Originally Posted by robert sailor
You know that this stuff never leaves the Web and it will over time start to hurt the brand. So why in the world does one of your spokesman keep starting threads that naturally lead to trashing his brand. Seems silly to me!
The bigger question is why the haters are so drawn to these threads with no skin in the game
other that to be a hater.
These don't necessarily mean the brand gets trashed in the mind of potential buyers. For the most part the only reason I post on them is to provide a counter to the haters.
I was among the Hunter trashers and haters for years (I learned it here). Came time I wanted something better in a boat to cruise
and live on. Couldn't afford a half million dollar used fancy boat, and didn't really want an old boat that I knew always had issues to deal with (seemed every one of those older boats had some common major known construction problem or a crappy layup). So I started looking at newer models and became attracted to a Hunter. So I got off forums
and started doing some real research
into the Hunter construction etc. I even started a thread here that ran for years before the haters finally wound it up to the point it got closed.
What I found were the facts didn't support the internet
hate and that the modern Hunters were assembled very well. Yes they have some features unique to Hunter, but the guts of the boats are assembled in all the same manner that the other "better" boats are. But it doesn't matter because no matter how many Hunter owners report no problems there are always internet
haters that will find some boat and use it as a reason why all Hunters are crap.
Heck just on this thread there was just a post to the effect that even with all the 1,000s of post year 2000 Hunters out there, to "their eye the cleat mounting is no good". Gee really do you have anything to support this?
My Hunter is 14 years old and in the 4 years I have had it there has been NO problems or issues with any part of the boat that Hunter made! And if the original owner had 1 it got fixed so completely that I have never seen any sign of a repair. This involves all the assembly items such as wiring
etc. on the boat. The boat suffers no flexing etc and there has never been anything to indicate the boat wasn't solid.
Yet on an internet forum my boat and all the other happy Hunter owner's boats are treated as unusual. The haters refer to happy owners basically as liars and idiots because our personal first hand experience doesn't support their ACE status.
An before you go and get yourself all worked up with some lame boat example of why I'm wrong; my position is always that not all Hunter models are a good choice for ones intended use. I would never suggest someone get a 30' Hunter and plan to cross an ocean (because I wouldn't suggest that for any 30' boat even though it is fact they can and do do it). But it is without question for anyone who is interested in anything other than being a Hunter recreational hater that there are lots of great Hunter boats out there than will do 99% (at least) of anything some boat costing 5 times as much will.
Hunter (and all other production boat) bashing is a sport. When I got into boating
I read how close boaters were to each other, but you would never believe this if you read a boat forum.