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BOAT REVIEW

1986 Hunter 31 By Manuel Farinas

SPECIFICATIONS LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement

31’4” 26’3” 10’11” 4’ (shoal); 5’6” (deep) 9,900 lbs. (shoal); 9,700 lbs. (deep) Ballast 4,200 lbs. (shoal); 4,000 lbs. (deep) Mast Height 41’5”; from waterline 47’4” Headroom 6’3” Sail Area 458 sq. feet E (mainsail foot) 11’ J (fore triangle base) 12’ P (mainsail luff) 37’ 5” I (fore triangle ht) 42’

Starboard side of the Hunter 31 in its slip.

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t has been several years since we gave up our sailing life for the sake of horses. Our daughter had wanted a horse for years, since age four. By the time she was 16, we had given up boats for her passion of riding and competing in hunter/jumpers. With the kids grown up and on their own, we both had just retired from teaching and computers, and were thinking of the line from John Masefield’s Sea Fever, “I must go down to the seas again.” I had been dreaming of another sailboat for some time now, and with the wonders of the Internet, I

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was again searching for a vessel that fit our new lifestyle. We had once built a Bruce Roberts 36 out of steel in our driveway, but that was 25 years ago, and neither one of us felt like going through another boatbuilding project at this stage of our lives. Primary consideration was length of the boat, followed by the need for a shoal draft. Both these parameters had to fit a budget of not over $25,000. We had already decided to take a small vacation in late October and search up the Atlantic Seaboard for our dream boat. We live in the Tampa

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