I have a Pearson
and nothing major negative to say. Lots of little details in an older Pearson
to deal with but same with every older boat.
On the other hand, for a smaller boat I really prefer a cutter
rig and from all reports the Hunter
would sail well. Never been on that model so can't confirm that from personal experience but if boatman61 says it sails
well then it's a fact.
Lack of self tailing
winches wouldn't be a deal breaker for me. I've had both and think the difference, ease of use and benefits are not huge.
I would defer final decision until I checked the boat for major structural problems. Minor nicks and dings would not put me off, old rigging
is easily replace (just factor that in on the offer price) but wet or deliminated decks, bad/leaky hull
joint, rotted or separated bulkheads and such would probably kill the deal for me.