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Re: Just curious - why so many Hunter haters here on this board?
The pole discussion is interesting so will pull my pants down and display the attitude of the cruisers I know.
I have a lovely light expandable CF pole. It's easy to deploy. Still it's rarely used. In the bay usually day sail with just the bride. Much easier to gybe without the pole and avoid DDW. Beside there's a lot of traffic and I have no destination in mind anyway. I'm happy with the boat at hull speed or near it on those days. Don't care about a course or point of sail. I do care about back winding a sail on a pole to avoid a catastrophe.
With company I'd rather be in the cockpit shooting the ****e. Yes I'll "sail the boat " but rather do it in earshot of the conversation.
But about a dozen times a year the pole goes out. When it does go out its out for a day or more. Then it's worth every d-mn penny. My VMG is better, chafe and wear on the sail is less and the passage shorter.
I've said before I'm a wimp. Don't need to race against every boat that comes close. Do want sails in trim but that's as far as I go. Want good trim because I think it's easier on the sails and boat. Think my view of things is fairly common among cruisers. Have a blast making fun of us but the pole will still only go out on long legs.
As regards the big main small jib. Recall a Marion Bermuda. We got whooped bad by a Nonsuch 36. All main and no jib. So see small or no jib boats can move along. My issue is concern for the AP or windvane. Understand how you can vary placement of the fin keel so the boat will balance at some points of sail. Don't understand how you can have the boat balance at all points of sail. Particularly downwind.