Hurrica V was restored by Norman R Wright & Sons, a renowned 100-year old boatyard based on the Brisbane River in Queensland, Australia. An armada of skilled shipwrights, spar makers, sailmakers, and other artisans contributed to this decade-long classic restoration.
The subject of several previous restorations, Hurrica V was purchased in 2001 by Steve Gunns, a noted sailor and architect, specifically as a refit project with no expense spared. Stripped to the bare shell, all frames were repaired or replaced, and every fastener was replaced with new bronze, including all new plank clenching’s, chainplates and other hardware. The hull planking was repaired, and new bulwarks, deck, and deckhouse together with a new classic interior built to the highest standard. The new sail plan is a Gerard Dijkstra design, new spars built by Collars in the UK, and new bronze castings authentically matching the original hardware were made.
Hurrica V accommodates the owner and guests in three large cabins plus twin day-berths in the deckhouse, with a folding saloon table for eight and cockpit seating for eleven. Two heads with a separate shower, full galley including a four-burner stove with pull-out exhaust fan, separate refrigerator and freezer, microwave oven, double-bowl sink, ample storage, four opening hatches, and even a washer-dryer. Full instrumentation includes radar, navigation, autopilot and wind instruments. The interior is solid Brazilian mahogany throughout, with classic lighting, leather seating and other soft furnishings. The objective was to make the boat good for another 90 years.