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Hunter 25.5
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Description: Hunter 25.5
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Thu December 19, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Masthead sloop; fin keel; outboard rudder with tiller; outboard motor; fast in light air; good family weekend
cruiser and club racer. Not built for offshore but good
boat for lakes and bays. Some 25.5's were available
with inboard diesel or shoal keel. Very roomy for 25 foot
boat.
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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Thu May 13, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Hunter25.5, 1985,very roomy,excellent family boat, good in light air, 2 hand pump sinks, head in v-birth, two burner alcohol stove, harken roller furler, anchor locker on bow, dinette/chart table collapes for a birth, also birth under cockpit, easily single handed, no boom vang, high free board, beamy at 9 ft.1, transom hung spade rudder, external fin keel 1800lb cast iron, LWL 22 ft.1. Great stable boat.
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Review Date: Thu October 5, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Our '84 Hunter was purchased a couple of years ago and came with a J-24 headsail (seems to equate to about a 155 genoa) and "Big Red," a wonderful 180 or so light air genoa. Using Big Red we won our first regatta by over 40 minutes, which indicates that in light air with that sail we have one of the fastest boats on the lake. She is very easy to handle (especially with the outboard) and I have had her out on some really gusty, 30 knot days with no real problems. Bit of weather helm in the gusts. We've broken six knots a couple of times, which isn't bad for a boat this size. Interior is very roomy. We've added a microwave (now we need an inverter), a second battery, bimini top, stereo, etc. Still wishing for a boom vang, transom ladder, shorepower. Overall, for family lake sailing, this is an excellent choice.
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Dandi
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Registered: September 2004
Review Date: Thu September 16, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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What a great sailboat! Easily single handed and a real joy to sail. Points very well and has just enough weather helm for feedback. Down below is where she outshines most other sailboats of this size (23'-26'). Hunter did a graet job of utilizing space to allow comfortable sleeping for 4 adults. With a nice galley, port-o-potty and dinette this boat is perfect for weekending and day sails on the itracoastal here in Melbourne, Florida. Am looking forward to teaching our 4 year old how to sail on "Dandilyon". If in the market for a first sailboat and your as lucky as my wife Andi and I were to find one of these great little / big boats......buy it!!
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zephyrus98

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Registered: June 2008
Posts: 1
Review Date: Thu May 14, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6 

 
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I've had a 1984 Hunter 25.5 for 16 years. It's been a very good boat for my purposes. I've sailed it exclusively on an inland lake. The large cockpit comfortably holds 4 adults. The cockpit is HUGE compared to a catalina 25. There is plenty of storage in the lazarette and there's a smaller, shallow storage compartment on the other side. The self-tailing winches are also a nice feature and mine are still holding up well after all these years. The halyards are led to the cockpit which makes single-handed sailing easy.

There is an anchor locker at the bow which is nice, but I've never been able to use mine because my anchor is too big. There are several downsides regarding the exterior features of this boat. First are the chainplates. These leak like crazy if you don't keep them properly caulked. You really have to watch this or your bulkheads will rot. Second, the stanchion bases are, well, unusual. These are not typical sailboat stanchion bases. They are made of aluminum, are held down with two screws and a lip the fits under the toe-rail. These break and you can't easily replace them. Replacements have to be custom made. I've now replaced all of mine and it's expensive. Third, the decals on the deck are ugly. On mine they were rust and orange colored. Very 1984. Several years ago I finally had them removed along with the decals on the hull. Now my boat has just two simple burgundy stripes on the hull and a plain deck. It's so much better looking now. The lines of this boat are actually quite impressive, but the ugly decals detracted from them.

The interior is far beyond anything available in a 25 foot sailboat made by anyone else. The 9ft 1 inch beam makes all the difference. The cabin is filled with beautiful teak. It has a door that separates the head and v-birth from the main salon. It has a deep, and I mean deep, ice box. It has a high-end Origo two burner alcohol stove. It has a sink in the galley and another at the head. It has a teak and holly floor that, if properly maintained, is gorgeous. The aft cabin has a large birth under the cockpit.

Mine has a settee on one side of the salon and a table arrangement on the other. If I had a choice in the matter, I think I would have settees on both sides and a drop down table in the middle like the catalinas have. That would just open up the space more. But the dining table is nice and comfortably hold 2 adults but you could probably squeeze in 4. The best part about the table is the berth it makes when you fold it down. It's the best berth on the boat. It's wide, long, and very close to being over the keel for stability.

The pop-top is a nice feature and really helps with both headroom and ventilation. However, the top itself is not as sturdy as I would like. It is hollow (perhaps to keep the weight down) so that makes it not quite as firm and solid as the surrounding deck.

The v-berth has ample space but is a bit tight for two adults. The hanging locker is small and directly behind the porta potty, which is a strange place to put it. I've never hung anything in there, but there doesn't appear to be much room.

As for sailing, it's a fine sailing boat. It unfortunately had very little sail handling equipment as standard features. The only downside I've noticed is that it tends to get over-powered quickly. You have to reduce sail early. It develops strong weather helm and can be difficult to maintain control in the gusts.

Overall, I'm pleased with the boat. While I dream of larger, more seaworthy boats, I have to admit that this little Hunter 25.5 fulfills all of my needs. I just don't need any more boat for my purposes. If you're a lake sailor who wants a comfortable, roomy cruiser, then this is a solid choice. To look at my boat in comparison to the catalina 25 tied up at the next berth, the H25.5is much more boat, it is considerably taller, wider, and slightly longer. The H25.5 has more room in the cockpit and down below. The only advantage a Catalina 25 has is the availability of parts and accessories.

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Columbia, SC
H25.5
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Mavriikk

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Registered: September 2009
Location: Bristol,RI
Posts: 10
Review Date: Tue July 20, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Roomy, responsive, upgradable, weekender, mangeable.
Cons: Weather helm, deck step.

I purchased my Hunter 25.5 two years ago and it has been a labor of love for me ever since. When i bought Acrewed Interest she was in fair shape with some TLC needed. That is exactly what she got second winter spent in my driveway. Endless nights rehabbing all of the wood in the cabin over this past winter and making many wish list items a reality. The boat is as roomy as many 30 fts i have been aboard. I sail AI in Mt Hope bay and Narragansett bay Rhode Island. Great location for this vessel. I will say it is a little dicy in the open ocean off of Newport. She gets tough to control in wind 20 knts and up throw a swell in the mix and it is a lot of work to control.
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