, I lived aboard for 19 years on a 1980 Hunter
33 (new?old?somewhere in between?) She was a Cherubini design, from the original line of Hunters. Cherubini was a very respected designer
, whose Cherubini 44 was and is very well thought of. The Hunter
33 was an evolution of another design of his, one of his favorites, called a Raider, I believe. His own family
had one. The Cherubini Hunters were a very different design from the Hunters of today, but they were built to a price
Anyway, I racked up around 20,000 offshore
miles, mostly singlehanded, on that boat, and had a ball most of the time, although it was not without its dramatic moments. During that time my sailing included most of the California
coast and lots of time in the Sea of Cortez
. Hunters of that era looked a lot like Rangers, or Islanders or Cals. Some were built very well, some medium, and some poorly. Mine was medium, but six years of bashing around the SF Bay
found its weaknesses, which I beefed up.
I sail a bigger, beefier cat these days, a lot of it offshore
, but still own the Hunter, and think of her quite fondly. I would have taken her just about anywhere, when she was my home, but not without care and attention. Still, she was a very solid boat. What I remember most clearly about cruising aboard her was the great number of boats that only got underway to make a passage
of some sort. In between, they just stayed on their anchor, or mooring
, or in their slips. This included lots of big boats, and lots of older boats, including lots of pretty old classics, that were just too much trouble to take out for a fun afternoon. My motto was that I was always ready to sail in 15 minutes, and I would go out for lots of daysails, in between the passages to here and there. I often took guests from the big old beefy classics. Then again, I love to sail, so I always felt that a cruising boat, above all, should be fun and nimble and easy to sail. The Hunter was that. Oh, the other guys on those bigger, older boats seemed to spend a lot more time fixing them, too.......
But, anyone who feels that NO one who sails
a Hunter (or something from just about any other successful production builder) has his or her blinders on, or maybe is not out sailing enough to see the others that are doing so.