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Old 28-09-2014, 20:55   #1
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Have you ever sailed on a Hunter Vision with a big utility pole mast?

1989 Hunter Vision 32 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

What do you think of this rig? Do you wonder why the big utility pole mast didn't catch on? Maybe they use all those for wind generator farms now?
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Old 28-09-2014, 21:04   #2
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Re: Have you ever sailed on a Hunter Vision with a big utility pole mast?

Any failures to report? Considering all the stainless for rigging is now coming from China, maybe a good thing.

You've got too much time on your hands....maybe time to dive your prop?

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Old 28-09-2014, 21:09   #3
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Re: Have you ever sailed on a Hunter Vision with a big utility pole mast?

Wasn't enough for you to get my thread shut down before I could share my new boat with everyone? Did somebody drop a Hunter on your dog or something? Quit being a pill.


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Old 28-09-2014, 21:13   #4
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Re: Have you ever sailed on a Hunter Vision with a big utility pole mast?

Do Hunter owners not know how to use google?

I didn't know the name of the Hunter, so I googled "Unstayed hunter" and found the vision.

I didn't know if there had been any rig failures, so I googled "Hunter vision 32 rig failure" and got this link
Hunter 32 vision mast - SailboatOwners.com

In the thread, I quote "I've read that the original mast was made by a company that does traffic signal poles"

Considering they are no longer making them, and nobody else has emulated them, it was a failure.

Please do not personally attack me when you do not know your facts.
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Old 28-09-2014, 21:15   #5
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Thanks, Ralph.


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Old 28-09-2014, 21:24   #6
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Re: Have you ever sailed on a Hunter Vision with a big utility pole mast?

Well, it's kind of ugly.....but hey, at least Hunter gave it their best. Again, any reports of failure on this design? If I could get rid of standing rigging (without losing my mast), I'd be a happy man.

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Old 28-09-2014, 21:36   #7
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Do Hunter owners not know how to use google?

I didn't know the name of the Hunter, so I googled "Unstayed hunter" and found the vision.

I didn't know if there had been any rig failures, so I googled "Hunter vision 32 rig failure" and got this link
Hunter 32 vision mast - SailboatOwners.com

In the thread, I quote "I've read that the original mast was made by a company that does traffic signal poles"

Considering they are no longer making them, and nobody else has emulated them, it was a failure.

Please do not personally attack me when you do not know your facts.

If you'd read further you'd know that Isomat made the mast for the Vision Series. They didn't make traffic signal poles. I learned this information by Googling Isomat.


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Old 28-09-2014, 21:49   #8
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I posted a link to a rig failure, but I guess the mods deleted it.


I don't think the last thread with over 9000 views should have been closed, I always thought forums liked popular threads.

Your link to the dismasted 32 is still there. Googled that, too. Seems dismasting on the Vision is pretty rare. And it's not the only boat with a shroudless spar. Both Freedom and Nonesuch have enjoyed great success with that design.


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Re: Have you ever sailed on a Hunter Vision with a big utility pole mast?

I missed that JT, good catch. At least I wasn't the only one who thought they were utility poles.
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Re: Have you ever sailed on a Hunter Vision with a big utility pole mast?

Looks like a great deal. If I had seen that before I refitted my Irwin 34, I would have jumped at it(subject to inspection).
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Re: Have you ever sailed on a Hunter Vision with a big utility pole mast?

[QUOTE=autumnbreeze27;1640273]1989 Hunter Vision 32 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

Do you wonder why the big utility pole mast didn't catch on?

They were expensive.
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Re: Have you ever sailed on a Hunter Vision with a big utility pole mast?

I would have to think weight is the issue, no matter who builds the boat an unstayed mast has to be heavier and I would think going to exotic composites would be required to get the weight back down
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Re: Have you ever sailed on a Hunter Vision with a big utility pole mast?

I used to sail a Freedom 25 in the UK on lake Coniston in the 80s. I think it was built in the Isle of Man under contract. Incredible to walk around with no rigging.
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Old 29-09-2014, 10:11   #14
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Re: Have you ever sailed on a Hunter Vision with a big utility pole mast?

The rig has it's advantages and disadvantages.
Advantage = easy to sail
Disadvantages = doesn't sail very well. large diameter mast (creates more turbulence and drag), higher center of gravity makes it more tender, mast is expensive and hard to find, fractional rig. It's also an eyesore.
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Re: Have you ever sailed on a Hunter Vision with a big utility pole mast?

Some friends had a hunter vision. Yes it's tender, but hardly an eyesore. They said it was a bit of a handful to sail on the SF bay. Though I expect they may not have been too experienced. They did mention that the effort on the rudder was excessive. It did have a nice cockpit layout and the insides were huge compared to my little boat.
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