I never intended by buy my Hunter 30, but after looking at several other models for Bahamas
cruising, it slowly kept rising on my list. I wanted shallow draft
, but catamarans were out of my budget
and I couldn't find a good bilge
keeler. I found some of the older boats like the OI 30 and Endavours to be in bad shape and fairly cramped inside.
With a 4.3 foot draft
and nice ergonomics, the Hunter wasn't perfect, but at $25K, it seemed a good compromise and capable of the job.
, and back to the Abacos, it treated me well in what was a harder than average winter. The problems I had were almost all due to previous owner "upgrades" not the boat itself. Certainly there are a few places I think Hunter got a little too frugal on such as plywood backing plates
, but many boat builders are guilty of the same.
It's not a boat I'd want to use for offshore
, but a lot of cruisers never go offshore
and for those who's interest lies in coastal & islands cruising, it's a boat worth considering.
To me, criticizing my Hunter 30 because it's not a passage
maker is like criticizing my mountain bike because it doesn't win road races. It's simply not what it was built for. Most purchasers of bikes don't road race
with them and most purchasers of sailboats will never sail them across an ocean.
My biggest complaint is that Hunter never made bilge keel
versions, but that's my complaint of most monohulls.