Poking around inside the 44’s stowage areas revealed the care and attention Hunt Yachts has devoted to this model. I didn’t find any loose ends or scruffy finishes. Doors swing on blind hinges; drawers open and close quietly and latch positively; and the varnished surfaces are top-notch. Hunt chose to recess the portlights into the sides of the trunk cabin and eliminate the customary trim rings, which often are the source of leaks and, from Hunt’s perspective, an eyesore.
C. Raymond Hunt invented the modern deep-V bottom about 70 years ago, and the team at his eponymous design firm has refined it to suit each model’s purpose. Throughout its history, the deep-V has been associated with a soft ride in rough water, but during my sea trial, Narragansett Bay dozed quietly beneath us. The 44 Express Sedan accelerated quickly, and after she climbed onto a plane, the automatic trim tabs seamlessly established her optimum running angle. Her response to steering inputs was almost telepathic, which is a characteristic of vectored thrust from the ZF pod drives. Like all the Hunt yachts I’ve driven, this one tracked very well and cornered with the predictable knee-out, shoulder-down attitude of a MotoGP rider.