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    What to leave aboard for the winter

    We take everything off the boat. It is like a Spring cleaning except in the Fall. We refurbish stuff over the winter and re-evaluate what we really need on the boat. PLUS, last Spring our boat was broken into along with half a dozen other boats at Southwind Marine in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We...
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    Compression post and step measurements needed

    Compression Post I have a 1987 Hunter 31 so I can't give you measurements. However, I can tell you what we did. Our compression post was just two 2" by 4"s covered with teak veneer. We loosened our mast stays a little to take the pressure off the mast step. Then we jacked up the cabin top...
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    Hunter 31 line attaching the end of boom to top of mast

    We have a boom vang but we also use a Boomkicker(R), made of two flexible fiberglass wands that hold the boom up in place of a topping lift.
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    Can someone identify this piece and explains its use?

    Traveler? or red thing with the fin? If you are talking about the bar with the pulleys on it, that is the traveler and you run the Mainsail sheet down to it to control the boom. There should be another multi-purchase line with pulleys on each end to attach to the bottom of the boom. That is...
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    Compression Post

    We replaced the compression post in our 1987 Hunter 31 last year. We used an Ironwood post, hard as steel, no rot. Also did it with mast up.
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    Pros and Cons of 1985 H31

    We have a 1987 Hunter 31 which we have sailed on Lake Michigan since 1999. We love it. We have replaced the compression post. We re-bedded the water tank. We have re-bedded all of the opening ports. The boat looks like brand new. Engine runs great. We do a two week cruise somewhere on Lake...
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    what kind of steering does Hunter sailboats use?

    Thanks for the info I appreciate the responses. It is exactly what I needed to know.
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    what kind of steering does Hunter sailboats use?

    Specifically, 1987 Hunter 31 I am interested in the Lewmar folding wheel and they have two kinds. One for Lewmar/Whitlock wheels with a tapered hub and an Edson type with a parallel hub. Does anyone know what kind of steering Hunter sailboats used? Thanks, Rip
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    Attending Strictly Sail Chicago 2013 - any pointers?

    The Lake Michigan Hunter Sailing Association members will be getting together for dinner after the show on Saturday evening. We always have a great time. You can get info at the LMHSA table at the Hunter booth. Members take turns manning the booth during the show. My wife and I have spent three...
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    Replacement Port Windows on H31 1984

    We bought ours from the HunterOwners store several years ago (6 ? maybe). They were the exact replacements for the ones that came on the boat. We have a 1987 Hunter 31. I think they were Beckson ports. They are plastic but ours lasted 20 years and we replaced them for esthetic reasons, not...
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    We need your aluminum stanchion base

    Does anyone still make or carry the stanchions for the 1987 Hunter 31s? I think the 34s used the same stanchions. Here are photos of a stanchion. What is unique about this stanchion is that it tapers and has a bolt hole in the bottom to attach to the metal rail around the edge of the...
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    Can a 31' Hunter ocean cruise

    Hunter 31 ocean cruising Back in the dark ages of 1966 to 1972, we crossed from Florida (Boca Raton) to the Bahamas quite a few times in a 25' wooden Bahama sloop with a one cylinder diesel engine. I now own a 1987 Hunter 31. It is a much stronger boat.
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    Cradle Measurements Hunter 306

    Hunter 31 cradle measurements Hi, I went down to the cradle and took some measurements. The Base is made out of 4” by 1 5/8” C beams. It measures 63 ½” wide by 12’ long. 66“ between stern tube and mid post. Stern tubes and mid tubes are vertical. Stern tubes and mid tubes are 26 ¾”...
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    31H info

    Just sent BobMorning the manual Just sent BobMorning the manual
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    1987 31' Hunter

    Hi, We have a 1987 Hunter 31 with the U shaped dinette. We often have a solon-full of people for drinks and snacks. Our dinette is ideal for that. The galley is set up great for serving to the dinette. We never overnight (or two) with more than one other couple and only go on extended cruises...