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03-31-2012 11:54 PM
Serendipitous
Re: Considering a Hunter 27 as a first boat on Lake Michigan

Our first boat was a '98 Hunter 240 that we sailed on Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan. It was in decent enough shape and a great boat to learn on. We did end up out-growing it after 2 years though and were able to sell it to a guy in Montana (?). It wasn't a bad boat, but my two dislikes, for that model at least, was that it didn't have a head (we used a port-a-potty up by the v-berth, and no standing headroom in the cabin.
03-31-2012 10:10 PM
Richard61
Re: Considering a Hunter 27 as a first boat on Lake Michigan

I too had good luck dealing with Nautical Donations and Crowley's in Chicago. They went out of their way to honestly describe the conditions of their boats and to arrange viewing. They had several Cattalina 27s I was looking at befor I fell for a 26' Paceship from a charity auction in New London WI.. Keep looking, soon a boot will speak to you and you will know its the right one. Internet shopping is fine but nothing beats looking in person. Good luck Richard
03-13-2012 01:26 PM
Barquito
Re: Considering a Hunter 27 as a first boat on Lake Michigan

I bought my boat from the Nautical Donations guys. They have their boats at Crowley's in Chicago. I got a good deal on a boat that had everything needed to sail, but, will need a lot replaced in the future. Nice guys to deal with (both Nautical Donations and Crowley's)
03-12-2012 04:33 PM
PJFORD
Re: Considering a Hunter 27 as a first boat on Lake Michigan

There's no "wrong" boat just the one you traded for the one you now have, Happy Sailing!!
02-22-2012 08:51 AM
redfishnc
flower pots

How about me driving from Toronto to South Haven, Michigan to look at a Catalina 30 that was 'Perfect'. The winches had been removed and flower pots installed in their place and no sails. The perfect floating condo had not been out of the slip since they bought it as their vacation home. I read a piece of advice on here recently, determine your price range and look at all boats that fall within. I thought that was sound advice.
02-20-2012 09:36 PM
night0wl Welcome to used boat searching...it never ceases to amaze me what owners and brokers will try and get away with. I've seen boats advertised at "absolutely the cleanest boat you'll ever see" and walked away gagging from the filth left in the head.

This is why a survey is so important - even a free boat can soak you financially, even if it is just to get rid of it after learning your tough lesson.
02-20-2012 08:52 PM
Hippchekk
Cat 25

Do you hapepen to know his asking price and if he has a trailer?
02-20-2012 07:17 PM
Hippchekk OK, So we went to inspect the Hunter 27 which turned out to be a Hunter 25, (first dissapointment) with indentations in the sides of the hull where the stands were placed, cracks where the keel meets the hull, and the list goes on. I assumed that when he says it had fresh bottom paint there wouldnt be issues with cracks in the keel an such. Anyway, I would like to thank everyone for giving their input and suggestions. I am sure we will find our first soon and will reading up and trying to learn as much as we can in the meantime.
02-20-2012 02:33 PM
Letrappes If you are interested in a similar size and style boat, I have a friend who would like to sell his catalina 25 which is located in south haven, mi. I've sailed on it a lot and he always kept it in God shape. He's had twins recently so the boat has to go.
02-20-2012 02:10 PM
CalebD Also note that there are several flavors of the Hunter 27'. Look on this website for all the varieties: HUNTER 27 sailboat on sailboatdata.com
The generic H27 fin keel model or the tall mast (TM) version may be the best sailors. I'd avoid the shoal draft (SD) and winged keel (WK) versions are probably not necessary on your great lake. They even make a tall mast with shoal draft version (TM SD) for some reason.
That's my biased opinion, fwiw.
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