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

  1. Danno1


    Joined Jun 10, 2014
    2 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 27
    US Toledo
    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
    965 posts, 444 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


    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    8,787 posts, 2,126 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


    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    4,579 posts, 685 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
    6,535 posts, 157 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


    Joined May 24, 2004
    5,397 posts, 311 likes
    CC 30
    US South Florida
    Good boat for your purpose. Buy local, check out the cost and availability of marina slips.

  7. Sailgunner


    Joined Jun 4, 2004
    818 posts, 27 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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    0 posts, 10 likes
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  9. Sailavie1


    Joined Oct 31, 2012
    140 posts, 79 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


    Joined May 12, 2004
    1,025 posts, 287 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
    6,442 posts, 506 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
    2,687 posts, 472 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


    Joined Mar 16, 2010
    5,082 posts, 963 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.