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Old 08-03-2007
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1986 Hunter 23

We are thinking about buying a 1986 Hunter 23. The asking price is $6,900. Is this a fair price? Are there any problems with this model? The boat we had, a 16.5 Catalina Capris, was totaled in a storm.
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While I don't have any specific experience with the Hunter 23, you might find the following websites useful:



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sold my H23

Last year about this time. $3,300.00 and it was an 86. I certainly hope it's beyond pristine and with a New outboard!

It's a great boat for learning to sail, but was too small for me to want to spend time on. I think only the only 86 had the "swing keel" which is very nice to have. The rudder tends to break the cleat that holds it in the down position. The anchor locker is very large. The boom is low and you will get bonked! The sink needs a onboard tank or bag and a good sink pump. We put a water bag under the starboard bunk and it balanced the boat out nicely. The transom is very weak and needs lots of stiffening to handle the outboard motor mount that you have to replace with a garlick mount anyway. Mine had a 9.8 merc and it did very well in the Strong currents of the Tidal Delaware River up my way. The boat only needs 6 hp if I remember right. The motor will cavitate badly in any kind of chop or waves. The cabin is nice and cozy until you try to stand ! If you don't have roller furling you won't like the boat as much because when you go on the bow the motor leaves the water! But I think that's true of most smaller boats. if it's on the original trailer it's a real chore to launch, retreive, step and upstep the mast. (it is not a 2 person job in my opinon!) The good thing is the tall mast makes it handle beautifully. Oh.. one last thing, replace the traveler with a newer type that has lines and blocks.

All in all it's a great boat. It handles just like a sailboat and not a toy boat.
good luck!
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