Well, here we go - my first post. i saw that this thread started several years back. Stede, what kind of boat did you decide to get?
I stumbled on a Hunter
37C last November and did some research
. The Cherubini Hunters, IMO, are definitely a breed apart from the Hunters that followed. I purchased the boat for a very reasonable price
, but there is plenty left to do (and I think another 10k to 20k would be required to get it ready for long-term cruising).
I can tell you that this is a very strong stable boat. It takes about 7 kts of wind
to get her going (like someone flipped a switch), and at 10 kts, we are grinning from ear to ear. At 20kts, we start to contemplate reefing, but still very stiff.
The layout is very nice with lots of teak
. The ports
are most definitely junk. We will be replacing all over time. The holidng tank is the only other consistent problem I have heard about. I was concerned that the 27hp Yanmar
would be underpowered, but it has turned out to be a real workhorse. The boat stops on a dime, and turns very tightly.
is smaller than I would like, but I think its size would make it safer in blue water
. Also, the mainsheet and traveler are in the cockpit
, which I believe is stronger support for the boom than a cabin
The cahin locker is large, but shallow. I am a bit concerned on whether 200' of chain will be too top heavy. I may try to lead it to a lower space in front of the v-berth.
Many of the 37C owners on the Hunter
Owners.com site are in love with their boats, and tend to own them for many year. The ports
and holding tanks
seem to be the headaches.