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02-15-2010 03:25 PM
cruisingdream Been in 10foot steep waves in shallow western lake erie with 35mph winds with highest gust 42mph boat handled it very well on all points except directly down wind (b&r rig typical) can't beat the boat for the money
02-15-2010 03:11 PM
olson34
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Originally Posted by Endurance2010 View Post
I am thinking of purchasing a 1983 Hunter 34. Yes, I know its not as great as the Catalinas and Ericsons, but if I get a survey and want it to sail SF Bay, provided I can get it at the right price and there are no red flags, how could I go wrong? I am hearing a lot of frowns on Hunters from the early 1980s, is this legit or just sailing puffery?
Ummm.....Be sure you want a boat that light, especially when you get out in the "slot" on a windy afternoon with a contrary tide...

Been aboard some 34's and done a long delivery on 31, all from same early 80's era. Thinly built and minimumly equipped, and... a "lot of boat for the money."

One consideration for general cruising and living aboard for any period of time -- forepeak V berth seemed quite short. Both designs seem to be planned around a couple sleeping in the aft berth. V berth seems better for one person or the kids.

At this age, you are looking at new standing and running rig if not done recently, same as any other boat. Survey that old Yanmar closely -- good engines if maintained. Quality, strictly inho, is less than a Catalina, but will sail faster. Both are way below Ericsons, Tartans, and Sabres.

Know your needs and your limits and buy what makes ya happy.

Cheers,
L
02-15-2010 08:26 AM
sailingdog
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Originally Posted by Endurance2010 View Post
Thanks Mich! BTW, what do you mean by tender?
Starts to heel fairly easily...
02-15-2010 02:20 AM
Endurance2010
Thanks!

Thanks Mich! BTW, what do you mean by tender?
02-14-2010 11:21 PM
michkahn I have owned a hunter 34 built in 1984 since 1991 and have cruised coast wise Mid atlantic to new england. Great boat, great interior, tender and needs to be sailed upright otherwise you'll lose speed w/a weather helm. I have a Yanmar 3gm, and I upgraded to a racor fuel filter. I have heard of no interior problems and boat is quite fst under sail and great accomodations, good luck
01-20-2010 07:50 PM
Endurance2010 Thank you all so much. I now feel much better and confident. I will pass along the comments to the surveyor.

--Dan
01-20-2010 07:04 PM
scottyt the hunter 34 is not a cherubini boat the 33 footer is. i believe they stopped the 33 in 82.
01-20-2010 02:07 PM
GeorgeB When did Hunter have the deck-hull joint problem? I thought it was during the era when they were using the screws on the perforated toe rail to capture the hull. As I recall, there was a QA issue resulting from trimming away too much hull material prior to deck mating. The older, Chernubli (sp) Hunters are fairly rare on SF Bay. And fewer race so I cannot give you any specifics in relation to my C34. The Ericson 35 has a relatively higher aspect rig making it a little “noodlely” for sailing on the Bay. Catalina 34 and 36s have a pretty stout and stiff rig and buyers here are willing to pay a premium for the boat. The Catalina 34 and 36’s are probably out of your price range as they start around $50k and the ones in good condition are considerably higher and do not stay on the market long.
01-20-2010 01:33 PM
COOL
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Originally Posted by Endurance2010 View Post
I am hearing a lot of frowns on Hunters from the early 1980s, is this legit or just sailing puffery?
I believe that the Hunters of that era were well built.
Their systems were well thought out and put together.
The hull design of the Hunter 34 is better than the
Catalinas and Ericsons of that period, with a long
waterline and powerful stern sections. All the other
production builders followed with beamy powerful hulls
a decade later.
The 34 does have a fairly lofty rig for sailing on
'The Bay' so you will need to ensure that the reefing
system works effectively and that you have a sturdy
110% or smaller headsail for Summer sailing.
01-20-2010 10:17 AM
AlanBrown I've owed a 1981 Hunter 30 for the past 10 years. It was inexpensive to buy, easy to operate, and well constructed. Early Hunters enjoy a pretty good reputation and are very affordable coastal cruisers.

Had I been able to, I would have rather purchased a 34 so as to pick up an aft berth. My 30 is fine for 2 persons, but doesn't have enough room for overnight guests. The salon layout on the 34 is quite spacious for a boat this size.

By all means, have it professionally surveyed. I have encountered 4 issues with my Hunter which you may ask your surveyor to take a look at.

The first involved the chainplates decaying from the inside out. On the surface they looked fine. I replaced them all.

The second involved their point of attachment to a metal frame in the midship bilge area. The frame corroded and one of the attachment points broke off during Hurricane Jean.

The third involved the decay of the metal compression block where the mast support meets the keel. I had to reinforce mine using epoxy.

Fourth, have him closely examine the prop strut for electrolysis damage. Mine broke shortly after I bought the boat so I removed it, had it brazed, and got another 5 years out of it. When it broke the second time, I had to have a foundry cast a new one for me.

Finally, the Bomar opening ports are made of plastic. Over time they become brittle and break. Fortunately, they are still available for purchase from the manufacturer.

Good luck and good survey! I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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