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Best Boats 2013 Hunter 40

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To celebrate its 40th anniversary (and a recent change of ownership) Hunter has introduced a new 40-footer that hones and refines several trends the company has been developing aboard its boats in recent years. For example, a mainsheet arch with an optional hard targa top not only keeps UV rays off the crew, but also makes it possible for a skipper to easily singlehand the boat from the two helm stations aft while guests entertain themselves at the cockpit table well clear of any working lines. Similarly, the Hunter 40’s B&R rig can support a high-performance super-roachy mainsail or an easy-to-handle in-mast main, all without cluttering up the back of the boat with one or more backstays.

 

The Hunter 40’s style is particularly evolved. Though its long eccentric coachroof, elongated knife-sharp port window accent and nearly plumb bow give the boat a somewhat awkward appearance on paper, our judges found the 40 to be striking and attractive afloat. They were also impressed by how well the boat sails. Even with the less aggressive in-mast main, during our test we found the boat was both fast and weatherly.

Hunter has also continued to improve its finish quality while hitting very competitive price points. The new 40 represents an excellent value in a modern production cruising craft. 

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