LOA: 49′ 11″ (15.21 m.)
LWL: 43′ 10″ (13.36 m.)
Beam: 14′ 5″ (4.39 m.)
Draft (shoal/deep): 5′ 6″/7′ 0″ (1.68 m./2.13 m.)
Sail Area (100%): 1,013.9 sq. ft. (94.2 sq. m.)
Ballast (shoal/deep): 12,544/11,216 lb. (5,690/5,088 kg.)
Displacement (shoal/deep): 32,813/32,485 lb. (14,884/14,735 kg.)
Ballast/D (shoal/deep): .38/.35
D/L (shoal/deep): 174/172
SA/D (shoal/deep): 15.8/15.9
Water: 200 gal. (757 l.)
Fuel: 150 gal. (568 l.)
Mast Height: 63′ 4″ (19.30 m.)
Engine: 75-hp. or optional 100-hp. Yanmar
Designer: Glenn Henderson and the Hunter Design Team
Hunter 49: The Queen of the Fleet Takes a Tour
“Boat Test” from our November 2006 issue.
by Mark Pillsbury
It was on the C&D Canal just past Chesapeake City, Maryland, when it became apparent that this get-acquainted sail on the new Hunter 49 was about to become a road trip. With an early start and fair current up the Chesapeake, motorsailing at 7 to 8 knots had us ahead of schedule, and Steve Pettengill, Hunter Marine’s director of offshore testing, was poking around on the digital charts in hopes of finding a marina for the night. Apparently, though, other seabound traffic headed for Cape May had no need to linger, because there was nary a slip to be found on either shore of Delaware Bay.
The following review was written by John Martino and prepared by the marketing department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Mr. Martino is the founder and president of Annapolis Yacht Management and Annapolis School of Seamanship. He develops and teaches hands-on training courses for recreational boaters and professional mariners, and offers yacht delivery and onboard training services for powerboaters as well as sailors.
This past May I had the pleasure of traveling to the town of Deltaville, Virginia, to check out the Hunter 49 at Norton Yacht Sales. Deltaville is a small town with a big reputation among the community of cruisers who move up and down the East Coast. Not only is it a convenient stopping point in the southern Chesapeake where they can get a wide variety of top quality services for a reasonable price before heading offshore, it is one of the friendliest and most welcoming ports on the Bay.
By Bill Springer
Head designer Glenn Henderson has redesigned the entire Hunter line since he arrived in 1998, and now, starting with the new Hunter 49, he’s in the process of refining his redesigns. I jumped aboard hull #1 with Hunter’s chief tester, Steve Pettingill, on a 180-mile passage from St. Augustine, Florida, to Charleston, South Carolina, to see how the new flagship performs offshore.
Conditions could not have been better for my test sail if they had been ordered from a weather menu. We experienced winds from 2 to 30 knots, and our northeasterly course required our point of sail to slowly change from close-hauled to a deep reach and back to close-hauled on the opposite tack. We departed St. Augustine in flat water and sailed through most of the night in building winds and following seas.
By George Day
Hunter 49 Heads the Company Offshore
America’s largest sailboat builder breaks newground with a passagemaker for family cruising
We set off from Stamford, Conn., on a calm June dawn with 100 miles ahead of us to our destination in Newport, R.I. Aboard with us was Steve Pettingill and two helpful crew, both named Katie. Pettingill is one of America’s most experienced offshore sailors and among his bona fides is the speed record from New York to San Francisco- via Cape Horn. He works with Hunter in a variety of capacities, including as test pilot for all new cruising designs. That he planned to make the 100-mile trip in a daylight run says something about what he expected of the new 49-footer.
American sailing marque Hunter has always combined ease-of-sail handling with build quality. But now this ideal cruising combination is available at bargain prices thanks to a strong exchange rate. Jumping aboard the float, we had a short play in the flagship 49-footer to see how much bang you get for your Aussie dollar.
The 49 replaced the 46 in 2007, but somehow we missed out evaluating it back then. But the recent climb of the Aussie dollar has seen some refocussing on American craft and the Hunter 49 was an obvious boat to evaluate as our dollar soars towards parity with the greenback.
Hunter 49 Brochure
LOA: 49′ 11″ (15.21 m.)