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''''80 Hunter 27
My Family had two Hunter 30''s of that era. They were reasonably well constructed but as with any boats of that era there are bound to be some problem areas to watch out for. In the case of the Hunters of that size and era, Blisters were a very major problem. On My father''s 1981 he tried everything, peels, sandblasting and eventually so much was blasted away that the bottom was almost entirely epoxy and fiberglass. On the other hand the 1980 model had only moderate blister problems.
The 1980 had a problem with rot at the bottom of the post that supports the mast step which was reasonably easy to fix. The 1981 had some rust in the steel structure that carries the mast and shroud loads. In looking for the 1980 we found that a lot of these boats had serious core rot. If that is the case, I would say that $5K is not a particularly inexpensive price because in the worst cases this is a major operation to correct.
These boats had lousy hardware and sails. If the original hardware and sails are on the boat you can pretty much expect to replace the winches (under sized and with plastic internal parts), blocks and travellers not to mention the sails.
As with any boat this age You can expect to find some ''issues''. Unless very well maintained and updated by a previous owner, you might expect to need to address some combination of the following items:
· Sails, chainplates, mast step and associated suporting structure, standing and running rigging that are beyond their useful lifespan,
· an engine that is in need of rebuild or replacement,
· worn out or out of date deck, galley, and head hardware,
· worn out upholstery,
· Out of date safety gear
· electronics that are non operational, or in need of updating,
· electrical and plumbing systems that need repairs, upgrades to modern standards or replacement.
· Blister, fatigue, rudder, hull deck joint or deck coring problems
· Keel bolt replacement (bolt on keel) or delamination of the hull from the ballast for a glassed in keel.
· And perhaps a whole range of aesthetic issues.
In combination, even a small number of these can quickly add up to several times the value of the boat, in which case the survey is a real bargain.