Another intrepid North American builder is Hunter Marine with a 40-year heritage of building boats in Florida. Recently purchased and renamed Marlow-Hunter Sailboats, this company sells coastal cruisers and trailer-sailers from 15 to 50 feet. Always with an eye toward comfort, Hunter has often led more traditional builders in the addition of creature comforts and practical solutions like onboard WiFi, a dish drying system, a cockpit arch, and a simple sail plan including the trademark B&R rig which is easily managed by a couple or a single-hander. The recent addition of sleeker profiles and drop-down transoms that form a swim platform, have kept Hunter top-of-mind with boaters looking to have the latest features at a head-turning value.
The Hunter 25 offers a surprising amount of comfort and convenience in a 25-foot trailerable. The specially-designed sail plan and fiberglass hull is simple to sail, and its fixed shoal keel draws only two feet of water for excellent shallow-water launching and sailing capability. The pocket cruiser sleeps four adults, features a super convenient compact galley and an enclosed head with hard privacy doors. A true trailerable, the 25 comes with an easy mast-raising system that gives sailors the freedom to take it almost anywhere. The 1,300-pound lead keel is encased in fiberglass while in the mold, which allows unencumbered, easy trailering and outstanding directional stability. A galvanized dual-axle trailer is standard equipment. The towing weight for the package is 4,650 pounds. The 25 replaces the popular Hunter 240 and 260, long a mainstay in the company's small boat line. While the 25 may look similar to them from the waterline up, it incorporates 100% new tooling and features numerous improvements. The extended forward V-berth sleeps two, with room for two more to sleep laterally in the berth aft of the companionway ladder. A screened aft bunk hatch, along with six other portholes, provides an exceptionally bright interior, while teak trim adds warmth and richness. A teak dining table, galley sink with 10 gallon-capacity manual water system, portable single-burner stove and portable ice chest are standard equipment. The "Luxury Package" of options includes Sunbrella¨ interior cloth; accordion shades; 12-volt cooler; and marine head with holding tank.
The cockpit features an open, roomy design and an open transom. An outboard engine bracket will accommodate up to a 10 HP motor. Teak stern chairs and wheel steering should be popular options. A new lever-action rudder system takes only eight pounds of force to lift and lower. The design team built in as much performance as possible into the 25, while maintaining stability and smooth sailing under varying wind conditions. He said sea trials have shown excellent tracking and pointing performance with its large mainsail, small jib and fractional rig with struts. Roller furling, a bimini and mainsail cover are options.