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Old 08-25-2014
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Smile Re: Hunter Passage models make great blue water cruisers

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From a blue water cruiser who sailed a 2001 Hunter 450 Passage. Both the 450 Passage (1999-2002) and the 456 (2003-2006) or there abouts both versions carry 100 gallon fuel takes and have Kevlar reinforced stringers in the hull. They both hold 200 gallons of water as well. The newer Hunter Passage models hold only 75 gallons of fuel and offer only as an option the larger fuel tanks. I have yet to find one outfitted with the larger tank. This tankage really helps in long passages and was well used during the Caribe 1500 rally from Hampton Va to Nanny Cay, Tortola. Also this years caribe 1500 had a Hunter Passage 420 which arrived in the middle of the fleet standings. Many boats had breakdowns, even the snob appeal boats ie Oyster, Tayana. Island Packet, but nooooooooo not the Hunter!!! I have had mine in 60 knot gale winds and she was rock solid. Yes she creaked and squeaked but so does most every boat in 25 foot seas. We sailed her with only a small piece of furled jib and the strain on the furling line was incredible. We lost part of our SSB antenna and the Magma grill cover. We saw 12 knots in a hull designed for 8 maximum. We were in a broad reach thus allowing the foresail to give us the stability that was needed. Both the rig and the hull were rock solid..........one cannot go wrong using this as both a live aboard and a bluewater sailor. Any further questions PM me.
Thanks! As a fellow Hunter owner (a 2004 36) who is very happy, this is great news! We looked at a 456 last weekend and are looking to buy it and live aboard. I've heard her called a "Coastal Cruiser" and was wondering about how she'd do on a long run and in rough weather. I guess we know now! :-)
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Re: Why are there so many Hunter haters?

I'll chime in with $0.02

This year, I have been working at a SailTime/sailing school/charter outfit, and many of the boats are newer Hunters, ranging in model year from 2004-2013, and in length from 33-41 feet. There are several Catalinas in the fleet as well.

My limited experience is that there seem to always be problems with the Hunters; the electric heads don't work, the in mast furler jammed, something happened with the engine, and it won't start... Typical charter stuff, but there seems to be more of it with the Hunters.

Looking at the build quality, I am disappointed with the amount of veneered MDF instead of Marine-Ply on the Hunters. The 2013 boat had bilge pump issues that required me to muck about in the bilge. I couldn't believe the amount of sawdust that I assume was left in the bilge by the manufacturer prior to delivery. Guess why the bilge pump burnt out?

There is also a mid-2000s Hunter 41 that, prior to joining the fleet, had suffered a moderate grounding with the PO, resulting in THE GRID SEPARATION that Paulo had written about in his earlier posts. (That's one more for your count...) I understand that the school owner picked the boat up for cheap, but has invested a lot of the technicians time and money, essentially rebuilding the boat from the grid system up. Each step has been inspected, and signed off on by a surveyor, and I believe that this particular boat is in better condition than when it left the factory.

In contrast, I feel that the construction and sail handling of the Catilinas, is better - IMHO. The Catalinas also seem to have more demand for charter than the Hunters.

Personally, I much prefer the straight forward mainsail handling of my '87 O'day 35, to the Selden in-mast roller furler, and (obscured) arch mounted traveler on the Hunters.

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Re: Why are there so many Hunter haters?

Gee, guess my 2001 Hunter must be super special as I never have had any problems with any part of the boat that Hunter built. My problems are always with those name brand accessories installed on the boat, and even those have been less problematic than my last boat.
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