Hunter Owner Reviews

Serving sailors online since 1997
Hunter OEM Parts
General Marine Parts

Review of the Hunter 28.5 by Seamus Carney

Year built 1988  
Location of boat Ill.  
The boat is sailed on The Great Lakes  
How the boat is used Racing  
Normal wind strength 16-22 knots  
Average size of crew 2-4  
Owner bought the boat in 1988  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? yes  
Gear that's been added roller furling, backstay adjuster genoa cars on blockes 150% genoa kvlar main G.P.S. VC bottom paint folding prop  
Structural or complex improvements no  
The boat's best features After sailing our 28.8 for 12 seasons I found it was one of the best things my wife and I ever bougth. It's fast and handles great. Has worked very well for our family of six.  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. Head is too small. Aft cabin needs more head room . Bilge not deep enough.  
Sailing characterisitcs After 12 years we have seen everything from 0 knots to 60 knot gusts and still love the boat. To sail fast you have to learn the boat, in light air the crew should sit up by mast, helmsman should be forward of wheel. This boat needs folding prop, and backstay adjuster.  
Motoring characterisitcs Holds 6 knots at 3000 R.P.M, Folding prop eleminates prop walk.  
Liveability For a family of six it's small but it workes. For A couple or even four it's quit comfortable, but the head is to small for anyone over four ft. tall and over 50 lbs.  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any) I have called customer service several times and them GREAT. They even return phone calls.  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any Fox river marina, Oshkosh, Wis. Thank God ther out of the buisness.  
Other comments