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Hunters are great bang for the buck and I have sailed 6 of them and every one amazed me with some irrational piece of design...They are the best 'Winnebagos' and about the worst off-shore sailboats out there.

Great marina queens and coastal cruisers..
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Aside from having to beach one when the hull/deck seam opened up, I have no issues with them.
Got any pics of it? There was one a few years ago that had the same thing happen but the pics were quickly removed from the net. Over all I find them decent boats at a decent price, for the purpose they were intended for..

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If you are concerned about what others think of your boat, if you feel that a boat you like is "bashed," maybe the problem isn't the boat.
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I've sailed a couple Hunters and been very happy with their performance. These were post '95 models, so I can't make a judgment about the earlier builds that may have had structural problems. I have a friend with a 3 year old Catalina that's been plagued with a laundry list of issues. So per the previous posts - any company will have it's detractors. I think that sailors making negative comments about Hunters just haven't been aboard any recent models or sailed the boats themselves.

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If you think the Hunter hate is bad...

Get a load of the MacGregor hate!!
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If you are concerned about what others think of your boat, if you feel that a boat you like is "bashed," maybe the problem isn't the boat.
Dude, we're talking Hunter here. Wake up man! Heh-heh.

However, I think you could turn the above into a lovely haiku.



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"I think that sailors making negative comments about Hunters just haven't been aboard any recent models or sailed the boats themselves."

IMHO - Such hunters are a 'class unto themselves' .... designed and set up for 'strictly non-performance' / more elderly sailors.

Rig is non-adjustable for changing wind/weather conditions, usually in mast furling .... VERY bad if one needs to SHAPE a sail for the conditions (remembering that a sail on a furler can only be reduced by 30% sail area without inducing god-awful shape), HUGE cockpits but with little to NO line controls convenient for the helmsman to single hand without leaving the cockpit/helm - therefore requiring TWO to sail one. Few ergonometric and easily reached hand holds in the interior - OK for quiet 'inshore' sailing but a potential body injury disaster when 'outside'.

Theyre good for what they are designed for .... dockside entertaining, sailing in moderate fair-weather coastal or inshore conditions. There is BIG market for such and Hunter really fills such a need/niche .... as the demographics of sailing are quickly moving to 'sailors of retirement age'.

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As a hunter owner, I'd say it's two things:

1) Everybody likes to criticize, as it makes us sound more intelligent. Nobody gets on TV by being nice, after all...

2) When you own a hunter, you notice more of the dissuading comments regarding hunters. If you own a mini-van, you notice the disparaging comments about mini-vans. If you own a gun, you notice the gun comments. If you own a ... anyway, that's my bet.

There's no more 'hunter hate' than there is 'catalina hate' or 'mac hate' or 'burger king' hate. But if you own a hunter and don't eat at burger king.. well.. guess which part sticks out in your memory when you think back ...

In other news.. a lot of those hunter-haters raise good points. No boat is perfect. There's a gem of wisdom in most steaming piles of verbal diarrhea.

But I still bought - and am quite happy with - my hunter. Sure, it's a pig, tender as all get out, and can't carry a jib much larger than a handkerchief, but it's a great little daysailor with a ton of room and simple enough to sail that 8-year-olds can walk away from an afternoon of fun and feel like they learned something enjoyable. It's not an offshore cutter with 18 control lines for each sail, but it does what I need it to.

So I'm not terribly concerned with the critiques of things I know to be true, but consider necessary evils in order to have the things I want.

Least I don't own one of those cheap-arse mac's, huh?

... or I'm wrong.

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Got any pics of it? There was one a few years ago that had the same thing happen but the pics were quickly removed from the net. Over all I find them decent boats at a decent price, for the purpose they were intended for..
It was quite a while ago, so no pics. That said, it did permanently put me off plastic boats.

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As a hunter owner, I'd say ...:

.. I'm not terribly concerned with the critiques of things I know to be true, but consider necessary evils in order to have the things I want.
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That's the point. Different boat owners want diferent things from their boats, so there are a lot of diferent cruiser boat types. Hunter fits on the mainstream with Oceanis, Bavarias and Jeanneaus. I believe that choosing among them is more a question of personal taste and about the options each boat offers to make the boat the one you really need or want.

Personally I find that the European boats have a better design...but I am an European, with an European taste .

I believe that Hunters almost don't sell in Europe on account of that: aesthetics, and I mean the outside look of the boat.

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