Hunter Marine Corp. founder Warren Luhrs has died after suffering a heart attack September 18. He was 69 years old. Luhrs began in the boatbuilding business with his father, Henry, and brother, John, at Henry Luhrs Sea Skiffs, and went on to found Florida-based Hunter Marine in the early 1970s.
In addition to helping revolutionize the modern boatbuilding industry, Luhrs was heavily involved in shorthanded ocean racing, breaking a number of records aboard the Open 60s Thursday’s Child and Hunter’s Child—among them the 135-year-old New York to San Francisco record set in 1853 by the clipper ship Flying Cloud at the height of the California Gold Rush. Luhrs’ cutting-edge racing designs also served as test beds for many of the innovations that later appeared in Hunter’s production models, including the B&R rig and mainsail arches.