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The underbody of the Hunter 33 mirrors Hendersons other Hunter designs in the recent 41 and 44-foot models. Bringing the beam well aft to provide interior space, but not sacrificing performance has worked extremely well in his innovative designs. The deck is wide and workable without intrusions. The cockpit can hold a crowd under sail or at the dock, but is also set up to sail easily single handedly. Accommodations include a large, aft master stateroom with plenty of storage and headroom. The galley is complete with Corian counters, a two-burner range, Oven, icebox and a deep, single basin stainless steel sink. Entertaining or fortifying the crew is easy in a massive salon and guests will appreciate the privacy of the forward v-berth stateroom.
Selden B&R Fractional Rig
Genoa Furling System
110% Furling Genoa with Acrylic Suncover
Inboard Jib Track with Adjustable Cars
Internal Halyards led to Cockpit
In-Mast Furling Optional
Two #16 Self-Tailing Winches on Coachroof
Two Winch Handles
Two Sets of Triple Lines Stoppers & Organizers
All Lines led aft to Four Self-Tailing Winches
Windex Wind Vane
Balanced Spade Rudder with Composite Shaft
Balsa Cored Hull Sides, Solid FRP Bottom
Structural Hull Grid Reinforcement
HKT Kevlar Hull Reinforcement
MaxGuard UV-Inhibiting Exterior Gelcoat
MicroBan Anti-Bacterial Gelcoat in Head & Shower
Varnished Teak Interior Joinery
Bronze Through Hull Fittings Below the Waterline
Double Lifelines with Three Gates
Integrated Swim Platform
Shoal Draft Lead Keel (Deep Keel Optional)
360 Degree Rubrail with Stainless Steel Insert
Three (3) Opening Hatches with Screens
Two (2) Opening Ports with Screens
One (1) Fixed Port
Stainless Steel Bow Pulpit
Stainless Steel Stern Rails with Seats
Stainless Steel Cockpit Arch with Mainsheet
Stainless Steel Telescoping Swim Ladder
Stainless Steel Deck Handrails
Stainless Steel Stem Fitting
Six (6) Stainless Steel Bow, Stern & Spring Line Cleats
Through-Bolted Hull to Deck Joint
Cockpit Storage Lockers
Two Halyard Storage wells
Hinging Helm Seat
Hot & Cold Transom Shower
Integral Stainless Steel Cockpit Grab Rail and Fold Out Cockpit Table
Integrated Wheel Steering Console Including:
Lewmar Direct Drive Steering System
Single Lever Engine Control
Stainless Steel wheel Guard
Manual Bilge Pump
AC/DC Electrical Panel
Battery Charger, 30 Amp
Deluxe Engine Panel with Alarms and Hour Meter
Dockside 110Volt AC Shore Power System
Shore Power Cord
Dual 12 Volt Battery Switches
Automatic Electric Bilge Pump
Head Macerator Pump
Hot & Cold Pressure water System
Multiple AC outlets in Cabin
Tank Gauges for Fuel, water & Waste
Navigation Light Package
VHF Radio with DSC
Stainless Steel Masthead VHF Antenna
Accordian Cabin Window Shades
AC & DC Electrical Outlets
Dinette Converts to Double Berth
Everwear Laminate Cabin Sole
Fully-Enclosed Molded Easy-Clean Head Compartment Shower and Vanity in Head
Handrails in Cabin
Two (2) Hanging Lockers
Private Aft Cabin
Private Forward Cabin
Selected Hardwood trim
Built-In Trash Receptacle
Real Corian Countertops
Stainless Steel Sink
Two Burner Propane Cooktop
Anchor with Chain & Line
Automatic Engine Room Fire Extinguishing System
Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detectors
Two (2) Fire Extinguishers
Four (4) Life Jackets
Throwable PFD Device
From John Kretschmer, Sailing Magazine review August 2004.
Hunter seems determined to make sailing less complicated and more fun. Imagine that.
Not surprisingly, the new Glenn Henderson-designed Hunter 33 combines a host of fresh ideas, both above and below the waterline. The shoal-draft hull shape and fractional rig are efficient through a wide range of wind and sea conditions and the optional all-furling sailplan can be controlled from the cockpit. It's nimble in tight quarters and whether you're ghosting up a channel under main alone or backing into a slip under power, this is often an under-appreciated design feature. From the trademark arch and the B&R rig, to the integrated swimming platform and rakish dark portlights, the Hunter 33 includes the innovations and sleek styling that we've come to expect from one of America's largest builders.
What is surprising about the Hunter 33 is the level of fit and finish. The overall quality is impressive, especially for a boat that can be purchased for less than $100,000. From small but important standard features like all bronze through-hull fittings below the waterline, to construction techniques and materials that include lead keels and sophisticated hull layups, to elegant interior joinerwork, the 33 adds up to a solid value.
The boat felt solid in the water, and as we pushed through a choppy inlet Shea noted some interesting construction details. The hull is solid laminate below the waterline and balsa-cored above. Hunter uses a modified form of vinylester resin to prevent blistering. The forward sections of the hull, the area most prone to impact, are strengthened with Kevlar. An antimonious lead keel is externally fastened with stainless steel bolts. An extensive bilge grid system breaks up the panel size into small areas, stiffening the hull and supporting the keel loads. The interior components are built in modular fashion and then glassed to the hull. Unlike most builders, Hunter employs an external flange for the hull-and-deck joint. Bonded both with 3M 5200 sealant and through-bolted, this arrangement is strong. However, the joint is vulnerable to impact from docks and pilings. A full vinyl rubrail with stainless insert helps protect the joint.
Clear of the channel we tacked north and fell off onto a close reach. We swapped the headsail leads to the tracks on the deck, opening up the slot and the boat powered up. The true wind hovered around 12 knots and our speed inched toward 7 knots as we clipped along just less than 90 degrees off the apparent wind. The mainsheet controls mounted along the side supports of the arch are surprisingly convenient to use from the helm. The steering console-you can't really call it a pedestal-supports a grabrail and fold-out table. A clever hinged helmsman's seat opens to the transom. The direct drive steering system from Lewmar is designed for low maintenance and offers a nice touch as well. The cockpit is tidy and has a feeling of spaciousness. This is created by the arch, which also houses the mainsheet traveler and controls and the B&R rig that eliminates the backstay. Handy seats tucked into the stern pulpit offer a nice perch while under way. The port side locker is huge, a folded inflatable and an asymmetrical chute will both fit if carefully folded. Halyard stowage wells keep stray lines out of sight.
Giving up the wheel, I made my way forward. The molded nonskid provides good traction and there are stainless grab rails on the aft end of the cabin trunk. It wouldn't be a bad idea to extend these rails a bit farther forward. Deck hardware is top quality with Lewmar winches, Spinlock rope clutches and Harken blocks. The ground tackle arrangement is well thought out with a stout single roller and deep external locker. A windlass is optional. The stanchions are ably supported and the double lifelines have gates where they attach to the arch. The robust stainless steel arch provides a very secure anchor point not only for the lifelines but other gear as well, including a bimini top, antennas, speakers, lights and solar panels. Skylights just aft of the mast flood the interior with light but make working on the deck a bit tricky. Of course all sail controls are led aft so at least in theory you won't be spending much time around the base of the mast anyway.
The shrouds are outboard and the chainplates are bolted through the topsides. This placement doesn't really impact sheeting angles because the fractional 110-percent genoa barely overlaps. Also, with two tracks, sheets can be rigged both inside and outside the shrouds. The Seldon mast is deck stepped and includes a solid vang standard. The double spreaders are swept back in classic B&R fashion, and in practical terms I have found this to be a mixed blessing. Eliminating the backstay allows for a large, powerful full roach mainsail. However, when sailing off the wind the main quickly lays up against the spreaders. A long stretch of broad reaching can cause wear and tear on the sail.
At this point I dropped below and closely examined the interior. The interior plan includes two private staterooms, a large galley and a comfortable saloon. The aft cabin, accessed from starboard, is considered the master, and with good reason. From the perspective of this cabin it's hard to believe you're on a 33-foot aft cockpit boat. The cabin includes a large double berth, a hanging locker and most importantly, plenty of elbowroom. The fully enclosed head is just forward of the aft cabin. Fiberglass lined for easy cleanup, the small basin is set in a Corian countertop.The galley is opposite the head, immediately to port of the companionway steps. Again, the amount of space is impressive, emphasized by clever features. Plenty of counter space surrounds a large single stainless steel sink, which incidentally is more practical than two small sinks. Instead of taking up space with a full cooker, Hunter has opted for a two-burner range top with storage underneath. The standard issue microwave serves as the oven. A 12-volt front-loading refrigerator and small freezer frees up the large icebox for dry storage. Hot and cold pressure water is standard and the 50-gallon fresh water capacity is adequate.
The saloon includes a U-shaped settee draped around a large teak table to port and straight settee to starboard. As noted earlier, skylights let in natural light but when you want privacy, they're quickly closed off with accordion shades. Ventilation is provided by three overhead hatches and two opening portlights. A few 12-volt fans will be a necessity for hot summer nights. The dinette converts to a double berth while the foot of the starboard settee serves as the seat for the small, aft facing chart table. The AC/DC electrical panel is located here, as well as open panels for radios and repeaters. AC plugs are located in each cabin and a 30-amp battery charger is standard. The forward stateroom also features a large double berth and full hanging locker.
The Hunter 33, with its impressive design features, upgraded quality construction, brand name hardware and comprehensive standard gear package, is sure to become another bestseller for one of America's most consistent builders.
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