New Biography Chronicles Famed Yachtsman and Designer C. Raymond Hunt
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The New Bedford Whaling Museum launches a new book this week titled, “A Genius at his Trade: C. Raymond Hunt and His Remarkable Boats,” a biography by Stan Grayson. Today, 37 years after his death, Hunt is recognized as one of the most influential yacht designers of the twentieth century. His most enduring designs, the Concordia Yawl and the original Boston Whaler, are recognized as classics of form and function. Hunt’s development of the deep-V hull, on which he briefly held a patent, was the basis for all high-speed, mono-hull powerboats that followed.
Written by Stan Grayson with foreword by Llewellyn Howland III, the 290-page hardcover book is beautifully illustrated with vintage photography, elegant yacht designs and drawings. Grayson is a historian widely known for his books and articles about American yachting and small-craft history, and the automobile and marine engine industries.
Grayson’s fascinating profile of the man and his work is a lens into the unstoppable forces of human creativity despite life’s vicissitudes and imperfections. “Hunt was an idea man. He saw things, dreamed of things, drew things, built things that none of his contemporaries ever did. Woven into Ray Hunt’s every fiber was a distinctive design sense that relied not at all on formal training or study. It grew from his particular genius,“ said Stan Grayson, the author.
This book will have particular resonance for boaters on the South Coast. The iconic Concordia yawl, the ubiquitous Boston Whaler and his many fabled Deep V designs are regular sights from Marion to Westport.
The Hunt family of Westport and C. Raymond Hunt Associates of New Bedford contributed greatly in terms of memories, photos and ship plans all adding personal insights and poignancy to the stories.
This Museum publication will be available for sale beginning September 15 for $49.95. Premium Editions will be available October 1 for $250.00 and includes a custom cloth-covered, solid slipcase. To purchase the book go to store.whalingmuseum.org or visit the Museum in person.
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