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Re: Hunter 33
In Response To: Hunter 33 ()

I had no idea it had gotten to this point in new boat construction. I've heard supporters of the newer designs say things like "strength is in engineering, not fiberglass thickness". I just don't agree. I sailed on a 33' Beneteau a couple of years ago in the Hawks Channel off Key West. With only an eighteen knot breeze and a hundred percent working jib, NO MAIN, we were burying the rail and every time a two foot chop hit the bow it would knock us slightly off course. I knew then that was not what I wanted in a boat. The older ones can be put back into shape and to my money you'd have a better boat. Even if you paid a marina to do the bulk of the work you'd be dollars ahead of buying an expensive new one. I guess I'm just getting old and stuck in my ways.

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