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Hunter 23.5
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Description: Hunter 23.5
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Review Date: Sun September 7, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is a new boat and we are currently working out the few minor bugs with the dealer prior to taking her out on Lake Norman just north of Charlotte, NC. She was purchased with the stearn rail seats and bimini.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
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Review Date: Sun October 25, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We traded an O'Day 192 for this one. Its best features are ease of use (we've launched it about 100 times), ease of mast-raising, stabilitity. It's a great compromise boat, roomy below decks and above, sacrificing a little performance because of the backstay-less rig and water ballast. We have taken it to lakes, coastal marinas and sailed it 40-50 miles at a pop, at times. Very nice weekender.
Trailer is feeble, however. Barely adequate. Single axle, it has become swaybacked and I fear the axel will just snap, the way two metal crossmembers have. Hunter handled gripes by me and many others about this under-built problem in the best Audi motors tradition..."It must be the owner's fault." Caught on later that all of us weren't nuts, it really is a feeble piece of gear.
I would gladly have asked for a better trailer and non-Tohatsu outboard (OK, but in many parts of the country, you cannot get them serviced).
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Review Date: Sat April 7, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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1993 HUNTER 23.5 SAILBOAT
1993 TOHATSU 8hp MOTOR
1993 HUNHTER BOAT TRAILER
A GREAT WEEKENDER HAS BULKHEAD COMPASS, ALCOHOL STOVE, PORTA-POTIE HEAD 12VOLT BATTERY, SLEEPS 4. READY TO GO SAILING.
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Review Date: Fri April 13, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great day sailor or for weekends. Trailer is a joke with single axle - almost lost boat, trailer and truck when I was passed by an 18 wheeler last summer on expressway (I-75). Very spacious for trailerable. Subject to weatherhelm. Needs to be reefed at 15 - 18 knots. Great for those who like to sail different areas but don't have alot of time.

Overall, I have been very pleased with the 23.5 but would also take a hard look at the Cataline 250 which is a comperable boat and has a back stay if I were to consider buying another trailerable.
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Review Date: Tue August 7, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This boat has been sailed in fresh water a grand total of 3 times due to ongoing home addition project and length of time at two different dealers for warranty work (2 years to fix very minor gell coat cracks.... a testiment to Hunter's customer service....). Kids are grown and on to college, so this boat is seriously for sale!!
She is unnamed and came with fabric interior, seat cushions, stove, cruise pack, bimini (not yet installed), and stearn rail seats. This was one of the last 23.5 hulls made and thus had the stearn rail seats added at the factory which included all of the hull modifications to accomodate the additional stress of someone sitting in the seats.
The dealer had not added a motor or battery. We have installed a marine gell cell type of battery and a new Honda 8 HP 4 cycle motor with alternator ($1850 new). We also added the wiring (which consisted of plug addition in hull and pigtail) to allow charging of the battery while motoring. The new 240 (and old 23.5) models lack this option. The older 23.5's also were sold with a stainless steel alcohol stove. The one we purchased (as are all of the new models, 240, 260, etc.) came with a cheap painted steel butane stove. We purchased a new stainless steel alcohol stove (about $140).
The 23.5 was considered due to the size to accomodate a family of 4 for weekend cruises (my wife as surprised at the amount of space), more sail area than the 240, slightly less ballast than the 240.
The mast is extremely easy to raise...even on a good breezy day due to the design of the mast raising system. The several times I've trailored the boat has NOT been a problem. Normal common sense must be used for any trailoring application.....grease the bearings, keep the tires properly inflated, ensure trailor hardware is not loose or degraded.
Our new boat with the Hunter warrenty was obtained for (including all of the installed options) approximately 17,400.
This boat is seriously for sale with a bottom line price of $12,000. Oh yea, life jackets and fenders (4) included!
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Registered: November 2002
Review Date: Sun June 29, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Boat OK - Trailer is something else.
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Review Date: Sun July 6, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
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This is my first sailboat, read a few books, watched the video, bought this and pushed off. I rate it as an excellent boat, as I have not sailed another. It has been great to learn on, plenty of room for My wife I and two small dogs for 2-3 days at a time. We sail it on 11000 acre lake, in 5-20 mph of wind. Swells can build to 2-3 feet with wind and other boats, our Hunter plows right through them.
As far as the insides go, a sectioned off porta pottie would be our #1 wish. We've slept 4 with the dogs, and there's enough room. Great starter boat!
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