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Old 05-11-2011, 15:07   #1
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Comfort at Anchor

My Wife and I are working on narrowing down our selection criteria for a liveaboard cruising boat. We have not done any extended cruising yet. When spending a few nights at a time sleeping onboard smaller boats the accomodations have been tollerable. For longer term stays we want to make certain that we are comfortable. At home we have a nice quality pillow top king size mattress. Spending more than a few nights sleeping in lesser beds we sure do miss it.

Looking forward to the kind of sailing we expect to do I expect that we will likely be spending at least 8-10 nights at anchor or in marinas for every night spent on passages. We would like to focus our boat search to those that have accomodations that will fit a large enough bed for our comfort.

I have been on board a few 40+ ft Hunters that fit the bill but fail in the area of being a safe boat for longer passages.

Any suggestions?

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How did the Hunters fail/let you down in the safety sense....??
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Old 05-11-2011, 15:21   #3
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How did the Hunters fail/let you down in the safety sense....??

good question, mine is comfortable during the trip and even more so once I get to my anchorage
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Re: Comfort at anchor?

As a general category of monohulls with large berths you should look at center cockpit designs. With the cockpit in the center of the boat the designer can fit a full width cabin aft. I don't think you see them much less than 40', but there might be some. I was always an aft cockpit guy (there are some religious battles over this question) but once had a CC on a bareboat charter. Loved the space in the aft cabin and now own a CC.

There are plenty of services that will make you a custom mattress of your size and dreams, but I have never used them.

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How did the Hunters fail/let you down in the safety sense....??

Straighten me out if I have misunderstood what I have read here & other forums. It appears to me that the Hunters in this range are great in the marina and coastal cruising but are not built for passage making or extended cruising.

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For longer term stays we want to make certain that we are comfortable. At home we have a nice quality pillow top king size mattress. Spending more than a few nights sleeping in lesser beds we sure do miss it.


Any suggestions?

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Get a decent sized cat

I'll have a nice quality pillow top king size mattress on my vessel and more.
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As a general category of monohulls with large berths you should look at center cockpit designs. With the cockpit in the center of the boat the designer can fit a full width cabin aft. I don't think you see them much less than 40', but there might be some. I was always an aft cockpit guy (there are some religious battles over this question) but once had a CC on a bareboat charter. Loved the space in the aft cabin and now own a CC.

There are plenty of services that will make you a custom mattress of your size and dreams, but I have never used them.

Good luck,

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I was just looking at pics of a couple of Little Harbor 46 CC's. Very nice!

I have been looking over ads for the Pearson 419 CC's. Probably a little closer to my range. Never been on one but the pics make the aft berth look quite large. The little I have read makes them sound like a boat I could take to the South Pacific.
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Get a decent sized cat

I'll have a nice quality pillow top king size mattress on my vessel and more.

Love to!

Unfortunately I am fresh out of rich uncles

I did see a Prout Snowgoose 37 that may have potential. Not quite sure if it is quite big enough though.
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Straighten me out if I have misunderstood what I have read here & other forums. It appears to me that the Hunters in this range are great in the marina and coastal cruising but are not built for passage making or extended cruising.

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Read more and decide but lots of us feel that "opinon" is wrong!

Make your our mind up based on what you see and not what you read for people with opinons based on what they believe and have "heard".

If you serch more you will find that owners real experience is different.
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We were in a race between Galveston and Pensacola. 1996 I think. Fleet was caught by a surprise Gulf hurricane. We ran for Tiger Pass (on the advise of a local shrimper) along with a Hunter 42. Running with 14' seas. Got into marina at Venise, LA. We are heating up my wife's lasagna and opening red wine. the guys on the Hunter are pulling everything off the boat, gear, cushions, because it oil caned and leaked like a sieve. They are nice boats but I'll take my Vagabond in a storm.
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possible, but which Hunter was this

and even if true ever consider that it was THAT Hunter maybe and not all Hunter's

the again what would I know
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possible, but which Hunter was this
and even if true ever consider that it was THAT Hunter maybe and not all Hunter's
the again what would I know
By your reasoning, you might* know your Hunter.

* Many owners don't know their own boat very well; particularly, if they have no (comparative) experience with other boats.
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By your reasoning, you might* know your Hunter.

* Many owners don't know their own boat very well; particularly, if they have no (comparative) experience with other boats.

Yes. But maybe knowing MY boat is closer to the truth that believing I know someone else's because I read it in a forum.
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Hunter did go through a few 'Bad Years' I believe in the 80's resulting from a takeover (or so the story went).... but they're OK now...
How true I don't honestly know.... but an '81 H37C Cherubini took me solo to Europe from NC through some bad weather... only failures were torn sails and fouled fuel filters from the crap tossed round in the tank...
They're as good as their competition if treated/sailed right...
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Re: Comfort at Anchor

We bought a quality Tempurpedic knockoff from this company for the boat. We liked the mattress so well that we bought one for home also. The Foam Factory, Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattress, Memory Foam Mattresses
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