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Review of the Hunter 310 by Denise

Year built 1997  
Location of boat Plymouth, England  
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  
Owner bought the boat in 1997  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? YES  
Gear that's been added In-mast reefing for short crew sailing. Bimini. Autohelm 4000. Rope-cutter. Heating going in soon (well we hope to keep her in the water this winter  
Structural or complex improvements No but intend at a later date to make more purpose-built stowage facilities.  
The boat's best features Arch definitely - ideally for safety  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. A few stress fractures on the upper deck which have required work, but were dealt with promptly.Some creaking from the arch which we now learn was fitted incorrectly in England! (No gel between the 2 surfaces).Not enough stowage lockers inside. Could have had some space behind seating as well as under.  
Sailing characterisitcs Easy to handle - not caused us any problems. Reefing early required.She had a 140 mile maiden voyage to get her to her home port - sailed in a force 6  
Motoring characterisitcs No problems, but same comment as Joe of Lake Eerie, will stick in gear if left in wind sailing, but we find engine runs perfect at 2500 revs.  
Liveability Very comfortable. Like the big cockpit  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any) Have chiefly dealt through the English importers. Emailed Hunter factory direct - slow to respond  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any Opal Marine in England - No problems at all with them - very friendly and helpful. Have treated us cheerfully at all times  
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