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10-16-2013 07:48 PM
maccauley123
Re: Hunter 356 - Anyone sailed on one?

Thanks Don, appreciate it, I hadn't found it yet and was still interested. I know the list is very subjective but I still consider it being on this list one more solid recommendation. Many of the boats on the list I clearly recognize as those pointed out many times before in many places as excellent boats. As you said, for what it's worth, it puts the 356 in distinguished company.
10-15-2013 09:33 PM
saldrich
Re: Hunter 356 - Anyone sailed on one?

Hunter 356 is luxurious
10-15-2013 02:11 PM
Don0190
Re: Hunter 356 - Anyone sailed on one?

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Originally Posted by maccauley123 View Post
Don, I've been looking for the Cruisers World reference you make below and can't locate it. Can you point me to a URL? I have the 2001 best production boat under 200,000 reference but can't find the more recent reference you noted.
I didn't see your question till now. In case you are still interested:

40 Best Sailboats for Cruising | Cruising World
10-05-2013 09:55 AM
maccauley123
Re: Hunter 356 - Anyone sailed on one?

Don, I've been looking for the Cruisers World reference you make below and can't locate it. Can you point me to a URL? I have the 2001 best production boat under 200,000 reference but can't find the more recent reference you noted.

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Originally Posted by Don0190 View Post
BTW - it should be noted that the 356 was recently on Cruisers World of the 40 Best Boats. Whether you agree or not with the list you should still consider that there is something to it and that the 356 is probably a pretty good boat!
10-05-2013 07:28 AM
maccauley123
Hunter 356 - Anyone sailed on one?

Faster, that's why I posted this looking for people who actually sailed the 356 to get their impressions from actual experience. I agree that real experience is the only one I can give any validity to. Based on the 21 owner reviews, 4 professional reviews, 2 awards and various other comments from owners and those with experience on these boats I can find very few complaints and I think I have a winner.
10-04-2013 03:50 PM
Faster
Re: Hunter 356 - Anyone sailed on one?

For the record.. I'm not among the Hunter bashers in general.. I'm more comfortable with a standard rig.. and prefer the styling of the 90s Legend line to later offerings - including the most recent...

Mc123 - There are lots of those boats out there so they can't be 'bad' altogether. Actual owners' experience should be more valid than outside observance and speculation (or pure opinion, for that matter).

Just be careful of giving more credit to comments simply because they are 'what you wanted to hear'
10-04-2013 03:20 PM
Don0190
Re: Hunter 356 - Anyone sailed on one?

BTW - it should be noted that the 356 was recently on Cruisers World of the 40 Best Boats. Whether you agree or not with the list you should still consider that there is something to it and that the 356 is probably a pretty good boat!
10-04-2013 11:19 AM
maccauley123
Hunter 356 - Anyone sailed on one?

Thanks Don, that is pretty much what I have heard, just takes learning some different lessons. Whats funny is all of the criticisms I heard about the rig come I think from those who have never sailed it. It almost seems to be its different and I don't like it. From those like you who have sailed the rig the comments have all been positive. Thanks.
10-04-2013 08:45 AM
Don0190
Re: Hunter 356 - Anyone sailed on one?

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Originally Posted by maccauley123 View Post
I have seen concern about the non standard B&R rig but not from owners or those who have sailed them.
There are "issues" but mostly they are that you need to learn to sail the rig for what it is. I have 3 years sailing the B&R and overall the pluses outweigh the minus.
10-04-2013 06:41 AM
maccauley123
Hunter 356 - Anyone sailed on one?

Thanks for pointer to 21 reviews on Sailboatowners, didn't find that before. Read through and all were positive and very happy with boat. I looked at Legend 35.5 and it is pretty but a review said there were a few things to look for that likely need repair. My current boat needed a lot if work and while I enjoyed doing it I want my next boat to be ready to go, no work needed. The Hunter 356 seems to fit that, just up to me to keep up with maintenance of course. I have seen concern about the non standard B&R rig but not from owners or those who have sailed them. I want a reliable, comfortable and well sailing boat and everything I find about the 356 says thats what she is.
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