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Old 12-10-2015, 09:05   #16
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Re: Hunter, Catalina to sail Caribbean

Our Hunter Passage 42 (with a backstay) is both comfy, sturdy and capable. She has sailed several 150-370nm trips the past year and half. Two legs in small craft warning conditions that joined up during trips. With a few modifications and being careful, she'd do any reasonable passage.
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Old 12-10-2015, 09:24   #17
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Re: Hunter, Catalina to sail Caribbean

There is a belief that older Hunters were built better than some of the newer ones and that the Catalina's are built better than most Hunters
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Old 12-10-2015, 09:27   #18
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Re: Hunter, Catalina to sail Caribbean

Personally, I think that you get a lot more boat with a Hunter for the money and you can sail them anywhere. They are light and sail well, some say fast.

I sailed a Hunter 34, 1984 then a Hunter 380, 2001 presently. I have sailed to the Bahamas, Texas, Charleston and Keys several times from 1998 to the present. I have delivered several (Hunter, Catalina, Beneteau) boats to and from the BVI's and have had no problem except with a poorly maintained Beneteau.

My 2001 Hunter 380 is currently for sale. It is listed with Massey Yachts in Fort Myers. It also creaks, get used to it.
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Old 12-10-2015, 10:09   #19
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Re: Hunter, Catalina to sail Caribbean

I live in Los Angeles and recently sailed my 2006 Hunter 44 DS to Mexico and lived on her and sailed around Mexico for 8 months. Went as far south as Manzanillo and as far north up in the Sea of Cortex as Loreto. The boat sailed and held up beautifully. There was a lot of motoring involved when the winds were too light or from wrong direction so make sure your engine is in great shape and take care of it. Remember to watch the weather and let her be your guide. As a cruiser there is no reason to ever be in heavy weather.

My strongest winds were on the bash back to San Diego from Cab San Lucas. But driving into the wind and waves for 8 to 10 days never affected her in any way.

This is my third Hunter sailboat and I have always had a good experience with them.
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Old 12-10-2015, 10:35   #20
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I will not like creaking. Do Hunter or Catalina boats creak? If so I would like to know.

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Old 12-10-2015, 11:02   #21
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All good captains know that banging and creaking have nothing to do with the boat, it is the people on the boat that bang and creek.....just saying
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Old 12-10-2015, 11:18   #22
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Re: Hunter, Catalina to sail Caribbean

In our smaller Catalina 27 sailing in 28 knot winds the boat flexed enough to move a bulkhead about 1" between head and cabin. For bluewater sailing we've opted for an older but tougher built boat.
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Re: Hunter, Catalina to sail Caribbean

So i need a can of creakstop for the creaking noises and fibremites, Then i need a can of insta-gleen, and a bottle of marvalous mystery oil. Seem's like a heard somewhere i can put icy-hot on my genitals and it will cure bulkheads moving too!
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Re: Hunter, Catalina to sail Caribbean

Yes those are fine. The longest trip in the eastern Caribe is an overnighter.
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Re: Hunter, Catalina to sail Caribbean

I have a 1980 33 foot for sale if you are interested please contact me great boat we are just getting something larger to live on.
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That is all good to hear. I agree, to me it looks like Hunter is a lot of boat for the money.

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You can sail almost any production boat in the Caribbean as long as its been maintained, easy peasy!
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Old 12-10-2015, 14:40   #28
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Re: Hunter, Catalina to sail Caribbean

We have a catalina 34 sail.d from canada great lakes down saint lawerence out to alantic down to florida across to bahammas to cuba and other islands and then back to canada no icw for us nothing but ocean and no problems. .
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Are Hunter and Catalina boats ok to sail from Florida to the Carribbean. Spend a few winter months in the Carribean then sail back to Florida? I am thinking about getting 34' to 37' size boat.

I would leave and return to the Daytona area.

Do I need more boat like an Island Packet or can a Hunter/Catalina make this trip?



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Also a catalina 34 is actually 35 and a half ft. Long
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