (13) and woods (beech and walnut included) available, as well as teak decking and leather upholstery. (A recent model featured Loro Piana cashmere and fully customized leather.) With room for eight to ten passengers, berths for two to four guests and a top speed of 80 miles per hour, the boats are as functional as they are beautiful. Each is made by hand by a 32-person team in Hampshire, United Kingdom, and takes up to six months to complete. The company makes about 24 boats a year—and now, one of them can be yours.

“From 2010 the business has been under new ownership, and we are now taking the brand global,” says Pool. “It’s a really exciting time for us.” hunton.co.uk.