Hunter 28 really a piece of ****? - Page 2 - SailNet Community
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 17 Old 09-26-2009
Senior Member
 
soulfinger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 150
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
Also, you have to take what you read at "yachtsurvey.com" with more than a grain of salt. They don't have anything nice to say about anything. They're mainly powerboat guys, and they have a "if it's not a bertram it's crap" attitude.

There's a couple of early 90's hunter 29's (I think) around me, and they're nice looking boats, and don't suffer from some of the somewhat dated styling you see in other hunters.

Catalina 350 "Golden Handcuffs" sailing out of Galveston Bay, TX
soulfinger is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 17 Old 09-30-2009 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 15
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
I went and saw a Catalina 30, and I can't say I was impressed.

Everything was too short by 6 inches. The table could be lowered to have a berth in the seating area, but was 6 inches to short in every direction to actually be able to lay down straight. The aft berth was great, except it was almost impossible to fit under the cockpit on the centerline portion of the berth, 6 inches of more room would have been enough.

There wasn't an honest double berth on that boat that didn't end in a point.

Is this changed in later years? (This one was an '81) What kind of room on the Hunter 28/28.5 is there under the cockpit? I know I can't expect the world, but it appeared to have room to lower the aft berth by more than a few inches... Once more pizza and I would be touching the bottom of the cockpit...

soulfinger - I took a look at the rest of yachtsurvey.com and you are right, wow. While it doesn't make me think I will take the Hunter 28 across the Atlantic, I am not quite as concerned about that "review." Thanks for pointing that out!

Last edited by TheSeaPenguin; 09-30-2009 at 04:25 PM.
TheSeaPenguin is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #13 of 17 Old 09-30-2009
Just another Moderator
 
Faster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
Posts: 16,534
Thanks: 104
Thanked 312 Times in 300 Posts
Rep Power: 10
     
While the C30 can lay claim to being one of the roomier '30 footers' around, the lack of clearance in the aft berth under the cockpit is a real problem... I can also see the limitations in terms of berth length for the taller set. It's hard to beat the Catalina support, though, and the widespread re-sale rep.

I think from a design/styling standpoint the late 80s to early 90s Hunters (legend series) have a lot going for them. Whether the build qualitiy is a universal problem during that era I can't say for sure. I like the fractional rigs and the layouts - we have friends with an earlier 40 (huge!) and others with an early 90s 37.5.. lovely boat that feels solid and sails well.

There is one other issue with the late 80s Hunters that you may want to watch for. I've seen several models that had a almost-impossible-to-get-rid-of strong urea-like odor. The '85 40 and an '89 31 were two cases in poiint. This is an obnoxious smell that can be somewhat 'cured' by regular ozonation, but it's never gone and can be smelt on the clothes of those that liveaboard such models. It seems by the 90s it was gone.. don't know the cause for sure, but perhaps it was from some of the glues used during construction. Others have speculated that it was from trapped pockets of bilge water within the liner systems, I suppose that's possible too. I'm also not sure its a problem across the board, but I seen/smelt it often enough to think it might be.

Ron

1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"

".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Faster is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #14 of 17 Old 09-30-2009 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 15
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Faster - thanks for your comments. Was the urea-like odor obvious enough that I would notice it when first entering the boat? Or is it going to be something I would notice 2 weeks after buying it?
TheSeaPenguin is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #15 of 17 Old 10-01-2009
Just another Moderator
 
Faster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
Posts: 16,534
Thanks: 104
Thanked 312 Times in 300 Posts
Rep Power: 10
     
If it's there you'll know it... if it shows up in a couple of weeks, splurge on a marina and take a shower!

Ron

1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"

".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Faster is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #16 of 17 Old 10-01-2009
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Iowa
Posts: 17
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Check tanks

On the Hunters, check to see if they have changed waste tanks to plastic. Hunter had used an aluminum tank that has to be changed on many of the boats. I suppose the failure of some of the tanks may have something to do with chemicals used in them, the amount of water used when flushing (they say 7 pumps), and how long the contents were usually left standing. That said, my tank is fine, knock on wood, on my 93 Hunter 28 and no urine smell.
defensible is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #17 of 17 Old 10-03-2009 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 15
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
defensible - Thanks for the information on the tankage. Definetly something I will have to look into.

Faster - I don't understand... How often are you supposed to shower? I thought that was whenever you did the bottom paint...
TheSeaPenguin is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
feedback on short list 1977-1979 C&C 26, Hunter 27, Sabre 28 ChuckA Boat Review and Purchase Forum 6 09-17-2009 04:40 PM
Hunter 306 Cobraman Boat Review and Purchase Forum 6 02-10-2008 07:43 PM
A New Hunter 49 and an Old Traditionalist dawndreamer Boat Review and Purchase Forum 22 01-01-2007 09:32 PM
Hunter Vision 32/36 offshore? newtoschool Boat Review and Purchase Forum 17 10-27-2006 07:27 AM
The Hunter 420 Micca Hutchins Buying a Boat Articles 0 10-07-1999 08:00 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome