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Old 29-01-2018, 21:14   #1
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Hunter - Blue-water or not?

I have decided to consider mono as well as multi-hulls for my pending passage from California to Hawaii. Once I get there, I don't know what I will do until I assess the first leg, i.e. on to Tahiti, back to California or off to a brokerage firm!!! As such, I am downgrading my desired expenditure, and have looked seriously at monos.

I have always liked the looks of Hunters, but don't know where they stand in the hierarchy of blue-water capable vessels. Any thoughts on the line, overall, and any specific recommendation. I will probably be making the trip solo, so single-handed sailing configuration is a must.

One model that has piqued my interest is the 54' model that is more of a racer than a cruiser, but I can sail with only main and jib and leave the second stay sail furled if need be. If I decide that one leg (to Hawaii) or there and back are enough for me, I don't want to have a great deal invested.

If I decide to continue one, I can upgrade at that time.
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Old 29-01-2018, 21:20   #2
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Re: Hunter - Blue-water or not?

A Hunter moored next to me in the Marshall Islands sailed 7,000 Blue Water miles to get here...arrived minus a mast.

There are much better Blue Water boats. I use my staysail at least 50% of the time.
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Old 29-01-2018, 21:34   #3
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A Hunter moored next to me in the Marshall Islands sailed 7,000 Blue Water miles to get here...arrived minus a mast.
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What happened to the mast? Was it a Hunter problem or an any boat problem?
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Old 29-01-2018, 21:42   #4
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Re: Hunter - Blue-water or not?

In my opinion Hunters are on par with other high production sailboats, including Beneteau/Bavaria etc. They may not be the strongest boat built but they are strong enough in most cases. I've seen them all over the world in our travels so they are definitely crossing oceans. Like all manufacturers some models are better than others so some serious due diligence is required to make an informed choice. In the lower latitudes being careful with weather there is no reason a Hunter won't get you there just as well as a Beneteau or similar boats. They all share very similar building techniques.
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Old 29-01-2018, 22:59   #5
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I have decided to consider mono as well as multi-hulls for my pending passage from California to Hawaii. Once I get there, I don't know what I will do until I assess the first leg, i.e. on to Tahiti, back to California or off to a brokerage firm!!! As such, I am downgrading my desired expenditure, and have looked seriously at monos.

I have always liked the looks of Hunters, but don't know where they stand in the hierarchy of blue-water capable vessels. Any thoughts on the line, overall, and any specific recommendation. I will probably be making the trip solo, so single-handed sailing configuration is a must.

One model that has piqued my interest is the 54' model that is more of a racer than a cruiser, but I can sail with only main and jib and leave the second stay sail furled if need be. If I decide that one leg (to Hawaii) or there and back are enough for me, I don't want to have a great deal invested.

If I decide to continue one, I can upgrade at that time.
Since you mention the Hunter 54 specifically, I believe you are thinking of the older Hunters. Several 54's have done some pretty serious sailing. The contemporaneous Cherubini designed Hunter line included a very stoutly built 37, which is cutter rigged and has a number of features that were ahead of its time. Quite a few of these did some really serious sailing, as well, probably more than the 54.
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Old 30-01-2018, 06:57   #6
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Since you mention the Hunter 54 specifically, I believe you are thinking of the older Hunters. Several 54's have done some pretty serious sailing. The contemporaneous Cherubini designed Hunter line included a very stoutly built 37, which is cutter rigged and has a number of features that were ahead of its time. Quite a few of these did some really serious sailing, as well, probably more than the 54.
Moss of the 54s I refer to hand the "garage" for the dinghy, and one is
named Pegasus '82, was one of only 24 hulls of this racing Hunter made. It has been modified as a cruiser.
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Old 30-01-2018, 07:37   #7
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Re: Hunter - Blue-water or not?

May I suggest, that a 54í boat is massive.

If youíre going to single hand, donít know if youíll like it, an want to keep the costs down, consider seriously something much smaller.
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I have decided to consider mono as well as multi-hulls for my pending passage from California to Hawaii. Once I get there, I don't know what I will do until I assess the first leg, i.e. on to Tahiti, back to California or off to a brokerage firm!!! As such, I am downgrading my desired expenditure, and have looked seriously at monos.

I have always liked the looks of Hunters, but don't know where they stand in the hierarchy of blue-water capable vessels. Any thoughts on the line, overall, and any specific recommendation. I will probably be making the trip solo, so single-handed sailing configuration is a must.

One model that has piqued my interest is the 54' model that is more of a racer than a cruiser, but I can sail with only main and jib and leave the second stay sail furled if need be. If I decide that one leg (to Hawaii) or there and back are enough for me, I don't want to have a great deal invested.

If I decide to continue one, I can upgrade at that time.
Well assuming good condition and equipped that Hunter is.
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Old 30-01-2018, 08:45   #9
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Re: Hunter - Blue-water or not?

I echo Sailmonkey thoughts. I currently own a 50ft. When problems develop and they will develop, it is both impractical and dangerous to be alone on that size of a boat. In my last trip to Bermuda we had "simple" problems such as blown sheets and jammed furler. While technically easy to fix, these were 2-3 people on deck.

In regards to Hunters being blue water boats- properly equiped the boat will survive. Search youtube for the dozens of young couples circumnavigation in production boats. None have had catastrophic failures, simply normal wear and tear of equipment

Personally if solo, I would limit myself to 32-37 ft.
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Re: Hunter - Blue-water or not?

Hunters are like most boats, some models are much better for what you want than others.
If you are considering single handing, donít. Not yet, cause I have to assume since your asking this question that your not experienced enough to single hand that trip, not yet anyway.
Nothing wrong with being inexperienced, I am, but Iím gaining experience every day
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Loved the Cherubini 37c.. easy to solo and plenty roomy for one person.
The trend towards swept back spreaders however raises some doubts.. to me.. for their Ocean capabilities in strong weather.. looks flashy tho'..
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Re: Hunter - Blue-water or not?

You may not believe this, but other people have actually asked this very same question. Many, many times. Try a Google search, and also use this very phrase on this and other boating forums. Good luck. Safe journey.
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Loved the Cherubini 37c.. easy to solo and plenty roomy for one person.
The trend towards swept back spreaders however raises some doubts.. to me.. for their Ocean capabilities in strong weather.. looks flashy tho'..
Your showing your age my friend like you I find the deeply swept spreaders to be a super pain in the butt when sailing down wind, you can never get your main out properly. I know it's cheaper to build them this way but for typical ocean cruisers the straight spreaders work best.
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Re: Hunter - Blue-water or not?

I would not wish to be aboard any Hunter in rough conditions. Especially those where you are pounding or dropping off waves.
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I would not wish to be aboard any Hunter in rough conditions. Especially those where you are pounding or dropping off waves.
Well, I have been, many times, on a Cherubini 33. It was fine. Six years sailing every week in the SF Bay Area, lots of N Pacific waters and Mexico.
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