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Mid size Hunter
I have a 1995 Hunter 336.
Hunter has been successful marketing boats that "live" really well, and my boat is no exception. It''s a floating hotel suite.
For newer, lower-priced boats in the same category, please take a look at the Beneteaus and Catalinas as well. I''d be shopping there if I was starting out today.
When you choose a Hunter, you are choosing their oddball backstay-less B&R rig. This meant nothing to me when I was shopping, but after a few years with it I''ve decided that I would much prefer a more conventional sailplan. The huge main is hard to handle, and you''re mulling your first reef in 12 knots of breeze just to keep the rudder in the water. You can''t push the boom out to run downwind (the shrouds are in the way). Too many disadvantages.
Unless you love to tinker, a fixer-upper may not be the best thing for first-time owner. You''re going to be doing enough fixing up even with a new boat!