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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?

    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?

    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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    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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    Advice: Pay attention to bearing noise...

    Been hearing some noise from our H170 trailer wheels for a while, never worried too much. Until this past weekend. Towed the boat on the highway for a few miles, pulled into a state park, launched the boat and parked the trailer. That is when the wheel literally fell off the trailer, right there...
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    Puzzled by new H170 main sail features

    Hi all, been sailing our H170 for years and love it. We recently invested in a brand new main sail and it has a few things I don't quite know what to do with and the H170 manual does not show them... 1. The tack has a heavy rope sewn into it that hangs down below the boom. Look like a great way...
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    What is this flap thing on the bottom of my H170?

    Thought I saw a post about this once before but cannot find it. While searching for a leak around the centerboard I find this flap thing mounted on the bottom of the hull just forward of the centerboard slot. Does anyone know what this is or what purpose it serves? I have removed it and the...
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    Paint for 170 rudder

    Hi all, The rudder on our 170 has several places where the finish has blistered a bit or chipped away. I want to sand it all smooth and repaint. But what kind of paint should be used on this? The rudder appears to be a plastic or resin type material - it is not ACP like the hull. Any idea if...
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    Where is this H170 leaking?

    Spent most of the winter on H170 repairs including a crack below the rudder mount between the top and bottom halves of the hull. Fiberglass and lots of devcon plastic weld (inside and out) sealed it up nicely. First run out, 10-12 knot winds, really nice afternoon on the water. Imagine my...
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    Non-skid paint for H170 plastic deck?

    Hi all, I am making some repairs to several cracks in the deck of our 170. I had to pull up the anti-skid mats to make the repairs (and they were worn through in a few places anyway). The Devcon DA291 white plastic welder is a close match to the deck color, but not quite. I am thinking to kill...
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    Source for Hunter 170 cup holders?

    Doing some work on our 170 and want to replace the faded-gray cup holders. We removed one of them and the hole size is 3 3/8" and a drain hose is attached to the underside. Does anyone know of a source for these cup holders? The ones sold on this site do not fit (they take about a 3 1/2"...
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    H170 Boom end cap

    Does the H170 have a cap on the aft (stern) end of the boom? Our does not and the sharp metal edge of the boom has left scratches and gouges on the deck where it lays when the main sheet is down. (Yes, we should be using an uphaul (topping lift) but sometimes the boom still hits the deck!). Also...
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    Soft deck in H17

    I have read many of the forum posts about cracks; we have had very little cracking problem on our H17, but I do notice the deck floor is very soft and flexible in many areas. There are a few small cracks as well, but what is the significance of the soft deck? Is this going to lead to more severe...
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    Water in the hull - is that normal?

    Is it normal to get some amount of water in the hull cavity of a 170 after a routine sail of a few hours? When we take the plug out the back as we pull up the boat ramp there is always some water that drains out (a few cups, perhaps). I know there are wood back plates for the motor mount and...
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    Cracks at rudder mount

    Hi all, while under sail in a strong breeze I recently noticed some "give" in the rudder mount and some cracks in the sealer around the top of the mount. Closer inspection revealed some cracks around one of the mount holes. I removed the bracket (the screws did not seem very tight) and scraped...
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    Modify batten pockets on H170 main sail?

    Hi all, we are wondering if it is possible to change the 2 lower batten pockets on our H170 main sail. The top batten is held in with a velcro system that works fine, but the lower 2 are sewn into the sail. Why did they use two completely different batten techniques on the same sail?? Anyway...
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    How to mount depth finder?

    Hi all, thinking about mounting a depth finder on our Hunter 170 (Hummingbird HDR 650). Our 170 has a motor mount without a motor right now, so that is an obvious possibility, but we would prefer to have the mount free if we decide to put a motor on. Problem is the transom - well, there is no...