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Why is there so many Hunter haters?

Because they are near or at the bottom end of the new boat market price wise and people are still ticked they cant afford one........

Just a theory...
Well, lets add to that theory:

they can't afford them but they can afford some old 20 or 30 year's old sail boat and of course, that 20 year old sailboat will be (for them) a lot better than a Hunter that is just an expensive piece of crap

The Hunters are for many sailors like La Fontaine grapes

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The bottom of the price thing isn't correct. Most production boats are close to each others price for the various sizes.

And they aren't crap except to people who need to say this order to justify having spendt more money on their boat so they can feel better about themselves.
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Hunter Passage models make great blue water cruisers

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.
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I agree with Vsk1,Hunters are no worse than Catalinas or Benetaus etc.
Thing is once you see the bottom fall out of a Hunter or here of the keel falling off another while the boat is being craned it kind of shades your opinion.
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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.

Honestly, my Wife and I wanted nothing to do with Hunter boats. After spending this last weekend looking at 5 Hunters with our broker, our minds have been changed. We really liked the 456cc. I love center cockpit sail boats. Yes If I had 500k plus I would buy and IP. Im going to research the crap out of the Hunter Passage line of boats. SailNet is a great place to start.
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Re: Hunter Passage models make great blue water cruisers

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Honestly, my Wife and I wanted nothing to do with Hunter boats. After spending this last weekend looking at 5 Hunters with our broker, our minds have been changed. We really liked the 456cc. I love center cockpit sail boats. Yes If I had 500k plus I would buy and IP. Im going to research the crap out of the Hunter Passage line of boats. SailNet is a great place to start.
Rather than start the war again here, I will send you a PM with some posts from here and elsewhere.
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re: Why are there so many Hunter haters?

These Hunter bashers have NEVER owned or sailed on the newer Hunter.Take it from someone whos owned several boats,34-50 feet,irwin.older hunter34,gulfstar,beneteau,My hunter 356 is better construction and a superb sailor also. Overall, I think they are the best production sailboat on todays market and represent a good value too.
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re: Why are there so many Hunter haters?

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These Hunter bashers have NEVER owned or sailed on the newer Hunter.Take it from someone whos owned several boats,34-50 feet,irwin.older hunter34,gulfstar,beneteau,My hunter 356 is better construction and a superb sailor also. Overall, I think they are the best production sailboat on todays market and represent a good value too.
People?! Do you hear this? It is true. I second the above statement. The reason I think many of the more seasoned sailors knock these vessels is that they want to feel important exbounding knowledge which shows their vast knowledge of sailing, even if it is completely erroneous. And besides, have you ever looked at the PHRF ratings on some of the models? It will surprise you.
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These Hunter bashers have NEVER owned or sailed on the newer Hunter.Take it from someone whos owned several boats,34-50 feet,irwin.older hunter34,gulfstar,beneteau,My hunter 356 is better construction and a superb sailor also. Overall, I think they are the best production sailboat on todays market and represent a good value too.
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re: Why are there so many Hunter haters?

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I actually like the lines, etc on the Vision 32 and am considering buying one.

Every time i mention one, i get dirty looks?

confused?
Friends of ours owned a Vision 32 and were very happy with the boat. Suffering a case of bigger-boat-itis a few years ago, they sold her and moved up and have often conceded it wasn't a great move.

While Hunter has had some problems, as have other builders, the boats really aren't bad and some are really quite good. Frankly, I wouldn't concern myself with what others may or may not think. It's what you think that matters, No?
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