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Old 01-20-2010
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I personally like the Hunter 34. I have been aboard quite a few of them and have always thought they offered a lot of boat for the money and size. They sail well, and were well thought through interior layout and offering a lot of nice details especially for that era. They have a nice galley and head. I can't recall whether it is the 34 or 31 that have slightly undersized berths but I would check them for size.

In terms of comparason to an early 1980's Catalina or Ericson, in 1983, at the time that the Hunter 34 was constructed, Hunters were much better built than similar sized Catalinas and while not quite as structurally robust as the Ericsons of that period, the Hunter 34 sailed better than the Ericson 34T and 35 mkII of that era and surveyors tell me that Hunter did a better job on their systems installations than most boats of that period as well.

I base my some of my comments on looking at a number of 1980's era Hunter 34's and Catalina 36's one after the other with someone who started out wanting the Catalina 36 but ultimately chose the Hunter 34 since they were universally in better condition and seemed better built, equipped, and/or maintained than same year Catalina 36's which universally looked and felt trashed.

Good Luck,
Jeff
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