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  1. Stlsailor


    Joined May 15, 2019
    3 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter 260
    None US Caryle lake
    Hi, I am looking at buying a 1999 Hunter 260. Does anyone have any advice on what to look for? I have owned several small boats, Capri 14.2, sunfish, y flyer, but would like to purchase a larger boat and keep it at Caryle lake in Il.
    I have sailed a Colgate 26 many times.
    Any advice would be appreciated.

  2. Justin_NSA


    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,572 posts, 1,171 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    Welcome! Are you looking for a water ballasted trailer-sailor? I ask because you say you want to keep it at the lake.

  3. Stlsailor


    Joined May 15, 2019
    3 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter 260
    None US Caryle lake
    Water ballast.

  4. Stlsailor


    Joined May 15, 2019
    3 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter 260
    None US Caryle lake
    Thank you.

  5. Kermit


    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    5,228 posts, 2,558 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    I have exactly what you’re looking at buying. It’s a great boat. Absolutely insist on the seller installing a new centerboard line. If he won’t do that, have it changed as soon as possible. They’re much easier to change before they break. The most important advice is to enjoy your boat!

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  6. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    3,732 posts, 530 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    It would help us here if we knew how you wanted your boat equipped. A few suggestions:
    1. Day sailing only?
    2. Weekender or longer?
    3. Year around or just when it's warm?
    4. Trailerable?
    5. Etc.?

    If you want just a basic boat to sail once in awhile, having the hull and deck inspected by a certified marine surveyor should take care of anything that might be of concern.

  7. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    4,603 posts, 2,550 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    Welcome Stlsailor,

    You have started on the right foot by joining us here. I know you will get so much more than you asked for on this forum. These guys are the best and eager to share their wisdom.

    As Terry suggests, let us know a little more about the kind of sailing you plan to do.

    -Will (Dragonfly)

  8. Jackdaw


    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    10,073 posts, 3,082 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    While a Hunter 260 has its own set of virtues, you could not pick a boat more different that a Colgate 26.

    Last edited: May 15, 2019
  9. Benny17441


    Joined May 24, 2004
    5,749 posts, 417 likes
    CC 30
    US South Florida
    Look for the condition of the essential expensive items, Hull, engine, sails, standing rigging and ballast tank.

  10. rgranger


    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    6,122 posts, 1,603 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    Hello @Stlsailor.

    As @Benny17441 said, the expensive stuff to replace are outboard, sails etc. AND if you plan on trailering this boat. Take a hard look at the trailer. Do the breaks still work? Are the lights working? Are the tires in good condition? etc.

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