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1980 Hunter 36
This is essentially the sloop version of the relatively highly regarded Hunter 37 cutter. I would never call the Hunter 36 a cruiser- racer. They were definitely constructed as coastal cruisers although you frequently hear of the Hunter 37''s being used as distance cruisers. I understand that they can be somewhat competitive under PHRF at the club level.
The pro''s on these boats are that they sail well, offer a lot of room for a 36 footer that sails half way decently. They were nicely finished for their day. They are reasonably priced. They are moderately robust (pretty much on a par with a Pearson or Oday of that era). They offer a nice galley and wonderful ventilation. They have decent tankage. Generally these are pretty nice boats.
The negatives are that they are a bit more prone to deck core, and rudder post issues than some boats from that era. They can have problems with the maststep, jackpost and main bulkhead. Then there is the Hunter stigma which tends to be pretty harsh but in my opinion should not apply to this model.