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Old 15-10-2011, 07:06   #1
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Bluewater Cruising on a Hunter 36 ?

I am new to blue water cruising. I own a 2005 Hunter 36, with a shoal keel. I wonder if I need a different boat than this to get started. Any thoughts?
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, KStepman.

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Old 15-10-2011, 08:13   #3
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I am new to blue water cruising. I own a 2005 Hunter 36, with a shoal keel. I wonder if I need a different boat than this to get started. Any thoughts?
WHY do you wonder this? Is it because someone told you or you read it in a magnazine or on a forum?

But to answer the question - no you don't need a different boat to get started. Over time you will either sail based on your boat and sailing style, or change boats. But the boat normally is more capable that the sailor.
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Old 15-10-2011, 12:12   #5
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Re: Blue Water Cruising on a Hunter 36?

Depends on what you define as blue water...You have a great boat for the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

Sailed sensibly that boat is very seaworthy...Just don't make trips in winter to Bermuda or take the northern route to Ireland in March/April
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Depends on what you define as blue water...You have a great boat for the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

Sailed sensibly that boat is very seaworthy...Just don't make trips in winter to Bermuda or take the northern route to Ireland in March/April

In other words don't make foolish type trips just because you feel your boat is a brick?

Sailed sensibly I feel is the key word here. And if YOU aren't a a sensible sailor and are counting on the boat making up for this; well you're an idiot regardless!
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Sailed sensibly I feel is the key word here. And if YOU aren't a a sensible sailor and are counting on the boat making up for this; well you're an idiot regardless
and who pee'd in your frosted flakes.
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Sailed sensibly I feel is the key word here. And if YOU aren't a a sensible sailor and are counting on the boat making up for this; well you're an idiot regardless
and who pee'd in your frosted flakes.
Ohhh...I like it. Sounds more like Sailing Anarchy all the time.
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Re: Blue Water Cruising on a Hunter 36?

I think it's fair to say that with a shoal keel you'll need to carry less sail and be sure to reef a little deeper.

I think that can be said without offending the defender of all things Hunter?
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Your call...

You've probably had the Hunter for a while, so you're in the best place to decide. Think of the worst weather that you've encountered so far. Were you happy with how the boat handled it?

I have a big steel boat but I really would not like to encounter any seriously bad weather. Might survive, but it would be very, very unpleasant.

My opinion is that any cruising yacht that sails where bad weather occurs and out of range of reliable weather forecasts should carry a series drogue, liferaft and EPIRB.

Do check with the manufacturer about their rating for your boat, and how best to install mounting points for a drogue should you decide to carry one.
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Do check with the manufacturer about their rating for your boat, and how best to install mounting points for a drogue should you decide to carry one.

I really do not want to hijack the thread, but could you explain the "rating" of a boat. Where to add mounting points seem scary- always thought at the transom with huge backing plates was reasonable.... So much to learn!

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Re: Blue Water Cruising on a Hunter 36?

The rating of Hunters is discussed here.

The attachment of a Jordan Series Drogue is discussed here.
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Re: Blue Water Cruising on a Hunter 36?

If you are comfortable aboard and feel you can handle the boat then go for it.

Until you put a few miles under your keel there is no point in trying to get a "better" boat, because your idea of "better" will certainly change. While in Madeira I met a newbie with a beautiful new rocket ship of a modern boat. By the time he got to Antigua he decided to sell it and get a classic wooden boat. I am certain he would not have thought that would happen when he left to go cruising.

Cruising changes people (pretty much always for the better). So slip your lines as soon as you can and get on with the voyage.

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I think that can be said without offending the defender of all things Hunter?
IF that was aimed at me; I'm not a defender of all things Hunter. But I am aganist the other end of "it's a Hunter and must be bad" general stuff.

But we talk about this all the time, its the sailor more than the boat.
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Re: Blue Water Cruising on a Hunter 36?

Just to add a whammy.. Rather than sell the boat and buy something different. Assuming the keel bolts are ok, you could add a bomb or wing to the keel to stiffen her up a bit - assuming thats the concern. It would be cheaper than giving $$ away to a broker and changing boats.

But in general, the boat is fine to learn on. Just take your time and dont push it too hard until youre comfortable. If your only day and weekend sailing. The boat will give you lots of pleasure, just as it is and there is no need to make any changes.
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