So after a few months now of sailing on my 2001 Hunter 410 I can say this:
I got this boat to be comfortable when in port, there's no agruing that it completely meets this!
- The boat sails
much better than I thought it would and it's fast (probably faster if it had a better driver with more courage).
- That full roach main with smaller genny really is easier to handle. And so far that small genny having the track on the cabin
top instead of the deck
means I have not kicked my toe on anything.
-That traveler arch is great, I can not find any negative to having this!
- The boat is a lot more comfortable under sail than I expected. I thought the boat was kind of light weight and worried that it was going to be bouncy, but it isn't and I have no explaination.
- The low stern means that there isn't any aft water
slap and I sleep a lot better.
- I keep finding more storage
locations for "later"
- There is a lot of freeboard and if the dock
is low its' a big step up.
- It motors a lot faster than I expected compared to my Cal-39 and uses much less fuel
to do it. Must be something about the hull
is well attached. I pounded the boat pretty hard a few weeks ago and it didn't rattle etc and the doors all still shut. I haven't noticed any indication of a flex issue.
- My rudder
has not fallen off (just a joke because people seemed to think Hunter rudders just fall off).
- I wish that there was more aft railing that stuff could be mounted to like the outboard
and BBQ. But I can fix this.
- YES - you can not sail as deep downwind with the B&R rig. So far only mattered once and I think I'm going to be able to live with that 20 degrees of lost
sail point that I rarely used anyway.
- There's no backstay, oh my GOD! Well it also means that it's not in the way and sometimes I miss it for hanging my arm around, but most of the time I'm gald it isn't in the way. And of course I don't have to remember to pump up my hyd tensioner anymore.
- The electric
system is much more complex than my Cal-39. But it all makes good sense and is well installed.
- I noticed hand holds the other day that I had not noticed for almost 3 months. I wonder why Hunter installed those extra ones?
While I of course what to believe I made a good choice; I don't really have negatives about the boat. Just the normal small "wish this was different" stuff that all boats have a trade-offs.
And while the boat I'm sure was designed to fall into a certain price
point range (like all manufactured stuff) I have not found any construction issue than I would consider as "cheap". The boat is well build and put together. And since it is 10 years old now I would expect that things that were not well assembled would be showing.
So in end I got past my anti-Hunter thinking and got a newer boat for my money
(newer is almost always less beat up) with modern design, instead of a "classic" boat that would have been much older and worn. And for it's size it is more comfortable and probably a lot faster. But this of course is my Opinion!