The Hunter 28.5 Sailboat

The lack of a backstay on this Hunter 28.5 sailboat tells us that it sports a B&R (Lars Bergström and Sven Ridder) rig.

A Hunter 28.5 sailboat'Scirocco', a Hunter 28.5 cruising boat

Published Specification for the Hunter 28.5

Hull Type: Fin keel with spade rudder

Hull Material:  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall: 28' 5" / 8.7m

Waterline Length: 23' 9" / 7.2m

Beam: 10' 6" / 3.2m

Draft: 5' 2" / 1.6m

Rig Type: B&R

Displacement: 7,000lb / 3,175kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 17.5

Displacement/Length Ratio: 233

Designer: Hunter Design

Builder: Hunter Marine (USA)

Year First Built: 1985

Year Last Built: 1988

Number Built: not known

Owners Association: The Hunter Association

Published Design Ratios for the Hunter 28.5

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 17.5

  • Less 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 42.9

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

Displacement/Length Ratio: 233

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

Comfort Ratio: 18.8

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

Capsize Screening Formula: 2.2

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

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Summary Analysis of Published Design Ratios for the Hunter 28.5

  • She's a reasonably good performer under sail;
  • She's stiffer and more powerful than similar sailboats in her size range;
  • She's of light to moderate displacement;
  • From a comfort point of view, she has the motion of a lightweight racing boat;
  • She's less suited for ocean passages than similar boats within her category.

Sailboats in the Hunter range include:

  • Hunter 140
  • Hunter 146
  • Hunter 15
  • Hunter 170
  • Hunter 18.5
  • Hunter 19-1
  • Hunter 19-2
  • Hunter 20
  • Hunter 212
  • Hunter 216
  • Hunter 22
  • Hunter 22-2
  • Hunter 23
  • Hunter 23.5
  • Hunter 240
  • Hunter 25
  • Hunter 25 Box Top
  • Hunter 25-2
  • Hunter 25.5
  • Hunter 26
  • Hunter 26.5
  • Hunter 260
  • Hunter 27
  • Hunter 27 Edge
  • Hunter 27-2
  • Hunter 27-3
  • Hunter 270
  • Hunter 27X
  • Hunter 28
  • Hunter 28.5 
  • Hunter 280
  • Hunter 29.5
  • Hunter 290
  • Hunter 30
  • Hunter 30-2
  • Hunter 30/31
  • Hunter 306
  • Hunter 30T
  • Hunter 31
  • Hunter 310
  • Hunter 32 Vision
  • Hunter 320
  • Hunter 326
  • Hunter 33
  • Hunter 33-2
  • Hunter 33.5
  • Hunter 333
  • Hunter 336
  • Hunter 34
  • Hunter 340
  • Hunter 35 Legend
  • Hunter 35.5 Legend
  • Hunter 356
  • Hunter 36
  • Hunter 36 Legend
  • Hunter 36 Vision
  • Hunter 36-2
  • Hunter 37
  • Hunter 37 Legend
  • Hunter 37.5 Legend
  • Hunter 376
  • Hunter 38
  • Hunter 380
  • Hunter 386
  • Hunter 39
  • Hunter 40-1
  • Hunter 40-2
  • Hunter 40.5 Legend
  • Hunter 41 AC
  • Hunter 41 DS
  • Hunter 410
  • Hunter 42 Passage CC
  • Hunter 420
  • Hunter 426 DS
  • Hunter 43 Legend
  • Hunter 430
  • Hunter 45
  • Hunter 45 CC
  • Hunter 45 DS
  • Hunter 45 Legend
  • Hunter 450 Passage
  • Hunter 456
  • Hunter 460
  • Hunter 466
  • Hunter 49
  • Hunter 50 AC
  • Hunter 50 CC
  • Hunter 54
  • Hunter E33
  • Hunter e36
  • Hunter e36 Performance
  • Hunter HC 50
  • Hunter Xcite
  • JY 15
  • Marlow-Hunter 31
  • Moorings 295
  • Moorings 335

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