The Hunter Vision 32 may be aimed at the person buying their first cruising boat. Perhaps this sailor has been intimidated by standard rigs with their implied complexity. Hunter has put this innovative design together with comfort and simplicity receiving equal attention.

The Hunter 32 Vision.

The Hunter 32 Vision.

Let's start with the sailplan. If you put conventional standards aside, the short ended, high freeboard, large house Vision is a good-looking boat. It shows careful attention to styling. The house contours are very pleasing and add a very rakish look to this somewhat chunkily-proportioned hull.

There's nothing new in the rig. With fully battened main and small, non-overlapping jib, sail handling has been reduced to the minimum complexity. It's a lazy man's boat. SA/D ratio is 17.9.

With a D/L ratio of 259, the Vision 32 is a moderate-displacement design. The midsection shows moderate BWL and an arc-like shape with moderately firm bilges. The stern is very broad with a big swim step carved into the transom. The keel is a fin-bulb-wing combination that gives 4-foot, 3-inch draft. Obviously this hull has been optimized to provide interior volume, but the designers haven't ignored performance. The interior borrows from the European competition, with a transverse double berth and a small galley counter with icebox.

Boat Specifications
Displacement11,400 lbs.
Ballast4,500 lbs.
Sail Area567 sq. ft.
SA/D ratio17.9
D/L ratio259
AuxiliaryYanmar 3GM 27 hp
Fuel22 gals.
Water45 gals.


SAILINGlogo-115This story originally appeared in Sailing Magazine, and is republished here by permission. Subscribe to Sailing.