What I mean is that I'll likely do things like reef earlier, or throw out a drogue earlier,
We've been cruising our 1982 Hunter 36 for a year now. It was built during 1980-1982, designed by John Cherubini. Maybe one of the better, old school Hunters? Like smack's boat, much nicer lines (in my eyes) than the newer Hunter 41 Deck Salon's on either side of us right now. They are really nice below, though, despite their ugly appearance on the outside.
Our boat lived much of it's life on a freshwater lake before we bought it. Still has original standing rigging. I had it inspected before we left by a well known rigger. He said "I didn't find anything that would make me tell you not to go." So far, so good. Maybe because it hasn't been in salt water for 31 years?
Before we left, we hauled out and did a lot of work, besides a bottom job. Replace all the thru-hulls, a new rudder from Foss Foam, new prop, stuffing box, cutlass bearing, and I can't remember what else. Bottom line, we wanted to make sure we were good to go below the waterline. That and the standing rigging, I felt we were good.
Hunter did do some stupid stuff, at least in the old days. Our boat had a gate valve on the sink drain (well below the waterline). Not good, and not sure what they were thinking?
Anyway, we've cruised from Texas, to the Keys, to Georgetown Exumas Bahamas, to Brunswick, Georgia. I must say that we have seen many Hunters in our travels. Probably just as many Island Packets. I look at one of those when we are anchored close, and realize that our old Hunter got us to the same place, despite our minimal investment.
smack- you really going to have a drogue on your boat? I just went out with a friend here, on his Hallberg-Rassy yesterday. Nice boat! He and his brother got into some crappy weather. They dropped the sails, went below, and closed up the boat, and waited it out. I think our old Hunter could survive under those conditions (wouldn't sink). But, yeah. I'd rather have his boat, rather than our $20K 31 year old Hunter, but here we are starting our second year of full time cruising. Bahamas bound (again) in a week or two.