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Hunter 376
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Description: Hunter 376
Keywords: Hunter 376
 


Author
Review Date: Fri March 3, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Year built:
1998

Location of boat:
Waukegan, IL

The boat is sailed on:
The Great Lakes

How the boat is used:
Weekends and longer

Normal wind strength:
10-15 knots

Average size of crew:
2-4

Liveaboard?
No


bought the
boat in:
1999

If the clock could be
turned back, would
you buy again?
Yes, we have been very happy with this
boat. It is extremely comfortable both
above deck and below deck.


The boat is also easy to sail. All lines lead
aft to the cockpit and the electric halyard
winch makes it a breeze to raise the
mainsail.

Gear that's been
added:
Air conditioning, electric winch, windlass,
2 blade Max Prop, inverter,
refrigerator/freezer, Magellan 6000 GPS,
autopilot, wind indicator, binimi, electric
head conversion kit. All of these
additions are essential to comfortable and
easy sailing, especially the electric winch
and air conditioning. We seldom use the
windless, in part, because it does not
work very easily.


The boat's best
features:
Accommodations below deck are
exceptional. The boat is highly functional
and aesthetically pleasing in terms of
living quarters, seating and dining
accommodations.


Above deck, the rounded cockpit seats
up to eight comfortably and the sails are
very easy to set and control.

Problem areas in terms
of design, materials,
maintenance, etc.:
We came across a number of problems in
commissioning the boat that were all
handled to our complete satisfaction by
our dealer, Racine Riverside Marine in
Racine Wisconsin, along with Hunter
Marine. These included problems with
intermittent starting (solved by adding a
relay), an autopilot motor that needed to
be replaced, a water leak at the mast step
that resulted in water coming into the
cabin and several gel-coat voids. The
steering is also stiff due to the rudder
bearing but I have learned to live with it.


We are still having a problem with poor
refrigerator and freezer seals that will
hopefully be fixed or replaced over the
winter. This has resulted in large amounts
of ice in the freezer.

Sailing characterisitcs:
The boat is reasonably fast for a cruising
boat and points well (with deep keel).
The sailing controls are easy to access
and it's very easy to tack or jibe. We've
been comfortable sailing this boat in
winds up to 30 knots with the sails
reefed.

Motoring
characterisitcs:
The boat goes about 6.5 knots at full
speed under engine and reverses well
with the Max Prop. One minor complaint
is that I can't see if the engine water is
flowing out of the boat properly because
the water exits under the stern, out of
view.

Liveability:
Livability is exceptional. The air
conditioning makes it very comfortable
for our family of three to spend
weekends on the boat. Hunter truly gave
the 376 the room of a forty footer.
However, I would have preferred a real
mattress rather than cushions in the aft
cabin.

The owner's experience
in dealing with Hunter
(if any):
Hunter's customer service team is great.
In fact, they are one of the reasons I
decided to trade up from an '89 H30
rather than switch to another builder.

The owner's experience
with the dealer or
broker:
We bought the boat new from Racine
Riverside in Racine Wisconsin. Brad
Strand, Mark Monroe and Mark Hetzel did an excellent
job in commissioning the boat and in
fixing the various warrantee problems
that we encountered. They have gone the
extra yard in servicing the boat, at their
expense, including re-doing the bottom
paint and hiring professional detailers to
do a quality job in cleaning and waxing
the boat for us.

Other comments:
Overall, we are extremely pleased with
our boat and the support of Hunter
Marine and Racine Riverside.


Our one disappointment with the boat is
that we don't compete well in
Wednesday night non-spinnaker races
against the same size boats with 155
non-furling genoas. This is due to 1) the
fact that the H376 received a very
unfavorable Lake Michigan PHRF
non-spinnaker handicap of 120 2) the
size and cut of the 105 furling headsail
and 3) all the heavy additions such as the
inverter, air conditioning, etc. However,
our boat always finishes first when it
comes to crew comfort and
accomodations.




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