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Hunter 356 - Anyone sailed on one?

Thanks Don, that is pretty much what I have heard, just takes learning some different lessons. Whats funny is all of the criticisms I heard about the rig come I think from those who have never sailed it. It almost seems to be its different and I don't like it. From those like you who have sailed the rig the comments have all been positive. Thanks.

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BTW - it should be noted that the 356 was recently on Cruisers World of the 40 Best Boats. Whether you agree or not with the list you should still consider that there is something to it and that the 356 is probably a pretty good boat!

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Re: Hunter 356 - Anyone sailed on one?

For the record.. I'm not among the Hunter bashers in general.. I'm more comfortable with a standard rig.. and prefer the styling of the 90s Legend line to later offerings - including the most recent...

Mc123 - There are lots of those boats out there so they can't be 'bad' altogether. Actual owners' experience should be more valid than outside observance and speculation (or pure opinion, for that matter).

Just be careful of giving more credit to comments simply because they are 'what you wanted to hear'

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Faster, that's why I posted this looking for people who actually sailed the 356 to get their impressions from actual experience. I agree that real experience is the only one I can give any validity to. Based on the 21 owner reviews, 4 professional reviews, 2 awards and various other comments from owners and those with experience on these boats I can find very few complaints and I think I have a winner.
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Re: Hunter 356 - Anyone sailed on one?

Don, I've been looking for the Cruisers World reference you make below and can't locate it. Can you point me to a URL? I have the 2001 best production boat under 200,000 reference but can't find the more recent reference you noted.

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BTW - it should be noted that the 356 was recently on Cruisers World of the 40 Best Boats. Whether you agree or not with the list you should still consider that there is something to it and that the 356 is probably a pretty good boat!

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Don, I've been looking for the Cruisers World reference you make below and can't locate it. Can you point me to a URL? I have the 2001 best production boat under 200,000 reference but can't find the more recent reference you noted.
I didn't see your question till now. In case you are still interested:

40 Best Sailboats for Cruising | Cruising World

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Hunter 356 is luxurious
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Re: Hunter 356 - Anyone sailed on one?

Thanks Don, appreciate it, I hadn't found it yet and was still interested. I know the list is very subjective but I still consider it being on this list one more solid recommendation. Many of the boats on the list I clearly recognize as those pointed out many times before in many places as excellent boats. As you said, for what it's worth, it puts the 356 in distinguished company.
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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!!

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