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awaywego 10-13-2013 09:44 PM

Free standing rigging?
Been a while since we have posted, but have always received great feedback from this forum. We're a married couple with the goal of cruising for as many months/years possible starting in 2016. At that time, our two little girls will be 3 and 4. We live in Beaufort, SC and plan to coastal cruise the SE, gaining confidence in our abilities and our boat before venturing further.

We're still in the "which boat should we get" stage. We've received some great tips so far on components that people recommend.

I've been looking at a 1988 Hunter Vision 32 online and it seems to have a lot of the "liveaboard" features I desire (spacious cozy salon in great condition, room for two adults and two little girls to sleep, larger head than any I've seen on a boat this size, air conditioning, etc). I'm unsure about storage space and expand ability of tankage.

I know nothing about the reputation of the Freedom Rig on this boat, however. Would seem to be one less thing to have to maintain, having no shrouds or backstay. More room on the deck. I have read that they sail well except upwind. Does anybody have any firsthand experience with this boat from the "liveaboard cruiser" perspective or any helpful information in general?

Stumble 10-14-2013 04:53 PM

Re: Free standing rigging?

The freedom rigs have an absolutely fanatical cult following for good reason. The are simple, powerful, and easy to maintain. They are also relatively expensive, since the mast is carbon not aluminum, and much bigger than a typical stick on a comparable boat... But then you loose all the stays, so that's a plus.

The Vision 32 was actually built by TPI which is a high quality builder, and are one of the few Hunters that haven't been plagued by quality issues. The one MAJOR area of concern is that the hull is cored. Which requires that at inspection every thru hull needs to be checked for core rot. Assuming this is done, and no rot is found, I would absolutely consider a Vision for weekend cruising... Heck I would consider them for around the world cruising except the size would be a little small for me.

gamayun 10-14-2013 10:03 PM

Re: Free standing rigging?
I don't know anything about the Vision boats, but I have a Freedom 38 that I bought at the end of January in San Diego. I still consider myself a new sailor, but I can easily handle this boat in 20+ knots of wind. It points well above 12 knots of wind (at 30 deg), but a little less in lighter winds (~35 deg), which is almost at good as others. It has a beautiful interior with great storage. Yes, I have become a fanatic and everyone who sails with me has become a convert as well. In fact, I was just telling a racing buddy not 30 minutes ago that I am absolutely, positively madly in love with my boat. The Freedom Forum ( might be able to answer questions about the rig on the Vision.

FarCry 10-15-2013 04:25 PM

Re: Free standing rigging?
Add me to the cult following. On Sunday a friend went out for a day sail and was really impressed with the ease of sailing and general comfort. He now get's "it".

I haven't been around that version of Hunter but TPI has a pretty good reputation.

bobperry 10-18-2013 06:07 PM

Re: Free standing rigging?
" free standing rigging" is an oxymoron.

If the rig is free standing there is no rigging.

He said with a smile.

scratchee 10-18-2013 06:36 PM

Re: Free standing rigging?

Originally Posted by bobperry (Post 1107412)
" free standing rigging" is an oxymoron.

If the rig is free standing there is no rigging.

He said with a smile.

I thought the thread was about standing rigging that was free. I came here to sign up for a set.

bfloyd4445 10-18-2013 06:43 PM

Re: Free standing rigging?
I am also looking for a sailboat and noticed that hunters had some serious structural problems on some models so I scratched them off my list. Did like the cabin layout

bobperry 10-18-2013 07:18 PM

Re: Free standing rigging?
Thanks Scratch:
You made me laugh.

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