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Comparing mid 80's Hunters to mid 90's Hunters
I am fairly new to sailing and I am in the market looking for a boat that is in the 28 foot range. After months of research, I am focusing my search on a mid to late 80's Hunter 285.
As I look through Hunters that are currently for sale on the market, I can't help but wonder what happened to the design of Hunters in the mid 90's? The interior design of the boat changed from the teak to plastic, reminiscent of the inside of a refrigerator. The inside looks something more like a camper than a boat. Am I the only one that dislikes this design?
On the outside, the walkway near the toe rail was removed and replaced with a wider cabin wall. With this design, how does a person move from the cockpit to the front of the boat?
Also, many of the mid 90's Hunters had a front window in the cabin. Wouldn't it be easy to put a foot through the window if someone were to step on it?
It looks like Hunter has recently changed the design of their boats back to something comprable to the 285. Do you think the styling noted above persuaded them to move back to a more traditional look?
Thanks in advance for all of your responses!