[QUOTE=four winds;1969845]I suspected someone told you it came new without a backstay. Which is of course not true of older Hunters. Yours came with a backstay.
Also, be prepared for dock
walking know-it-alls to tell you all the faults of Hunter sailboats, even if they have never sat foot on one. Known as Hunter bashing, just smile and sail on.
TOTALLY Agree with Four Winds. Hunter gives you great bang for the buck. I've had my current
410 for about 10 years and have sailed all over the gulf and the Caribbean
with nothing more than normal issues.
As for sailing wing on wing, I don't find it to be a big deal on those rare occasions that the wind and I are going in the same direction. In any case, like everything else, it's just something that you learn and adjust to.
Congrats and good luck with your boat.
PS... Friend of mine has as a 27 Hunter. He absolutely loves it.