I've got several thousand miles at the wheel
of a Hunter 46, most of these in windy San Francisco
conditions, and have never yet experienced a broach in that boat. Indeed, in comparison to many of the old IOR design "broach coaches" I used to race
, it's a remarkable stable design. The wide beam carried aft lends a great deal of additional stability once you exceed 8 knots STW, and it tends not to wallow downwind even when overpowered.
It's a powerful rig, with 1,000 square feet of sail area at 100% of J, but nothing to be frightened of if you know your way around a big boat. And it carries a spinnaker
well, at least in my experience of flying an A-kite. Unlike most Hunters, it's a masthead rig rather than a fraction rig, and I find that it balances well on all points of sail. It also does well downwind under autopilot
, even in quartering seas with the spinnaker
There are a great many boats with strong tendencies to broach. The Hunter 46 is not one of them.