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Old 02-04-2010, 11:19   #1
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Hunter 30 - Safe for Passage ?

I have been reading all the threads here and I dont see Hunter mentioned much. On the other hand, I see alot of them on the market. My instincts tell me there is a good reason for these two phenomenons. I would like the veiws of some experienced sailors.

I like Pearson but the older Hunters have a flat semi low transom for attaching a small dive platform. The boat I end up with will have to be able to accept a platform or already have one.

Am I crazy for even thinking about a Hunter for pan-pacific voyage?

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Old 02-04-2010, 11:26   #2
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Hello,

Well if you look at my avatar you see I have a Pearson. Also, just happen to live about 8 miles from the Hunter factory in FL and have actually visited the plant. Have also chartered a Hunter as well so think I can comment on the comparison.

In general, Hunters are built for price and are not exactly the most heavy duty boat on the planet. On the other hand, there are plenty of Hunters sailing all over the world, including at least one I know that sailed around the Horn. Carefully inspected and beefed up where needed a Hunter could work, but the Pearsons are generally built better. Also, if the 30' Hunter has the no backstay rig I am not a fan. Some people like it, I have concerns about the rig, especially for downwind cruising which you will see a lot of if you are trade winds sailing.
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:31   #3
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People have rowed across the Pacific, kayaked from California to Hawaii and beefed up a Catalina 27, so I don't think one can say it's not possible.

However, I own a Hunter 30 myself. I love it for Island cruising, but it's not a boat I'd personally be very comfortable with for a trans-oceanic crossing.

The sail management systems seem fairly easy to manage and strong, it's more that it's just not as seakindly a boat as I'd want for that kind of duration and potential conditions.

Certainly, how a boat is outfitted and maintained can make an enormous difference, but still, I'd probably be looking at something else myself.

P.S. - In response to Skimac's post, my 89 Hunter has a split backstay. I don't know if there were versions that did not. I second his take that they are built for price and are a great option to consider to get one out enjoying coastal cruising affordably.
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I own a 1981 Hunter 30 and have sailed it around the Keys and Bahamas since 2000. It a great, inexpensive, well-built coastal cruiser and is up to the kind of conditions you're apt to encounter in this type of environment.

As a bluewater passage maker, not in my book. I'd go for something with a much heavier displacement and is designed (beefed up) for offshore passages.

Like Nautical, my Hunter also has a split backstay. It is possible to add a swim/dive platform, but I would rather own a newer Hunter that has a walk-through transom.
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Well I guess I better keep looking then. I want to save money but not at the expense of my life or happiness. Thanks to everyone who replied.
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Consider starting a post on advice for boat suggestions. I'm sure there are many old threads that you will find informative as well. The smaller blue water cruiser is a theme that comes up often.
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Consider starting a post on advice for boat suggestions. I'm sure there are many old threads that you will find informative as well. The smaller blue water cruiser is a theme that comes up often.
Excellent advice. Im not a rookie at forums but yet....I broke the rookie "grasshoppa" rule. I walked on broken rice paper!

I will take your kindly advice to heart and hopefully wont ask to many more questions that have been beaten to death already. Thanks!
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Excellent advice. Im not a rookie at forums but yet....I broke the rookie "grasshoppa" rule. I walked on broken rice paper!

I will take your kindly advice to heart and hopefully wont ask to many more questions that have been beaten to death already. Thanks!
Unlike some other forums I participate in, people here are pretty tolerant of similar questions. They understand obviously, it's new to you. My point about doing a search is just that there is a lot of good information already covered if you can find it.
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