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BOATOWNER’S BOAT REVIEW

S/V Hypatia 1979 Hunter (Cherubini) 37 Cutter By Craig Zievis Cover: Hypatia heading out Absecon Inlet near Atlantic City, NJ. BOATOWNER’S BOAT REVIEW Designer: John Cherubini LOA: 37’ LWL: 30’ Beam: 11.85’ Draft: 5’ 2” Mast: 50’ above water; Keel-stepped Displacement: 17,800 pounds SA/Displacement: 16.73 Fuel: 44 gallons Water: 100 gallons Engine: Yanmar 3QM30 Diesel Motion Comfort: 34 Capsize Screen: 1.81 Hull Speed: 7.4 (theoretical), 8.0 (in practice)

The older model Hunter 37 cutter was designed by John Cherubini, an admired naval architect and former Boeing aeronautical engineer.

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inding the “right” boat can take some serious investigation; especially when you plan to live aboard and sail primarily offshore. We spent more than a year researching different boats and traveled from Ohio to Maine to Florida—and everywhere in between—before finding our boat in Connecticut; I’m glad we were so thorough. We almost overlooked our vessel due to the less-than-stellar reputation of Hunter Marine for making offshore cruisers. However, after having the older Hunter 37 cutter recommended to us, we learned that the company that built our boat isn’t the same as the modern Hunter Marine (they went bankrupt in the early 80s, got sold off , moved from NJ to FL, changed materials, designers, construction methods etc.) So, we started looking a little deeper and realized that the 37 cutter fit almost all of our needs and desires. We love our boat! The Hunter 37 cutter was designed by John Cherubini, an admired naval architect and former Boeing aeronautical engineer. It appears he began designing the 37 in 1977 with the first hulls being produced in 1978. The 37 cutter was a bit of a departure from Cherubini’s earlier designs that were focused on racing and daysailing. This boat was to be a long distance cruiser that balanced ruggedness, performance and comfort. The owner of hull #1 was quoted saying, “The boat is so solid that I think I could pull it down the Interstate with no trailer and not hurt a thing. It sails so damn well that I don’t think I will ever get rid of it.” The 37 cutter isn’t the fastest boat with a PHRF of 155, but I submit that the balance of performance and comfort is next to impossible to

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