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Hunter 30
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Description: Hunter 30
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Review Date: Sat October 19, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

This is a solid boat, very comfortable in medium weather except for one area. It has a weather helm that is fierce. Running RF jib, main reefed and still a significant weather helm in 15-20 knots of wind. I would like to find solution other than dropping traveller off to leward so much main is useless. Any other experience out there? Please e-mail.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Mon December 2, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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We hae sailed this boat for two summers and have found it
to be very satisfactory. With the low price that these sell
for and the large volume inside and good conservative design,
we think this is a good boat for someone starting out.
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Review Date: Wed January 15, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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STRENGTHS - lots of interior room, good quality given price, forgiving under sail (except in following seas), sails well for a small crusier (don't know about racing - we've loaded it down with central A/C and lots of 'crusing' stuff.

WEAKNESSES - easy to load down (especially the stern) and slow down, ventilation when your away, easy to have a smelly head (with head discharge hose line runs), a bit under powered with the 18 horse Yanmar.

OVERALL SATISFACTION - 1 to 5 (low to high) - we give it a 4. Over the past several years interacting with Hunter directly (our dealer went belly up 1 day after we bought!), we have been extremely satisfied - giving Hunter Service a 5! Examples: parts available and reasonably priced, after boat was > a year old, some of our cushion seams started to part - they replaced all the cushions - FREE.

BOTTOM LINE - A good week-ender capable of comfortable 1-2 week trips with two couples (good friends!) that's reasonably priced and well built - this one's for you!

Want more info - please contact me. I've installed lots of stuff and am willing to provide lessons learned.


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
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Review Date: Wed January 22, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

A solidly built traditional design, offering reasonable
comfort at agood price. Underpowered if still equipped
with original YSM12 engine. Good performer in >12kt
winds, but too heavy to do well in light air. Lived
aboard mine for 7 years with few problems. Very
satisfied overall.
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Review Date: Tue November 4, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

The basic design is pretty solid. We race the boat (PHRF) and stay on it almost every weekend. The cabin is spacious especially with the table pulled out. The boat sails well on all points of sail when rigged correctly. The boat hates to be strapped tight preferring a loose trim. We had some J30 sailors on our boat for our last regatta and they were very surprised by the performance. This is probably the roomiest 30' boat on the market that can be successfully raced in casual conditions.

Key Features
Huge aft bearth
Good controls on most sail surfaces

Strengths
Space
Well Built (really)
Fun to sail

Weaknesses
The holding tank is in the cabin
The batteries are under the aft bearth and are a pain to service.
The main traveller does not have enough purchase

Overall satisfaction
This is a great boat for the money.
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Review Date: Tue December 23, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My Hunter 30,I am finding out is a fast cruiser. I'm in the
process of refurbishing her, alot of equipt,is original,
right down to the halyards. She is in her glory in 14-25
knot winds, with mild weather helm, and very stable.I have
been club racing this past year and am doing well. She is
underpowered with the Yanmar 12hp. Overall I rate her a 10.
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Review Date: Tue January 6, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Shoal draft allows greater sailing range into shallower waters without fear of grounding. Lines lead aft provide for raising sails without leaving cockpit. Aft "T" cockpit provides plenty of room for five while sailing. Two bladed prop is inefficent, I replaced it with a 3 bladed prop (not specifically designed for boat) with better forward speed at lower RPM and better reverse response. I am looking into a three bladed prop specifically designed for boat and hope to get it this 98' sailing season and will update this review then. I have added removable dingy davits which I am quite pleased with. I do not like the alcohol stove and am looking to replace with a propane but as yet how to do is still being considered. I am very pleased with this boat. I owned a 1975 Hunter 25 prior to this one and cruised up the Intra Coastal Waterway in it. I intend to do the same with the 30.
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Review Date: Thu May 28, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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WE AHVE HAD OUR HUNTER 30 (1979) FOR 5 YRS. WE HAVE BEEN
OUT IN A FORCE 7 30-35 KT WINDS AND SEAS YP TO 14 FT. THE
BOAT HANDLED ALL THIS WEATHER WELL. I FEEL CONFIDENT IN THE
BOAT . WE SAIL IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN OFF JACKSONVILLE, FL.

MY WIFE AND I ARE TAKING OUR BOAT OUT JUNE 11-14 TO THE
GULF STREAM OVER NIGHT AND BACK INTO ST. AUGUSTINE FL. I WILL LET YOUALL KNOW HOW OUR ODYSSEY TURNS OUT.

I HAD TO REPLACE THE METAL I BEAM UNDER THE COMPRESSION POST
FOR THE MAST. THE ORIGINAL WAS 1/4 INCH THICKNESS. I HAD
AN I BEAM MADE OUT OF 3/8 INCH 316 STAINLESS STEEL. THIS COST ME ABOUT 200.00 BUCKS. I DUG OUT THE OLD ONE AND EPOXIED THE NEW ONE IN AFTER I BUILT UP A BASE OF FIBERGLASS
THEN I BEAT IT IN UNDER THE MAST WITH A SMALL SLEDGE HAMMER.

I HAVE A NAVICO AUTOPILOT, MAGELLEAN GPS, GUEST EPIRB, A 25 WATT VHF AND A HANDHELD, 3 SMALL SOLAR PANNEL,SAND A DROUGNE SEA ANCHOR.
I WANT TO
ADD A WIND GENERATOR, RADAR , LIFE RAFT, NEW STANDING RIGGING, DODDGER,HEATER, 406 EPIRB, SSB RECIVER, AC,PARACHUTE SEA ANCHOR, AND NEW SAILS.

I KNOW THER IS A LOT OF HUNTER BASHING, BUT MOST PEOPLE
CAN'T AFFORD 60,000 FOR A 1985 ISLAND PACKETT. MY WIFE AND
I PLAN A 2005 CRUISE UP THE EAST COAST TO NEWFOUNDLAND, THEN
BACK DOWN TO THE CARRIBEAN FOR 6 MONTHS. WE ARE LOOKING AT
2010 FOR A CIRCUMNAVIGATION TO 2015. I FEEL THE BOAT CAN DO IT.

I HAVE SEEN A LOT LIGHTER BOATS DOING TRASNATLANTICS ETC.
I BELIEVE THAT SEAMANSHIP AND A WELL PREPARED BOAT WILL SEE
YOU THROUGH ALMOST ANYTHIG. I HAVE 20 YRS OF OCEAN EXPERIENCE ON AIRCRAFT CARRIERS. I KNOW A HUNTER 30 IS NOT
A 90,000 TON AIRCRFAT CARRIER, BUT I HAVE OBSERVED WEATHER
PATTERNS FROM THE NORTH ATLANTIC, MED, INDIAN OCEAN. 95%
OF THE WEATHER WAS NON STORM RELATED. I FEEL PEOPLE THINK YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PACIFIC SEACRAFT TO TRANS ANYTHING. WELL
IF COLUMBUS HAD TO WAIT ON A NEW SHIP THEN HE PROBABLY WOULD
NEVER LEFT SPAIN.
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Registered: October 2000
Posts: 3
Review Date: Thu September 10, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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Great boat. I have had a used tall rig version for 10 years that the previous owner had extensively upgraded the sail handling hardware. I've sailed it in pretty much all New England weather between April and November. The boat is much faster than I expected and few comparable boats (Catalina, O'Day, Beneteau, etc.) can keep up, particularly since I added a new set of high tech sails last season.

Strengths: Sailing performance, solid construction (really), pretty much viceless in anything up to 35kts/6 ft seas, berths sized for adults, practical interior, lots of opening ports.

Weaknesses: The mast compression post ends in the bilge and gets rusty, the Yanmar 2GM/12HP is marginal in a seaway, the keel should be faired into the hull, the water tank is small for long cruising (50 gallons), and it backs like a pig.

Overall: I expected to keep the boat for a short time before moving up; that was ten years and several thousand nautical miles ago. This is a plain, white plastic, solidly built boat with a good design by Cherubini. It sails faster than its ilk and the oversized rigging, solid hull-to-deck joint, proper keel, skeg hung rudder, etc. inspire confidence.
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Review Date: Mon July 17, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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shoal draft, excellent cond. for age w/ original rigging. Under powered with orignal yanmar engine. Purchased this spring and planning a major refit this winter including engine replacement. Find this boat to be a great sail, easy to handle. responsive. and fast. Very roomy interior and comfortable. Plan an extended Bahamas cruise next summer.
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marinaparaiso
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Registered: January 2001
Location: Merida Yucatan Mexico
Posts: 3
Review Date: Sun September 23, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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I'm a happie HUNTER 30 owner. I'm bought it in Isla Mujeres México, (Marina Paraiso) 4 years ago. Is a perfect coastal cruiser. I replace the 12 HP one cilynder engine for a 16 HP two cilynder Yanmar engine.
After many tests finally I found the right propeller for the boat.
Is a 3 blade, 13 inches diameter and 11 pitch. The boat is fast, strong and water tight, very dry inside, of course if you keep in good shape the opening ports.
Is more confortable and have more storage space inside than the HUNTER 30 1984 modern design whit the dinnete interior.
All the plumbing and electrical is easy to acces and repair.
The rudder have nice skeg and is easy to steer.
The anchor storage is excelent, you can put a big anchor inside.
The bathroom is confortable according to the size of the boat, and the V berht have a really good area for two persons sleeping well.
If you like more info abaut this boat write me. marinaparaiso@yahoo.com.mx
I goin to try to answer the best I can. (My lenguage is spanish)
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windswept2006
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Registered: February 2007
Posts: 2
Review Date: Mon February 5, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Attractive features for the price: Swim platform, large aft berth
Cons: Holding tank odour in the aft berth,

Just bought the boat last year, still learning about it (first sail boat)
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dakine929

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Registered: September 2009
Location: Fredericksburg
Posts: 28
Review Date: Sun November 8, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $34,000.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Ease of handling on all points. Strong engine-Yanmar 18 HP. Well thought out halyard/line layout. Walk-through transom with generous external lockers. Nice hull design. Wing/bulb cast iron keel. 4'3" draft perfect for Chesapeake.
Cons: Plexiglas window cracks and port seal leaks.

[SIZE="4"][/SIZE] This is an idea family cruiser for weekends and extended jaunts for small crew of 3-4. We sail the Chesapeake Bay area. Excellent air circulation in cabin. Nice agile handling characteristics. Swim platform with walkthrough stern and swim ladder. Simple sail plan. UK Dacron sails that are still stiff after 15 years. Main is full batten with three reef points. Single line Roller Furling Jib. Anodized aluminum toe-rail, boom and mast. Mast is deck mounted with a cabin compression post and steel sole cross beam. Nice teak finished cabin. Right balance of practicality and warmth.

Specifications: This boats hull speed is ~6.8 KTS. With the tall mast, and 100% Jib it carries 434 SF of sail. 50'6" mast height. 11' beam...this boat will sleep 7 but 5 more manageable. Displacement: 9500 lbs. LOA: 30'-3/4". LWL: 26'4". Ballast 3800 lbs. Headroom: 6'5". E: 12'6". J: 9'9". P: 40'7". I: 37'. All figures quoted from owner's manual.

Additions: Three house batteries and a starter battery on separate discharge circuits. The previous owner removed the alcohol stove and replaced it with a small two-burner propane stove top. Nice and simple. The marine head was replaced with Porta-Potti. The holding tank is still in place. I had to cap both head thru-hull ball valves. This is a great solution if you don't like the marine head smell that permeates most sailboats. We have a small DC powered muffin fan that removes engine/refrigeration heat and that diesel smell from compartments under aft berth. An aftermarket heat pump was installed under the forward v-berth for air conditioning and cabin heat. I did replace all the clear poly-vinyl coolant tubing with reinforced tubing. Hull has been meticulously maintained with yearly cleaning, sanding, waxing, and re-application of abatement paint. The boat has a strapless Bimini.

To Do List: Replace two cracked fixed Plexiglas windows (aft port & starboard). The originals are cracked and the sealant leaks water when you are scrubbing the deck. Clean all the seals on the Lewmar ports, likewise. Develop an updated DC wiring diagram.
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Barbieblvr
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Registered: September 2012
Location: Port Clinton Ohio
Posts: 1
Review Date: Fri March 1, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Room in V birth, overall lay out, solid
Cons: Cabin height (my man is tall)

I have crewed and supported on a Hunter 30 for a long time. I have had only grand experiences on the Hunter
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