- Sep 25, 2018
I am one who had little good to say about my 23.5. It was not the construction, fit or finish. It was the water ballast and minimal sail controls that made sailing very tender with weather helm that overpowered me. A tornado like weather pattern lifted the boat out of the water and onto the dock atop the mid-ship cleat. A little gel coat damage but no physical damage. The boat, a 1996, has more spider cracks than spiders which it is infested with. Cosmetic. I sailed and complained about the boat for 12 years but it was mostly that the 23.5 was a pocket cruiser that I only day sailed. Replaced it with a Capri 22 a true day sailer and am very happy with performance. I also improved as a sailor so do not put the boat into a position to perform badly. Would I consider a Hunter again? Yes just not a water ballast boat.