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Review of the Hunter 28.5 by Tom Jawor

Year built 1985  
Location of boat Knoxville, TN  
The boat is sailed on Lakes  
How the boat is used Day sailing  
Normal wind strength 10-15 knots  
Average size of crew solo  
Liveaboard? No  
Owner bought the boat in 2002  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? Yes, it was/is a definite fixer upper, but it is a fine sailing boat, easily singlehands, and the Yanmar diesel is great, and reasonably quiet with the water exhaust. Tracks well in reverse, very manuverable, the fin keel lets it turn on a dime.  
Gear that's been added Bimini, Fishfinder,new Halyards, Grill, All new Hoses, New front hatch, New Lexan Hatchbds, New stereo, cockpit speakers, recovered cushions in cabin, new faucets, new sink in head, new formica on countertops, LED lights for interior fixtures, Full gage package for engine, New batteries, Famet furler about to go on, and hopefully new sails.  
Structural or complex improvements  
The boat's best features  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc.  
Sailing characterisitcs  
Motoring characterisitcs Very good, fwd and reverse. Great on fuel, maybe 20 gallons used per season.  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any)  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any  
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