Tulum IV under way in San Diego Bay, late 2014

I was able to go see Tulum IV this weekend.  She looks good.  We still have some minor systems to work on, but for the price we’re asking right now, I think buyers looking for a great boat at a great price may understand and want to just take care of those repairs for themselves.  The boat’s got new bottom paint, new batteries, new anchor and BBB chain, new sail cover and numerous other improvements.  But that’s not what this post is about, so read on:

Several weeks ago when we were in San Diego, I was able to have a discussion with an avid sailor and carbon fiber engineer; about cruising sailboats.  The conversation didn’t go like I thought it would.  This gentlemen has been on lots of boats,,,,(lots of times) and gave me a pretty strong reminder about not trash talking boats I didn’t know anything about or had never been on.  The conversation did get around to Hunter Sailboats; both from the Hunter Marine days and now the current Hunter Sailboats being made by Marlow-Hunter.  I was impressed with his knowledge of the brand and the fact that he didn’t give an inch when the conversation went to uncomfortable places.  One of these places was his simple question:  “Had I ever personally known anyone who cruised or even owned a Hunter Sailboat, besides me”?  My startled answer was “no”.  His reply was to look up “press” or internet stories about Hunter Sailboats that had actually gone “offshore” and see what people thought of them and why they bought Hunter Sailboats.  What I’ve found surprised me and I wanted to put some of these key stories into one post and let you see them.

Mike Harker- Hunter 460 and 49, around the world twice

S/V Sequitur

How We Got to Hunter- SmackTalk Blog

1999 Hunter Marine discussion

If you take a look at these links and stories, you might be surprised at what you find.  As one person said in one of the stories; “most cruisers never talk about their boat brands, they just talk about where they’re going and what repairs need to be made”.

Two weeks ago we went to Strictly Sail and Powerboat Show in San Francisco and I’m still working on the 2-3 separate posts to cover that weekend.  Stay with us,,,if you like us, please consider following us.

Don’t forget why you’re buying a boat in the first place!!!

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