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Review of the Hunter 310 by Bill Van Nostrand

Year built 1999  
Location of boat Long Island, NY  
The boat is sailed on Bays, sounds, or protected salt water  
How the boat is used Weekends and longer  
Normal wind strength 10-15 knots  
Average size of crew 2-4  
Liveaboard? No  
Owner bought the boat in 1999  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? Yes  
Gear that's been added Canvas, stereo  
Structural or complex improvements No  
The boat's best features Overall the Hunter has been a very good deal for the price. The in mast main furler has been a great feature. The galley has been more than adequate for our use. The cockpit is very comfortable.  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. The swing up table sides on the pedastal have been a problem. The velcro holds don't work and they keep popping free. The aft cabin has very poor ventilation that needs improvement. It gets very stuffy down there.  
Sailing characterisitcs The boat is nimble but under heavy winds it heels very easily. Reefing is a must. Under lighter winds the boat sails well and is very comfortable.  
Motoring characterisitcs The 18 hp Yanmar moves the boat adequately. It is extremely fuel efficient.  
Liveability We do a lot of weekends and some extended coastal sailing. For weekends when we are off the boat a lot it is sufficiently comfortable for for us two adults, two growing children, and the dog. However, on extended stays with four adults it gets quickly crowded. Last year the two of us took a ten day coastal trip and the boat was great for this.  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any)  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any The dealer was very enthusiastic and helpful upon ordering the boat. After that their response diminished. Fortunately we did not have significant problems with the boat after delivery. The few minor problems we had were accomodated by the dealer but not with any urgency.  
Other comments Bang for the buck the Hunter 310 has been a great value and is well-used. I definitely consider buying a larger Hunter with more room and ammenities. For coastal cruising it is a great boat. However, for any serious blue-water sailing in rough conditions I would feel much less secure.