Long a major force in the boatbuilding world, Hunter Marine Corp. just seems to keep getting better and better at building sailboats. The latest Hunter to hit the water, the 50AC, demonstrates that despite its success the company refuses to rest on its laurels.
Sailing in 8-10 knots of wind on Miami’s Biscayne Bay, the 50AC behaved like a perfect cruising platform. Despite being equipped with an in-mast furling main and a 90-percent self-tacking blade jib, the boat quickly accelerated to 5-plus knots on the wind at an apparent wind angle of around 35 degrees.
I put the boat through a series of tacks, and it turned easily through the wind, losing minimal way as it did so. With its self-tacking jib—the standard headsail on the 50AC— and the mainsheet overhead on Hunter’s trademark tubular mainsheet arch, the boat was easier to maneuver than many boats a fraction of its size.
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