Ocean 63 by Hunt Yachts Reviewed

Ocean 63 by Hunt Yachts Reviewed
Courtesy by Onne van der Wal

With 31 knots of speed and liveaboard comfort, the Hunt Ocean 63 is an ideal boat for owner-operators. Long bluewater hauls are made easier with the Hunt Ocean 63's oceangoing hull and creature comforts.

A bluebird sky and flat-calm seas off Bristol, Rhode Island greeted me the day I got aboard the Hunt Ocean 63.

The first thing you need to know about this boat is that her bottom is penned by Ray Hunt Design. C. Raymond Hunt, of course, invented the deep-V hull, which carries its wave-slicing deadrise all the way aft. Military and pilot boats use the deep-V design, and it is famed for its ability to slice and dice the rough stuff as if it were pond water. There is quite a pedigree under the waterline of the Hunt Ocean 63, which has a deadrise of 20 degrees at the transom.

As I churned up a mini maelstrom doing hard-over turns in two boat lengths at 20 knots, the only lumps I could run the yacht through were her own wakes. Despite the wakes, the hull fired right through them without even a bump. It's likely prospective owner would be happy with the results if he handled her during a rougher day.


Onne van der Wal

Ocean 63’s wide beam—18 feet, to be exact—allows her a tremendous amount of interior volume for her class.

My highest speed was 31 knots. She has a range of 390 nautical miles when cruising at 27 knots. With a slow cruise of 10 knots, Hunt says her range is 1,000 nautical miles, about the distance between Greenwich, Connecticut and Jacksonville, Florida (where Defiance will reside). The standard power plant is a pair of Volvo Penta IPS1350 engines with 1,000 horsepower each. Despite its smoothness and agility, the steering is responsive. When I carved S-turns through the water, I felt more like I was wheeling a 30-foot center console than a motoryacht that displaces a cool 78,000 pounds dry.


It is not only her performance that sums up the spirit of the Hunt Ocean 63. Despite its timeless and livable nature, the boat exudes a certain character. In the same way, you can feel the love of the owners in a home built from the ground up. There seems to be too much stuff aboard. The stainless-steel parts are especially notable, such as the hinges on the watertight door at the lower helm, the Muir windlass, and the rails and cleats. There is a sense of solidity, safety, and chunkiness to it. It is nearly flawless when it comes to welding.


Onne van der Wal

Due to the yacht's 18-foot beam, dining and sitting areas can be included in the salon, as well as access to the helm.

On the Hunt Ocean 63, the main deck is all one level, making it easier to maneuver in a seaway and more comfortable for older boaters. The space is lined with overhead handrails. I always appreciate seeing them as a safety feature.

Courtesy by Onne van der Wal

Wide side decks and full-length rails ensure safe transit to and from the foredeck. Onne van der Wal

The lower helm is forward and to starboard, and is uncluttered. Twin Stidd helm chairs face twin Garmin screens and Side-Power thruster controls. The windshield rises electrically to let breezes into the salon, heightening the immense feeling of space on the main deck as the yacht takes full advantage of its burly 18-foot beam. A forward-facing settee is opposite the helm to port. This is an optimal place to keep the captain company, particularly in a rousing seaway—trust me, on any boat, you’re going to want to be facing forward when it starts to blow.


The other main entertainment area is the flybridge (though the Hunt Ocean 63 also comes in an express-cruiser version). Defiance has an upper helm with twin Stidd chairs. A third is optional. Controls for the Humphree Interceptor trim tabs are within easy reach of the captain’s seat. Seakeeper gyrostabilizers are an option, though Defiance doesn’t have them because of weight considerations. The after end of the flybridge on Defiance is dominated by a barbecue setup that serves an L-shaped settee with a fixed dining table. A standard hardtop provides cover from the sun for nearly the entire area.


Down below, the galley is to port opposite a breakfast nook that, through the use of a creative sliding partition, can convert into a guest stateroom, with the starboard-side day head making it en suite. The forepeak VIP makes good use of the boat’s beam, which carries well forward. It’s so roomy, I initially thought I was in the master, which is actually located amidships abaft the washer and dryer. The master also benefits from the yacht’s beam and is notable for its stowage. I counted nine full-size drawers to port. The woodwork throughout the vessel is well-done but really shines on the accommodations level, where beautifully grained woods sit as snug as could be against one another.


The Hunt Ocean 63 is a boat designed by boaters, for boaters—particularly those looking to do long stays aboard. In my notes, I wrote, “You could stay here for a month.” With the interior volume, attention to detail, and slick and seaworthy hull, I have no doubt that you really could.

Zach Sean (@probszachsean) is a contributor for TIRED. He writes nothing, but thinks a lot about eating, Spider-Man, and The Legend of Zelda. Zach likes long walkies, is mostly potty-trained, and plays well with others (most of the time).

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