I am not sure I should weigh in here again, but I will take one more stab at it. I may have come on a little strong in my last post, but I did not disparage the poster. I don't even disagree with the many of the posters observations. Like many boats, the Hughes 29 has it's share of shortcomings. The point that I was trying to make, but apparently didn't is that potential boat buyers rely heavily on internet reviews and information, and because very little information on the Hughes 29 is available on the web, this seven year old post stands out prominently, like the definitive indictment of the Hughes 29. Any cursory research on the web will invariably end up at this thread. This is not the fault of the poster.
It is my opinion however, that there is more to this boat than pinched transoms and narrow side decks. I know of more than one Hughes 29 owner that has expressed frustration with this post. The gentleman that I purchased my boat from clearly loved his boat and had sailed it, and taken meticulous care of it for many years. It might be useful if owners were to defend the virtues of these boats, but to do so puts you at risk of being labelled as "angry and lost". Go figure.