World Renown Design Firm Makes New Bedford Its Home

C. Raymond Hunt Associates, one of the most widely recognized and respected names in naval architecture, has located its Design Office in the historic district in downtown New Bedford. “We are delighted to be in New Bedford. The city has tremendous history and a wonderful future ahead, and we’re excited to be a part of it.” said John Deknatel, President, C. Raymond Hunt Associates.
The company is known particularly for its designs utilizing the high-deadrise hullform known as the Hunt deep-V which revolutionized the development of fast powerboats. This hullform, innovated by founder Ray Hunt, one of the most innovative designers of his time, is the most widely used and ocean-proven solution afloat for performance, sea kindliness and comfort.
A significant portion of Hunt’s output of the past 30 years has been commercial and military vessels. Projects include police, fire and patrol boats for U.S. and foreign governments; pilot boats in operation in many North American ports; and various other passenger and work boats. All share the Hunt Deep-V hulls designed especially for the particular requirements of offshore patrol, law enforcement, rescue and reliable personnel transport. Customers include the US Navy, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Coast Guard, several state agencies and private operators.
According to the company’s website, “We have experience in turnkey projects, providing development of entirely new products from design through tooling and working prototypes. And we are comfortable working with clients around the world”.
The company and its staff have won numerous awards and their creations have been reviewed and praised in boating magazines, maritime journals, and the business press.
“We’re also now closer to our roots in Buzzards Bay. Two of our designers have already moved to the area from Boston,” said Deknatel,
C. Raymond Hunt Associates was founded in 1961 as a partnership between Ray, who died in 1978 at the age of 70, and John Deknatel, the current President of the firm, and incorporated in 1966. This association originally was formed to deal with the heavy flow of projects that resulted from the extraordinary performance of Ray’s design for the Bertram 31.

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