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Topic Review (Newest First)
11-12-2009 10:42 AM
jjns RD -
We had an '89 H28. Loved it.

Personally, if I got a call from "a broker" PUSHING me to buy, I would seriously be considering his motives (and likely running away).
If it is a good deal, he will have NO trouble selling it and will not need to brow-beat anyone into the purchase.
Sounds more like it is his mortgage payment that can't be missed.
That "gotta buy it before someone else does" is one of the oldest tricks going.
Brokers are just like everything else, there are good ones and bad ones.

Look at all boats in your price range (and a little above), see so many that you start to go cross-eyed,
Take pictures and make lists on each one you see (30 boats from now, details will start to get a little muddled). Go back and see the ones you like, maybe a couple of times.

This is a buyers market. You can take your time.
If you miss a good deal, so what. Another will be along shortly.
It is easy to get discouraged, we lost count of the number of "pristine" boats that we drove hours to see, only to find they were trash.

You will know the right boat when you find it.
11-11-2009 08:10 PM
chef2sail If it between a Hunter and Catalina, there is a reason Catalina's retain their resale value better than Hunters.

If you are now set on moving from the 25ft range to the 27-30 foot range, look at tartans, C&Cs, and sabres also. Their fit and finish is much better as is their structure. They are a level up on the production boats while they still made quite a few of them, their attention to detail and equipment tends to be over sized and higher quality. In the era of boats you are looking at their should be quite a few of those three out their.

There are important things to compare on this size boat. Engine hours for one. Hull and blisters. Condition of sails, headroom. bilge depth, storage space, chain plates and rigging (both running and standing (wire vs rod)

Winters will primarily have Hinters and Catalina's for sale as they trade up wards there. Look at other brokers again in the Chesapeake for more of a variety. Let all the different brokers educate you on the differences between Hunters, Catalina's, Benetaues, Tartans, Sabres and C&C's and go on a lot of boats. When you do you will know when you've found the "right one"

The have a survey done. Again take your time, do not rush into it and you choose well

Dave
11-11-2009 07:37 PM
blt2ski Dock and YC mate has one of this.....Frankly, they are VERY happy with there boat. Sails reasonably well, plenty of room etc.

Now a Hunter is not my 1st choice of boats..........but, it is not the boat brand of rumours etc that put it at the bottom of the pile. More the what type/style of boat I personally like......I prefer boats in the race/cruise category vs cruise category. A bit on the slow side, and I also like to race, not that one could not race a Hunter and be successful.

I also know of three others with Hunters from that era, ALL love their Hunters! If it will suit your needs, go for it. I also recall finding a "hunter owners" site/forum one time online also.

Marty
11-11-2009 07:20 PM
Faster
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Originally Posted by RhythmDoctor View Post
...My pet peeve is the swim ladder. The top rung is about 1" away from the stern, with no tread attached - just bare SS. Very easy to slip off, especially when wet. .....
Yes, the 40 footer from the same era is the same too.... - but as Denise says, that's fixable and won't break the bank.
11-11-2009 06:30 PM
deniseO30 swim ladders are easy to fix or modify. very easy. that's all?
11-11-2009 06:22 PM
eMKay
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Ya gotta read a lot of Pascoe and you will find he trashes anything the average person can afford
Yeah, and Fool up there likes to post this useless crap when anyone looks at ANY Hunter, I for one am tired of his BS, which is why I rarely even post here anymore.

As for the 28.5, I looked at a couple and it's still on my short list of boats for my next boat. It seems to be well built, roomy, and sails well.
11-11-2009 05:40 PM
tommays Ya gotta read a lot of Pascoe and you will find he trashes anything the average person can afford
11-11-2009 05:31 PM
TakeFive The Pascoe review was one of the first things I found. To be fair, he reviewed the 28, not the 28.5. How similar are the boats?

There is a part of me that says I would not buy any model of boat from someone who made such huge mistakes on another model, but not sure how fair that is.

My pet peeve is the swim ladder. The top rung is about 1" away from the stern, with no tread attached - just bare SS. Very easy to slip off, especially when wet. That bad impression was indelibly etched into my brain when I had to climb on one on the hard, 10' up from ground level on a rainy day. Scared the crap out of me. From pics on the web, it looks like they all have this problem.
11-11-2009 05:03 PM
sailingfool Boat Review* by David Pascoe - Hunter 28

Commentary about this review can be found in other threads.
11-11-2009 04:59 PM
MarkCK Hunters get a bad rap, probably some of it deserved, but they are not bad boats. I think the newer ones are of better build quality than the old ones. Or maybe the problems just havent shown up due to the lack of age.

A visual inspection will tell you most of what you want to know about the boat.
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