Who bought Hunter sailboats?
The company was sold in August 2012 to David E. Marlow, owner of Marlow Yachts and the name changed to Marlow-Hunter, LLC. Examples of models made by Marlow-Hunter in the 2010s include the Marlow-Hunter 31, 33, 37 and 40 models.
Is Catalina better than Hunter?
So, in a nutshell, the Beneteau and Hunter offer more living and sleeping areas; the Catalina will more comfortably accommodate a couple or a family with small children. The Hunter and Catalina have larger galleys; the Hunter and Beneteau the better nav stations.
Where are Hunter sailboats manufactured?
Hunter Boats Limited is a British boat builder presently based in Southampton. The company specializes in the design and manufacture of glassfibre sailboats. The company was founded by in 1969 by Michael Polard, as the Essex Boat Company.
Does Hunter still build sailboats?
At Marlow Hunter, We truly Go The Distance for you. Our 40 year heritage of design innovation, rugged construction, and dedication to customer value has made us the leader in the North American manufacturing of sailboats and sailing yachts.
Are Catalinas Bluewater boats?
In addition to a pragmatic layout and a tried and tested reputation, the Catalina 27 has a bit of lore to go along with it. A few people have even sailed these hearty little boats across oceans and around the world although they’re not really “bluewater” boats.
What is a sailboat donkey?
Steam donkeys acquired their name from their origin in sailing ships, where the “donkey” engine was typically a small secondary engine used to load and unload cargo and raise the larger sails with small crews, or to power pumps.
How do you stop weather helm?
Any action that reduces the angle of heel of a boat that is reaching or beating to windward will help reduce weather helm. Racing sailors use their body weight to bring the boat to a more upright position.
Is the Catalina 27 a Blue Water boat?
The Catalina 27 was not designed or built to be a bluewater boat, and there is nothing wrong with that. Some original construction details are more worrisome than the less than robust scantlings.
Are Catalinas good boats?
Conclusion. The distillation of her designer’s decades of boat design and building experience, the Catalina 425 is an excellent cruising boat that will carry you just about anywhere in comfort, safety and, yes, speed and style. She’s a worthy winner of a SAIL Best Boats award.
What kind of construction does a Hunter 27 have?
Construction of the Hunter 27 is solid glass layup, with plywood reinforcement in high-stress areas such as winch mountings and locker tops. Gelcoat and finish quality of the hull molding are good. No roving printthrough is evident, and the hull is quite fair—more than can be said for many more expensive boats.
Is the Hunter 27 a good value?
Many are happy with their boats, some are defensive about them, and others are really unhappy with them. For the relatively unsophisticated sailboat buyer—the new sailor, the powerboat convert—the Hunter 27 may represent a good value. As his experience grows, we expect he will be willing to pay more, in order to get more.
What kind of boat is a Hunter 27?
The Hunter 27 is a bit high-sided and sterile looking. High freeboard and a high cabin trunk are almost necessary in a 27, boat that claims over 6′ of headroom. The sterility comes from the Hunter bone white on bone white color scheme, and paucity of external teak trim.
What is the mast step on a Hunter 27 made of?
The mast is a deck-stepped, white Kenyon spar, supported by a wood compression column attached to the main bulkhead. We have seen no sign of compression stress in the Hunter 27 mast step. Hunter uses gate valves on underwater skin fittings, We prefer seacocks.