How Many Hunters Sail on Summer Sailstice?

May 19, 2017 by Monica Grant

We're putting out the call for Hunter sailboat owners to join us for Summer Sailstice and are excited to see how many are on the water this June! 

Read our Hunter Invitation Newsletter.

In the meantime, while we're waiting for final numbers, did you know that Hunter, and ultimately Marlow-Hunter sailboats have a family heritage reaching as far back as the 1800s?

Credited as the co-founder of Hunter Marine, single-handed sailor and ocean racer, Warren Luhrs was born into a boat-building heritage. Both his father and grandfather were in the business. The later, Henry Luhrs, outfitted trading ships in the 1800s and eventually owned a chandlery and then his own ship, The Sophia R. Luhrs.

Warren’s father, Henry and brother, John continued the family trade by building and repairing family cruisers and fishing boats on the New Jersey coast, eventually building more than 1000 boats per year under the company, Henry Luhrs Sea Skiffs.

After the company had been sold in 1965, the two brothers bought-out a small New Jersey boatbuilder in 1969 and successfully duplicated the boatbuilding techniques they had learned from their father. 

 
Single-hander and ocean racer Warren Luhrs.

The world was changing, and in keeping up with boatbuilding innovations, in 1973 the Luhr brothers launched their first ‘production line’ sailboat - the Hunter 25’, a sloop designed by John Cherubini. The boat was a success and paved the way for Warren and John to become major players in sailboat production. Many innovations across numerous models followed, but in 2012 the company was sold to Marlow Yachts and the well known sailboats are now produced under the name Marlow-Hunter.


 

Marlow-Hunter’s preservation of Hunter’s heritage in design innovation, rugged construction, and dedication to customer value has ensured the continuation of the boat’s lineage. 

Perhaps you have an original Hunter, or maybe a Marlow-Hunter. Either way, it sounds like you have a perfect sailboat for this, and every year’s Summer Sailstice. So remember to Sign up, tell us your sailing plans, and be a part of the global Hunter flotilla in this year's Summer Sailstice.

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Will be sailing our 1986 Hunter 23 as part of a "friendship sail" activity with the Lake Arthur Sailing Club located at Moraine State Park, PA. 

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