Best Production Cruiser Under $200,000: Hunter 356
....the boat that stood out was the aft-cockpit Hunter 356, a boat Ralph called "a paradigm shift for Hunter." He liked the influence he saw from Glenn Henderson, a yacht designer known for his performance boats; for a little over a year, he's been Hunter's in-house designer. "Henderson's input has really come through. This girl, driven hard for a shoal-draft boat, balanced nicely and drove fairly easily."
CRUISING WORLD (December 2001)
This is a rare opportunity to combine performance, comfort, and economy of Bilge Keels.
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Manufacturer Provided Description
The Hunter 356 features a tall, fractional rig, which is a direct descendent of the B&R rig that powered Hunter's Child to a second place finish in the recent BOC. Hunter has engineered the mast to carry less weight aloft with smaller sections. This is accomplished by utilizing swept-back spreaders and reverse diagonals as well as mast support struts. This combination provides superior strength without a backstay and increases the stability at the same time. The deck layout of the Hunter 356 reflects the innovation that accompanies the rig. An integrated arch protects the cockpit from snapping main sheets. This arch keeps the cockpit clear and open. A custom console stands ready with the single-lever control and a fold-down table, along with engine instrumentation complete the command station.
The swim platform and walkthrough transom complete with shower and folding ladder are perfect for water sports or for boarding the tender. Storage is everywhere and the non-skid is absolutely first-rate. Comfort is truly important aboard whether for a week or a year, so Hunter has created an interior that not only looks good, but works as well. Two private, large staterooms along with an enormous head with shower and a salon that can seat eight plus a gourmet galley will keep all the crew happy.
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