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Old 10-11-2018, 13:58   #1
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Hunter advice

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Hi all, hoping for advice..
Been on the Thames with occasional jaunts across the Channel to France and Belgium on our Twin Engine Pedro 36 (Dutch Steel Cruiser) for the last 6 years.
Moving over to retire at our house in Crete, Greece in 12 to 18 months and we are looking to have a Sailboat for Island hopping in our retirement.
Who knows we may even do something more adventurous if we and the boat are up to it.
We are looking at older 40 ish yachts and really like the layout of the Hunter Passage 42 and maybe we could afford a late 90s model.
Seems to be some debate as to whether theyre Blue Water boats, from our research so far people either love them or hate them....
Anyone crossed the Atlantic or done some serious sailing in one?

Would appreciate any advice.
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Old 10-11-2018, 14:10   #2
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Re: Hunter advice

well if you really have researched you will know how this question will go

have you been to the Hunter owner site yet?

https://forums.sailboatowners.com//i.../big-boats.40/
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Old 10-11-2018, 14:15   #3
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Motor to sail...
Hi all, hoping for advice..
Been on the Thames with occasional jaunts across the Channel to France and Belgium on our Twin Engine Pedro 36 (Dutch Steel Cruiser) for the last 6 years.
Moving over to retire at our house in Crete, Greece in 12 to 18 months and we are looking to have a Sailboat for Island hopping in our retirement.
Who knows we may even do something more adventurous if we and the boat are up to it.
We are looking at older 40’ ish yachts and really like the layout of the Hunter Passage 42 and maybe we could afford a late 90’s model.
Seems to be some debate as to whether they’re Blue Water boats, from our research so far people either love them or hate them....
Anyone crossed the Atlantic or done some serious sailing in one?

Would appreciate any advice.
Better built than Beneteau, Hanse, Jeanneau, Bavaria, Dufour et al.
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Old 11-11-2018, 10:12   #4
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Re: Hunter advice

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Owners forums tend to be full of posted problems, rarely a positive post, kinda scares me off
I have scoured it but I will go back and register if the will accept a prospective owner, and ask my question there.

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Sounds good, is that true, in your opinion, for 90’s Hunters? What boat do you have?
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Owners forums tend to be full of posted problems, rarely a positive post, kinda scares me off
I have scoured it but I will go back and register if the will accept a prospective owner, and ask my question there.

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Sounds good, is that true, in your opinion, for 90s Hunters? What boat do you have?
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Old 11-11-2018, 10:46   #6
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Re: Hunter advice

Hunters have sailed around the world. A Hunter broke the sailing record from New York to San Francisco around the Horn that had been set by Flying Cloud, a 235' Clipper over 100 years prior.

Like any boat, go out in an extreme storm you might not survive. It's more a matter of the captain than the boat.

The only thing I would consider in a Hunter is whether or not you like the B&R rig. Some do, some don't.
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Old 11-11-2018, 10:50   #7
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Owners forums tend to be full of posted problems, rarely a positive post, kinda scares me off
I have scoured it but I will go back and register if the will accept a prospective owner, and ask my question there.

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Sounds good, is that true, in your opinion, for 90s Hunters? What boat do you have?
I have a Benford Fantail 38'. I have never owned a Hunter or any of the others I mentioned. I have however, performed 4,689 surveys and that is what my opinion is based on.
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Motor to sail...
Hi all, hoping for advice..
Been on the Thames with occasional jaunts across the Channel to France and Belgium on our Twin Engine Pedro 36 (Dutch Steel Cruiser) for the last 6 years.
Moving over to retire at our house in Crete, Greece in 12 to 18 months and we are looking to have a Sailboat for Island hopping in our retirement.
Who knows we may even do something more adventurous if we and the boat are up to it.
We are looking at older 40’ ish yachts and really like the layout of the Hunter Passage 42 and maybe we could afford a late 90’s model.
Seems to be some debate as to whether they’re Blue Water boats, from our research so far people either love them or hate them....
Anyone crossed the Atlantic or done some serious sailing in one?

Would appreciate any advice.
We owned a 1998 Hunter 450 Passage for two years and sailed the coast of California from San Fransico down to Southern California. For island hopping in the Med, the Hunters will work out fine, offering you a lot of boat for the money and a good platform for anchoring out or staying in marinas. Weather forecasts are good in the Med and you should be able to stay out of trouble with some due diligence by checking the weather daily.

Regarding your wish to cross oceans on a Hunter... I wouldn’t do it, which is why we upgraded to an Oyster 53 and now an Oyster 62. There’s way too much hull flex on the Hunter and the rigging just isn’t nearly as heavily constructed as what you should expect on a good all rounder type boat. Many will argue “it’s the sailor not the boat” type balogna on this forum, but our experience was... the Hunter is excellent for what it was intended to do, which is coastal cruising and island hopping. It sucked big time in anything above 20 knots.
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Old 11-11-2018, 11:36   #9
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Owners forums tend to be full of posted problems, rarely a positive post, kinda scares me off
I have scoured it but I will go back and register if the will accept a prospective owner, and ask my question there.
If you follow that link you can read owner reviews. In my opinion they pretty much tell it want like it is. My 410 has the same hull as the 420 you are asking about. I've it 7 years and have pounded the hell out of in conditions that I thought would break the boat in half. Yet it didn't have any issues and I have never had 1 single issue with part of the part that Hunter was responsible for.


BTW - I've seen 420s pretty much everywhere and every owner I've spoken likes it.
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Owned a hunter 41 ds east coast. Had no issues. Had more since than. Owners forums tell you what it’s like owning a boat. It’s not all bikinis sunrises sunsets and islands. If you want real information Then go to the people that owned and sailed them.
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