SailNet Community - View Single Post - Why are there so many Hunter haters?
View Single Post
Old 06-30-2010
jackdale's Avatar
jackdale jackdale is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
Posts: 9,019
Thanks: 27
Thanked 56 Times in 53 Posts
Rep Power: 7
jackdale will become famous soon enough
If you love the boat, buy it.

My take on newer Hunters (based on a 45 cc and a 44 ds):
  • The B and R rig appears to have been used to permit a high roach main by the elimination of the backstay, but the standard main is in-mast furling (another story)
  • - The B and R rig makes broad reaching difficult and running nearly impossible.
  • - The interior is clearly not designed for an overnight, let alone an offshore, sail.
    • There not enough grab handles below to move around under way.
    • There are no sea berths and the full mattress in the aft cabin makes a lee cloth difficult to install.
    • The floor boards are loose. (On a trip around Cape Scott, one came out, flew across the sole and nearly hit the owner sleeping on the floor - see earlier comment about aft cabin)
    • The stove is a nightmare:
      • The handle on the oven door prevents the stove from gimballing properly as it hits the grab rail.
      • The rails are too low for the pot handles
      • It is an RV stove

They are very roomy and have some nice touches, but ...
ISPA Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor Evaluator
Sail Canada Advanced Cruising Instructor
IYT Yachtmaster Coastal Instructor
ASA 201, 203, 204, 205, 206, 214
As I sail, I praise God, and care not. (Luke Foxe)
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook