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Discussion in 'Ask A Hunter Owner' started by Danno1, Jan 8, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

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  1. Danno1

    Danno1

    Joined Jun 10, 2014
    2 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 27
    US Toledo
    Hi,
    I am thinking about buying a sailboat for the Tampa Bay and island hopping the keys. I am leaning toward a Vision 32. Any Thoughts.
     


  2. jon hansen

    jon hansen

    Joined May 25, 2012
    726 posts, 270 likes
    john alden caravelle 42
    us sturgeon bay, wis
    buy a fresh water only vessel here on the lakes then take it down
     


  3. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    8,298 posts, 1,752 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    Indeed our sweet water boats will (year for year) have less rigging wear, UV damage, and use/wear in general. But you have to figure spending $6-8k getting it down, which is 1/3 to 1/4 the asking price of a Vision 32. Personally, I'd find a good local one.
     


    Last edited: Jan 8, 2018
  4. Justin_NSA

    Justin_NSA

    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    4,399 posts, 620 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    There's a lot less rigging to worry about with that lamp post mast.
     


  5. Rick D

    Rick D

    Joined Jun 14, 2008
    6,451 posts, 137 likes
    Hunter Legend 40.5
    US Long Beach, Shoreline Marina, CA
    Great boat; had one for nine years. See the owner reviews on this site.
     


  6. Benny17441

    Benny17441

    Joined May 24, 2004
    5,300 posts, 289 likes
    CC 30
    US South Florida
    Good boat for your purpose. Buy local, check out the cost and availability of marina slips.
     


  7. Sailgunner

    Sailgunner

    Joined Jun 4, 2004
    799 posts, 25 likes
    Hunter 410
    US Punta Gorda
    Recommend a larger boat, something closer to 40'. There is a lot of ocean sailing between Tampa and the keys. A 32 will do but you will be happier with a 40. Not only is a 40 more comfortable you will be cruising closer to 7 knots vs 6.
     


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    Hunter Ad Bot

    Joined Oct 27, 2016
    0 posts, 10 likes
    US Seattle
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  9. Sailavie1

    Sailavie1

    Joined Oct 31, 2012
    124 posts, 58 likes
    Hunter 2008 H25
    ca Lake Wabamun
    Shallow waters along the Gulf coast and around the Keys would lean to a shallow draft or better yet retractable keel. The Seaward 32 ( or similar) is a good choice.
     


  10. Roland5048

    Roland5048

    Joined May 12, 2004
    969 posts, 260 likes
    Hunter Cherubini 30
    US New Port Richey
    Don't know anything about the V32 except the telephone mast. Have done that trip many times on my h30. Many more times on 40+ boats. More comfort in a 40 footer to be sure. If $$$ is not an issue, go bigger. The deciding factor is draft. Four feet or so is good. Think Morgan 41 Out Islander. Five feet is OK. Six is limiting.
     


  11. Crazy Dave Condon

    Crazy Dave Condon

    Joined Jun 8, 2004
    6,143 posts, 433 likes
    -na -NA
    US Anywhere USA
    Should you have to pull the mast off, suggest let those who know what they are doing or taking the mast down do that for you. Sometimes they are stuck and trying to pry it loose, caution is recommended.
     


  12. Kings Gambit

    Kings Gambit

    Joined Jul 27, 2011
    2,524 posts, 405 likes
    Bavaria 38E
    US Alamitos Bay
    Not necessarily. You can "hop" down the coast to Naples, then take off from there. Don't have to aim for Key West. Crossing Florida Bay is tricky b/c of its shallowness; seven feet in places. Might need a boat (large or small) with a shallow draft; many folks have done in it retractable keel/centerboard boats. Suggest you plan your route, then pick a boat. Right tool for the job, etc.
     


  13. Gunni

    Gunni

    Joined Mar 16, 2010
    4,835 posts, 825 likes
    Beneteau 411 Oceanis
    US Annapolis
    If I were buying a boat for that area it would be a small multihull. That opens up the 10,000 islands and much of the everglades coast plus the back country of the keys.