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Old 19-08-2015, 14:33   #1
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Hello everyone I am new, I have plan to start sail in Caribbean in 2017, and looking for Hunter legend 40 (1982-1986) so I just want to know your opinion if it is safe to sail her from Florida down to USVI or even to Grenada or from Florida to Cozumel and back.

I send an e-mail to boat broker this is copy of it:

" Hi Keith, I live in Denver, Colorado but some day hopefully going to sail in Caribbean, so before I will come and look at the boat would you please tell me little bit more about condition , is that the project boat ( I am not looking for a project boat) or she is ready to sail? Did anybody surveyed boat recently? What do you think needs to be done before I can take her to Florida, where boat going to be for some time or she is ready to go right now. And any more info about boat you think I should know."

And this is answer I received:

" I suppose you could sail it to the Caribbean but honestly, if you want a seaworthy ocean going sailboat you are unlikely to find one for this price. Certainly this boat is not the one."
So question is: Do I need more seaworthy sailboat if I am going to sail in Florida-Grenada- Mexico triangle. Thank you.
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Old 19-08-2015, 15:05   #2
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Are you sure the broker was talking about all Hunter 40's or just that one you were looking at?

All boats are designed with a purpose in mind and Hunters typically are considered the light, fast, coastal cruisers.

With that being said, sailing the Caribbean against the trades winds a boat can take a beating but there are Hunters doing it, just have to watch the weather a little closer.

Maybe the broker is trying to say that the specific boat you were looking at is not in the best of shape?
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A Hunter 40 can do that trip no problem. But, maybe THAT Hunter 40 can't.
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And drill a hole through the upper trailing edge of the rudder, then run a line through the hole and fasten it to a cleat.

That way when your rudder falls off you wont have to go diving for it.
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The thorny path is no fun... maybe you want to go the long way for a more pleasant sail??
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Old 19-08-2015, 17:24   #6
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Even a short offshore trip can turn into a major open water adventure; so do not buy anything that is in poor condition: not only you will spend heaps fixing the boat up but you will also spend time fixing it when you should/could be sailing ...

Get a good boat that will take you there without need for lengthy and costly preparations.

Welcome to the forum and good luck with your undertaking!

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I'd be inclined to listen to the broker. He wants to sell the boat, so if he's saying no dice, she's likely in rough shape, generally speaking a hunter 40 should be fine in the caribean.

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And drill a hole through the upper trailing edge of the rudder, then run a line through the hole and fasten it to a cleat.

That way when your rudder falls off you wont have to go diving for it.
And if you buy an Oyster or CSY, take some swim noodles with you for when it sinks.
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Tough crowd.....
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Welcome! Can I ask why you are targeting a Hunter. Nothing wrong the with the boat. It just might be easier to find a seaworthy boat is you specify you requirements (living, equipment, sailing, etc.) And find a boat that fits. Otherwise you may find it limiting. Especially with any high production boat such as s Hunter. Again, nothing against high production boats. But limiting to just one reduces the chance of finding an owner that really understood sailboats and took care of the vessel. Many who buy these boats don't.

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I know lots of Hunters that sailed from California to Australia without much problem, I also know boat that didn't get that far that costs far more money.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Twoofus.
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Are you sure the broker was talking about all Hunter 40's or just that one you were looking at?

All boats are designed with a purpose in mind and Hunters typically are considered the light, fast, coastal cruisers.

With that being said, sailing the Caribbean against the trades winds a boat can take a beating but there are Hunters doing it, just have to watch the weather a little closer.

Maybe the broker is trying to say that the specific boat you were looking at is not in the best of shape?
Thank you so much everyone for responds.

" I suppose you could sail it to the Caribbean but honestly, if you want a seaworthy ocean going sailboat" broker said, so I think, yes he meant a different type of boat.

Why I like Hunter 40 it's roomy, two rooms, two heads, large cockpit, price... I have limited budget $35000-$45000 and I am going to keep another $10000 for first year some updates I am sure I am going to have. I will appreciate any suggestions on type of boat and best way to buy a boat
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Welcome! Can I ask why you are targeting a Hunter. Nothing wrong the with the boat. It just might be easier to find a seaworthy boat is you specify you requirements (living, equipment, sailing, etc.) And find a boat that fits. Otherwise you may find it limiting. Especially with any high production boat such as s Hunter. Again, nothing against high production boats. But limiting to just one reduces the chance of finding an owner that really understood sailboats and took care of the vessel. Many who buy these boats don't.

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Thank you so much everyone for responds.

" I suppose you could sail it to the Caribbean but honestly, if you want a seaworthy ocean going sailboat" broker said, so I think, yes he meant a different type of boat.

Why I like Hunter 40 it's roomy, two rooms, two heads, large cockpit, price... I have limited budget $35000-$45000 and I am going to keep another $10000 for first year some updates I am sure I am going to have. I will appreciate any suggestions on type of boat and best way to buy a boat
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