StingrayBy Dennis Caprio
Model Year: 1964
Displacement: 53,000 lb.
Standard Power: 2/593-hp Cummins QSC 8.3-600
Fuel Capacity: 1,000 gal.
Water Capacity: 350 gal.
Back to Basics C. Raymond Hunt’s original specs (top) were not followed to the letter when she was launched (above, middle), but a Brooklin Boat Yard refit (above) brought her closer.
Wharton Shipyard built Stingray of double and triple diagonal wood planking, but Peter Boyce of C. Raymond Hunt Associates said that the yard ignored Ray Hunt’s scantlings. His construction drawings specified sawn frames rabbeted into a substantial keelson, which would have created a stiff, strong and lightweight hull. The yard skimped on the keelson and used steam-bent ribs. During the most recent refit (2010-2011) at Brooklin Boat Yard in Brooklin, Maine, she received a new longitudinal girder, stiffening the hull to match, or exceed, Hunt’s original specs. Four laminated mahogany stringers running the full length of the bottom further stiffen the hull and serve as engine beds. At her first major refit at Renaissance Yachts in Thomaston, Maine (1989-1990), she received a layer of Bruynzeel mahogany plywood strips set in epoxy resin. For all intents and purposes, she’s a composite structure.
This article originally appeared in the July 2013 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.