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Old 26-11-2010, 06:38   #16
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Hunter 430

We owned a '95 hunter 430 and cruised it for 3 years from San Diego through the Panama Canal to Florida. Never had any engine or major system problems, but fried our starter in Costa Rica and were stuck for 10 days until a new one arrived from Miami (recommend carrying a spare as that diesel is tough to do a "push-jump start". The boat handled exceptionally well in weather. Had to reef that big ole sail early, though. Friends we buddy boated with in high dollar Swans called it our "Tupperware" boat but they could never leave us behind on long passages. Fast cruiser.

I installed an additional 50 gal fuel tank, port side, aft where the 2 little lockers were in the aft stateroom. Put in a 6 gal/hr watermaker in forward locker and we were all set for long term cruising.

Hated to sell her when we left Calif. but now have a trawler in Florida.
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Old 26-11-2010, 07:07   #17
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My opinion only - I don't like the idea of going off-shore in a boat without a backstay and/or running backstays.
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Old 26-11-2010, 07:44   #18
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My opinion only - I don't like the idea of going off-shore in a boat without a backstay and/or running backstays.

While I understand the thought; in the years of reading various Hunter threads where the BR rig comes up I don't think I've ever read of a demasting. The reading I've done suggests it is stronger than a traditional back stay design.
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Old 27-11-2010, 04:10   #19
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Windance: I hope to leave Thursday of this week on leg #1 of my San Diego-Florida trip. I also added water maker into my Hunter 430. Also a generator. Packing extra 30 gallons diesel in jerry cans. I cannot do this trip in a single shot (not-retired) so I hope to make the trip in 2-3 week blocks over the next two years. Any lessons learned about your Hunter 430 SD-Florida trip would be appreciated. Leg #1 is SD to La Paz, marina til March 2011. Clearing in Ensenada so single shot to Turtle is a little shorter.
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