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Old 20-03-2010, 01:07   #1
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Hunter 37.6 - Fit for Blue Water Cruising ?

Have my sailing eye on a well maitained and equipped Hunter 37 for some servous off shore cruising.
Trouble is I don't see or read about other sailors using this yacht for extented off shore cruising.
The draw back I see is the type of fin keel and maybe the deck stepped mask.
Is this boat used mainly for steady costal cruising?
Would like your thoughts on this as I am about to go to contract.
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Old 20-03-2010, 05:43   #2
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Hunter 37.6 Fit for Blue water cruising? - sure as long as YOU believe so, wouldn't be the choice most would make
The draw back I see is the type of fin keel and maybe the deck stepped mask. - neither make a difference and neither know or care what color water you are in
Is this boat used mainly for steady costal cruising? -well.......YES!
Would like your thoughts on this as I am about to go to contract. -you are about to have the sh*t come down on you here on CF for asking the Hunter question, if YOU like the boat disregard what's to come and just plan on doing the upgrades etc needed to make the boat more suitable for long open water

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Old 20-03-2010, 07:28   #3
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No different than any other production boat, e.g., catalina, beneteau, etc. in that none of them were designed for offshore cruising although all of them and many more lesser boats have been used for just such purpose. There are far too many experts here who will tell you absolutely not but that doesn't explain why I saw one in Auckland last year that came from Vancouver without a problem. Must have been a mirage...
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Old 20-03-2010, 15:27   #4
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Thanks for comments to date.
So far I've read and Hunted through 21 pages of posts from Monohull Sailboats sailors and the Hunter comes in for a fair amount of interesting comment.
I am impressed with this yacht and that what counts ,personally.
So its a "Yes you Can"
Thanks Don and S/V
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Only know the Cherubini 37 Cutter... that was a keel stepped Hunter circa 81 but my niggles were portholes....
The boat was great...
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Hunter 37.5

All signed and sealed.I'm now the new owner.

You all know the accrum? for BOAT.
Installing an AIS ,solar panel,wind generator,watermaker may even need a new ice box.
plus the surveys list.
Hey life is full of new challenges. A new way of living is about to open up.
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All signed and sealed.I'm now the new owner.

You all know the accrum? for BOAT.
Installing an AIS ,solar panel,wind generator,watermaker may even need a new ice box.
plus the surveys list.
Hey life is full of new challenges. A new way of living is about to open up.
Many many congratulations. Before diving in to serious work make sure you do some sailing now and take plenty of pictures of you smiling smiling and loving her newness to you.

There will come times in the future when you are spending boat bucks you'll want to drill a hole in her belly and let her sink. On those days look at the pictures!
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off shore experience?

Hi saltiepaw, We have a Hunter 356. Love it and live on it on the East coast of Florida. I love the maneuverability, turns on a dime, sails with any wind, and heads-up beautifully with a modified fin keel (a little wing).
Off shore it really tends to wallow around, and it's very difficult keeping it on track. The auto-pilot we have is unusable in the ocean and it takes muscle keeping the rudder going in the direction I'd like sometimes.
So is that a function of the point of sail, versus trying to get speed, versus sail area? Have you had more experience now? What do you think of your 37?
I'd like to take her to the Carribean and would love other's opinions of open water. I know it's called a 'coastal cruiser'...
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There will come times in the future when you are spending boat bucks you'll want to drill a hole in her belly and let her sink. On those days look at the pictures!
Great idea! - Makes me think it'd be worthy effort to print those pics and mount on numerous vertical surface for frequent reminders, even before you find yourself with the 1/2" drill and that big holesaw in hand - wondering what you were doing and how you got there!

I've not found my new 'hole in the water' into which I'll pour money and time.

Congratulations on finding yours!
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Well done SaltiePaw. I rather fancy a Hunter myself and I'd be looking at the 36ft version.

Hope you have lots of fun.
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