Oh yeah....sorry to hound on an old thread, but just wanted to add that I would trust a 376 over a 336 any day as it's twice as heavy, but I don't like the idea of taking MY 376 around. I'd do it in somebody else's, but not so sure I want to risk mine. If I did, I'd have to take everything off that wasn't for the boat and I didn't want to lose.
That being said because I was just talking to a friend, a woman believe it or not, that wants to sail around Cape Horn. I used to want to do it but I am not so sue I want to do it at all, on any boat, but if a good looking woman is pushing me, I have a feeling I would be going
So, I thought I would search google
to see if any other Hunter went around Cape Horn which of course, led me to this thread.
The problem with the mid-90s Hunters is not the design, but the craftsmanship inside the boat (hull is fine). After owning mine since 2005 and doing 5,000 miles offshore
in her including crossing the Gulf 3 times and the Caribbean
sea once, I have finally fixed all the flaws that were done by the builder
workers. No more creeky sounds on my boat....finally!
is a little weak in some places where stress cracks will show up over time if you work her hard like I have, especially beating, but stress cracks are just signs of significant flexing as jell-coat doesn't flex but fiberglass
does. The thing is, if any of you have ever played with fiberglass
and tried to find the limits of flexing, you know it is extremely difficult to get fiberglass to crack due to flexing. Fiberglass is weak when it comes to hard impacts, but extremely strong in dealing with stress. That said, it's always better to not see stress cracks
The Hunter decks have a lot of holes in them...the big windows, ports
and hatches which make life on the hook nice, but also weaken the deck
. A Hunter that has been worked hard offshore
will develop stress cracks around those holes. Also along the fareleads as well. Most of the deck flexing comes from the fact that the main is so huge and the boom about 18' but the traveler that bolts to the deck connects to the boom way to early giving all that main good leverage pulling up on it. It is the beating that causes the most stress on it. When beating the jib sheets
are also putting a lot of stress on the fareleads as well.
But the thing I hate most about Hunters offshore is the hull
shape. Of course, 90% of boats these days have the same problem, they just beat into waves very poorly. When the boat comes off the wave and smacks into the trough, the shape of the hull
being how it is causes a bad meeting with the water. So don't plan on sailing offshore less than 60% true wind
angle in anything over 15 knots true wind speed. This is why I do NOT recommend anybody taking modern sailboats, especially a Hunter East to West around the Horn. It's too rough on the boats.
So my advice, sure, take a Hunter around Cape Horn, just make sure it's not yours, that you aren't responsible for it being damaged or lost
, that you have at least one EPRIB, a good offshore raft, a dry suit, a SAT Phone
and a JSD made for the boat. That way we can read about somebody taking a Hunter around but you not having to pay for it with your life or money
if it doesn't work out