94 Hunter Legend 35.5 & Yanmar 3GM30F
I'm in the market for my first sailboat. I've done a fair amount of research on boat design and engines and would like to tug on your experience if I could.
I wish to use the boat for coastal cruising and day sailing. This boat is large enough for my family but not so large that it will break the bank for me.
Please feel free to point out any inconsistencies in my understanding of this boat/engine.
I know there are a lot of Hunter haters out there, however my understanding is it's primarily due to design/construction in the pre 1990 boats. Sailboats manufactured after 1989 dealt with the issues that plagued Hunter prior to this. That being said a 94, 35.5 Legend should be a reasonably well thought out and constructed boat, that should meet my needs.
This boat has a Yanmar 3GM30F diesel engine. It has not been overhauled since new and has been run on the West coast (salt water) since new. There is no meter to indicate hours on the engine, so I can only assume it would have over 2000 hours on it.
The reading I've done so far doesn't shine a favourable light on this engine. However I realise that if your engine is running fine and you've had no issues with it, the chance of finding your praise on line is virtually nil, as your spending your time sailing as opposed to fixing. My knowledge on the subject is limited to what I can find on line, so I wish to ensure my opinion is balanced and not just based on bad experiences people have had in the past.
Any information you could share, what to look for or stay away from would be appreciated.