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Re: *Thinking* about a bigger, better boat
This is why I put the question to the braintrust here! I thought all Hunters had the B&R. That is a nice looking boat, for sure. The 37.5 too. I could ding it for what looks to be a keel stepped mast, I guess. Which makes me ask: Am I being too picky on that issue? How do those who have these handle the rainwater that makes its way in, or is that not that common?
Both the 355 and the 375 are deck stepped.. so no worries there. The whole deck/keel issue can be overblown. But truth is even with well sealed partners at the deck, a dripless shaft seal, etc, you are still likely to get water down the inside of the mast, esp when windy and raining, through halyard slots, tang fittings, etc. A deck stepped mast does avoid that and is attractive from that point of view.
It's a manageable issue, (ie keel stepped) so if you find a boat you love otherwise I wouldn't dismiss it out of hand (btw, all Cat 36s, even MKIIs, are keel stepped unlike the others)
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