I don't get all the posts from #6 through #10. I'm looking at a Hughes 38 in 2011 and would have been interested in any post or info, even if posted back in 2000. What do I not understand?
05-29-2009 08:22 PM
Set your sails up for heavy breeze(Halyard,outhaul and vang on pretty good) if you cant flatten your sail with your controls on.. the sail is cooked. It is possible that it may not even be the right sail for the boat, someone may have just found a deal on a sail that was close to the right size and slapped it on.
Also if you like the Hughes you should check out a Hughes 38. You can get some nice ones for a very reasonable price.The boat was Sparkman Stevens designed and would make a much better racing boat than the 31.
05-22-2009 11:20 AM
Get new sails sounds like step one.... But other than that there were several Hughes that were 31 feet. The IOR derived is marginally suited to racing under PHRF, the 31 footer that was previously produced by Columbia would be pretty hard boat to race competatively.
05-22-2009 10:49 AM
Hugh's sail shape
This is our second year with a 31 foot hugh's and starting racing for the first time last year. The sail shape is lousy. It seems to "bag and wrinkle" and no amount of
adjusting flattens it out. Does anyone have any suggestions? We would like to come in another position other thean dead last every race.
05-26-2008 01:10 PM
You're really better off starting a separate thread on the boat you're asking about.
05-26-2008 12:24 PM
Anybody know anything about a Hughes 29.5 foot sailboat?
02-12-2008 08:03 AM
Hughes 31 and 38
I own a Hughes 31 and have sailed her for the past six years. This is a solid boat and has pulled me through difficult sailing conditions. My wife and I sail her in just about any codition and that is saying a lot since neither she or I are long time sailors. Our boat has a OMC saildrive, a much discussed topic on pros and cons of this type of motor, and has never let us down when we needed it. When I bought this boat a marine mechanic said " its a two stoke what can possibley go wrong with it". He was right.
The Hughes 31 impressed us so much that we are now planning on buying a Hughes 38. Our grandchildren are getting bigger and we need more room. We had the 38 surveyed and and the result was very positive. The boat is in need of some cosmetic clean up in the interior but is otherwise sound and solid. It has a Volvo Penta diesel saidrive. I like the saidrive system due to its simplicity. No long shafts to bend and seals to leak.
The Hughes line of boats appear to be a good buy. They are solidly built and are affordable. The Hughes 31 we own (for sale now) and 38 we are buying are both 1980 vitage but in many respects are sturdier then some of the new boats.
10-29-2007 11:22 PM
Yikes, didn't see the date. My humblest apologies to the powers that be. Suffer the newbe.
10-25-2007 05:49 PM
Who can read those initial posts through all the cobwebs anyway?????
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