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06-02-2011 05:56 AM
redunculous nearly 3 years on

I think hes probably bought something by now guys
05-29-2011 11:08 PM
GaryHLucas The one Hunter I would avoid is a 1975 to 1977 27 footer. On this boat Hunter made a huge design flaw. On mine the entire bottom of the boat delaminated around the keel and it nearly fell off while they were launching it! It was 6 years old at the time. The flaw was that rather than molding a keel stub on the hull which increases the thickness of the internal stringers, they molded a recess in the hull to fit the top of the keel. This recess cut into the stringers at the center and made them way too thin to support the keel stresses. The problem got fixed on the 1978 version.

Gary H. Lucas
05-25-2011 09:12 PM
MLampner
Love my Vintage Hunter

In part it may be because I know no other boat as well as I know my own, but I love my 77 Hunter. The PO didn't do much in his last years of ownership but at least he did no harm.

While I have not faced a hurricane on her on open water in the Chesapeake she has brought me home when I have heard others mounting distress calls.

When I brought her home after I bought her 2 years ago we left the quiet waters of the Putexent into the teeth of a 40 mph wind with gusts into the 60's. If we'd known what we were heading into we would have never left port, but as it was it brought us home safe.

Being a green sailor, its only my 4th year on the water after a 40 plus year layoff I have done my share of stupid things, but she has always forgiven me and gotten us both home. There are no doubt stronger better boats out there but there are few as forgiving.

I also would point out virtually nothing its age can go to wind like this boat does. Several times I have out run far newer longer boats when heading to wind, that with a green sailor at the helm so don't let people talk you out of an older Hunter.
09-02-2008 06:00 PM
chucklesR Apples to Oranges Xj,

You get what you pay for, in the case of Tartan's and Ericson's you pay more you get more.
My 1986 Hunter 31 (previous boat) was a very nice Ches. Bay boat worth every penny I paid for it, I know simply because that is what I paid for it.
Personally I could have lived on it, after I put 5k into the interior and some much needed maintenance it was a fine old boat worth exactly what I sold it for- again, I know that because that's what I got when I sold it.

Now, show me two boats for the exact same price, same length, same intended usage and then we can compare red apples to yellow apples.
09-02-2008 05:53 PM
XJPIRATE Thanks for all the input. I've heard around the Yacht Club the same talk I'm hearing in this forum.

How then would a Hunter compare to a Tartan, Irwin or Ericson? Mid 1980's, 30 to 35 ft. I'll be using it to sail the Great Lakes and a little dock condo-ing!

Thanks again!
09-02-2008 05:31 PM
MikeAR
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Originally Posted by camaraderie View Post
Mike...welcome. The 20 is a decent boat to learn on but carefully check the keel centerboard trunk for leaks and the winch for proper operation. This seems to be a real problem spot on these boats but it is not a big deal to fix.
Hi!
Thanks for the welcome and the information. I attempted to email several owners. Several links were dead. One responded and he mentioned basically the same thing. He loved his boat but moved on.
The one we examined, it was a different story.
It was leaking in that area, with several inches of water in it. I have to say it wasn't a good inspection.
The boat had apparently reached a point of equilibrium before the owner and I got onto it. Then you could hear more water coming in there, near where a pin is located. The winch, rather than cable, had a fat (nearly 3/4inch thick) cord on it.
He wasn't troubled, and made the point more than once that the boat didn't have a bilge installed. (There was a hand-operated bilge pump there). There was also water drizzling down the hull on the inside, under the sink (I'm not sure of its source because that water was drizzling down from higher than the water level outside the hull and there was no rain). Inside, there was a black stain where water had entered the interior, as the hull/deck joint.
Maybe I'm making a mountain of a mole hill but the list continued:
Corrosion on the base of the mast where it met the stainless steel plate and pop rivets backing out there; cracks in the deck at lifeline posts and out of alignment shroud connections (he did say the boat had gone through a knockdown while his brother sailed it); chunks of gelcoat missing from the deck with fiberglass matting that's been long exposed to the elements. I could go on.
I knew it wasn't a new boat - 1984, but the condition was troubling. He professed that the outboard would run, but wouldn't start it, nor was he willing to take it out with us aboard. He did say he bought it and found out he didn't like sailing, though his son uses it some.
I figure we'll keep on looking.
What we're looking for is a trailer sailor that can be pulled by our Ranger. We live in central Arkansas and have a bunch of lakes available to sail. It would be just us, and two small dogs. We plan on some overnights on the boat. We'll find our boat.
09-02-2008 03:59 AM
serenity4u2
Wow

Wow Pappy, that is very spendy and about 100K more then I would have thought... Like I said, I would have boaugt a waterfront condo on land and kept my tayana... Thinking a 30 y/o tayana 37 probably lists for around 75K-
Just a Guess....

I have had family and people I know who have had great luck with thier hunters... I still would NEVER spend 475K on a hunter 45CC... I have not priced Tayana's.. I am thinking tayana's are comprable to Valients- sorry if they are not and that offends any out there... I am thinking you could have boaught a slightly used Tayana or Valient in the 45 foot range for a half a million... Or better- ditch ALL three and get the new PSC 40PH.... Just my bias and not meant to be offensive...
09-02-2008 03:04 AM
poopdeckpappy serenity, it was 478,000 when all was said & done


and yes, I am very, very content with my Tayana
09-02-2008 02:29 AM
Stillraining
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Originally Posted by k1vsk View Post
I've had the opportunity to cruise extensively when younger and can tell you first-hand that no one anchored in any S Pac motu spend any time talking about which brand boat is best/worst suited for cruising - they all spent all their time talking about repair and maintenance issues regardless of who made it.
To-shay...

Buy what ever boat enables you to own one...
09-02-2008 02:11 AM
serenity4u2
Bummer

What a bummer, although I have met no unhappy hunter owners on the past three or four hunter gatherings here in the PNW.... I know that 45CC is pretty spendy-mmm thinking 300K.... Thinking if I was spending that kind of money I'd look elsewhere then a hunter. At least they service it lol... Depending on your location- thinking I could do better on a water front condo in the 300K range and be content with my 37' tayana...
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