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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.

Comment by fabio Lemos on September 15, 2009 at 8:48pm
I did a mayor refit to mine last year , remodelation and upgrades in my hunter 40 1988, can be check in an album in my profile , i mainly use her for coastal cruising and the job was design for that porpouse , but its definitively a great sailing boat under 20- 25 knots of wind , dont know if will work the same as passage maker ?...
Comment by Melissa Renee on August 18, 2009 at 8:15pm
Jay, there are a million opinions on what constitutes a bluewater boat. There is some formulas as to what makes bluewater. 50% boat, 40% seamanship and 20% luck. One can take a raft and cross oceans. It has been done. Hunter (mass Production boats ) have crossed. But does it make them bluewater? Debatable. Me personally I don't think my Hunter 36 is one. While I take her out in heavy weather and sea, I know I am somewhat abusing her. If there was a day and time I would consider taking my boat across I would do a number of things to her first.
New ports and hatches. OEM windows would not take a beating in heavy seas without leaking or breaking.
Re-enforce the bulkheads by tapping them in 360 degrees.
Rudder - I don't think this rudder would take the pounding. Easy to damage in any grounding.
Re-enforce the chainplate area.
Saltwater/Freshwater foot pumps in galley
Real refrigeration vs the campus style fridge they have now.
Redo the helm seat so it closes up the hole to keep out following seas.
Redo the bow and stern cleats to handle a drogue or parasail load
The electrical system would need upgrade to handle, starting battery, solar/wind generator. Battery monitor system.
Hand holds from cockpit to bow
I have found the boat to be real tender in small to medium seas. The ride is not the most comfortable. She tries to plow her way thru the waves vs riding over them. Falling seas, I found her to be so unstable to be borderline dangerous in motion and keeping a heading. I have gotten thrown around like a rag doll in 7 foot seas with the bruises, sore muscles and sprain ankle to prove it.
These are just a few things I can think of off the top of my head.
I love my boat and am not afraid to take her in bad weather. I do it all the time, the last being last Sat in 20+ winds. I do it solo. When I go down below I can see the hull flexing. I don't think that is what a bluewater is suppose to do.
Can it be done . Sure with a great captain and crew and a little bit of luck.
Comment by Jay on August 18, 2009 at 7:29am
Hunter sailors,
Is it just me or you always being told that "your Hunter is not a Blue water boat"!!!! I have a 310 and sail blue water...out of sight of land....overnight...sometimes caught in bad weather. Have crossed the Gulf to and from Isla Mujeres on Rob Sherrills 38.....see posted videos.....I think Hunters are great blue water boats...your thoughts and experiences....Jay
Comment by Robert Smith on April 13, 2009 at 5:23pm
Just got a 27' "Cherubini" hunter 1982 I have a lot of work to get done before sailing but at lest she is paid for, She is docked in St.Petersburg Beach need to get engine running sails repaired or replaced and boy does she need a bottom job well you know what I will be doing for awhile.
Comment by Josef on March 30, 2009 at 10:27pm
we sail a Hunter 34, '83 BLUE HERON, home port in the Northern Chesapeake. Looking forward some great sailing weather - after the Cherry blossoms are finished..
Comment by Melissa Renee on March 10, 2009 at 6:03pm
I think I am going to have my rigging looked at. The mast looks straight but it is time for a tune-up anyways. I have been sailing her pretty hard in 20+ winds the last 3 months.
Comment by Melissa Renee on March 6, 2009 at 10:39pm
No genset yet, and AC is in the starbord salon settee.
Comment by Jim Jackson on February 24, 2009 at 9:32am
Sometimes we think it does but it depends on how many provisions we have aboard. I have never heard of the Hunter list but I have only been a Hunter owner for about 2 years.
Comment by Melissa Renee on February 23, 2009 at 5:08pm
OK stupid question. My boat list to port. I was told this is the Hunter list. Does your boat list to port?

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Hello all.The Dolphin 40amp battery charger in my 2011 43 is charging well, EXCEPT the cooling fan is cycling on and off every 20 seconds or so. Volts and amps are correct  although there is red light top and centre flashing red, does not look happy.It seems as if the thermostat controlling the fan is not functioning correctly as the unit is not even warm.I cannot locate the Beneteau supplied manual, any clues as to the fault.Regards,Bilgolabands (Liberte)See More
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