If you plan to cross oceans or make long passages into heavy weather
this IS NOT the boat for you.
We're Great Lakes
sailors and feel very confident in our boat. That said, I wouldn't cross oceans and wouldn't want to pound offshore
for weeks. It's just not made for that stuff.
The mast rigging
is B&R with a split backstay. Kind of in-between the backstayless new stuff and the unswept/backstayed rigs.
Sailing downwind with the backswept spreaders is interesting because they limit how for you can sheet out the main before it starts to hit em.
Main problem area is the mast compression
post. It can rot
and cause the deck
to sag. Go to the Hunters Owners site as posted and research
how to check for problems. They have a great tutorial on how to repair
it if found but it is a big job.
The 83's also had a smaller rudder
which had some problems. Check it well for delamination
I love the Yanmar
and see 6knots burning 1/2 gallon/hour or less.
This thing turns on a dime and handles like a much smaller boat.
My wife likes the interior
space thus I TOO LIKE IT (if you know what I mean).
So far the Origo Stove
is perfect for our needs. In fact, last night my wife baked a wonderful meal of mexican style chicken breasts on a rice bedding. It was one of the best meals
I've ever had and eating it as the sun set over Milwaukee was icing on the cake!
Good luck with your purchase
. Many people frown on Hunters so be prepared for some ribbing and down right hostility (no real sailor would set foot on a Hunter). Deb and I just nod our heads and set off to enjoy OUR boat.