I had a 99 Hunter 260 until a few months ago. If you are looking for a trailerable, it's not a bad choice. The boat does not feel incredibly stable compared to a solid-ballast, fixed-keel boat of the same size. But that's the tradeoff you make for having something that you can tow from one lake to the next - which is essentially why I bought it.
There is a good amount of space below-decks and have 'camped' on mine with another person or two for a weekend. The aft berth is plenty big enough for two to sleep comfortably (it runs all the way from port to starboard and from stern to the companionway). The table also drops down to make a large double in the cabin
. Forget about sleeping in the vee-berth unless you are 5'0" but it's a nice place to toss your bags. The seating area is roomy enough to sit about 6 (and you wouldn't want anymore than that onboard anyway - trust me!) but can be awkward trying to get in and out of your seat. The head
is a good size and has a wet locker. I didn't use the galley
much except to throw my keys and wallet into the sink.
I like the openess of the storage
under the settees. There are 5 access panels
but it is open all the way around. It makes running wires and storing larger objects nice.
Topside, the cockpit
is a decent size and I could mostly lay out flat. There is no walkway to the sides of the cabintop, so you have to climb on the coachroof to go forward. Not too big of a deal if you have all lines in the cockpit
. The lazarettes are not good for storing much, but this is because you have all of that room in the aft berth. There is a small, but nice swim platform off the stern.
I learned to sail on this boat and don't regret owning her at all. There are more stable, better sailing boats in this size/price range for sure. But the portability is definitely nice. And if you are deciding between the Hunter and MacGregor
, the Hunter is definitely the better sailing of the two.
Oh yeah, stepping the mast
took me about 2 hours the first time. After some practice, I could rig and splash in about 30 minutes by myself.
Good luck. She'll make a good first boat. But if you are anything like I was, you'll be looking for a boat with fixed ballast and a slip after about the 20th time you take this thing on and off the trailer.