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Review of the Hunter 27_89-94 by swidmier

Year built 1989  
Location of boat Lake Allatoona, GA  
The boat is sailed on Lakes  
How the boat is used Racing  
Normal wind strength less than 10 knots  
Average size of crew solo  
Liveaboard? No  
Owner bought the boat in 2015  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? Most definitely. Mine is the base outboard model with tiller and no built/in head or shower. Perfect for ease of maintenance and I like the feel of the tiller.  
Gear that's been added Adjustable motor mount. Double mainsheet bridal system as described by Chip Long on A tiller tamer. Depth Finder. Double Doodie type toilet. Twin RV mattress for rear berth. Tiller extender. Vent fans.  
Structural or complex improvements I did drill into the cockpit bulkhead to install the depthfinder. I mounted the sensor under the aft berth using toilet wax (new). I found the boat to be extremely well constructed with thick fiberglass and a core of 3/4 plywood.  
The boat's best features Sailing characteristics, open transom, standing headroom, enclosed head, rear berth, and forward settee. Have had 8 people comfortably below for cards several times.  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. Poor mainsheet design but easily improved using 2 mainsheets (port and starboard). Otherwise, been a great boat!  
Sailing characterisitcs I have won skipper of the year several times in my club! The boat is fast in both light and heavy winds though she likes to heel. She does harden up but at a greater heel than other sailboats I have owned/experienced. The dual mainsheet arrangement makes her sail closer to the wind than other boats in my club giving a huge advantage. Like most fractional rigs, she isnt as good going downwind. I dont have a spinnaker.  
Motoring characterisitcs The boat has a lot of freeboard so gets blown around quite a bit in the wind especially at slow speeds. Having the motor on a mount where you can turn it in addition to the rudder really helps. I have an 8hp 4 stroke tohatsu motor which drives her around 7-8mph cruising speeds.  
Liveability I bought this boat for my wife and it has turned out to be an ideal cabin on the lake. The all-foam 6 thick RV mattress we added to the back berth is extremely comfortable to sleep on and roomy enough for both my wife and I. The standing headroom, nice galley area, enclosed head, and comfortable settees means we can lounge around inside the boat until the day warms up. Makes winter cruising very enjoyable. The open transom makes it easy to go swimming or wash off with biodegradable soap. Also makes it easy to board kayaks.  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any) Never dealt with Hunter. Have worked with and had great experiences.  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any Bought from Snug Harbor boats. Second boat I purchase from them and had a great experience.  
Other comments The Hunter 27-2 is a very livable boat with great sailing characteristics. However, it is lightly ballasted for its size and freeboard so moves around a lot as the crew moves and heels quickly under sail until it reaches that magic point. Can make experienced sailors nervous.