40.5 is the best boat Hunter ever built. I had a 1994 Hunter 40.5 in the 90's and traveled from the Great Lakes
of the US to the Bahamas
and compare the quality of the systems to the new Island Packet
350 that we bought in 1999, which sail as far south as Trinadad from the Great Lakes
. The design of couse was much different, winged fin keel
verses a full keeled cutter
rigged boat, but the systems, rigging
and all never failed. The aluminum
toe rail adds to a great deck
thru bolted attachment.
Keep eye on your water
tank">fresh water tank strainer before the water pump, there were four tanks
built in of fiberglass
if I remeber right. Increase the size of your fuel filter
system. Consider moving your batteries lower.
We added a third set of reef points with the plan of going forward and reefing manually, but never had to do so. Big wind
and close hard chop on the Great Lakes, but the eastern US and Bahamas
has more days of light air then real heavy stuff; it may be different where you are sailing. Had two storm sails aboard but never used them, but made the folks at North Sails happy. You do have to reef early w/ +18 knots of wind
, but w/ a big sail plan, 63.5 foot spar you would expect that.
For me under sail or at anchor
I think it is a handsome craft. Enjoy, rich