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JOHN BURNHAM, BOAT.COM ON THE HUNT 52 IPS

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.