Heres an early waterballasted sailboat

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

21' 8" 24' 0" 21' 5" 1' 11"/5' 6" 32' 11"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 33%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

Hunter Design Team Hunter Marine 1992-1997 236 sq. ft. portable 5 gal.

Approx. trailering wgt.: 2,950 lbs.

All the comps shown here except the Hunter 23.5 have something in common. What is it? All use lead or iron ballast. The Hunter, on the other hand, uses water ballast, which automatically pours in as the boat is launched and drains out when the boat is pulled from the water and placed on its trailer. The water is supposed to lighten the hull for easier trailering (which it does), while preserving the boat's stiffness under sail (which it doesn't, at least not very well). The water ballast just isn't heavy enough.

Best features: There's lots of space compared to comps. Worst features: One disillusioned owner said it all: "I love Hunter sailboats, but this model heels so rapidly [a result of the water ballast design] that it scared my wife right out of sailing, so I'm out of this sport altogether now." The same owner pointed out that the handrails were "weak and easily broken." One may wonder, after his bad experience with the 23.5, why he "loves" Hunters. He didn't tell us.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Spirit 23 (22)

22' 2"

7' 11"

2' 0" 2,800

835

17.3

156

240

6.0

12.7

391

4

4' 10"

Rob Roy 23

22' 8"

6' 11"

1' 7" 2,800

900

20.7

135

201

6.1

14.3

228

2 or 3

4' 0"

Jeanneau Tonic 23 (22)

22' 5"

8' 2"

2' 3" 2,945

1,086

18.9

156

225

6.0

12.9

429

4

5' 7"

Hunter 23.5 (22)

21' 8"

8' 4"

1' 11" 3,000

1,000

18.2

136

240

6.2

12.3

471

6

4' 6"

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