As we stepped aboard the new Hunter 38 last fall in Annapolis, something seemed different. At first glance, all of Hunter’s trademark details were there: the stainless-steel arch that carries the mainsheet traveler, the comprehensive bimini, the corner seats in the stern rail. Yet the hollow waterlines and fine bow sections indicated that designer Glenn Henderson and his team had refined the Hunter hull form to bring out more pep and agility. Henderson’s written brief for the boat describes a “very responsive and maneuverable yacht that would be very forgiving to sail in a breeze and easy to maneuver in close quarters such as docking.” He highlighted two performance-related objectives: to minimize the pitching motion and improve boat speed in midrange conditions, and to boost the boat’s pointing ability with a low-drag keel and a large rudder that helps generate lift. All these attributes needed to be wrapped into a package that offered exceptional comfort and easy handling and that was suitable for shorthanded sailing and for newcomers who might like to explore Catalina, Martha’s Vineyard, or the Bahamas.
Sailing Magazine Review
This Henderson-designed cruiser hearlds Hunter’s new quest for quality and performance
There is a buzz at Hunter Marine these days. You can feel it in the air at the boat shows and you can feel it on the water when you sail the company’s new models. Hunter has long been one of America’s most prolific builders, now it is serving notice that it can produce boats that stand up to any competitor. The fresh-out-of-the-mold 38 is an example of Hunter’s new approach to design and manufacturing. The handsome aft cockpit sloop includes Hunter’s trademark concepts of comfort, convenience, innovation and a great sailaway price. However, the 38 also demonstrates an evolved construction ethos, upgraded materials and inventory, and a focused design philosophy blending form and function.
Hunter Marine has been building sailboats for more than 30 years and is one of the industry’s enduring success stories. Brothers Warren and John Luhrs, descended from a long line of boatbuilders, knew what they were doing when they launched a rakish Cherubini-designed 25-foot sloop in 1973. The boat was an immediate hit and in just a few short years Hunter was on its way to becoming a force in the industry. Warren Luhrs is a relentless innovator and his bluewater exploits aboard Thursday’s Child and Hunter’s Child have been, in effect, floating test tracks for ideas that have now become Hunter hallmarks, including B&R rigs and cockpit arches.
Practical Sailor Review
Canadian Yachting Review
I was attending the Port Credit Boat show recently, quite frankly expecting nothing new and then I got stopped in my tracks, when I saw this elegant and beautiful boat. Untypical with its red waterlines and tan canvas I was presently surprised to see it came from Hunter. Was it a racing boat or a new performance cruiser?
What struck us too was the new use of a product called Flexiteek. This new composite PVC material has the look and feel of teak without the hassles of maintenance. The new 38 has Flexiteek in the cockpit, cabin, and seats. It’s a neat touch that really complements this boat.
The Hunter 38 which was formally launched in May this year (2004) enters the new mid range market between 37- 41 feet. Glenn Henderson had really accomplished his challenge top design a boat that stood out and look fast. There is no question that this boat reflects a change in the style and design. Hunter utilizes the latest 3D CAD/S (computer aided design/simulation) software for its design and simulation. It is amazing how different this looks from its predecessors.
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