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Re: Hunter 356 - Anyone sailed on one?
My family and I have lived aboard our 2003 Hunter 356 "HANNAH" for 9 years now. We've lived in California (Ventura, Monterey) and Washington (Bremerton). HANNAH has delivered us safely from San Francisco to San Diego and everywhere in between. She has also cruised the entire Puget Sound and well into the Gulf Islands of Canada. We take her out as often as we can for overnighters and vacations to the Channel Islands. Most recently we spent a week cruising in the SoCal Ta-Ta along with 40 other boats.
HANNAH has been a great live-aboard! The interior is beautiful and easily one of the most comfortable 35-foot sailboats in the marina. I personally like the sugar-scooped stern and protected cockpit. The large lazerette is enormous and holds an inflatable dinghy, 6-hp outboard, foldable bikes, and roll up paddle-boards. The systems are well laid out and easy to operate. A LOT of thought was put into her design.
Be weary of opinions of folks who have never owned or sailed a 356. There are quite a lot of opinions out there. Contrary to popular belief, our Hunter has not had a rig collapse, keel or rudder inadvertently fall off, or catastrophic fiberglass failure causing her to sink.
This next summer we are moving to San Diego. In the future we plan to sail Mexico and the Caribbean. I have little concern that our Hunter, safely equipped, will get us there.
Happy sailing on whatever boat you choose!!
Last edited by TravisGill; 12-01-2014 at 04:38 PM.