Originally Posted by peplefixr
I'm looking at a 2002 hunter 306. Looks great. Any input from other owners good or bad all accepted
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I had a 2002 Hunter 326, from 2008 to 2013. Started on the west coast
and sailed 45+ days a year. Took it by truck to Corpus Christi Texas
and then motor/sailed to Tampa Florida
via the inter coastal waterway. Put about 1100 miles on it in 29 days, mostly motoring. In 4 years on the west coast
we put about 50 hours on the motor
, in one month about 250. We used our boat a lot, added a bunch of things to learn how they work, and really enjoyed her.
Issues with the boat, when we got her is that she had not been used very much. As a result many things that are supposed to move did not, but with some elbow
grease and patience we got past that. We had some odds and ends that did not work, like the spark on the stove, (after tearing it apart, I discovered that it had a battery
that was dead).
As for the good stuff, the boat was very forgiving, pointed very high, was easy and fun to sail. With a little practice you could back that boat up under power anywhere. I regularly backed the full length of the dock
, and always backed into my slip.
One issue, is that you could tune the sails
so well that it would run a straight course with no hand on the wheel
. Problem with that was if you fell overboard
that boat would sail straight away.
Always dry inside, wasn't very fast with the roller main, and small jib
Bottom line from me, NO complaints.