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Hunter 19
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Description: Hunter 19
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Review Date: Fri January 31, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Hunter 19 is easily trailered, rigged, & launched; very roomy & comfortable for it's size. It is beamy & high-sided, but sails well enough to be fun. We have sailed ours in 35 knots, and across Pamlico Sound on a rough day (6' chop). The boat held up better than a Catalina 22 which accompanied us. Some constructions details were unsatisfactory, but overall we have cruised from Hilton Head to Boston Harbor and enjoyed this boat a great deal.
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Review Date: Sun April 27, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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As the owner of a 1994 Hunter 19 (which I really like), I thought I'd give a long term review of this boat. The review includes
any improvements I found necessary either for comfort or safety. This review is a compilation of emails I had put out on the
subject.

Here are two emails that I put out on the 19. If you have any other questions let me know...... One other thing not included in
the E-mails is that Hunter uses a liner on it's interior. This makes it harder to add components or fix any problems because you
can't get to them without drilling out the liner. This has made me apprehensive about mounting components (my compass is on a
mast mount).

Right now, I like it alot, but that wasn't always the case. It seems Hunter used some lower quality fittings and line to help keep
the price down. I have put about $400.00 into it on necessitites to get it sailing (in my opinion) safely, and am now very happy
with it. If you needed a more detailed list of what I did, let me know.

I moved up from a Newport 16, about the same size and setup as yours. I really like the interior space of the Hunter. It seems
like it has alot more room than a Catalina 22 that I sailed on in the past. It's very open and My wife and I and my two boys
have no problem fitting in it. One nice extra is that an Origo alcohol heater fits perfectly inside the hole of the Tupperware
"sink". This is great for cool days and won't tip over even when under sail (I sail all year round here in Alabama). As far as how
the boat sails, I can tell you that if your crusing you'll love it, but if your racing you'll be disappointed. The Hunter seems to give
up alot of leeway and is affected alot by current. I'm slowly learning how to sail her faster, but it takes time. The 19's wind
range is between 5 to 15 mph, at 15 you can reefnd be fine to about 25. We were out one day in 30 mph gusting to 35 and
had to put down all the sails and motor home. Speaking of motor, I use a 5hp Tohatsu. I believe this is standard issue for the
hunter and does just fine. As far as stabitity goes, I believe that It can't be tipped over. On the day of the 35 mph gusts the main
sheet cleat jammed (one safety problem I eluded to earlier) and the boat went over on it's window, no water ever came in the
cockpit. I was so sure we were going over, I was halfway up on the side of the boat, before we came into the wind.

Overall, if speed and racing were not a factor, I would highly recommend it! The boat has more interior room for it's size than
any other boat I know of and it's will seat six outside.

< What safety mod's have you made to the boat. I'd also be interested in your towing experiences. I currently own a '93
Accord. Again, thanks for the quick response.

Safety first: In higher winds the standard main sheet cleat loads up and in stronger winds it is next to impossible to release ( I
would literally have to step on the sheet to release it). To remedy this I bought a boom vang out of West Marine catalog (about
$150) and now I have no trouble with it. Two other things to look out for: You will need to replace the halyards as soon as
possible. Hunter uses a cheap rope manufacturer and the core will start to slip inside the braid causing a knot. This jammed on
my mainsail causing Me about an hour of labor trying to take down the sail. The other thing to look out for is the jib cleats are
threaded into the fiberglass and do not have a backing plate someday this will probably cause me grief.



Other Mods:

If your going to trailer it, I recommend a quick release on the forestay, and also on the shrouds. Stepping the mast is easy, I
don't even use the mast raising device. My wife and I can do it by her starting to lift it from the cockpit then I take over while
standing on top of the cabin, then she goes to the front and secures it. Our towing vehicle for our one long distance trip
(Paducah Ky to Athens Al.where we are now) was made behind a 4 cyl Chevy Caviler. It was slow going up hill but we made
it (Sure looked funny though). The boat is really light, and I think if we do get to the Keys this fall we'll take it behind our 6 cyl
Ford Truck. We decided to keep it in a slip so we don't trailer it much. The slip is about three miles from the house and I find
myself sailing alot more because I have less excuse not to.

Since the last time I wrote, I had a sail slug break, no problem though, just called up Hunter and they sent one at no charge.

Oh well, better go. I also have the names of a couple of other Hunter 19 owners if your interested.
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