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Review of the Hunter 28.5 by RICK MCCULLOUGH

Year built 1985  
Location of boat DENVER, COLORADO  
The boat is sailed on Lakes  
How the boat is used Day sailing  
Normal wind strength less than 10 knots  
Average size of crew solo  
Liveaboard? No  
Owner bought the boat in 1999  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? Yes, I would. It on the whole has been a wonderful boat. But, it has had some problems which needed to be addressed. This boat it now 16 years old. You have to expect some troubles. The exhaust hose at the stern of the boat rotted out and filled that compartment with water. It was difficult to locate because there is a compartment wall seperating the stern from the rest of the boat. I discovered the problem by opeining the starboard seat, removing the tub and shining a light into the interior. Fixing the problem required an ordered hose and a small assistant.  
Gear that's been added GPS, radio, dishes etc.  
Structural or complex improvements We did a complete bottom which required 3 weeks to accomplish. The boat after removing the old paint was poxed. We grounded down & out the blisters and then applied new seal coat then bottom paint. I also raised the traveler so that the lines do not get pinched between the seat and the travler.. I did this by placing a 2" riser under the traveler and then reattaching it the deck. Was a easy improvement which turned out the be a major job because of the design and layout of the boat.  
The boat's best features This is the smallest boat I could stand up in.. Someday I hope to move up but for now it serves my purpose very well.  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. The forward berth is small as is the stern berths. Sleeping is difficult for a 6'2' frame. Wish the table was a different design. Seems to always be in the way.  
Sailing characterisitcs I have a 155 genoa which is on a large roller furler. I sail by myself constantly using just the forward sail. This simplify things and make it possible to control the boat at all times. It requires 7to10 knots to really sail well but with a bimini even laying in the sun is a joy.  
Motoring characterisitcs We have a lot of vibration and anticipate replacing the cutlass bearing next year. On our small lake motoring is limited to leaving and returning to the slips and when no wind is present. Not a problem on the lake we sail.  
Liveability It's tight but enjoyable because we love the water.  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any) No Hunter dealership in the area. Have contact them directly and found them helpful.  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any Bought direclty from a prior owner over the internet.  
Other comments For the money this is the best boat around. With love and care and a little time spent keeping it up it makes for a great day and a great sail.