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Hunter 306 New Owner Questions

May 22, 2019
6
Hunter 306 571 Charisma Westernport Vic
Hi, first post on this forum!

After years of trailer yachts we've recently imported a 2004 (MY2005) H306 from the US to Australia and while the boat has arrived in great shape, I thought I'd consult the brains trust here on a few things. We don't get as many Hunters as Catalinas in Australia, not sure why - the cruisy comfort, fractional B&R rig, in-mast furling and arch made it a no-contest for our daysailing/weekender tastes. We stumbled across a very tired and mouldy H290 here (while looking at a Catalina) and while we didn't want a "project" boat, we fell in love with the design. Must say the thorough manual, this forum and available parts were also very comforting factors in our decision.

The internal teak is generally in good shape but showing a few areas of wear that seem common in many Hunters of this vintage. Have you followed the manual's recommendation for re-finishing (spray) or gone a different way with something like a brushed polyurethane finish?

The head has a large splodge of DIY silicone just above floor level between the sink cabinet base and toilet (near the corner). Before I go digging in there to find out, is there anything under there that might have made the previous owner go hunting in that area?

Are there any notorious leak areas or weak spots on these boats we should be aware of and fix before we re-launch?

Thanks for any guidance, we are extremely excited to get the boat in the water once we put it back together. It really ticks all the boxes for our needs.

Robert
Melbourne, Australia
 
Jan 1, 2006
4,334
Slickcraft 26 Greenport, NY
Congratulations! Regarding the interior Teak we had some fading from UV in some areas. We looked into it and found the supplier of the finish materials - Mohawk. We actually found a distributor and bought some. We tried a small patch and didn't really like the results and I'm sorry I don't remember why. At my wife's suggestion we used liquid gold which produced a nice tone and finish. Yes, we had to re-apply but it was easy to do. Don't sand it.
How was the boat delivered to Australia?
 
Jan 4, 2006
2,561
Hunter H-310 West Vancouver, B.C.
Welcome to the site @Arbee and congrats on the new boat.

If you can Include photos of your areas of concern, it will multiply the response rate considerably.

The head has a large splodge of DIY silicone just above floor level between the sink cabinet base and toilet (near the corner).
Sounds interesting (maybe even scary) but a picture will bring it to life along with a few suggestions.
 
May 22, 2019
6
Hunter 306 571 Charisma Westernport Vic
Thanks for the welcome! I should add the boat had an out of the water survey before we purchased her and these are just nit picky issues. The boat reports to be otherwise in very good shape.

Here are a couple of pics:

a) the DIY silicon "splodge" on the edge of the head floor, top right of photo. It didn't get a mention in the survey report, probably just cosmetic damage but thought I should check here first in case there is some awareness of what might lurk within.

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and b) the typical aging teak finish issues (this is not our boat but provides an exaggeration of our issue).

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Thanks for any input at all, much appreciated.

Robert
 
May 22, 2019
6
Hunter 306 571 Charisma Westernport Vic
Congratulations! Regarding the interior Teak we had some fading from UV in some areas. We looked into it and found the supplier of the finish materials - Mohawk. We actually found a distributor and bought some. We tried a small patch and didn't really like the results and I'm sorry I don't remember why. At my wife's suggestion we used liquid gold which produced a nice tone and finish. Yes, we had to re-apply but it was easy to do. Don't sand it.
How was the boat delivered to Australia?
Thanks for the reply and the suggestion. That resonates with me as the original finish seems a little thin and obviously vulnerable to wear so something more substantial makes sense.
From survery/deposit to delivery the process took a long 5 months for a variety of reasons - road transport from Oriental NC to Jacksonville, Hoegh RoRo autoliner to Melbourne, stuck at the port for 6 weeks due to the whole shipment being quarantined due to a ladybug infestation en route, and then road to the marina.
 
May 22, 2019
6
Hunter 306 571 Charisma Westernport Vic
Sorry, one more question - where will I find the emergency tiller? I see where it fits if I ever need to use it, but no mention of where it is stored in the manual that I can see.

Thanks again.
 
Jan 4, 2006
2,561
Hunter H-310 West Vancouver, B.C.
the DIY silicon "splodge" on the edge of the head floor, top right of photo.
The PO may have been smoking crack when he applied the splodge. I can only speak for myself here, but I would have to know what is beneath the silicone.

where will I find the emergency tiller?
Odd, but the most convenient place to store the spare tiller is between two SS spring clips in the starboard lazerette. If yours isn't there (or at least the clips) I'd be worried it's in the deep. It's fairly large and not easy to overlook.
 
Mar 20, 2004
1,554
Hunter 356 and 216 Portland, ME
the splodge is in a spot that is a common moulding defect in the glass - you end up with a thin layer of gelcoat on the mold, a void, and then the underlying glass in the corner. the thin gelcoat breaks leaving an open "wound", cosmetic but a dirt collector. normally just an easy gelcoat repair but who knows what the PO did...
 
Jun 8, 2004
7,644
-na -NA Anywhere USA
Was the boat originally sold by America Marine & Sail Supply out of North Carolina? If so send me a private message as I would have sold your boat originally.
Now retired
Dave Condon
 
May 22, 2019
6
Hunter 306 571 Charisma Westernport Vic
Was the boat originally sold by America Marine & Sail Supply out of North Carolina? If so send me a private message as I would have sold your boat originally.
Now retired
Dave Condon
Thanks Dave, I bought it second hand from Triton Yachts (great bunch!) in Oriental NC as a one-owner, but I believe the original owner was in New York when originally purchased in 2004. I'll check the books on the boat in case I'm wrong about that.
 
May 22, 2019
6
Hunter 306 571 Charisma Westernport Vic
Thanks all for the replies. Found the emergency tiller beneath the packed lazerette. Yes I know, should have unpacked the boat properly before I asked and not relied on the manual to tell me. I'll call it a moment of "new owner anxiety" :yikes:.

I'll dig into the "silicon splodge" in the head floor and see what is revealed.

Cheers, Robert
 
Mar 9, 2019
3
Hunter 335 Puffin Titusville
Thanks for the welcome! I should add the boat had an out of the water survey before we purchased her and these are just nit picky issues. The boat reports to be otherwise in very good shape.

Here are a couple of pics:

a) the DIY silicon "splodge" on the edge of the head floor, top right of photo. It didn't get a mention in the survey report, probably just cosmetic damage but thought I should check here first in case there is some awareness of what might lurk within.

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and b) the typical aging teak finish issues (this is not our boat but provides an exaggeration of our issue).

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Thanks for any input at all, much appreciated.

Robert
 
Mar 9, 2019
3
Hunter 335 Puffin Titusville
Congratulations on your purchase. The interior looks very similar to my H335.paper
I have refinished most of the interior wood. Everybody has their own recipe but this is what I have done and it looks good 2 years later.
For the nav table surface, I sanded it with 400 paper with a vibrating sander. Based on your picture, I think it will still look a bit mottled (light and dark) when you are finished. The I used wipe on TUNG oil (not teak) from Min Wax. I applied 2 - 3 coats depending on the desired color. I let it sit longer on the light parts before wiping off. Then on the flat surface like the nav table I use the Minwax wipe on poly. 3 coats.
For the sides, I sand if needed and use Tung oil only. For the sole, I removed any varnish with a varnish remover. You need to clean with soap really well. The "gray color" is dirt. Then I sanded with perhaps 200 then 400 and again used 3 coats of Tung oil. For the floors I found the most success with the brush on polyurethane. Best of luck. PS. if I could take the wood off the boat and do it at my house, it was much easier and faster. Although it could take a few days to coat everything.