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Pictures of linear drive on Hunter 31/34

Discussion in 'Mid-Size Boats' started by sarfata, Jan 8, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. sarfata


    Joined Mar 11, 2015
    5 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter 31
    US Sausalito

    I am looking into installing a linear drive on my 1987 Hunter31. I am aware of the complexity of the task and I am getting quotes as well as considering a DIY job.

    To help guide me (and them), I would love to see what a successful linear drive install on one of these boats look like. Here are a few pictures of what the quarterberth looks *before* installing the drive. If some of you have one installed and could share pictures that would be great. I have searched past discussions but never saw a picture of the install on the 31.
    Any other suggestions welcomed!


    IMG_2576.JPG IMG_2577.JPG IMG_2579.JPG

  2. pateco


    Joined Aug 12, 2014
    1,506 posts, 259 likes
    Hunter 31 (1983)
    US Pompano Beach FL
    Let me know if you find out anything on this.

  3. markwbird


    Joined Nov 26, 2012
    709 posts, 104 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Berkeley
    Why do you want to do this?

  4. pateco


    Joined Aug 12, 2014
    1,506 posts, 259 likes
    Hunter 31 (1983)
    US Pompano Beach FL
    My ST4000 wheel pilot is getting old, and it is noisy. I heard the linears are quieter. Are there disadvantages?

  5. jssailem


    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    3,744 posts, 852 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Chip. They have a greater appetite for electrical power. Your unit is hidden from view so you need to inspect it on a regular basis. (You need to do that for the wheel systems as well but they are in our face and when they whine we tend to react more quickly.) They are more expensive to buy (about plus 75% or more). They are a bit more complex to install.

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  6. seadaddler


    Joined Dec 19, 2006
    5,196 posts, 96 likes
    Hunter 36
    US Punta Gorda
    Check out the post here on the benn 361 looks like something you can do.

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