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Comment by SoNJSailor on December 26, 2013 at 11:18am

Just bought a 1980 Cherubini Hunter 33, "Shell".  Love the boat!

Comment by Roland Rossan o on November 13, 2012 at 11:06pm

Hunter Sailor here, I'm from CT my wife would love to relocate to Seattle. anyone care to chime in/

Comment by Chris on August 31, 2010 at 12:56am
Just joined I just bought a 78 hunter 30 here in ketchikan Alaska,looking forward to sailing up an down the inside passage!
Comment by Jim Jackson on August 22, 2010 at 9:25pm
Hello Jeff,
We made the trip you are planning as far as Grenada. Then after spending last hurricane season we came back up to the US VI to meet family and spend more time exploring the US and B VI's. After several months in the area we came west to Puerto Rico where we have been spending the first part of the hurricane season at Palmas Del Mar. We have a good friend who cruises with us during the winter and he owns a Legend 40.5. He loves the boat but wishes he had solar panels since his wind generator does not develop much juice. We traveled with him on part of the windward passage from Georgetown in the Bahamas. That is a great place to find other south bound cruisers and it is a really good idea to travel with a group of boats. We made most of our passages with 3 other boats and it was a lot of fun and much safer than traveling solo. I highly recommend you find other boaters headed south and Georgetown is the best place to do that. Also you can hang out at No Name harbor in Biscayne bay to find boaters that will make the passage to Bimini. Be sure and wait for good weather windows all along the way. Get Van Zants book on the Passage South. It is very helpful especially if don't want to do the big blue water passage on I 65 from Bermuda. Be prepared to encounter some unforecasted heavy seas along the way. It is a great journey and it sounds like you have all the right stuff to make it. Take care, wishing you smooth seas and following winds.
Comment by Jeff Betts on August 22, 2010 at 5:08pm
Just joined this site. I am preparing for a Caribbean run. I have a 1988 Hunter Legend 40 that I have been living aboard for about a year and a half, located in Deale, MD. I have spent this last year (and all my money) up grading for the trip; new UK main, Harkin Jib Furler,solar panels, wind generator, air compressor for filling scuba tanks, rebuile transmission, SSB radio, Garmin Chartplotter, Radar, and depth/sonar, and more. I am taking the Rum Runner down the ICW the 2nd week of October, I have 30 days of leave to make it to south Florida. Then its back to the DC area to out process. I will return to Florida late December and if all works out will set sail for Bimini the later part od January. After that don't have a difinate plan, all I know is the 1st stop will be Bimini and the last stop will be Placencia, Belize where I am relocating to. I have a small cabana by the beach, it will be a great home port for the Rum Runner. On the way down I am looking at going to the BVIs,ST Mark, ST Luke, ST Martin down to Barbados, Grenada, continuing to Curaco, Aruba then on to Columbia and up the coast to Belize. Not sure how long it will take, really don't care. The retirement check will be direct deposited. If I am having too much fun I may keep going and do the loop again. I have a shoal keel and draft 5 1/2 feet.
I am open to pointers and advice, and possibibly needing crew.
Comment by Capt Chuck Creel on March 28, 2010 at 10:58pm
havent enjoyed the cruising/ live aboard yet but happy hunter owner for 4 yrs.
1979 cherubini H-30. abt to complete a major refit on her this month with new awgrip paint and other gear.
Comment by Jim Jackson on February 25, 2010 at 10:52am
Well, we just had our first major failure on our Hunter Passage 450. After just 1500 hours, the heat exchanger on our Kohler genset failed. Also discovered that two fittings on the back side of the gen were totally corroded and ready to break. It could have been much worse if the fittings had failed when we were on a passage but it looks like the repair is going to be over $ 1,000.00 :o( The trouble spot was on the back side of the genset and the only way to really see what was going on was to remove the back panel below the galley sink. If you have a Kohler genset, I would suggest that you check out the back side of it for leaks. Just a heads up. Will write again once the repair is completed.
Comment by Zigman Zulkowski on February 24, 2010 at 2:30pm
I sail a 33 Hunter in North Carolina around Pamilco Sound.
Comment by Charles Kidd on January 10, 2010 at 3:36am
I'm currently in Iraq but I've been looking into Hunters and considering purchasing one (40-50ft) when I return. I'm looking at sailing both east and west coasts of the USA, Bahamas and Mediterrean. I would like to here any recommendations pro's/con's from hunter owners/sailors.
Comment by Melissa Renee on November 23, 2009 at 10:36am
I just added padeyes in the cockpit, a dinghy motor davit and dinghy motor mount. All were easy projects, each taking less than 30 minutes to do. Next major project, New battery system; moving and installing new batteries from port lazzertte to under the aft cabin, adding a starting battery and ACR.

 

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Mike Brown replied to foster's discussion Serpentine pulley upgrade in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"FYI I installed a ProSol isolator that prioritizes the start battery at start up. Once the start battery is at 13.3V it switches charging to the house bank. It has colored LEDs that indicate where the charge is going and works well. BTW Beneteau put…"
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foster replied to foster's discussion Serpentine pulley upgrade in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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Luis Vieira de Sá replied to Luis Vieira de Sá's discussion Flexible Solar Panels for Beneteau Oceanis 40 in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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Mike Brown replied to foster's discussion Serpentine pulley upgrade in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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Scott MacLeod replied to foster's discussion Serpentine pulley upgrade in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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