roots of Hunter Marine actually began back in the 1800's with a German
immigrant by the name of Henry Luhrs. He became involved in the outfitting
of trading ships and eventually owned a chandlery and then his own
ship, The Sophia R. Luhrs.
His grandson, another Henry, was also in love with the sea and continued
the family heritage by building and repairing family cruisers and
fishing boats on the New Jersey coast. Before long, Henry and his
sons, John and Warren, were building over a thousand boats a year.
1965, the company, Henry Luhrs Sea Skiffs, was sold to Bangor Punta,
a large timber conglomerate. John and Warren went out on their own.
In 1969 they bought a small New Jersey builder named Silverton Sea
Skiffs and became very successful by following the same techniques
their father had shown them.
early lapstrake model
an avid sailor, knew they could bring production line efficiencies
to the sailing industry and in 1973, launched their first Hunter sailboat,
a 25-foot Cherubini designed sloop.
The boat was well accepted and Hunter was well on its way to become
a major force in the sailboat industry. Warren became involved in
ocean racing and set many records aboard Thursday's Child and Hunter's
Child. These floating test beds became the basis for many of Hunter's
innovations including B & R rigs, arches and water-ballast. The
New HC 50 is based on the success of Hunter's Child, which provided
veteran ocean racer, Steve Pettengill, the best ever finish for an
American in the last BOC Around the World Race.
Today, Hunter Marine Corporation is part of the Luhrs Marine Group.
It includes Silverton Marine Corporation, builders of family inboard
cruisers, Mainship Trawlers, and the Luhrs Corporation, known for
of these companies share information, technology and buying power
to bring you the best value on the water. Hunter Marine currently
produces 24 foot through 50 foot boats in the state of the art, Alachua,
Florida plant and builds 9 through 21 foot Advanced Composite Process
trailerables at it's Hunter Composite Technolgies, Inc.division in
East Lyme, CT. The Luhrs Marine Group has recently opened another
facility in the United Kingdom, Luhrs Marine Limited, which builds
Hunter mid-size sailboats for the European market. These innovative
sailboats are now marketed in over 45 countries throughout the world.
They are also certified by the NMMA and the Community of Europe and
are in compliance with the ABYC. Hunter Marine is also one of the
first companies to achieve Marine Industry Certification.