I really love the cockpit
layout with the twin helms, except for the traveler release needs to be moved closer to helms for easier single
handing. You had to watch your head
on the dodger
frame as was the case with other manufacture boats this size I was on (individual height dependent).
This was a prototype and I expect that there will be a very different boat when it comes into production running. I think that as a single head
boat (currently with two heads) with a center aft Queen berth, open on three sides it will be a solid alternative for my family
With the Catalina
387 and 400 series no longer in production a Hunter
40 along with the Jeanneau
41DS are the only other shoal draft
contenders on our list of potential new boat purchases.
I will reserve judgement, but I can say that the folks at Hunter
where definitely taking heed to what people had to say. I wrote a list of must change items for my individual needs as well as likes and and some other additional feature options.
Given the fact from what was told at the show, Hull
#1 was only 8 weeks from drawing board to splash at the show, I truly view what I stepped on was a prototype and will reserve judgement on the ultimate production design and how well it sails
as a shoal draft
I emailed my comment to Glen Emerson at Hunter marketing
late afternoon today. So it will be a wait and see. My focus is on a shoal draft living on the Gulf coast
, an aft cabin
center queen that I do not have to win the lottery to potentially buy. This may be a small segment of the boat buying
population and everyone has their own merit matrix; but these are some of my items.
There were lots of people as well as new boats. This was my first time at this show and I spent two days and did not see all I wanted.