Hunter Marine Corporation is a U.S.-based sailboat builder and a subsidiary of Luhrs Marine Group, which also produces Silverton, Mainship, and Luhrs brands of powerboats.In the 1800s Henry Luhrs, a German immigrant, outfitted trading ships and owned a chandlery. His grandson, Henry, continued the family heritage on the New Jersey coast, building and repairing recreational and fishing boats. By the early 1960s Henry and his sons, John and Warren, were building over a thousand powerboats a year. Hunter Marine is now an ESOP company with partial ownership available to all employees, and is part of the Luhrs Marine Group, which consists of Luhrs Sportfishing boats, Silverton Motoryachts, Ovation Luxury Motoryachts, and ainship Trawlers.The Hunter sailboat line began in 1973 when Warren Luhrs decided to combine his building skills with his passion for sailing. Among his goals was producing an affordable boat. The early unter boats, signed by John E. Cherubini, targeted the value-priced market and developed a reputation for respectable quality and good value. Hunter gradually evolved into one of the largest sales volume roducer of mid-priced sailing yachts, in direct competition with Catalina Yachts and Beneteau. Hunter is responsible for several market innovations, including their trademark stainless steel cockpit arch and their use of the B & R rig.