I sailed two of them, an '84 H25.5, and an '83 H34. Both of them were great under sail. We cruised Lake Ontario
extensively with the 34. We've been in some real nasty conditions with both boats, and came home just fine. They both were great upwind, but a dog going down. Reaching was ok. We typically hit 7-7.5 knots in 15. We were out in conditions that kept others at the dock
, and though she creaked and groaned a lot, she was fine. Once we got back from a 75 mile crossing in 30 knots, and 9 foot seas off the nose, and had folks at the dock
astonished that we never had to tack.
We bought the H34 for $30K, and she delivered a lot of fun for ten years. Personally, I think they are fine for coastal use, and more if you do some upgrades. People looked down at the Hunter we had, but they were always looking at our stern
The new ones are huge! They also sail great upwind. There are a lot of them out there, but the bennys are catching up in numbers, at least in Ontario
. You may want to do a blog search for hunter owners, or look at http://hunterowners.com