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Hunter 22
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Description: Hunter 22
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Mon June 2, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is a SMALL boat but for its size has held up to my hard sailing (cruising & racing). The PHRF is 252 to 258 depending on where you sail. In moderate wind areas I believe the 258 number to be about correct. This little boat has done the 90 miles across The Sea of Cortez and with all lines led aft has been singlehanded many times for long excursions. Its great to sail into an anchorage and saunter forward to drop the hook while the sail flaps and know that everything is under control, no surprizes. The boat does develope some heavy weather helm if over canvassed but if you reef & otherwise reduce sail appropriately you live with it. Racing is good mostly because the boat points really well. With the traveler at the forward end of the cockpit it is easy to deal with although you will probably add some sort of mechanical advantaged system if you do much racing to move the mainsheet apparatous upwind. Great for an early boat / small weekender if you're not too fussy about room to stretch out (although, I often point out it has a BUNCH more room than most boats in its size range, ie: Catalina 22's). This boat can do most any reasonable task you ask of it.
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Review Date: Sat September 20, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is a very good small boat daysailer/cruiser.The main cabin has 5' headroom with a wood bulkhead between the main cabin and foward v-berths. With 2 opening ports in the foward compartment and a smoked plexiglass hatch the cabin is bright and airy. Holly and ash floorboards are nice touches. It is very comfortable for a weekend cruise.

Strengths: With all lines running back to the cockpit it is very easy to singlehand sail. The boat sails very well under just the mainsail. I have singlehanded this boat in 20+ knot winds comfortably. The centerboard draws between 2 and 5 feet. Ballest is 1200 lbs under the floorboards making this a fairly stiff boat.

Weakness: Only one I have noticed is excessive weather helm if under full sail in 15+ knot.

I have owned this boat for eight years, it is a great lttle boat. Every time I think about moving up to a bigger boat, I go for a sail and change my mind.


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Review Date: Fri October 2, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Very Comfortable little cruiser, lots of room for a small family of 4. Very easy to handle, but a little bit heavy for trailering in small Mexican roads. Very safe in the open ocean , but with a strong weatherhelm when in strong winds. I would not change this fantastic boat until I have the money for a 40 footer.
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Review Date: Fri October 22, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is a great boat for a first time sailor. My 7 year old daughter and I are both learning on her and it's been an easy classroom. She sails smoothly, though she does possess a very strong weather helm. The "liveability" is more than adequate for the two of us for a weekend, or even slightly longer. For a tall person, though, it could get a bit cramped. She's a very forgiving boat. With all of the lines running to the cockpit, maintaining control is easy. The cabin is comfortable and allows for a great degree of personalization, ie, adding cabinets and other amenities. Overall, I think that I couldn't have made a better purchase for our first boat and we intend to sail her for many years.
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Registered: April 2000
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Review Date: Thu March 16, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Over the last 15 years, this 22 foot sloop has logged many miles on Lake Wallenpaupack and Nockamixon (PA), Spruce Run in NJ, the Halifax River in Florida, a body of water whose name I cannot remember in GA, and now on Barnegat bay in NJ.

This summer, I am considering a cruise from Barnegat up into Long Island Sound. Please send me a note if you have any experience with or advice for this trip.

But back to my boat:

All lines come back to the cockpit making it an easy sail alone or with 2-4 crew. More than that and it starts to get cramped.

My Hunter 22 is an excellent "micro cruiser" set up for extended weekends with my wife & German Shepard. The folding cockpit table let was lost years ago but we never used it anyway.

Below decks is fairly comfortable with plenty of storage for two. Forward V birth is cozy and well ventilated with opening ports on each side and deck hatch (all of which leak right now).

Main cabin compartment holds a table (through whose front the swing keel control line is easily available) and a mini galley that I set on fire last summer with the alcohol stove! Imagine my wife's surprise when she saw the billowing white cloud of dry chemical powder from the extinguisher wafting through the companionway from her post at the helm! Caution: do not try this at home -- it is as dangerous as it is embarassing.

Companionway steps are removable for convenient access to ice chest recess area.

This boat very well into the wind and sails as well off. It only has one weakness -- its frustrating tendancy to round-up uncontrollably when the air moves in excess of 15-20 kts. I am putting a second reef-point into the main this spring to see if that helps.

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