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Hunter 29.5
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Description: Hunter 29.5
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Review Date: Wed March 5, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Large mainsail, small jib, very easy to handle. Some quirks related to the design (e.g., winches on the cabintop make it almost impossible to single-hand). Great cockpit for entertaining. Bought this one new and have installed much additional equipment: windspeed, LPG stove/oven, secondary winches, etc. Would like to hear from other owners. Have had some surprising problems with the boat (bottom blisters after 3 months) and not always had a good response from the dealer or manufacturer. Others with same/similar model with problems, please contact me. Also willing to share any type of information and tips with other owners. Like the boat very much despite the problems.
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Review Date: Tue August 20, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Lake Superior boat, used very little.18HP Yanmar diesel,water heater,stove,microwave,loran,autopilot,(2)VHF,dodg er,roller furling,etc.
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Review Date: Tue April 11, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $40,000.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Easy to sail for two. Room enough for larger sailors. Very comfortable overnighter
Cons: needs to reef fairly early over 20 knots.

Bought used on Puget Sound last summer. First boat in 30 years. Very forgiving to a returning sailor. Good space for family and friends. adequate storage. Boat in very good shape when purchased.
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carpediem1
Finally Retired

Registered: April 2004
Location: Punta Gorda FL
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Review Date: Sat January 30, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $40,000.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very comfortable for 2 persons. Weekender for 4. The boat sails well up to about 18kts without reefing
Cons: Need to learn to tack downwind - miss going wing and wing

PO extensively modified the boat for singlehanded sailing. He added roller furling main, auto pilot, radar, A/C, full instrumentation, stove/pven, traveler on the deck, rigid vang, dodger, refrigeration.
We spend many weekends on the boat very comfortably, Have spent as long as 3 weeks cruising without problems. Motors well and backs well with 2GM20. Turns in almost its own length. Large comfortable cockpit that seems to end up party central.

Could use more storage. Sleeping in the aft cabin can be noisy due to wave slap against the hull. Decent ventilation at anchor. Boat tends to hunt a bit at anchor. I would not call the boat tender. Hit 7 kts on a broad reach with wind about 18.

It is a very bright boat in the interior with many windows that need occasional service to stop leaks. Many lights to make a well lit nighttime interior. I have replaced all of the lights with LEDS.

We are getting older and were looking for comfort and boat easy to handle. We will have no problems sailing to the Bahamas in this boat.
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brichardson001
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Registered: August 2011
Location: Bellingham, WA
Review Date: Tue August 2, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $35,000.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: space, comfort, easy to single hand
Cons: light with a lot of freeboard can make for interesting windage situations.

I purchased my 1995 hunter 29.5 July 3,2010. In the last year have around 40 days on the water with it. The boat is far roomier than any sub 30' boat I have ever been on. Very comfortable for the two of us with two 70+ lbs dogs. Our longest trip thus far has been 10 days which was getting tight by the end. Extended weekends are no problem. The cockpit is very large making for a great entertaining space. I have been on day sails with up to 7 people and not felt cramped. This year added new BottomSiders -- awesome! One of the biggest benefits for us was the walk through transom. This makes boarding the four legged members of our pack far easier.

Backing this vessel is difficult. There is far more port side prop walk than any other boat I have helmed (43 and 45 foot Jeanneaus, 34 Crealock, 30' Catalina, 34' Tartan, 30' Tartan). Steerage overcomes prop walk at about 1.2-1.5 knots in reverse. Can be adjusted for by getting the vessel moving quickly and going back to neutral. This can create some tricky situations with the large freeboard that provides that living comfort, and the vessel's light displacement. The wind can push her around plenty. Learning the characteristics of how the boat handles takes a little time, but once down lets you plan your approaches reasonably well. The problem is when your plan is forced to change, she doesn't forgive you easily. Forward, is far superior. The boat accelerates well and has a tight turning radius. This can be your savior when you get into trouble backing.

Under Sail the B & R rig goes to weather quite well. The fully battened main with massive roach is powerful. Being fully battened, reasonable sail shape can be held even though my main is original equipment on this 1995 model. Admittedly the sail material is tired and should be replaced. The fractional jib is easy to manage. A Genoa could be used but 110% would probable be about the max given the placement of the shrouds. The short traveler in front of the helmsman is easy to manage and a handy location, but not as functional as longer travelers. In the light summer winds around the San Juan and Gulf Islands down wind runs are lacking in performance. I have purchased an asymmetric spinnaker that will hopefully improve running and deep reaching this season.

The 18hp Yanmar pushes the boat to 6 knots. It seems to be running well, although the heat exchanger did need to be removed and boiled out. Otherwise routine maintenance has been all that was necessary.

I have replaced the mattress foam, which had molded, with new memory foam. This makes for far more comfortable nights. This winter replaced the cabin sole as the laminated teak and holly was getting worn over the last 16 years. New teak and holly laminated over marine ply with ten coats of Epiphanes varnish made a big improvement inside. The lifeline stanchions were leaking and re-bedding those were an easy project. I believe the solid cabin windows are leaking slightly as well. They will need to be resealed. The head required light maintenance. The hot water heater fittings leaked and were an easy fix. The galley is a simple alcohol stove that serves its purpose adequately. There is a microwave when on shore power. I have not used it. The gas grill on the stern pulpit sees most of the cooking detail. I did add an oil lamp to the interior mounted on a teak plank affixed to the mast step. The U-shaped settee wraps around the entire cabin making for ample seating. the table is large and doubles as the chart table.

Overall this is a very comfortable cruising boat here in the Northwest. It has its quirks but these are reasonable trade offs for the creature comforts and space provided. Originally I was looking at larger boats, but this smaller more manageable package is quite well designed for the cruising couple. The cockpit is great for social gatherings. The boat for the money ratio is off the chart. Would I take this boat off shore, no, not without rebuilding it to the point it would be a completely different boat. For inland waters or coastal cruising it will provide a lot of enjoyment without breaking the bank.
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