Hunter Edge Page 2
Our test boat had the optional 75-horsepower Evinrude E-TEC outboard, which is a greener and more efficient design than the standard 50. This seems like a huge motor for a trailer-sailer, but a comparable planing-hull fishing boat would surely carry more than 200 horsepower. The 50 will be ample; Pettingill says the speed difference between 50 and 75 is only 2 or 3 knots.
The economy cruise setting is 2,000 rpm, which yields a boatspeed of 6 knots. Full throttle puts the boat on a plane at a top speed of around 15 knots if the crew is light. The boat is quite sensitive to load. Water ballast is only necessary for sailing, and the boat is about 3 knots faster with the tank empty. It takes about 7-8 minutes to dump the ballast while underway.
The Edge has excellent manners up on a plane; it banks into turns properly, tracks well, and rides smoothly. It also handles nicely at low speed, turns in one boatlength, and stops and backs down precisely. I was surprised to find the boat was not affected much by crosswinds with the board down and the tank full.
In addition to buyers coming from a nonsailing or powerboating background, the Edge could be a logical “downsizing” boat for an experienced sailor. It would also make a capable and simple Intracoastal Waterway cruiser.
LOA: 28’6″ (with motor)
Draft: (board up/board down): 1’7″/4’10”
Displacement: 5,540 lbs (ballast tank full)
Ballast: (1,600 lbs
Trailering Weight: 4,920 lbs
Sail area: (100% ) 333 ft2
power: 50-75 hp outboard
Fuel/Water: 6/12 gal
Electrical: 208 aH.
Ratio: (full ballast) 175
Sail Area-Displacement Ratio: 14.1
Designer: Hunter Design Team
Builder: Hunter Marine
Corporation, P.O. Box 1030,
Alachua FL 32615. 904-462-3077. www.huntermarine.com
Price: $32,990; includes sails, dual-axle trailer with brakes, 12-volt electrical system, sink, portable toilet, companionway hood.
V-berth: 6’3″ x 4’3″
Aft berth: 7’5″ x 5’3″
Settees: 5′ x 23″
Cockpit seats: 6′ x 1’6″