An ingenious mind

Many Seahorse readers will immediately associate the name of Raymond Hunt with the invention of the Deep-V form which brought about a revolution in powerboat design. However, Hunt also delivered a prodigious output of innovative sailboat designs. US Naval Academy historian Tom Price looks at some of Hunt’s very notable successes

As the clouds from America’s Great Depression began to part, yachtsmen, with the promise of a better future, turned towards their home waters and dreamed of boats. Without a lot of cash in their pockets but anxious to race and enjoy themselves on the water again, they turned to smaller boats. The concept of equality in competition in some ways matched Roosevelt’s New Deal and numerous, mostly local, one-design classes began to emerge.

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