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To buy or not?
I finally had some time to dig out some items of interest about the Hunter and Com Pac 27''s: Despite what one may think just looking at these boats, the Hunter outweighs the Com Pac by 1,000 lbs and has less sail area and a shorter LWL. Then again, the Hunter''s PHRF is slightly better (219 vs. 225 for the Com Pac) although some shoal draft Hunter 27''s also are rated 225.
For the Hunter''s, watch out for underpowered boats. Some of them on Yachtworld have 7.5-8 HP diesels for a 7,000 lb boat. Not very good.
As Jeff points out, the Hunter is not a Cherubini design. It appears to be an inhouse Hunter effort. The Com Pac was designed by Bob Johnson of Island Packet fame (and the numbers reflect his philosophy of boat design -- wide and slow.)
And not that build quality and price have any relationship to one another, but the Com Pac will cost you considerably more than the Hunter.
On the whole, my Pearson 27 (PHRF 204) still looks like a buy, but I''m biased.