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Hunter 28.5
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Description: Hunter 28.5
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed September 25, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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An excellent blend of racer and cruiser. Sleeps six and has all the elements of big boat sailing. I've raced it successfully for the past three years. Very easy to sail, but a challenge to master. Very rewarding to optimize. The boat as delivered from the factory is quite lacking in deck hardware. Much time was spent adding and upgrading the original line handling equipment. Yanmar diesel ran flawlessly for the entire 10 years I had the boat.
Points to windward like many racers. Keel required some finishing to meet racing standards, but very good right "out of the box".
Structurally a fairly stiff boat, but age takes its toll with some spider webbing and stress cracks on the hull. Most cosmetic stuff, but water instrusion is always a possibility.
Overall, the best boat I've owned. Hated to sell it, but I now live in the middle of New Mexico.
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Review Date: Fri October 25, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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96 Hunter 280 is a fractional rigged sloop. 110% Jib with large mainsail. No rear stay due to design, features large open cockpit w/ 18hp inboard Yanmar Diesel, Autohelm 4000, KVH Quadro Depth/Knot, Magellan GPS Added at time of sale were cockpit cushions and dodger from Hunter. I have two small children 7 & 5 who love to sail. Boat moored in protected Cape Cod harbor from April till Nov 15 CSC Micron botton paint.
Doesn't sail well with just jib on high wind days due to fractional rig. Better to put up just mainsail reefed down.
This has been a wonderful purchase for us as a family. Not alot of teak to maintain, lots of room for 28 footer. Has same cockpit deminsions as Hunter 376 on a 28'
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Review Date: Sun January 19, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We moved yup from a Hunter 23.5 to this model. Waht a great decision! Sails well, is roomy enough for us, I can single-hand it, and it certainly is sturdy and rugged enough for the Great Lakes!

We live in Wisconsin and have crossed the lake and spent 2 weeks cruising the Michigan shoerline. We throw our bikes on the back and take off.

Wish it sailed better downwind, though. It has swept-back spreaders which prevent the main from being eased all the way out.

We use a 110% jib, rollerfurler, and main. It came with a 165% kevlar genny but is was old, used, and stretched out. I would think a 135% genny and the main would be the best sail combination for all around use.

Please email me any idea you have or how you have customized your boat.We will share the same...
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Review Date: Mon March 30, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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Sloop. Yanmar diesel. Wheel steering
Strengths: Stable, dependable, great engine, good headroom
Weaknesses: Slow!
Overall Satisfaction: Okay for lake cruising and weekend stays for a couple with small kids. Would not feel comfortable offshore in this boat.
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Review Date: Mon February 1, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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sloop rig, fin keel
Good head room and beam width, Nice liveaboard
simplicity and ruggedness
not equipped for cruising
very satisfied
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Registered: August 2003
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Review Date: Mon September 27, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Opted for this boat due to more room than most 30-32' we looked at. Sails quick - best off the wind but slow on a run (get an asym). Seems well-built for its price range but lots of krazing in gelcoat. We routinely weekend with 2 tall adults & 2-4 kids w/no problem & spent 3 wks on her w/no fight or divorce! Has Yanmar 2GMf which has been OK. Sail her FL coastal and near offshore. "Lively" in a seaway but not unstable. Biggest downside: not set up for good ground tackle - no place to mount rollers.
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Review Date: Fri June 23, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I just bought this boat in April of this year. I have seen this model befor in boat shows and have always liked it. It has the room and looks of a larger boat. She is in great shape due to her past owners who took great care of her. I cary a 110, 135, 155, a spiniker and in less than a week I will take delivery of a new main 2+2 with two reef bands four reef points each made from 7 oz cloth. A bit on the heave side but well worth it in the long run.
She sails very well, but can get tempermental at times. Just need to read the wind and be set for it. Her deck hard wear is simple. The way things should be. Too much tech and you start to have gremlins. The YANMAR is great just take care of it and it will take care of you.
I dont much care for the long smoke plastic windows. I am working on a way to improove them.
She has a bit of crazing but she is 15 years old.
She feels very stiff and strong. I have been out in gust of up to 35 knots. She seems to take it well, if under proper sail.
All in all I am very happy with her.
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gaboitano
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Registered: October 2002
Review Date: Sat October 19, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Have owned boat 4 years. I find it to be a great value for weekend coastal cruising, but not a good heavy weather or offshore boat. Points well, is very sensitive to hull/sail balance and satisfying to optimize. Easily overpowered, especially on a near/beam reach. Must keep eyes on the wind speed. Upwind, I reef the main around 18 nm/hr apparent. Over 24, I just drop the main; this seems to work better reefed main and reefed jib. Can't really sail well upwind above 28 or so, whatever sail combination. That said, it's a very good in light air - much better than our previous Catalina 30. Yanmar diesel very reliable. Accommodations better than most boats this size.

Email me if you have any advice on handling this boat when the wind pipes up.
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