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Hunter 25
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5 1769 Wed September 26, 2012
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100% of reviewers $3,400.00 8.0












Description: Hunter 25
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed April 8, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Compact weekend cruiser, cozy interior, lightweight and fast. Plenty of room for 2, tight for 4. Sails in the lightest of breezes, but is a handful when the wind comes up. Overall, we're very pleased with her.

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Review Date: Sat October 31, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Hunter has managed to fit a private stateroom, private head, and spacious cabin with standing headroom in this petite beauty. It has all normal cruising amenities including 8 opening ports which are quite a luxury on this little 25. Although PHRF rates this boat with 238 seconds, it feels fast and sails a lot like a racing dinghy. When we're feeling lazy, we just tie off the tiller and relax under our bimini.
Weaknesses include having to use an outboard and a finicky tiller. We use roller furling to control the boat under 20 knots but must reef the main at 21 knots. The fin keel and flat afterbody mean constant tiller tending but she will surf (sort of). Standing headroom on a 25 means a high cabin that one can't really see over from the cockpit and the hatch is too wide to allow a cabin top traveller. It's pretty cramped on the foredeck but the stateroom below has three opening ports so.... its worth it.
We haven't experienced any blisters but the hull is thin enough to deform over the cradle supports. It doesn't hurt anything but it looks funny.


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Review Date: Wed November 11, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The H25 is a good pocket cruiser, a great 'starter boat'. Simple rigging, though tough work stepping the mast - keep it in a slip rather than trailer it. Forgiving to sail, but with a strong tendency to weather helm. Comfortable family boat for weekending - our rule-of-thumb: sail six, feed four, sleep two. Headroom is adequate for most at 5'10", galley is easy to work in, but storage is very limited. Inboard tiller is great - best if outboard motor controls are inboard, too. Easy to single hand with roller furling and jiffy reefing.
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Review Date: Mon July 19, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The shoal draft Hunter 25 is ruggedly built of solid fiberglass, perhaps an inch thick below the waterline. She features a lot of the amenities of a larger boat, including pressue water system, seperate head and divided quarters. Although four could be squeezed into her, probably three is the most comfortable, with the V berth forward for one, and berths along the main cabin walls for two more. Plenty of ports and good ventilation, high freeboard and seaworthy for most conditions.

Best racing leg is downwind, as the hull tends to concentrate weight in the transom, particularly with an outboard. Doesn't point to weather as well as deep draft, or half keel/centerboard boats, falling off about 5-10 degrees from these. Snatch blocks on toerail, without any Genoa track; jib driven; sails best in 15-20 mph winds.

Have experienced no blisters or other significant deterioration of hull integrity, with all experience being in fresh water (Michigan) and stored outside in winters.

Great family boat and really a lot bigger feel than most sailboats of comparable size.
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Registered: September 2011
Location: Liberty Landing
Posts: 668
Review Date: Wed September 26, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $3,400.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sails well except for pointing, good space inside for the price you pay
Cons: quality of construction could be better, companionway hatch is poorly designed, cheap ports almost always will need to be replaced

Weather helm was a major issue on mine, so I raked the rig forward a few inches (took 1.5 inches off the backstay and 1.5" onto the forestay) and it is now very well balanced. The hull thickness is minimal, I installed a depth sounder and at one of the thickest parts of the hull just forward of the keel it was less than 3/4" thick, and just under the rail it is less than 1/4" thick, maybe 3/16". Shoal draft keel is nice but doesn't point well at all, however stability is not compromised because of the 50% ballast to displacement ratio. Toe rail outboard jib sheeting doesn't help pointing either. The stays, an upper and two lowers per side, are outboard on the rail, so sheeting is limited in this way especially. However once sails are balanced the boat does sail very well, and will usually sail at 6 knots if there is any kind of decent breeze up. She handles waves very well and definitely does surf, and is a pretty rugged boat despite its rather low quality construction. With a double reefed main and a 50% jib I regularly sail her in up to 28 knots wind, and generally up to 4' waves are no problem at all. Leading lines aft is almost impossible due to the size and design of the companionway hatch unfortunately.

Very common problems with the boat are old leaky ports which must be replaced with either lexan or expensive new ports, and which rot the ply core of the coachhouse sides (top of coachhouse is very thick foam, good stuff). Other problem is the lower rudder bearing, which is fiberglass and gets worn down over time. I measured 1/16" of play on mine, which was enough to make the tiller hand feel a "click" on every steering change, an annoying tendency and also one that made steering downwind in swells a bit difficult. This was a 3 hour fix however using the west system rudder bearing repair method, essentially injecting a thin layer of graphite impregnated epoxy into the bearing. Worked like a charm.

Overnighting is very comfy for two, plenty of space though def no standing room. My gf is 5'6 and can just stand under the companionway hatch, which is hollow, but not under the rest of the boat. With the hatch open cooking is very easy. The private head is another nice feature as well, and feels less cramped than the head on my father's C&C 32.

Towing would be difficult, and raising and lowering the mast is def a 2-3 man job. Overall the boat is a great weekender and I wouldn't hesitate to go out for weeks at a time in it. It is very well designed if you are a casual sailor, however it is limited performance wise in that it lacks the ability to really tweak the running rigging set up. A sea hood and dodger would be awkward at best, impossible at worst, to install properly on this boat due to the companionway hatch design, which is difficult to open and close after a while (I took out the hatch and coated in epoxy/graphite, which helped alot).

Overall this is a very well sailing boat, and Cherubini has a good reputation for a reason. It is the most boat for the price for sure, as anything much bigger would move you into 5 digit territory and a nice hunter 25 can be picked up for under 5K.
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