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    Emptying Water Ballast - Hunter 260

    Hi All, I'm about to pull my boat for the season. I'd really like to get the water ballast out before putting on the trailer, just to give me an extra few inches less depth I need backing the trailer down the ramp. I know I could pump it out, but I don't really have a suitable pump. Anybody...
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    Spider prevention?

    We keep our boat slipped at a marina on a lake in the Midwest. As the summer has progressed, I’ve increasingly encountered spiders on the boat after a week or sometimes two between sailing outings. The last time they were everywhere topside. Harmless (I think/hope!), but super annoying...
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    Autohelm/Tillerpilot question...

    Hi All, Having great fun with our new "to us" Hunter 260. Tried out the autohelm/tillerpilot that came with it this weekend. In general it worked well, and I suspect there's a solution to the couple of problems I had, or maybe they're just a limitation of the tool, I don't know. In any case...
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    H260 Mainsail Luff Tension - lug lube?

    Hi there H260 or similar owners... Anybody else have trouble getting enough tension on the main halyard to pull all the wrinkles out of the luff of you main? Even dead into the wind, I seem to get enough friction in the lugs to prevent me from getting the leading edge of the sail as tight as...
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    H260 speed capability

    Fellow 260 owners... just looking to get some comparative datapoint. In a steady 8-10 knots of wind, what kind of speeds can you reach on various points of sail? I was getting to 4.5 knots on a beam - close reach, and 3.5 or so on Run - broad reach. I’m thinking I should be able to do better...
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    Safety note about bottom paint

    Hi All, I had an odd experience with anti-fouling bottom paint that might be worth knowing about. I’ve been having a problem with my Hunter 260 centerboard (long story), and fixing it has required swimming under the boat in about 4 feet of water to work on it (yes, one held breath at a time!)...
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    Shorted Bow Light in Hunter 260

    Hunter 260 Owners... I have short somewhere in the bow light circuit. I can't figure out where the wire runs. When I turn on the running light switch, the voltmeter drops significantly and the breaker trips within a few seconds. I removed the panel and found 3 wires on the switch testing...
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    H260 Centerboard uphaul force?

    Question for H260 owners... I recently purchased a 260 and am generally happy with it, but I have one major concern. Raising the centerboard takes the winch and all the arm I have, and that's after the 4 to 1 blocks on the deck. The resistance is to the point I'm afraid I'll break the winch or...
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    Pedestal steer question...

    Hi All New member, here. We recently purchased a 260 and now can't wait for spring. Boat is a tiller steer model that I'm going to convert to wheel steer. YES, I'M VERY (VERY!) WELL AWARE that most sailors first thought is "Why would you do that?!?!", but I'm not looking to start that...