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2 Days Ago 10:57 AM
RTB
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Looks like it is heading right over us, but only as TS. Hurricane hole is full. We are riding it out a Emerald Bay Marina.
Sounds like a plan. All the best.

Ralph
2 Days Ago 10:25 AM
RainDog
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Just curious if you checked out hurricane hole across from Chat N Chill? Maybe full up? Maybe the moorings are not maintained?
Looks like it is heading right over us, but only as TS. Hurricane hole is full. We are riding it out a Emerald Bay Marina.
2 Days Ago 07:44 PM
Matt
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

agreed that the 1.3% should not be completely discounted, thats why the musts are an inflatable lifeboat, epirb, sat phone for weather updates, windvane plus autopilot with backup autopilot. and of course a drogue and full setup of storm sails, then crossing at the perfect time. i will buy this gear for that 1.3% but the sailboat will be more dedicated to the 98.7% if i am gambling i certainly like my odds.
3 Days Ago 01:20 PM
MedSailor
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Some incompetent clear lake mechanic removed the hot water heater and did not bleed the system correctly.

Details on the fire here:

https://raindogps34.wordpress.com/20...-great-circle/

The cause was a combination of two things. The first was I caused an air lock in the coolant after removing the hot water heater and putting in new coolant.

The second was my Yanmar had no guages, just a high temp buzzer, and that buzzer did not work. Bad sender I suppose. After this incident I have guages for everything.
Wow! Scary and exciting read! I have to commend you on your choice of 2 (or was it 3?) 10lb Halon 1211 extinguishers and a dedicated fire port. Obviously you have done your homework and it paid off. They might look expensive but in a situation like yours they are the best insurance policy going. Fire out, lives saved, boat saved, with no additional damage.

Probably the only thing better would have been an engine compartment smoke alarm and an auto engine halon system.

Thanks for the writeup!

MedSailor
3 Days Ago 01:12 PM
MedSailor
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Originally Posted by Matt View Post
i should not plan my boat characterisics entirely based on 1.3% of what itll be used for. thats like choosing a moving truck as my everyday car because i moved 4 years ago.
I agree with you. However, the counter point that should at least be considered, is that many a crew has set out on a circumnavigation and ended up cutting the trip short and selling the boat in paradise. Most of those voyages that ended early did so because of discomfort during the 1.3% of the time that was bad enough to end the trip.

This lesson is not just one on boat selection though, it is to me, also one about making sure the crew have gone out and know what they're in for and/or considering alternatives like paying extra crew to help for the 1.3% of the time or having the less willing/able crew fly ahead etc.

MedSailor
3 Days Ago 12:58 PM
RTB
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Originally Posted by RainDog View Post
Some incompetent clear lake mechanic removed the hot water heater and did not bleed the system correctly.

Details on the fire here:

https://raindogps34.wordpress.com/20...-great-circle/

The cause was a combination of two things. The first was I caused an air lock in the coolant after removing the hot water heater and putting in new coolant.

The second was my Yanmar had no guages, just a high temp buzzer, and that buzzer did not work. Bad sender I suppose. After this incident I have guages for everything.
Hey Brian,

Good luck with that "other" Erika if she makes hurricane status. Could be close for you guys. I saw Erika's post on FB this morning. Just curious if you checked out hurricane hole across from Chat N Chill? Maybe full up? Maybe the moorings are not maintained? It will be interesting to see where you hide Rain Dog if things go south. I'm guessing a quick flight out of George Town?

You two stay safe!

Ralph
3 Days Ago 12:45 PM
jerryrlitton
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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This was a captivating read. i see you like the hunters for the same reasons im drawn to them aswell. i want a condo on the water not a cave, most of the time im anchored or at a dock i plan to do a pacific crossing and an atlantic crossing, that means ill be exposed to the possiblity of storms in the middle of the ocean for 3 months of my hopefully 15-20 years of retirement sailing. i should not plan my boat characterisics entirely based on 1.3% of what itll be used for. thats like choosing a moving truck as my everyday car because i moved 4 years ago.
When I was a cop I chose to carry when off duty. Some my my not so close friends would ask me "how many times are you planning on using THAT?" Just once I would say. Nor would I plan my existence around "1.3%" of the time either. However that being said a prudent individual does take that 1.3% of the time into consideration whoever choosing any course of action because that same person realizes that when you absolutely need a particular something nothing else will do. Roll that dice brother.
3 Days Ago 10:31 AM
smackdaddy
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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i should not plan my boat characterisics entirely based on 1.3% of what itll be used for. thats like choosing a moving truck as my everyday car because i moved 4 years ago.
That's a great way to put it. A book I'd highly recommend is Hal Roth's "Handling Storms at Sea". He makes this same point as you do above based on is quarter-million miles of sailing - but also gives a lot of tremendous advice for what to do IF you happen to get caught.
3 Days Ago 11:58 PM
Matt
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Hey Matt. Yeah it sucks, but it's part of the territory. We all know our engines will break at some point - we just hope it's the next guy. I was just the next guy for this one. Oh well.

As for a well-kept '89 Hunter 40 being able to go round the ball - I can see absolutely no reason why she couldn't. I personally wouldn't take mine into the high latitudes, but that's probably more a reflection on me than the boat (because right now I wouldn't take ANY boat into the high latitudes). Remember, Michael (a former member here) took his Hunter 49 around Cape Horn and easily rode out an F10/F11 down there.

So, yes, I absolutely think a Hunter 40 can easily circumnavigate if she's well-outfitted (good rigging, water-maker, drogue and beefed-up attachment points, good electronics, etc.) and well-sailed (careful with the weather, etc.). And, of course, you need to check all the things you should check anyway (rudder/steering integrity, keel bolts/bilge/sump, seacocks, chainplates, etc.) And, as with any boat, there are weird things here and there that I don't get (e.g. - no drain in the lazarettes) - but it's a well-thought-out and well built boat.

Most importantly, our Hunter sails very, very well. I've sailed and raced a lot of boats offshore, including very "blue-water" cruisers, and this Hunter spanks them. No doubt. Tons of space, tons of storage, solid in a seaway, extremely comfortable, easy to control, and really fast. What's not to like?

I don't know if you've seen it, but here's my write-up of...

HOW WE GOT TO HUNTER

RainDog - ouch! What caused your fire? I never knew about that!
This was a captivating read. i see you like the hunters for the same reasons im drawn to them aswell. i want a condo on the water not a cave, most of the time im anchored or at a dock i plan to do a pacific crossing and an atlantic crossing, that means ill be exposed to the possiblity of storms in the middle of the ocean for 3 months of my hopefully 15-20 years of retirement sailing. i should not plan my boat characterisics entirely based on 1.3% of what itll be used for. thats like choosing a moving truck as my everyday car because i moved 4 years ago.
3 Days Ago 10:23 PM
RainDog
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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
RainDog - ouch! What caused your fire? I never knew about that!
Some incompetent clear lake mechanic removed the hot water heater and did not bleed the system correctly.

Details on the fire here:

https://raindogps34.wordpress.com/20...-great-circle/

The cause was a combination of two things. The first was I caused an air lock in the coolant after removing the hot water heater and putting in new coolant.

The second was my Yanmar had no guages, just a high temp buzzer, and that buzzer did not work. Bad sender I suppose. After this incident I have guages for everything.
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