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Hunter 34
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Description: Hunter 34
Keywords: Hunter 34
 


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Review Date: Tue September 22, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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Good design, sails well on the wind and off, motors well (w/15x15 2 blade prop). 3 cabin layout works great w/my family of 2kids and a dog, sail handling works well for singlehanding. Good coastal cruising (haven't made it to bermuda yet, maybe for a 2000 celebration, and yes we are going) boat handles seas well, been in 10-12'. Only weakness I find is lack of customer support by manf. and poor quality control in construction, which has led to minor inconviences to me but major expences to others. Satisfied, yup couldn't have done it as confortably, affordably and quickly in anything else. Buy another one, probably not, want to go futher, but who knows, I've had hunters for 14 years now.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
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Review Date: Thu January 14, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Very pleasing and spaceous accomodations, easily handled and comfortable for cruising couple. The head layout is quite good with the seperated washbasin/cabinets. Hanging storage is limited. Yanmar 20hp is somewhat underpowered for this size boat. Battery placement in starboard cockpit locker is quite difficult for access, and close overhead clearance in aft stateroom creates difficulty. Have not as yet attempted any adjustment to the intricate mast and rigging setup, and this looks difficult. Performs well under sail, and small working jib moves the boat well except in very light air. We sail in fairly heavy air conditions so had 3rd reef installed in full battened main. Sailing location in Newfoundland offers what is normally expected in offshore conditions when crossing the major "bays", but offers more protected coastal and inland conditions inside "bays" and the multitude of coastal islands. Generally very satisfied with this boat.
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Review Date: Mon September 20, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We purchased this boat in april of 1999 and have spent this summer cleaning and detailing to our needs.I did not have the boat surveyed but would recommend you do. The major weakness in this boat is a bad compression post area that could be a costly repair. Trapped water below the floor can stain the teak. And of course this being a ford or chev. the construction is fair. We do like the boat. I like the way it sails, recommend a reef at 15. The interior is why I bought it. 6ft 3 headroom and lots of space in the main cabin. The price is very good for the room you buy and with 1200 in production you can pick up a nice one for 35k or less. This 1987 was the last yr of production and the woodwork is oak instead of teak. Its lighter in color. I like the 12 volt fridge also. I look at all the other big boats in the marina and still see alot of value in our hunter for alot less than what they have invested. We moved up from a 26 and you need to know a 34 is alot more WORK. Maybe more than i thought. Anyway, I like it and it is easier to sail than my 26 was.
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Review Date: Sat August 26, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Owned and cruised this boat for 15 years; lived aboard during winters.
Excellent cabin layout
Fast in all winds, points well to windward
Very pleased. Boat is now for sale, located on the West coast of Florida.


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Review Date: Thu July 12, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I hate this boat. I strongly recommend that you avoid it, and all Hunters for that matter. It leaks horribly, design flaws and poor construction are everywhere. Ex: The boat is extremely tender-- double reef in 15 knots of wind. The bilge is too shallow-the floor rots. The batteries are in the lazarette! The whole boat flexes causing leaks around windows, the mast, etc. The seacocks are of a dangerous design. DO NOT BE DECEIVED by a seemingly large interior, etc. Hunter should be ashamed of themselves. I strongly recommend that you buy a Catalina if you are looking for "a lot of boat for the money." AVOID ALL HUNTERS.
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Registered: October 2001
Posts: 1
Review Date: Thu October 11, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A lot of boat for the money. Big and nice (Comfort Factor: 25). Sail performance that was fun and got us there upwind when others had to turn back (PHRF: 138-140). We cruised for seven delightful years in the Gulf of Mexico. Replacing her was an outrageous cost to improve BOTH comfort AND sail performance.



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’84 Hunter 34
$ 35,500
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Lake Jackson, Texas 77566
979 297 0670
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---------------------------- Vessel Specifications ---------------------------

Boat Style: (Sail) Cruiser Hull Material: Fiberglass Length: 34’5”
Builder: Hunter Rig: Sloop Beam: 11’7”
Model: 34 Sail Area: 557, 100% Draft: 5’6”
Keel: Fin Rudder: Spade Waterline: 28’3”
Naval Architect: n/a Sleeps: 7 Weight: 11820
Engine Make: Yanmar Staterooms: 2 Fuel: 25
Engines: 1 Heads: 1 Water: 60
Engine Type: Diesel, inboard Trailer: no Cradle: no
Horse Power: 20 Price: 35500 Status: Active
Hours: 350 Location: Freeport, TX Ballast: 5000

----------------------------- Vessel Descriptions ----------------------------

Interior:

Layout gives privacy, hanging lockers & drawers for two couples. Sleeping for three more in the salon. Head/shower can be privately accessed from two directions. Separate sink area for shaving, hair & toothbrushes. Hot water heat from diesel exchanger or 110v. Double sink galley. Gimbled alcohol two burner stove/oven. Air conditioned. Teak finish with teak & holly sole. New mauve cushions and new curtains.

Sails/Rigging:

E: 11’9”, J: 13’9”, P: 41, I: 46. Triple reefed, battened main. Traveler and sheets led to cockpit. Headsails: 110 and 130, roller furling. Spinnaker track and pole. Four self tailing winches. Mast ht: 51’6”

Hull & Underbody:

White hull with blue bottom & trim. Five thousand pound keel. Compression post replaced with heavy gauge aluminum and support beam filled with epoxy for maximum resistance to hull flexure.

Deck:

Spreader deck lights. Bimini plus covers for mainsail, wheel, instruments, a/c, companionway and all hatches and winches. Roller mounting for Bruce anchor and draining locker for 150’ rode including 30 feet of chain. Fitted cockpit cushions. Cockpit table with drink holders. Four generous lockers in cockpit.

Electronics and Navigation:

Roll chart stowage next to interior nav station. Folded chart storage under nav station. Nav 25 watt VHF has cockpit speaker. Nav station stereo radio/tape deck has cabin and cockpit speakers. Cockpit has 5” pedestal compass, knotmeter, depthmeter, anemometer and Autohelm 4000 autopilot. Three 12 volt batteries (or space to use 4 smaller ones), charged with Diesel or shore power. 50’ 30 amp power cord. Two 12 volt rotating fans.

Mechanical:

40” wheel. 2 blade prop. Stern swim ladder.
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Review Date: Sun December 9, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My partner and I owned this boat for 3 years. The boat was very good to us. We enjoyed it, but did mostly day sailing (just about every weekend) with a few 1 week or less cruises. The yanmar deisel (hrs unknown), never gave us any problems at all. Downside - I can see some design flaws (the jib sheet, when tacking, gets caught on forward hatch cover, even keeping the hatch closed doesn't help) The boat is a little tender at winds of 15 knots or more. We had to install a 2 pt reefing system. port lights leak, other than that the boat didnt seem to take on any considerable amount of water. Aft cabin headroom has something to be desired. Overall, I was satisfied with the boat. Parnership is over, boat just sold 12/01, I would consider another Hunter, but am looking at several manufacturers in a slightly larger boat.
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michkahn
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Registered: June 2005
Posts: 2
Review Date: Wed December 6, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: excellent value, great light air sailing, cockpit/cabin great
Cons: replace seacock(gate valves), upgrade portholes,vent eng,

great boat, purchased used in '91 have sailed extensively coastwise mid-atlantic states & new england. great coastal cruising or day sailor, I've added fan to eng compartment, plus smallpc fan to vent holding tank area.
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