Hunter has earned a bad reputation over a series of boats that were poorly built. However, there were many Hunters, most notably the Cherubini designed boats, that are generally well regarded in terms of both construction and design. The Hunter 30, IIRC, was a Cherubini design. From a post on the Hunter Owners website:
John Cherubini designs
The first boat my dad designed for Hunter (getting the contract through Bob Seidelmann) was the H-25, what I call on here the 'Mk 1', in 1972. The boat was produced for the '73 model year. (Mine is a '74. It was built in Marlboro, NJ, and sold by Sails Aweigh in Mantoloking, about 35 miles from where I found and bought it.)
There followed, in this order, the 30 in '73, the 27, in '74, the 33, the 37, then the 35 and 36 (essentially both stretched 33s), the 54 in '78-79. The 25 and some others went through redesign by the time my dad was busier with the C-44 and C-48 for Cherubini Boat (and the Raider 33 later). You will note that the hull of the 25 looks pretty dated with its narrow IOR-flavored transom by the time of the new (raised)deck mold, about '77 or '78.
Endeavors were not a higher quality boat AFAIK
. Per a Gord May post over on Cruiser's Forums:
Both the Irwin’s & Endeavour’s were “economy” boats, built to a price point.
Unless meticulously maintained (or recently ‘refitted’), they will likely be requiring major work. Unless you are capable of (& willing to) doing most of the work yourselves, these boats may turn out much more expensive than anticipated.
Only a thorough survey (& valuation) will reveal whether either of these particular boats will be a bargain, or a money-pit.
IMHO, the Hunter is likely a better boat choice. One other point to consider is that Hunter, unlike Endeavor, is still in business and you can probably get some support from the manufacturer.
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