Hi, lurker for a long time, somehow I can't manage to recuperate my old credentials.
I know the boat you're looking at is not that model, but I want to cover some points that are often bashing Hunters (Reliability, Sailing Abilities, B&R RIG, Quality etc)
I love my Hunter. I've read a lot of bad things written about them in forums
, and it's rarely about past owners. I know everyone has different opinions, but many opinions are "I heard" and also a few disgruntled ex owners. Like any products in life, the happy ones are usually not on forums
I've a Hunter 410 2002 with a B&R rig (Yup, no backstay) and a Furling
Main. Boat is the deep draft
version (6.4). Most models came with the shoal (5). I also have the revised 410 that came with the stainless arch.
People who would not sail 2 miles off the coast:
I crossed the boat from Florida
to the coast of Cuba
and then across the Yucatan
channel all the way to Progreso last year, and so far I've put 1,750 miles on the boat. I've been many times to scorpion reefs
, Isla Mujeres and other various places in the gulf. (And also sailed along older Hunters, including a Hunter 30 and a Cherubini 29)
/ keels falling:
I've hit my keel
on a reef at 4 knots, the boat flexed hard, some floor panels
jumped out, and I broke just the point of the bulb. Damage was so minimal that I decided to wait after the last season to haul it out. Yes, I didn't sink. Although, I didn't like the flex in the companion way it seem to be a weak point on the boat or perhaps I'm paranoid since that accident
Like all boats, stuff sometimes break. I love how easy to maintain my stuff. Everything has easy access. The engine
is fully accessible with a 360 degrees view my lifting the cover under the companion way stairs, the back by liften the panel in the aft cabin
. Huge manual from Hunter with every part listen with a number, up to bolts. Everything is clearly detailed. Hunter also very easy to work with when you need their help. (In my case anyway, never had a problem getting help)
I've sailed around 20 regattas so far, and I've placed first 3 times in my category, and just placed 1st in a major one. The boat DOES point well for the huge cockpit
, huge cabin
and great beam for a 41 footer. And that's with a generator
and 2 A/C. It IS slow downwind cause of the rigging
. I fixed the problem with a North Sail Gennaker
G2 Runner. It's a BLAST to fly and it covered all the weak angles of the boat. Yeah, The spinnaker
didn't bring the mast
down, in fact, no B&R rig has fallen on a Hunter.
The famous "Arch" or "Roll Cage" that is often critiqued. First, I love the fact that the boom is high and that the traveller is on top of everyone. Behind my traveller I've 2 solar panels
and I could fit a third if I had squeezed them together but I was fine with 2. My arch also allowed me to install a KVH Internet
Antena. These are no jokes they weight. Also have speaker rack overhead and it makes for an excellent bimini
support and other accessories. I also have my snatch blocks from my asym spinnaker
lines attached to the arch, makes from a very strong point of attachment.
Would I cross the Atlantic with it? I don't think I would have the balls, but I take it for passages. I personally think it looks sexy, and every time I visit a friend's boat of similar year, I can't believe the space I've. Someone who says he would not leave the coast perhaps have some more serious problems with their sailing abilities than just a brand problem. I can understand if someone has had huge issues with a specific boat, lemons exists, doesn't mean they are all bad.
In other words, if you love the boat, stop listening to horror stories that your keel
will fall. There are all over the places in the carribean and in south america
and they all sailed on their own bottom to get there.
I know a person who worked for a charter
fleet of Hunter I will ask if they had H45's to give you feedback.
First place of our category last race
. Last year I also won a first place with a PHRF rating of 111. This year my PHRF went up as all the club I'm in Mexico
now got certificates from West Florida
No backstay and Spinnaker:
Sorry, wasn't a rent,just that there are people loving their hunters and sailing the hell out of them, like me.
Hunter 410 2002 - S/V Illusion - Current
Location: Progreso, Yucatan