Recent content by mark2

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    H170 versus H18 experience

    @shemandr I looked at the owner resource pages, but not sure where this would be appropriate. The "Owner Reviews" are form-based question/answer on specific topics. "Owner Mods" is free-form but this is not about making mods. I could make a PDF and put in the "Downloads" section along with the...
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    H170 versus H18 experience

    @CurtisC thanks for the reminder on the spinnaker kit, that is an important point. Ours did not come with a kit and with our casual sailing style I don't think we will spend the money on adding it. On the drain plug issue, we don't have a leak but we got water in the hull several times in the...
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    H170 versus H18 experience

    Hi all, as someone that has now owned and spent time with both the H170 and H18 I thought I would write up my impressions if anyone is interested in how these two similar boats compare. If you are looking to buy one or the other, this might give you some guidance. (Note that the H18.5 is not the...
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    Experience buying new sails for H170 or H18?

    The boom is definitely 170, I put it side-by-side with the boom from our old (170) boat and they are identical. The mast is not identical, I have noticed the following differences: - The main sheet luff has no plastic slugs, the luff rope slides up in the mast slot. The slot is considerably...
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    Experience buying new sails for H170 or H18?

    Ah well, bad news... we have a 170 boom so we cannot fit an H18 sail on this boat. Have to rethink this.
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    Experience buying new sails for H170 or H18?

    Hi all, we are looking to buy new sails for our Hunter 18 and wondering what others have experienced... I think the originals were made by North Sails. But I find other online lofts that cost 1/3 less than new North Sails. Wondering if others have purchased sails and what the experience was.
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    Hunter 18 bottom paint?

    Where it has peeled appears to be a still glossy finish (maybe that is why it is peeling to start with). I am thinking it is a big job to sand off the existing paint and then gelcoat. Painting over it with anything seems problematic if it is peeling. I have yet to do a full inspection of the...
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    Hunter 18 bottom paint?

    No, there really is a wave in the striping (but it does not look as bad as this photo suggests).
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    Hunter 170 drain??

    Our new (used) 18 came from NY, found it in a yacht dealer's listings. Oddly it is outfitted with a 170's sails and the BIN on the title indicates a 170. I wonder if the original owner had a cracked 170 that Hunter swapped out the hull with an 18. Still trying to figure out what parts are...
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    Hunter 18 bottom paint?

    Just purchased this used 18 that appears to have been painted with a thick, textured material that is peeling off in some places. Any idea what this material is, why it might have been applied, and what to do with it? Should I try to remove it, paint over it, ...? I hate the look of it, prefer a...
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    Hunter 170 drain??

    Dream came true... we just bought a used Hunter 18 to replace our 170! The 170 has been great and we got quite good at repairing the plastic hull. But final straw came when we needed to put a motor on it (we want to sail at the NC coast) and the motor mount was "soft" - e.g. needed to be torn...
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    Hunter 170 Rudder Mount Solution

    I rather doubt there is any "professional" in repair of this type of boat... but I think anyone with patience and good mechanical/boat skills could do it.
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    Motor recommendations for 170

    So I assume a 24V system uses 2 12-V marine batteries? The 170 has no good place to secure them anywhere at the rear of the boat... anyone out there with a 170 using large trolling batteries? Where/how do you place the batteries?
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    Motor recommendations for 170

    Been sailing our 170 on inland lakes for years, never even considered putting a motor on it. This year we are thinking of taking it to the NC outer banks (Ocracoke Island) where we will be staying for a week on the Pamilco Sound side of the island. Now I think a motor is a good idea... Any...
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    Finding and fixing leaks

    Dave, thanks for the brilliant idea of pressurizing the hull and using soapy water. It did not reveal anything (directly)... smeared soapy water all over the inside of the centerboard slot with the board removed (most likely leak location). Tight as a drum, not a bubble to be found. Went under...