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BOAT REVIEW

The Hunter Legend 37 By Del Weis

I am the second owner of Chasing Rainbows, a 1989 Hunter Legend 37. I’ve owned her for seven-and-ahalf years. HUNTER LEGEND 37 LOA 37’ 6” LWL 31’ 4” Beam 12’ 10” Draft 4’ 9” Sail Area 704 sq. ft. Displacement 14,900 pounds

SAILING PERFORMANCE Sailing performance is excellent. The boat’s PHRF rating is 129 with spinnaker and 146 without. I race with a 135 roller-furled headsail unless it is blowing 20-plus knots, and then I use a 120. I usually cruise with the 120, as it is easier to furl. I also have a symmetrical spinnaker and an asymmetrical with a sock. I use either for racing depending on the wind speed/direction. For racing, I take the asymmetrical out of the sock, but use the sock when cruising. It makes raising and dousing the asymmetrical a piece of cake. The boat really moves well with the asymmet-

rical when the wind is about 90 degrees abeam. I have used the spinnaker pole on the tack of the asymmetrical when the wind moves further aft, but when downwind, the symmetrical works better. The keel has a bulb with wings on it. I think this has a slight negative effect on upwind performance as opposed to a fin keel. But the 4’ 9” draft is better for Florida/Bahamas sailing, considering that a fin keel would probably draw more. The rig is fractional, and the mast is 59 feet above the water. COMFORT ABOVE AND BELOW DECK The cockpit can seat six comfortably, but space to move around is limited. Going down below, you have to be careful not to step on toes. The decks are wide, making it easy to move forward. After losing both of the non-through-bolted hand rails on the cabin top, I replaced them with rails made of Starboard and through-bolted them with large washers to make them very secure. I also built a Starboard seat extension for the seating area behind the steering pedestal, which I think makes sitting in this area, including the helm posi-

42 December 2008

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