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Hunter 23
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Description: Hunter 23
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sun January 19, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Our first sailbaot. We sailed with friends on many different styles and sizes. At the time, we lived near Pittsburgh, so we needed something trailerable. We looked for over a year. Searching at boatshows, dealers, etc. We narowed down our choice to something that had room below incase a "party" was forced below because of weather, etc. We didn't need a big tabe and galley available all the time. The 1989 Hunter 23 was it. It served us VERY well for the 3 years we lived in Pittsburgh and for the 3 years we used in on Lake Michigan. We even trailered it and cruised for a week in Door County, WI. We experienced fog, rain, and gusts to 48 kts. We were ever afraid ( a little wet, maybe ) but it truly was a great little boat and could take much more than my wife or I.

We decided to move up to a Hunter 28.5 (1988 model) when our skill level allowed us the possibility of crossing Lake Michigan and doing longer cruises.

All in all, the Hunter 23 was a great boat. If we were to leave the Great Lakes and move away from "Big" water to a more inland, smaller lake, I would have no reason NOT to consider moving back to this model.

It's a shame they changed it to the new 23.5 version...might as well buy a Macgregor...
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Review Date: Mon March 3, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great day sailor.
Good space down below.
Not easy to put mast up and down.
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Review Date: Fri December 4, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Our first boat,can not compare. Easy to sail. Big enough for overnight for 2, not a week. We have been sold on sailing with this boat. Raising/lowering mast a chore requiring 3, one muscle bound.
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Review Date: Tue August 10, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have found the H23 comfortable for daysailing and overnights but would not enjoy spending more than two days away from land. The interior is cramp for my 6' 230lb frame. I find it difficult to lean back while sitting in the cabin because my head hits the windows forcing me to look at my knees. The V-berth is comfortable and long enough to accomodate 2, as long as the porta-head has not been used since it is under your pillow.
The Storage is adequate, the cockpit locker is too deep to reach fully with out assistance. An interior hatch to this area would be helpful.
Even though this is a trailerable, I will not be doing that again. raising the lowering the mast is a 3-4 man job and the boat sails comfortably with 2 or three.
I have found with all lines led to the cockpit and a tiller lock and a line from the bow to the cockpit for pulling down the jib the H23 is a good singlehander. Though tender in winds above 15 mph I have enjoyed her performance in light winds and being able to have her rigged and out of her slip inside of 15 minutes.
We have had 4 people on her at one time but it really gets crowded.
Overall I would have to say our H23 has been a great little boat though I feel we have outgrown her quickly.
Changes I have and will make: Jackstay, backstay adjuster, all lines (outhaul, main and jib halyards, topping lift,reef line)led to cockpit with a winch mounted on the cabin,tiller lock or autotiller. Upgraded stern, bow, steaming lights because the factory lights are constantly corroded. Roller furling or a line for pulling the jib down from the cockpit. Cockpit cushions. I will also be adding shore power with a battery charger and some kind of Bimini.
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Registered: December 2000
Review Date: Sat March 3, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have only had a 23 for a short time,I had to build a mast raising system of my own. To raise it alone,I built a system off the front of the trailer,two inch box tube that pined on with a 12 volt winch mounted to it& a roller at the end,cable is then hooked to jib halyard,I have a mast step off the stern rudder pintles, with a remote switch I stand in the cockpit to guide mast up, works great.I really like the interior of this boat lots of room if you are not to tall, cockpit is very comfortable and very easy to handel boat good day sailer
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dmehan
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Registered: January 2002
Review Date: Fri January 25, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have been sailing my Hunter 23 in the SEa of Cortez (Mexico) for several years. I have a 15 hp outboard which has been great. Overall, the boat has been fun and performed well even in rough seas. It does not point very well (no closer than 55 degrees) and can be reefed early with no loss in speed. For a small boat, it has been great.
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Review Date: Mon September 2, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Well its my second boat i love the ablity to store the boat at home. Its a quick boat with nice lines
Great owner support www.hunterowners.com
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Review Date: Thu November 28, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great first boat...I am moving into a larger boat and this one must go...
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Review Date: Thu November 28, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great first boat...I am moving into a larger boat and this one must go...
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Review Date: Wed April 16, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have taken mine all along the Florida Gulf coast in seas to 8 feet, surfed over 10 knots, and through many storms wondered what the hell I was doing out there. This is a forgiving boat, seaworthy beyond the manufacturers claims, and for this sailor, quite capable of providing adventure for ten night's aboard in primitive conditions. Often found at bargain prices, with trailer. Too often you hear of it's shortcomings for the mast stepping and trailering problems, but those who love her have overcome these obstacles and there is much support online regarding "how to". This is a sailor's boat, and those overwhelmed by the particulars of rigging and launching might consider a "stink pot" instead. Perhaps "sailing is the hardest way to go anywhere slowly", but with this boat you will always arrive safely, and admired. Mark Major, s/v Lesismor
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Dennis Brooks
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Registered: April 2006
Review Date: Thu May 11, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Easy to sail
Cons: Doesn't point well, I have heard that mast raising is a bear

We have had the boat for 2 years. It is easy to sail and pretty stable for a small boat. We have been in some pretty rough conditions with this boat and 15-20 knot winds and I have always felt safe. We have gone over night several times with 3 people. It is fine but not for more that 1 night maybe 2 at the most. We sail in Tampa Bay where the water can be shallow. The draft of the boat makes it nice in the shallow water. I can solo easily with this boat which makes it nice when my 1st mate is not available.
I have never raced this boat. I have heard the wing keel isn't race oriented. For cruising and everyday sailing I don't see a problem. I would recommend this boat highly.
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