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Why does Hunter have a bad name?

Apr 11, 2018
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Hunter 340 Dowry Creek, NC
Just to add another anecdotal opinion to the topic: Sequoyah is a 22-year-old 340, shoal draft, mast furling. I wouldn't want to take her across an ocean, but she wasn't designed for that. I bought her for coastal cruising. She's a fine boat for it, quick & nimble, sturdy & steady, comfortable below and spacious in the cockpit. Hunter did her well.
 

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Jun 23, 2016
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Hunter 41DS Seattle
Yes, get the correct tool for the job. I certainly have an appreciation for more advanced materials and more advanced design work to take care of that, but simple things from modest offshore work where the boat is simply was not originally (I would not say designed) built for that job is different? Pics below - half-tabbing even though the laminate was removed such that it was expected bulkhead would be tabbed on both sides. Cracked bow thruster tube from using spiral exhaust-style tubing instead of proper marine grade. Having to put in cabinetry so there are additional handholds in the 'spacious' wife and/or latest f-buddy friend main salon? Don't even get me started on the cutesy doors for easy ingress/egress while tide up at a safe marina with good security that would never be able to take a few tons of water coming over the stern without a giant hole opening up, much less some locals with a crowbar looking to pick up some free electronics and other personal possessions. Or the entire companion way stairs having no positive attachment so if things get really bad, that ~50 pounds with sharp corners will just come loose and poke holes in windows wherever it wants.

Definitely not a Hunter basher after having owned the 41DS for ~5 years now. Once again, not surprised with the limitations. I think overall for this boat if she was built better the design could actually be workable.

Get the right tool for the job, and I think actually Hunter has done a good job. The electrical wiring (aside from some original dealer added items) are done extremely well. Similar with many other systems on the boat for simple and easy maintenance, which by definition means maintenance will be done.
 

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Aug 24, 2017
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Jeanneau 44DS Bayou Grande Sailing Marina
Because Hunter Marlow dumped on all the Hunter owners who purchased their boats before HM took over. HM claimed they were a different company so they didn’t have to honor Hunter warranties while they were still celebrating Hunter’s 40th Anniversary - having there cake and eating it too so to speak. You can’t do this to customers without developing a bad name. I sold my 2008 H36 shortly after this, which btw had problems too numerous to list. Needless to say, I took a big hit on the sale—had to almost give it away. I stay a member of this forum waiting for the opportunity to let everyone know what a terrible unscrupulous company HM is. This is why Hunter has a bad name—no doubt.
 

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Jan 28, 2021
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Hunter 31 0 Lands End, Apollo Beach, FL
I am a new used Hunter owner, I looked at a lot of boats
 

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Jan 28, 2021
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Hunter 31 0 Lands End, Apollo Beach, FL
I am a new used Hunter owner, I looked at a lot of boats
I hate phones. Like I was saying, quite a few boats. You buy a 30 year old boat and it needs work compare to a house they need work. What I have learned in the past 6 months is that if the previous owners didn’t keep it up then a boats going to be problems, I don’t care about make or model. When repairs are made make them well, right material, right craftsman ship. You’ll end up wit a great boat. Time is the key. I like my little 31. She’s got nice lines, decent speed and the accommodations are what you make them. As others have said, the products installed are all decent. Not a lot of frills, and materials change over time. My boat is solid and fairly dry, the issues I have on it can be traced to lack of maintenance. A good boat, the sailor makes the boat.
 
Jan 1, 2006
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Slickcraft 26 Greenport, NY
My H 356 didn't have a bad reputation with me. Truthfully, I didn't like the (Selden) in mast furling but I think it was a great boat. I felt its systems were well thought out, organized and well engineered. And it sailed well. I think the disrespect for the brand was dis-information created by competitors who were losing market share. Hunter innovated in a staid market and were punished for it. You got a lot of boat for your money. As for the recent warrantee issues, that wasn't even the Hunter company of yore. So the reputation issue existed long before Marlow/Hunter as I see it.
 
Jan 18, 2021
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Hunter 40.5 Burnt Store Marina
Because Hunter Marlow dumped on all the Hunter owners who purchased their boats before HM took over. HM claimed they were a different company so they didn’t have to honor Hunter warranties while they were still celebrating Hunter’s 40th Anniversary - having there cake and eating it too so to speak. You can’t do this to customers without developing a bad name. I sold my 2008 H36 shortly after this, which btw had problems too numerous to list. Needless to say, I took a big hit on the sale—had to almost give it away. I stay a member of this forum waiting for the opportunity to let everyone know what a terrible unscrupulous company HM is. This is why Hunter has a bad name—no doubt.
They definitely screwed the brand further through their bankruptcy. Unfortunately the attitude is not unique, Beneteau group has been fairly miserable during the current Lagoon issues.
 
Jun 8, 2004
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-na -NA Anywhere USA
My H 356 didn't have a bad reputation with me. Truthfully, I didn't like the (Selden) in mast furling but I think it was a great boat. I felt its systems were well thought out, organized and well engineered. And it sailed well. I think the disrespect for the brand was dis-information created by competitors who were losing market share. Hunter innovated in a staid market and were punished for it. You got a lot of boat for your money. As for the recent warrantee issues, that wasn't even the Hunter company of yore. So the reputation issue existed long before Marlow/Hunter as I see it.
As a former dealer for Hunter with a close relationship with the founder and owner, Warren Luhrs, @shemandr. Said it best. Many innovations started with Hunter and were well known for warranty reliance.

The big mistake was combining Hunter Marine with the three power boat companies under one umbrella with the profits made by Hunter to support the power side. Recession took the group down. Thus Hunter was forced into bankruptcy.

Marlo Hunter bought Hunter thru bankruptcy and is a different company. They are not required to warranty the former Hunter Marine.
As for the dealers for Hunter, most never spoke harshly about the competition as many had multiple dealerships while others who did not represent Hunter did. I was a Hunter dealer also representing Beneteau and Catalina. When interviewing salesmen , I made them go to used car lots and come back telling me what they did not like. The number 1 complaint was negative comments about other car manufacturer s. They were hired as negative comments would not be tolerated

FYI @SandyFrank