Hunter Boats has over 50 years of designing sailboats, with multiple innovations and rugged construction, while keeping a dedication towards customer value. The Hunter Legend 35.5 is a fine sailing package, comprising of handling, performance and recreational cruising. Joyride, by its very own namesake, is simply a joy-to-ride. I have sailed on these and similar boats, and I can honestly say that you will not be disappointed.
Its owners have meticulously maintained Joyride’s mechanics and sails, along with its interior and exterior. Whether Joyride will be used as a family cottage or a small live aboard, this boat is clean throughout, and everything has its logical place. You step aboard, and everything is where it should be. But look at the numerous enhancements:
Its rare to see, but having a fractional rig on a boat of this size has significant benefits. The sailplan by having a larger mainsail and a smaller genoa, makes sail handling easier, and is cheaper when the day comes to replace sails. Even if the wind picks up, you can still sail with just the main, and be under control.
All lines are lead aft, in an organised, yet functional fashion. The main pedestal has all the instrumentation that you require. Aft storage in the cockpit are in two smaller locations behind the helmsman, and there is a large compartment under the starboard seat. Want to go for a swim? The open transom is a welcomed addition, and helps with any onboarding and offboarding when you use the tender. The bimini frame finishes off the cockpit by supporting the solar panels and radar.
Another enhancement to Joyride, is something that you cannot see. Below the waterline, you have a wing keel, which not only shaves off about one foot off the draft, but still allows decent tracking while under sail. Further, you have the added flexibility of anchoring in shallower bays where other sailboats would fear to navigate. Almost makes those pesky tide tables a little less worrisome.
By sliding the main hatch and going below, you are welcomed by lots of natural light, and ventilation thanks to opening ports, and a bright interior. The natural light is further enhanced with fixed ports on the hull itself. On your left is a working galley, complete with fridge, freezer, microwave and enough room to stow your kitchen gadgets, pantry and of course the wine. Directly aft of the galley is the aft cabin, suitable for a couple or a bunch of kids, and it has its very own door for privacy.
To the right is the navigation station and electrical panel with ample storage for your sextant and other navigational instruments, and of course music CD’s for that magical evening of water music. Behind the navigation station is the enclosed head, and its large. This interior is physically split between the stand-up shower and washroom facilities. One of the benefits of having the head location aft, is that it is typically larger than one located up by the mast. Further, it makes the main salon is much bigger, making Joyride feel bigger than it is. A nice feature that comes in handy on those rainy days.
The main cabin is inviting, and can equality accommodate a full crew. By lowering the main table, with the adjoining side bench, you have room for an additional three crew mates. If fact, you have room for 7 tired sailors if you also include the forward v-berth, which it also has its own door for privacy. Here are some lasting enhancements of the interior:
Now if the outside attracts as much attention and pride of ownership as the inside, go ahead and open and read “Full Details” and be ready to be impressed. Then call us to arrange your own private showing. You will clearly be glad that you did. Joyride can be yours, and just in time for the upcoming boating season.
The vendor is very proud of his boat and the way that she has been kept and would be honoured to assist in orientating the new owner to his new vessel.