What the hell? My Hunter didn't come with the scantily clad au pair!?!
I didn't realize that I should have had one on my Hunter.
After reading about this critical piece of equipment here on Sailnet, I contacted Hunter in Florida to see about getting my boat up to its like-new condition.
Unfortunately, because of the age of my boat ('89) Hunter did not stock the parts. The new au pairs do not fit the old (pre '94) designs - they're metric.
So, O.E.M. was out of the question, I decided to go 'after market' - there are some pretty good ones out there....
This model would fit, but I can't afford the price tag (it's maintenance costs are very high, plus it is incompatible with my crew):
I looked on Craigslist and found this re-furbished model:
I have heard about the risk of silicone seepage so I decided to go for a well-maintained factory original. Her name is Mirielle - she's from Montreal. So far I'm very happy with her. Here she is installed in my cockpit: