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Old 07-10-2012
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Re: Can I Take It Into The Ocean?

Stay very close to shore in a Hunter. I used to have access to a Hunter 25 and took it in the ocean a few times. The boat just really wasn't built for it. In bigger conditions it doesn't handle well at all, almost to the point of being unsafe. To me this comes down to a couple things: a slow hull, and an underpowered rig. Add big waves and making headway or tacking is very difficult, especially in a decent chop. Running the motor you will usually be ok, but it still depends on the conditions. In the same conditions a J/24 is much more fun and it's raceable.
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