Tenders: Hornet Marine

While Hornet Marine has only existed in its current incarnation since 2009, the company is built on generations of boating enthusiasts and inventors. In 1966, a team including engineer Hal Hartmann—father of Hornet’s founder David Hartmann—proved the viability of jet turbine engines in extreme conditions by applying them to a marine environment and winning the Sam Griffith Memorial Race by 70 miles.
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The Hornet 17

The Hornet 17

While Hornet Marine has only existed in its current incarnation since 2009, the company is built on generations of boating enthusiasts and inventors. In 1966, a team including engineer Hal Hartmann—father of Hornet’s founder David Hartmann—proved the viability of jet turbine engines in extreme conditions by applying them to a marine environment and winning the Sam Griffith Memorial Race by 70 miles. This heritage comes through in the design and construction of today’s Hornet powerboats, built in Bristol, Conn. With a low profile and sleek lines, the Hornet 17 makes a great candidate as an alluring and speedy tender. Built on a classic deep-V fiberglass hull, and weighing about 2,500 pounds, the Hornet 17 is well-suited for a number of engine packages from Mercury MerCruising. This runabout-style, built-to-order boat can be customized in just about every way—from paint color and upholstery to electronics and features, such as custom steering wheels.

For more information, visit hornetmarine.com

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