1984 Hunter 34
Anyone sailed these boats offshore/Caribbean?
Nope, but . . .
Sailed one on Long Island Sound a long time ago.
Not sure exactly what you want to know, but I would not consider this a great boat by any stretch. It has two redeeming qualities. One, it's cheap. And two, it's cheap. I guess there's a third, as there's a fair amount of room down below for a 34 footer.
They don't sail very well, and they are not very well put together. But, if you're going to daysial, weekend, or stuff like that, with a limited budget, they're not the worst choice.
I own a 1981 Hunter 30 and wouldn't hesitate for a second to replace it with a 34. It is a good coastal cruiser, well laid-out, that offers lots of space belowdecks. Also, the price is usually very affordable.
Hunters aren't built for offshore conditions; they are designed for the coastal trade. Despite the knocks Hunter receives, they make a pretty reliable boat. For example, my boat has spent it's 28-year life on the Great Lakes, the FL Keys, and now the Bahamas for the past 11 years. It has held up well and I have no reason to doubt that I'll still be cruising on it 10 years for now. Can you ask for much more than that?
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