This is too late for the OP but for the archives
I am currently cruising on a Hunter 376. I've done about 5000 miles offshore in her and about half of that or more is crossing the Gulf of Mexico
and the Caribbean
sea a few times.
My boat had some manufacture defects and I think I've finally fixed them all. Things like cabinites not bolted down, deck
liner rubbing on bulkhead...things like that. The deck flexes a lot due to the traveler being so far forward and the jib sheets
angled so hard, which causes my boat to squeak a lot due to those defects. I think I've fixed them all, just need to test it.
The boat loves light air. I do 7 knots in 11 knots apparent on a reach. Give me 25 knots offshore and I'm lucky to get 5.8 knots. It bounces around a bit in the steep 10 footers in the Caribbean
and the tall mast
causes a lot of heel in high winds. With no sails
up and 18 knots on the beam it heals 6 degrees. It's a big tall mast
so it catches a lot of wind
All in all, it's a pretty good boat but not meant for cruising long distances. I push it because, well, it's what I own. Maybe someday I'll buy an IP or something else but right now I plan on at least 5 more years of cruising on her in the eastern Caribbean
. Nice on anchor
except you'll need an hull
As far as the mast and rigging
goes, it's one of the most stable rigs out there as long as that forestay doesn't give. My mast came down in the Caribbean when the top cotter pin came out. The mast is so strong that even though it took out my wind generator
and a solar
panel and my stern railing, no real damage to the mast. If it's a furling
main, just make sure that furling
drum is in perfect condition because ZSpar doesn't make them anymore
If I keep the boat I'll be changing to a boom furling main in 5 years.
Those who talk about the lack of backstay making it weak doesn't understand how the B&R rig works. It has it's limitations like not being able to let the boom out much, but as for strength, it's very strong.