Hi, new to the group, great forum here.
I'm considering a freestanding mast
boat, the hunter
Vision 36, built between 1991 and 1995? I know that it was designed as a beginners boat, and that they don't point well, but beyond that do they sail well?
My point of reference is 12 different weeks of sailing 38'-52' charter
boats in the San Juan
and Canadian Gulf Islands (always 3rd week of March, good wind!) Hunters, Beneteaus, Jenneaus, Sweden
, and Catalinas.
I don't know if I'll be happy with a Vision. Not pointing well is a bit of an issue, how 'not well' I wonder.
I love the huge main salon
, walk thru transom not to mention no shrouds or stays, with rigging
being about $7K-$8K for a 36 foot boat, and replacing it every 7 years or so (according to Mark in West Marine rigging
shop) I'd love to invest that $1000 per year elsewhere on the boat.
Everybody at the Hunter
Vision forum loves their boats, but perhaps they are not coming from the same boats I am.
Any help, comments about this unique boat would be much appreciated.
Here's more info on the boat if anyone is interested:
Sailboat Knowledge Base
I feel the boats are underappreciated right now, and inexpensive $60-$70K for very nice boats. I plan to use it up and down the west coast
and San Juan Islands
, but sure I wouldn't want to get caught in any serious weather
with it, not looking for a bluewater boat.
If this boat isn't the right boat for me, I'll probably go with a 1990s Beneteau
between 36 and 42 feet.