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post #5 of Old 08-31-2009
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We sail mostly offshore, but mostly in the Gulf, not in the Stream. lFrom experience, I am personally leary of the Hunter 33 for what you are going to do - for production boats, they are very nice. However, back in '82 we bought a brand new Hunter 33 at the Houston In-the-Water boat show, replacing our old Eastward Ho (a 7,200 lb 24 ft, full keel, cutter). Within less than a year we sold the Hunter - we realized it would not stand up to the rigors of our sailing needs. That's when we bought our current Bristol, which, among other adventures, has carried us through two Force 10 storms at sea, that I doubt the Hunter 33 would have survived.
With that said, there are a lot of strong bluewater boats that you can find for your price range - go to the list of bluewater boats in the boat buying thread - you won't find Hunters listed.

s/v Paloma, Bristol 29.9, #141
Slipped in Bahia Marina, easy access to Corpus Christi Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
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