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1986 Wilbur Custom Hunt

Southwest Harbor, Maine


Available as a three year lease to purchase with proceeds benefiting Maine Maritime Academy.

From the drawing board of Ray Hunt and custom built by the Lee Wilbur yard in Maine, this well-maintained yacht would make an ideal live-aboard family cruiser just by virtue of its comfortable interior arrangement plan alone. Add to that the many features usually found on larger vessels: a Library study, stand up engine room, and spacious private master stateroom place EXPLORER in a class by herself. EXPLORER was originally designed for the knowledgeable yachtsmen whose requirements included solid construction of a fiberglass motor yacht that could comfortably cruise in a seaway, upwind as well as downwind. This resulted in a proven sea-kindly vessel that blends economical safe performance with the popular no-nonsense Hunt style. The folding mast allows for canal bridge transit from the East Coast to the Great Lakes.

Originally launched in 1986, she has been with the current owner/Captain since 1999. The vessel has undergone a meticulous total refit of all hull, propulsion, running gear and auxiliary machinery, electrical, electronic, plumbing, waste tanks, water maker, refrigeration, air conditioning. Deck fittings, windows and ports removed, re-plated, re-bedded, with topsides and superstructure painted in refits in 2010 with significant work done in 1990, when she was lengthened by approximately 8’ by the Rybovich Spencer yard in Florida, creating the aft enclosed cockpit and extended lazarette with room for the second, larger generator.


Stonington Yacht Sales is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Hinckley Yacht Brokerage.

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: Explorer
Make: Wilbur
Model: Custom Hunt
Year: 1986
Condition: Used
Category: Power
Builder: Wilbur Yachts
Designer: Ray Hunt
Construction: Composite
Boat Hull ID: LSWH60010586
Has Hull ID: Yes


Length: 70 ft / 21.34 m
Length Overall: 70 ft / 21.34 m
Length Of Deck: 67 ft / 20.42 m
Beam: 17 ft / 5.18 m
Bridge Clearance: 35'2 ft / 10.72 m
Electrical Circuit: 12 V
Single Berths: 5
Double Berths: 2
Cabins Count: 4

Engines / Speed

Engines: 2
Engine #1 Specs:
  • Make: Detroit Diesel
  • Model: 8V92TA
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 710hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 4 Blade, Bronze
  • Year: 1986
  • Engine Hours: 695
  • Engine Location: Port
Engine #2 Specs:
  • Make: Detroit Diesel
  • Model: 8V92TA
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 710hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 4 Blade, Bronze
  • Year: 1986
  • Engine Hours: 762
  • Engine Location: Starboard
Total Engine Power: 1,420hp
Cruising Speed: 20 kn
Maximum Speed: 23 kn


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 1,185 gal
Fuel Tank Material: Aluminum
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 600 gal


Heads Count: 4
Drive Type: Direct
Trim Tabs: Yes
Windlass Type: Electric
Boat Class: Cruisers, Downeast

Vessel Description



  • Custom Hunt designed hull
  • Hand laid fiberglass with Airex core
  • Fiberglass swim platform with ladder to aft enclosed cockpit and folding swim ladder
  • Rub rail painted to match hull with stainless steel chafe strip
  • Blue Awlgripped hull with single white boot stripe and blue bottom paint



  • Molded fiberglass deck and cabin top with painted white non-skid
  • Molded bulwarks with painted cap rail
  • Stainless steel bow rail and stanchions with double lifelines back to aft enclosed cockpit with gates port and starboard
  • Stainless steel hawse pipes in bulwarks for docklines
  • Custom stainless steel stem fitting with double anchor roller
  • Stainless steel Herreshoff style bow, midships and stern cleats
  • Additional cleats for bow and stern anchors
  • Large deck box on foredeck with powered hatch



The interior of Explorer is finished off in a class Downeast style with beautiful woodwork and details.  Starting from aft, an enclosed aft cockpit provides an open, sunroom space with doors on each side leading up the side deck and a companionway leading down into the aft cabin.  Walking through the aft cabin, there is a day head at the base of steps up to an open galley and dinette area.  Forward from the galley is a full beam sky lounge with panoramic views of the waters around.  From the sky lounge there are doors out to the side decks, a ladder up to the bridge and helm area and a curving staircase down to a second guest cabin, crew quarters and the engine room.

  • Varnished teak and holly cabin sole with lift up access for systems below
  • Herreshoff style white bulkheads and overhead with varnished teak trim and cabinetry.
  • 12vdc and 110vac overhead lighting throughout boat
  • Additional 12v bulkhead and accent lighting
  • CruiseAir reverse cycle air conditioning throughout vessel


Enclosed aft cockpit:

The large open cockpit aft can be fully enclosed with isinglass side and aft curtains and glass front windows or opened up on a nice day.

  • L-shaped settees port and starboard aft with adjustable tables
  • Access aft on centerline to stern anchor rode and Barient 23 self tailing winch and cleat
  • Access hatch in sole to lazarette with aft generator and steering gear
  • Air conditioning for climate control when desired
  • Bar area with filtered water faucet and drawers and storage below
  • Doors port and starboard to side decks for access forward on deck
  • Access aft to swim platform
  • Companionway forward leads down to aft cabin
  • The hard top for the aft cockpit has storage chocks for the inflatable dinghy and liferaft with crane for launching dinghy


Aft Cabin:

The full width aft cabin has a double berth to starboard and a single to port with an en suite head and separate shower.  Steps up forward lead to galley and aft to sunroom

  • Large hanging lockers aft of each berth with bi-fold louvered varnished doors
  • LED bulkhead reading lights over berths
  • Large set of drawers next to aft companionway with locking top storage area and shelf above
  • VHF Command Mic at companionway
  • Additional storage in drawers under double berth and on shelf outboard
  • Four opening portlights provide natural light and ventilation
  • Separate zone for air conditioning system


Aft cabin head:

  • Formica counter with black enamel oval sink with hot and cold faucet
  • Large wood framed mirror on inboard bulkhead
  • Storage in locker above counter and below sink
  • VacuFlush marine head
  • Dometic holding tank monitor
  • 110v outlet
  • Separate shower stall with seat and opening portlight


Aft day head:

  • At base of steps leading to galley and can be accessed from galley or aft cabin
  • Formica counter with black enamel oval sink with hot and cold faucet
  • Large wood framed mirror on aft bulkhead
  • Storage in locker above counter and below sink
  • VacuFlush marine head
  • Dometic holding tank monitor
  • 110v outlet
  • Opening portlight provides natural light and ventilation
  • Varnished wood towel racks



The large galley is forward and up from the master cabin and day head with large fixed side windows and a sliding open window aft.  It incorporates a dinette with varnished drop leaf table and opens forward to a sitting area forward

  • White Corian counters with varnished wood fiddles and trim
  • Large undermounted stainless steel sink with hot and cold pressure water faucet with pull out sprayer
  • Soap dispenser
  • Filtered water faucet
  • Kitchen-Aid garbage disposal
  • Abundant storage in lockers with varnished louvered doors and drawers
  • Wooden Venetian blind on side and aft windows
  • Princess three burner electric stove with oven with cover
  • Large custom front loading fridge
  • Panasonic microwave
  • Coffee maker and toaster
  • U-Line icemaker
  • Additional storage under dinette settees
  • Galley dishware
  • Overhead AC and DC lighting with task lighting over counters
  • Separate air conditioning zone


Sky lounge:

Forward of the galley is a full width lounge area with 270 degree views through large windows and opening side doors.

  • Sliding doors port and starboard with sliding windows provide access to side decks
  • Settee aft with freezer underneath
  • Main electrical panel over settee with remote VHF Command Mic
  • Raised seating area forward with twin captains seats
  • Storage in lockers forward



Accessed up stairs from Sky lounge or from aft deck area the flybridge contains the helm station as well as a seating area aft of the helm

  • Fully enclosed, air conditioned flybridge with glass fixed windows forward and on each side of help with removable eisinglass panels on aft half provides excellent visibility and protection from the elements
  • Center steering console  with Pomponette helm seat
  • Helm controls include:
    • Custom engine guage displays with Pannish engine controls
    • Bow and stern thruster controls
    • Bennett trim tab controls
    • Remote windlass controls
    • Remote spotlight controls
    • Quadra fin stabilizer controls
    • Icom M604 VHF
    • Emergency engine shut downs
    • Bilge pump controls for 5 bilge pumps with bilge monitor
    • Ritchie compass
    • Garmin GPS chartplotter displays and instrument and autopilot displays
    • Flybridge electrical panel
    • Chart table to port of console
    • Wiper controls for front windows
  • Overhead bomar hatches provide light and ventilation as well as access to top of hardtop
  • Storage and sytems under console area
  • Passenger seat to port of helm seat with reversible seat back
  • L-shaped settee aft with drop leave varnished teak table
  • 110v outlets
  • Overhead 12v and 110v lights


Crew quarters:

Located aft at the bottom of the stairs from the sky lounge with access to engine room

  • L-shaped settee to port with adjustable table that lowers to convert to double berth
  • Galley to starboard  with washing machine
  • Samsung microwave
  • Vitrifrigo refrigerator
  • Additional small Norcold refrigerator
  • Kenyon two burner electric cooktop
  • Formica countertop with deep stainless steel sink and hot/cold water faucet
  • Secondary electrical panel
  • Storage under settees and in locker outboard of settees as well as lockers and drawers in galley


Middle cabin:

Located at the base of the stairs to port, the middle sleeping cabin has two single berths in bunk arrangement and ensuite head forward

  • Hanging locker forward of berths with shelf and bulkhead mounted TV above
  • 12v fan
  • Storage in drawers under lower bunk and in lockers above upper bunk.
  • Locker doors are caned for ventilation
  • Head has vacuflush toilet, sink and storage in locker above sink and below counter
  • Natural light and ventilation from overhead hatch in head and opening hull port over top berth
  • 110v outlet
  • Varnished teak towel bars
  • LED bulkhead mounted reading lights


Forward cabin:

The forward cabin is accessed through a companionway that doubles as a shower area with access to the forward head to starboard.

  • Port and starboard single berths with starboard over port
  • Large hanging locker aft of starboard berth
  • Abundant storage in lockers and drawers under berths
  • Sony CDX-M10 AM/FM/CD stereo
  • Toshiba flat screen DVD player mounted to forward bulkhead
  • Large overhead opening hatch and opening hull ports bring in natural light and ventilation
  • Vanrished wood sheathing on hull sides
  • LED bulkhead mounted reading lights over berths


Engine Room:

The full beam, standing headroom engine room is access through the crew quarters and provides excellent access to the main engines and small generator as well as water maker, refrigeration units and other systems.  Soft patches above engines allow removal if needed



  • (2) 710 hp Detroit Diesel 8V92TA main engines (approx. 694 hours port and 762 hours stbd on hour meters
  • Custom Alvern Marine stainless steel exhaust system
  • Engine blowers
  • Panish single lever engine controls
  • Dual Racor primary fuel filters for each engine
  • 2 ½” stainless steel propeller shafts
  • Dripless shaft seals
  • Four bladed 33X33 bronze props
  • Spurs rope cutters
  • Spare 33 X 34 four bladed bronze props stored in lazarette
  • Hynautic hydraulic steering system
  • Fuel polishing system (2019)
  • 1,185 gallon aluminum fuel tank
  • 600 gallons fresh water in four aluminum water tanks
  • Par Max Ultra fresh water pump with pressure tank
  • Reliance 20 gal hot water tank
  • Water maker (reconditioned 2000, new membranes 2014)
  • (4) Vacuflush heads
  • (2) holding tanks
  • (2) gray water tanks
  • CruiseAir reverse cycle air conditioning system
  • Side power 24v bow and stern thrusters with dedicated battery banks
  • Gyro Gale dual fin stabilizer system
  • ShurFlow Blaster deck wash pump
  • Haier HWD 1000 washing machine
  • Fireboy automatic fire suppression system
  • CruiseAir air and water cooled fridge and freezer compressors



  • 8 kW Northern Lights generator (aprox 830 hours Nov 2022)
  • 22kW Northern Lights generator (aprox 4,700 hours November, 2022)
  • 12v and 24v DC systems
  • 110/220v AC systems
  • 12v house battery bank (four 8D Powertec batteries)
  • 12v generator 4D start batter
  • (2) 8D Powertec start batteries
  • (2) 4D 12v electronics battery on bridge
  • 24v stern thruster battery bank
  • 24v bow thruster battery bank
  • Solar panel system mounted to flybridge hardtop
  • Engine mounted alternators
  • Sentry 40 amp battery charger for start batty
  • Xantrex Freedom Marine 25 charger/inverter
  • Pro Nautica 12-20 battery charger for generator start
  • Pro Nautica 12-20 battery charger for bridge electronics
  • Pro Nautica 24-20 battery charger for stern thruster batteries
  • Pro Nautica 24-20 battery charger for bow thruster batteries



  • Garmin GPSMap 1242xsv color touch screen chart plotter with fishfinder and radar
  • Garmin GPSMap 5208 color chartplotter
  • Garmin xHD 24: radome
  • Garmin GHP10 autopilot control
  • (2) Garmin GMI10 multifunction instrument displays
  • Garmin GXM52 sat weather
  • Garmin AIS600 AIS transceiver
  • Maretron MSO100 ultrasonic wind/weather station
  • Icom M604 VHF with two remote Command Mic II stations
  • (2) Standard Horizon VHF radios
  • Remote controlled spotlight
  • Ritchie compass in stainless binnacle
  • Rogue Wave wifi amplifier



  • Onkyo TX-8255 stereo receiver
  • Apple TV
  • Direct TV
  • Wilson 4G omni-directional antenna
  • Toshiba 26’ flat screen TV with integrated DVD player in galley




  • Viking 8 person liferaft (inspected through Nov 2024))
  • (5) 12v manual/automatic bilge pumps with monitoring system
  • (2) Fireboy CO Sentinel detectors
  • CO2 engine room fire suppression system
  • Approved international navigation running lights
  • (2) Lifesling with throw lines
  • Air horn
  • Ships Bell
  • PFD’s
  • Portable fire extinguishers


Ground Tackle:

  • 90 lb CQR with 250’ 3/8” BBB chain
  • 100 lb Danforth storm anchor with rode
  • Danforth stern anchor
  • Spare Danforth Anchor
  • Ideal 110v electric windlass



  • Fenders
  • Docklines
  • Magma grill
  • 2000 11’ Novurania RIB with cover
  • Hydraulic Marquip crane
  • Chocks for 9’ Dyer sailing dinghy (Dyer not included in sale)
  • Sun covers for sky lounge windows and flybridge enclosure
  • Tool kit
  • Extensive spares
  • Manuals
  • Marquip removable boarding stairs
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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