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This family cruiser is innovative and has lots of room. in gusty winds, however, it is quick to stall..
Hunter Marine Corp. is noted for its slick, innovative and low-cost mass production sailers. The Hunter 23.5, new in 1992, fits the bill in all respects.
The 23.5 was designed as a trailerable family cruiser for entry-level sailors. Like most Hunters, the boat offers lots of space in the cockpit and down below, and comes with the famous Cruise Pac, which provides just about anything a customer needs, including sails, motor, trailer, lifelines, anchor, life jackets, flares and a copy of Chapman’s Piloting, Seamanship and Small Boat Handling . It’s this type of marketing (plus price: the 1992 price was $13,500) that has helped make Hunter one of the most successful sailboat producers in the U.S.
No one has ever faulted the Alachua, Florida, builder for offering anything but fresh, well-thought out designs. The most striking feature of the 23.5 is its water ballast system, new to Hunter. The system permits an operator to remove 1,000 pounds of ballast from the trailering weight. A retractable centerboard, kick-up rudder and mast that’s fairly easy to step and unstep further enhances trailerability. All told, boat, motor and trailer weigh a combined 2,450 pounds. This model also contains enough foam to provide positive flotation.
While Hunter has enjoyed considerable success with the buying public, it has also suffered from a negative image problem. Earlier PS reviews have criticized Hunter products for a lack of quality control-various systems kinks, lightweight hulls, poor finish work and general absence of blue-water seaworthiness. On the other hand, Hunter owners, while acknowledging a prevailing lack of respect, frequently defend their choice. In the realm of objective data, Coast Guard complaint and recall statistics reveal that Hunter has a better than average record when it comes to hull blistering. (Hunter offers five-year bottom blister warranty protection for the 23.5.) Clearly, the company is doing something right. The model we inspected (hull #8) showed, with very few exceptions, careful attention to detail and finish work in even the least accessible places-more than youd expect on a $13,500 boat. But it is also a boat with some inherent contradictions, in our opinion.
The 23.5 is a highly engineered product with lots of thoughtful features. Hunter, unlike some builders, constructs a mock-up, followed by a prototype that is extensively tested before final design decisions are made. The hull form is modern looking, almost powerboaty in appearance from some angles. Continuing a tendency evident in recent Hunters, the design team has given the 23.5 a relatively full hull, and raised the freeboard to reduce the cabin height, as well as add room below and keep those up top dry in a chop. Because the cabin extends to the rail (no side decks), you must climb over the cabin top to get to the foredeck.
The rig (a B&R design) consists of a 28-foot Z. Spar mast, fractionally rigged with swept-back spreaders that eliminate the need for a backstay (and make un-stepping/stepping, hence trailering, simpler); for the most part, the uppers are aft of the “after” lowers-until deck level-creating a triangular support system. Main and jib halyards are internal and led back to the cockpit. Power comes from a fully battenedmainsail and 110-percent jib (UK Sailmakers-Hong Kong) with a total of 236 square feet. For steering, the traditional wooden tiller has been replaced with a brushed aluminum tube that arches over the walk-through transom (swim ladder comes standard). The aluminum, said chief designer Rob Mazza, weathers better and is easier to arch in order to keep the rudder low and the tiller sufficiently high. Many helmsmen will use the standard Ronstan X-10 tiller extension.
The water ballast/keel system constitutes the key feature of the 23.5. The water ballast-125 gallons, or 1,000 pounds-takes about two minutes to bring on board. The system is activated by flipping up a lid at the base of the companionway, opening a vent and turning a T-valve; the valve in turn drops a circular stainless steel plate aft of the keel, exposing four holes in the hull. (The plate can then be closed flush.) And while you can’t jettison the water downwind, you can swing up the centerboard to reduce draft to 18 inches. The 4-foot centerboard, controlled by the outboard line to the cockpit, moves easily up and down via a cascade block and tackle arrangement.
The apparent thinking of Hunter engineers was to provide a simple, one-step water ballast system that keeps draft shallow while lowering the center of gravity for added stability and righting moment. The ballast-about 16 cubic feet in volume-lies immediately below the waterline. When the water is added, the boat sinks several inches. Nevertheless, while the water adds 1,000 pounds to the overall displacement, its location does not seem to provide sufficient righting moment for windward work in gusty conditions. On racing boats, water ballast is carried above the waterline and outboard under the settees, which of course provides more righting moment. But this water must be pumped into the chambers and drained before tacking-too complicated for Hunter’s purposes.
Construction of the boat is fairly straightforward, with balsa in the hull and plywood in the deck. The plywood core has the potential to encourage water migration should a deck leak occur at some point. The deck/hull joint, with a roll similar to a Hobie 18-a “modified shoebox,” one Hunter engineer described it-is bonded with glass and further fastened by flathead screws through the rubrail. Stanchions, fastened to aluminum backing plates that are glassed in, are sturdy. Though not a heavily-built boat, the 23 looks solid enough; in the absence of a graceful hull form-no sheer here-Hunter provides some added dash with a smoked forward-facing window and a green and purple hull swoosh graphic, which apparently has drawn strong reaction, pro and con (We liked it). Oddly, there is no waterline or boot scribed in the hull. Perhaps Hunter anticipates owners dry-sailing the 23.5, but the absence of a waterline mark will make bottom painting a difficult chore the first time.
We test sailed the 23.5 off Newport, Rhode Island. In light-air conditions, the shallow-body, lightweight boat (displacement 3,000 pounds with the water ballast) moved up to speed quickly. The boat pointed high and the few light puffs we experienced produced no noticeable helm. We did have some problem finding a definitive groove, especially after tacking. The boat glided through the water easily on a reach and downwind, with the board up, sped along as much as a 23-footer can (Mazza said it will surf under the right conditions). We moved relatively faster, in fact, than a Nonsuch 27 on the same tack.
In stronger 15-20 knot winds, it is a whole different experience. With a single reef in the mainsail, the boat consistently rounds up and stalls. In addition to the boat’s higher vertical center of gravity, this tendency may also be due to the very high-aspect ratio centerboard, which is generally associated with quick stall characteristics.
Complicating matters is the way the rig and sheeting are set up. With no backstay (or topping lift) and no traveler, and with the main sheeted down and far forward near the companionway, the main and sheet are highly stressed. And because the cam cleat for the mainsheet is down near the cockpit sole, it’s difficult to reach-especially in heavy air on a beat, when the helmsman and everyone else is out on the rail. The rounding up and stalling require constant spilling of the main. This may be okay (if tiring) for the experienced sailor, but a bit strenuous and nerve-wracking for the beginner at whom this boat is marketed.
Instead of a single reef, one solution might be to take a second reef in the main in anything approaching 15 knots, but that’s not much of a solution. With 236 square feet of sail-128 in the main, 108 in the foretriangle-for a sail area-displacement ratio of 18.9, the boat should not be overpowered. (The O’Day 23, of about the same displacement, but with 200 more pounds of ballast, carries 246 square feet)
Another solution, although it breaks up the cockpit, might be a barney post where there’s already a slot for the cockpit table, a system that worked well enough in the Alerion-Express. A traveler would be even better, though obviously Hunter wanted to keep the cockpit clear of obstructions as well as avoid the added cost.
You get a lot for your money with this Hunter model. One thing you get a lot of is interior space or, as company literature describes it, “a 25-foot boat in a 23.5 hull.” The main cabin is sizable and has more headroom than we’ve seen on a 23-footer. A pop-top hatch allows those down below to stand up in the center of the cabin. An optional canvas camper top ($300) provides protection from the elements. Poptops are notoriously leaky, and we can’t vouch for this one’s water tightness; however, Hunter has provided drains all around.
The smoked pop-top, plus three ports per side in the main cabin (two small circles, one longer swoosh-style forward) and the forward-facing window provide plenty of light. Hunter has made no attempt to yacht-up the interior: What you get is a basic cream-colored liner, offset on a portion of the topsides by a close-weave grayish fabric someone called “monkey fur.” Despite the plainness, we liked the clean look of the interior.
Aft to port in the main cabin you get a galley station with a one-burner alcohol stove, sink, and fold-out table with storage below. You won’t be whipping up any Cruising World -style feasts in this galley, but it’s nice to be able to heat up some coffee or a cup of soup. Forward of the galley is a small settee/berth, sized right for a child, with storage beneath and a cutout for a portable ice chest. Opposite is a somewhat longer settee/berth of less than six feet, with more storage and a battery compartment below. On the centerline is a slot for a small table that also can be set up in the cockpit.
There are a number of helpful additions: an automatic bilge pump, access plates underneath the cockpit winches. The portable toilet is located to starboard behind a half-bulkhead and privacy curtain, and under the V-berth. Aside from the standard V-berth in the bow, which seems a bit cramped, there’s a double berth (plus stowage) aft of the main cabin, under the cockpit and seats (not for the claustrophobic). It was back here in the bowels of the boat that we spotted the only untrimmed fiberglass.
On deck, there’s an equally roomy cockpit-7′ 9″ long and 6′ 2″ from coaming to coaming. The relatively wide beam makes the addition of a ridge along the centerline for use as a footrest a welcome touch. Foam padding on the seatbacks is another. A lazaret on either side provides on-deck stowage. There’s a #8 Barient winch on either side of the cabin top, each with an attendant cleat. Lines are meant to be kept in the no-name stoppers to starboard. Because of the profusion of lines led back on the starboard side, we’d prefer an extra cleat and winch.
Nonskid is molded in. The foredeck holds an anchor locker, which also contains a padeye for the stepping/unstepping operation. Skipping the details of this procedure-which involves use of a gin pole, the main and jib halyards and a bridle that controls lateral movement-we’d say that Hunter has devised as easy a way to drop a mast as is possible. Once down, the forward end rests in a U-shaped bend in the bow pulpit, the aft end on a roller-topped pole fitted at the transom.
In its attempt to create a simply operated, easily trailered, entry-level boat at a good price, Hunter has come up with some clever compromises. But they are compromises just the same. The 23.5 sails well on all points in light air; it does well off the wind in heavier air. Windward work over 15 knots in this boat is poor in our estimation. We’d strongly recommend that potential customers thoroughly test sail the boat in a variety of wind conditions, experimenting with one or two reefs, to be certain it’s something they’re able-and willing-to handle.
The Hunter 23.5 is clearly striking a chord with some buyers, and assuming many are entry-level sailors, we think it’s great that this boat is attracting newcomers to the sport. The design represents a clever way of managing the trailering problem (i.e., weight and draft). At the same time, we can’t help but wonder if its behavior in gusty winds is worth the convenience of dumping ballast on the launch ramp.
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Darrell – excellent review. Thanks.
Thanks for the review, I just saw one for sale online.
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The Hunter 23 is a 23.25ft fractional sloop designed by Hunter Marine and built in fiberglass by Hunter Marine (USA) between 1985 and 1992.
The Hunter 23 is a light sailboat which is a high performer. It is reasonably stable / stiff and has a low righting capability if capsized. It is best suited as a racing boat.
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If you are a boat enthusiast looking to get more information on specs, built, make, etc. of different boats, then here is a complete review of HUNTER 23. Built by Hunter Marine (USA) and designed by undefined, the boat was first built in 1985. It has a hull type of Wing Keel and LOA is 7.09. Its sail area/displacement ratio 20.83. Its auxiliary power tank, manufactured by undefined, runs on undefined.
HUNTER 23 has retained its value as a result of superior building, a solid reputation, and a devoted owner base. Read on to find out more about HUNTER 23 and decide if it is a fit for your boating needs.
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HUNTER 23 is built by Hunter Marine (USA).
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Hi all. Got a lead on a 87 Hunter 23. Fin keel. Heard lots of negative opinions here about both Hunters, and fin keels. Aside from all that, what else would steer me away from a Hunter? Just looking for a decent weekender for Tampa Bay, and maybe trips along the Gulf coast. Thanks, Steve
It's possibly too late to help you but I'll make a quick response. I purchased a Hunter 23 wing keel last summer, even though I was prejudiced against Hunters from things I'd read. I like mine a lot more than I expected. It handles nicely, no heavy helm, never tried to "round up" while I was sailing. Comes about easily and quickly. Moves well in light airs. Has good sail controls. Lots of nice design touches. Some cheaping out, like portlights with no exterior trim. Excellent interior space and makes good use of it. Surfing down some very large waves from directly astern felt unstable and needed careful attention at the helm, but that is about normal in my experience. An excellent coastal sail boat. Built light for trailering and mast stepping. The light mast has a hinged tabernacle and drops toward the stern, fairly easy to step and unstep with gin pole and sway control - hook a block to the mooring pin, and run line back to the winches in the cockpit. The "Ken's Trailer" trailer is not well fitted to the boat, at least not mine. Make sure you get a trailer with either brakes or a square plate at the ends of the axle by the wheel where brakes can be added. Make sure the boat is tight against the bow stops. There should be support under the bow, mine was too short so I shimmed it with wood. I'm half done making an extension for it. I should probably write a review in the Hunter section, so anyone can find the info.
I'm surprised this post didn't get more replies. Hunters seem to have a bad reputation because, apparently, in the late 80's and early 90's, some of their boats weren't well made. By that, I mean they didn't sail well, and the equipment was either undersized or inexpensive components that were prone to fail. However, the "Cherubini-erea" Hunters, and some of the more recent ones, consistent get positive reviews. They aren't typically seen as ocean-crossers (especially the smaller boats), but they are good for their purpose, coastal sailing. Are they made to the same standards as an Island Packet? No. But you'll pay a lot less, and still have a sailboat that gets you from Point A to many Point B's. It's kind of like a car - if you buy a Honda Civic, you know you're not going to get the same "stuff" as in a Maybach or even a Lexis. What you will get, though, is a decent car at a fair price, and it will get you from Point A to Point B. You may not get there as fast, and you may not be as comfortable when you get there as you would have in another vessel/vehicle, but, in most peoples' opinions, that's still beats walking, or never getting to Point B at all.
Hello - I bought a Hunter 23' wing keel that had been sitting in a yard for 10+ years. Sails are shot, and running rigging is toast. Is anyone able to help with what line does what? Is there a site explaining the line functions? She has a mast and port/starboard cockpit winches, but I have no idea how it all works. I sail a Montego 19, she's very basic and was in sailing condition when I bought her. I'm a year into sailing, and I want to get the Hunter going so I can sell the Montego, but I'm stalled out. Thanks!
Clarks Hill Windbag said: Hello - I bought a Hunter 23' wing keel that had been sitting in a yard for 10+ years. Sails are shot, and running rigging is toast. Is anyone able to help with what line does what? Is there a site explaining the line functions? She has a mast and port/starboard cockpit winches, but I have no idea how it all works. I sail a Montego 19, she's very basic and was in sailing condition when I bought her. I'm a year into sailing, and I want to get the Hunter going so I can sell the Montego, but I'm stalled out. Thanks! Click to expand...
I had a H23 and loved it! It just wasn't the size I really wanted. The H23 is a real sailboat. It's not a bad boat either. Only issues I had were the need to backplate the outboard mount, and the mast was difficult for 2 people to handle.
Clarks Hill Windbag said: ...Thanks - I get "halyards" but this boat has a roller furl jib, and 3 small lines in the boom (Outhaul, ???,???). It looks like it had lazyjacks? from the odd small lines with knots on either side of the main. I just have no clue how it was originally rigged. Click to expand...
there was an out haul yes. most likely reefing lines. in the boom. Launching our Hunter 23 for Spring 2013! - YouTube Some good close ups here.
I bought a hunter 23 last fall. It is of the fixed wing keel design. I paid $2600. My previous boat was a Hobie18, and I sail in Lake Michigan. Even with 4 years of sailing hobie cats(2) & sunfish. I can't really compare. However I will tell you what I know after sailing about 10-15 times this year including my first race. The boat heels easy, but when it does it feels safe. I had 3 experienced sailers tell me its a good boat at good deal. They both all "more serious" boats, Erikson 27 & 35 foot racing boat, & 35 foot center cockpit cruiser. All have sailed many years(some 15) so there opinion was sound. Below are just minor stuff to look out for. None of them made me regret buying it. The trailer is minimal. Some dont' have rollers under the bow. This is a necessity. Otherwise it puts all the bow weight on the kiel and lots of friction to winch up. Not easy to launch. I had to add an 8' extender. When putting the mast down it will hit the hatch lid before tilted all the way down. Best to unsrcrew the white hatch from the hinges. The marina tech told me its a trademark of these boats to see hatch pinch damage here. My mast has more backward rake then most boats at marina when walking down docks. This is a function of the fiberglass molding. Don't be alarmed or try to overcorrect. if you try to pull it too far forward you are pulling on the base step. The swept back spreaders are crappy design in terms of the sail hits them when sheeted out. The interior is very nice. Very large for what it looks like outside. Add a plate or rot resistant backer behind the outboard bracket and rudder bolts. Factory stuff is not sufficient and stress cracks will develop. Replace lights with LED. The "O" & point bulbs don't make good contact. Especialy on the mast where its difficult to get at. Don't think pulleys on top are robust enough for bosuns chair. Some of the keel bolts they cheated and used steel & are rusty but no leaks and solid hull. Great first sailboat. Wouldn't sail across Lake Michigan. Wouldn't sail in over 20knot gusts. But fine for daysailing or 7-20 mile away overnights. The electrical switches are very long and break off if you hit them exiting/entering the cabin. Make sure you get the longest shaft motor or check mout height if adjustable as it cavitates in waves coming into the harbor. My motor mount hits the prop if outboard is turned extreme left and rudder extreme right. PO added aftermarket motor mount- the original failed or wasn't good enough.
I agree with skygazer. The pdf hunter 23 manual also "vaugely" shows the "quick" reefing system for the foot of the 1st reef grommet. The description below is much better. This is a tangent... but maybe helpful to someone... when I bought the boat all the lines had been pulled out of the boom except the SS wire outhaul for the foot of the sail. I especially wanted the reef line restored. Getting the line through the boom looked tricky at first glance. You have two small holes at each end & 9 feet of hollow between. My boom caps were screwed on with SS bolts(glad not riveted) so I took off both ends. Then I and straightened, flattened & twisted together 3 steel coat-hangers together & electrical taped the 1/4 line around the end & use the hanger snake to feed the wire through the 8-9 foot length. If you have a real wire snake use that. On the mast end, make sure you thread the rope above the cam clamp, over the top of the pulley and down the pulley toward the mast. If there's nothing to compare it to its not obvious. The hole above the clamp where the line goes into the boom is not visible
I got one as my first boat with little to no experience on a lake with regular 25-40 knot winds. I have made some substantial sailing mistakes and haven't demasted or sunk it yet. Sure have learned a lot about how to not sail though.
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Our fleet comprises fun-loving sailors who prefer a little more stability and creature comfort in their racing boats. All of the one design fleets at ILYC race every week on Sunday afternoon. But you will find the Hunters out sailing, exploring, swimming, night sailing and dock hopping about any day of the week.
Technically, the Hunter 23 is a wing keel sailboat with a
fractional sloop rig. The wing keel allows a heavy bottom for
stability but shallow draft which is perfect for our lake’s average
7’ depth. The H23 is a very stable boat which also performs well
in light air conditions. Yes, and when the wind dies, we can rely
on our 5 HP outboard motors! The Hunter 23 has a very
comfortable cabin with a large V berth under the bow and two
adult- size quarter berths. They also include a porta potty, a slide out
galley for overnight outings and that all important cooler! So, if you’d like a little room on your boat for family outings as
well as a one design racer for that competitive spirit, come check
out our fleet of Hunter 23s.
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The Hunter 23 is an American trailerable sailboat designed by Hunter Marine and was first built in 1985. The production started in 1982 and continued till 1992, but it then went out of production.
About the Hunter 23
Hunter 23 is mainly used as a recreational keelboat, and it is built primarily of fiberglass and has wood trim. The build consists of a raked stem, reverse transom, fractional sloop rig, and a transom hung rudder controlled by a tiller and a fixed-wing keel or centerboard.
This centered board equipped version has a draft of 4.90 ft (1.49m) with centerboard extended and 2.0 ft (0.61 m) with it retraced. The wing keel equipped version of the boat has a draft of 2.25 ft (0.69 m), and it allows the ground transportation on a trailer. The Hunter 23 displaces 800 lb (363 kg). It has a mainsail area of 125.14 sq ft (11.626 m2), and jib/genoa area of 110.50 sq ft (10.266 m2).
An outboard motor is usually fitted in the boat for maneuvering and docking. The wing keel version of Hunter 23 has a PHRF racing average handicap of 237 with a high of 258 and a low of 226. The centerboard version has a PHRF racing average handicap of 237 with a high till 219 and lows till 276. The hull speed of Hunter 23 is 5.93 kn (10.98 km/h).
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1986 Hunter 23 Sailboat
Charleston, South Carolina
Posted Over 1 Month
This is a great trailerable sailboat that is ready to sail today. The boat comes with a two sets of sails, one of which is like new. The trailer is ready to roll, and the 4hp Mercury outboard runs like well. All the cushions in the boat are in good shape. The running and standing rigging is complete and in good shape. There are no electronics, but the electrical system in the boat is in working order. The boat could use some bottom paint but is sail-able as is.
Hunter 23' Sailboat 1987
Oceanside, New York
The boat is in great condition,was a sweet water boat,sail only used one season,cut to off shore sailing.Includes marine radio,regular radio with cassette.Has Fixed keel 23",Cast iron.Trailer included.No engine.mast height 33',ballast 800lbs.Headroom 4'7". sail area 235.5 sq.ft.
Hunter 23.5 weekender sailboat with trailer. Solid condition. Many extras.
This Hunter 23.5 is in good condition. Lots of new extras, including high performance rudder, Raymarine A3 series gps/chart plotter, bimini top, roller reef genoa and like new bottom paint. The boat has lived on an lift since I purchased it 2012. Selling because of health issues.
1995 Hunter 336 Sailboat with Trailer also Available
Category Cruiser Motorcycles
This Boat is in excellent condition and has been in freshwater on Grand Lake in Oklahoma all its life. It is powered by a 27 HP Yenmar diesel with low hours. A RayMarine Evolution EV1 autopolit with an S10 remote control has just been installed this spring. It also has the following:New Toliet, All New Factory Canvas Covers including, Sail Cover, Sun protective shades for all overhead portalites, Wheel Console cover, Winch covers, New Factory Sunbrella Double Bimini Canvas, Marine central air conditioning, New marine radio, Magma Grill, A new set of Bottom Siders Cockpit cushions, new bluetooth sound system/ FM stereo, new batteries, new battery charger. This boat is tagged until 2017 and is Coast Guard Documented.A 23,000 lb capacity triple axel sailboat trailer is also available for an additional 6000 dollars.
23'5 Hunter Sailboat 1995
Beaufort, South Carolina
Call Boat Owner Hank 843-473-0993. Coast guard pack, 3 berths, cooler, alcohol stove, single axle trailer, battery, sleeps 5, original owner, prof maintained, winter cover, new upholstery, many extras
2013/ 1986 Hunter 23 sailboat.
2013/ 1986 hunter 23 sailboat. comes with new 6 hp. mercury 4 stroke with less than one hr. on it. custom trailer, fresh paint. fresh exterior and interior, poti potty, sink, stove. boat shows as new call Charlotte 601-850-9443
1986 Hunter 23' with new Sails Mercury outboard
Ridgeland, South Carolina
1986 Hunter 23 Sailboat Great boat, Great for river & bay sailing LOA23' 3 inLWL19' 7 inBeam8'Draft2' 3 inDisplacement2450 lbsBallast800 lbsSail Area235.5 sq ft (21.88 m2)Mast Height33'Water Capacity6 gal https://youtu.be/EK2WxUOyQxQ A DEPOSIT OF $500.00 IS REQUIRED AT END OF AUCTION NEW SAILS, NEW HARDWARE, TRAILER IN GOOD SHAPE, READY FOR THE WATER
1987 Hunter Sailboat
Liverpool, New York
1987 Hunter sailboat 23'6" with galvanized trailer and a few very nice and convenient add ons such as a t. keel roller furlin five horse Suzuki motor. This boat sails like new! Interior is in excellent condition this boat was very well cared for and has been owned and maintained by a true enthusiast. It comes with a two burner stove a chemical portable toilet and many accessories such as life jackets lines and much more! The boat sleeps six and is ready for fun with the family or entertaining company! All you will need to supply is a crew for the season to enjoy this beautiful boat. It is priced to move with the spring upon us it will not last!
1996 Hunter 23.5
1996 Hunter 23.5,I am the 2nd owner of this boat. She is kept super clean inside and out. Everything works.Stainless steel stern rail chairs, 150% Main, jib, storm jib, sink, alcohol stove, life jackets, deck mounted compass, ice chest, windex, too much to list.Honda 4 Cycle motor - starts on first pull OR can use electric start. Battery included for owners choice.Trailer included, 95+% left on tires, less than a year old, spare included. Boat sails really nice. Easy to single hand. Also - the mast is best if stepped by one person and takes 5 - 10 minutes. Huge cockpit to place the whole family. Bow quarters with nice cushions below. Bench seats and stern sleeping section. A new job, our family schedule, and activities are keeping us too busy to enjoy this sailboat. The boat is ready to sail. 316.243.7688 $9300
1994 Hunter 23.5
1994 Hunter 23.5 Trailerability, comfort, quality and fun are the key components in the Hunter 23.5, a sailboat that does so much, so well. A water ballast system is central to the 23.5's ability to be easily trailered, and yet able to sail. Additionally, the swing centerboard brings her minimum draft to only 18 inches for almost limitless gunkholing. The unique raising system allows singlehanded rigging and reduced launch times. The 23.5 has a large cockpit with centerboard controls and running rigging led aft for shorthanded sailing comfort and safety. Below is a spacious cabin with two double berths, convertible settees, a functional galley, and portable head tucked under the forward berth. There is excellent sitting headroom, plus standing headroom when the seahood is raised. Additionally, a functional galley, dining table, private head, and generous sleeping berths maximize the comfort and pleasure in your sailing vacations. Also, the dining table is designed to fit in the cockpit, enhancing the best seating area - the great outdoors. Discover the fresh thinking and attention to detail in the 23.5. Easy to sail, easy to trailer, and fun to own.
1986 Hunter Hunter 23
Buffalo, New York
Hunter 23' Sailboat 1985 with trailer, motor, and excellent sails
5 high quality sails included. Very good condition. A Doyle main sail is in 90% new condition. Doyle genoa 140 is in 90% new condition. Doyle jib 100 at 90% new. Storm jib at 100% new Spinnaker at 90%.Includes Spinikker pole.All lines run aft to cockpit for single handing.Includes 9.8 hp mercury outboard 2 stroke in excellent running conditionTandem axel trailer in good condition but for long hauling could use a professional check and some minor repair. Boat has ablative bottom paint with some wear. All lines are in good condition.Boat is also for sale locally, and auction may end early.
23' Northwind Sailboat with Trailer
23'Northwind 7 Sailboat 1971 model with Swing Keel. This is the same hull as the Hunter Sonata/Southern Cross. Ready to sail. Outboard motor not included, uses a 3.5-9.9hp...Recently painted topside and antifouling bottom.. Registered and licensed until June 2016 all titles in hand, sleeps 3/4 people.cushions have been reupholsted. She's clean and well-maintained. There is new navigation lights on the bow and an all round anchor light a stern, but they are not connected. Just hook up a battery and they will work..there's also cabin led lights with remote control. Sails excellent even in light winds and can be floated in 2ft of water due to being able to winch up the keel. jib and mainsail included (Dave Carroll sails). Single axle trailer with new bearings and new wheels and tyres, plus an extra pair of wheels with tyres as back up. The trailer is hooked up with led lights and has new bunks and a custom keel guide. An excellent trailer sailer. Easy to launch and retrieve. Homemade mast raising system included , which can be easily controlled for a solo sailer. Ready for discovering the water. No other inventory included as it's all gone on my new boat... I do have extra gear like life jackets, anchors, fenders, which can be negotiated. Cheers dan
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Hunter 23 - Sailboat Data, Parts & Rigging
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Hunter 23' Sailboat - boats - by owner - marine sale - craigslist
Ready to sail, and currently in a slip at lake mead marina. The 1989 Hunter 23 is an easily trailerable sailboat, featuring a wing keel for easy trailering and travel. The boat price is inclusive of...
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Hunter Horizon 23
Hunter Horizon 23 is a 22 ′ 8 ″ / 6.9 m monohull sailboat designed by David Thomas and built by Hunter Boats Ltd. between 1989 and 1998.
Rig and Sails
Auxilary power, accomodations, calculations.
The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.
Classic hull speed formula:
Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL
Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio .311 Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL
Sail Area / Displacement Ratio
A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.
SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64) 2/3
- SA : Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
- D : Displacement in pounds.
Ballast / Displacement Ratio
A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.
Ballast / Displacement * 100
Displacement / Length Ratio
A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.
D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³
- D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
- LWL: Waterline length in feet
This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.
Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam 1.33 )
- D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
- LOA: Length overall in feet
- Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
Capsize Screening Formula
This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.
CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)
Self tacking jib standard. A (single) fin keel version was also available. Later called HUNTER HORIZON 232. Also sold in fit form.
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