Hunter 54

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Hunter 54
DesignerW. Luhrs, J. Cherubini, C. Steck
LocationUnited States
Builder(s)Hunter Marine
Boat weight20,500 lb (9,299 kg)
Draft6.00 ft (1.83 m)
LOA54.83 ft (16.71 m)
LWL43.50 ft (13.26 m)
Beam11.33 ft (3.45 m)
Engine type48 hp (36 kW) diesel engine
Hull appendages
Keel/board typefin keel
Ballast8,200 lb (3,719 kg)
Rudder(s)internally-mounted spade-type rudder
Rig typeBermuda rig
I (foretriangle height)54.60 ft (16.64 m)
J (foretriangle base)20.00 ft (6.10 m)
P (mainsail luff)48.80 ft (14.87 m)
E (mainsail foot)14.80 ft (4.51 m)
SailplanCutter rig
Mainsail area361.12 sq ft (33.549 m2)
Jib/genoa area546.00 sq ft (50.725 m2)
Total sail area907.12 sq ft (84.274 m2)
PHRF54 (average)

The Hunter 54 is an American sailboat that was designed by Warren Luhrs, John Cherubini and Cortland Steck as a cruiser and first built in 1980. The design was based upon three years of off-shore racing experience.[1][2][3][4][5]


The design was built by Hunter Marine in the United States between 1980 and 1983, but it is now out of production.[1][2][6]


The Hunter 54 is a recreational keelboat, built predominantly of fiberglass, with wood trim. The hull was designed by Warren Luhrs and John Cherubini, while Cortland Steck designed the rig. It has a cutter rig, a raked stem, a walk-through reverse transom with a swimming platform, folding ladder and dinghy stowage in a watertight compartment, an internally mounted spade-type rudder controlled by a wheel and a fixed fin keel. It displaces 20,500 lb (9,299 kg) and carries 8,200 lb (3,719 kg) of ballast.[1]

The boat has a draft of 6.00 ft (1.83 m) with the standard keel fitted.[1]

The boat is fitted with a diesel engine of 48 hp (36 kW). The fuel tank holds 78 U.S. gallons (300 L; 65 imp gal) and the fresh water tank has a capacity of 132 U.S. gallons (500 L; 110 imp gal).[1][5]

Factory standard equipment included a cockpit-mounted, six-man, life-raft; 120% staysail; anchor and built-in anchor roller; integral solar panel; teak and holly cabin sole; two fully enclosed heads with showers; private forward and aft cabins; a dinette table; refrigerator; dual sinks; gimbaled stove and oven; 8 ft (2.44 m) fiberglass dinghy, with oars and life jackets.[5]

The design has a PHRF racing average handicap of 54 with a high of 42 and low of 66. It has a hull speed of 8.84 kn (16.37 km/h).[7]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Browning, Randy (2019). "Hunter 54 sailboat specifications and details". Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b Browning, Randy (2018). "Hunter Marine". Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  3. ^ Browning, Randy (2018). "John Cherubini". Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  4. ^ Browning, Randy (2018). "Cortland Steck". Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Hunter Marine. "Hunter 54" (PDF). Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  6. ^ Hunter Marine. "Previous Models". Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  7. ^ InterVisionSoft LLC (2019). "Sailboat Specifications for Hunter 54". Sailing Joy. Retrieved 6 January 2019.

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