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Hunter 54 is a 54 ′ 9 ″ / 16.7 m monohull sailboat designed by John Cherubini and Cortland Steck and built by Hunter Marine between 1980 and 1983.

Drawing of Hunter 54

Rig and Sails

Auxilary power, accomodations, calculations.

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.

Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio .311 Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.

SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64) 2/3

  • SA : Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D : Displacement in pounds.

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.

Ballast / Displacement * 100

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.

D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.

Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam 1.33 )

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.

CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

Hull by Luhrs & Cherubini, Rig by Steck.

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1982 Hunter 54

1982 Hunter 54

San Diego, California

Make Hunter

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1982 Hunter 54 54' Hunter '82 "Pegasus" Not your typical Hunter! This model Hunter was designed to sail with the early sleds and is considered an Ultralight. Slippery lines and easily driven, Pegasus will make 200 mile days easily. She's outfitted as a fast cruiser, and to live off the grid. The current owners have sailed to Hawaii and back, and cruised the Sea of Cortez. Roller furling headsails include a Genoa and Solent that works as a storm sail. KKMI did an extensive refit on the interior of this boat, and installed custom cabinetry in exotic wood. She also has an arch with solar panels, dinghy garage for the 9' Avon, and sugar scoop transom.  Pegasus is anxious to stretch her legs. Come see this well equipped cruiser!

1982 Hunter 54

Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Category Cruiser Boats

1982 Hunter 54 Numerous upgrades including a complete mast painting, new standing and running rigging in 2014! In 2015 the engine, transmission, prop, shaft and shaft seal was replaced! New refrigeration!  New Electronics! A rare model with tons of room! 2 private staterooms with 2 heads! Change of plans forces sale!

1982 Hunter 54

Davis, California

Private Seller (415) 290-6076 Photos Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Photo 8 Photo 9 Photo 10 Close Request Information * Name First Name * Email Telephone (optional) Best Time to Contact Anytime Morning Mid-day Evening Question/Comments (optional) Shop Safely: Protect Your Money. By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use. Contact Seller 1982 Hunter 54, I am selling my 54 foot 1982 Hunter yacht. It can be seen at Marina Bay Yacht Harbor in Richmond, CA. It is fast and handles well, rigged so all the ropes go to the cockpit for easier single handed sailing. It is sloop rigged with a main sail, jib, genoa, and spinaker sail and has an asymetrical spinaker pole, so the spinaker can easily shift from side to side. It was recently hauled and bottom painted. It has a dinghy in good condition, that fits in the dinghy garage under the cockpit. It has a diesel heater/fireplace, tv, stereo, curved settee area with table, large main berth, and side berth. The galley has a convection oven, half fridge, and electric/alcohol cooktop. It has a newer 33 hp Vetus inboard recently serviced, with low miles. Two many things to mention. Live Aboard.Asking $62,500 with others listing as high as $115,000 on the market. Phone 415-290-6076. Email: [email protected] $62500 Be sure: Get a boat history report|Finance this boat|Get an insurance quote|

2005 Hunter 44AC

2005 Hunter 44AC

Muskegon, Michigan

2005 Hunter 44AC Fast and easy to sail for one person or a couple, amazing interior room and capabilities for weekend, weeks or longer! The bottom was recently stripped, faired, and sealed with VC tar and VC bottom paint.  Always a freshwater boat with steel cradle and full canvas winter cover.  This boat has almost every option, including roller furling jib and Doyle Zenith verticle batten furling main for larger area.  A furling Doyle APC spinnaker with retractable Selden' bow sprit can be deployed from the cockpit.  All lines lead aft to the electic winch.  Full Dodger and full cockpit enclosure, folding leather wrap wheel, hunter dingy davits built in to the large stainless steel cockpit arch.  Traveler on the arch leaves the cockpit clear.  There is a large anchor locker with electric windlass at the bow. Electronics include Raymarine chartplotter, radar, speed, wind and depth, and below deck autopilot.  Cockpit bluetooth stereo and speakers, a built in folding cockpit table, and full seat and back cushions, walk through swim platform, and 2 large stern lockers for the water toys, with a shower make for a very comfortable cockpit.  54 hp Yanmar Diesal, with folding 3 blade prop, and built in fire suppression in easy to access engine compartment, and a bow thruster make it easy to dock. Interior features an aft cabin with queen centerline berth, large cedar lined lockers seating area and makeup desk, built in bookshelf and lots of storage with access to a private head with its own separate shower stall. V berth also is innerspring with access to a 2nd head with its own separate stall shower. New Jabsco electric quiet flush head upgrades, deluxe cushion package and concealed window shades in main salon, galley features gimbaled lpg oven and 3 burner range, separate front loading refrigerator and freezer, a built in microwave, dish storage with drain and a full height pantry cabinet and a built in spice rack.  2 separate zoned A/C and heat units, and large battery capacity with built in charger and inverter. Bose 321 DVD and stereo with 2 LCD tv's.  Large dedicated nav station and a dinette that converts to another large berth. All opening hatches have concealed roller shade/screens built in, making for a very fun,  bright and airy boat.

2001 Hunter 410

2001 Hunter 410

Naples, Florida

Category Racer Boats

2001 Hunter 410 The perfect package in a cruiser/racer, this 410 Hunter has a Yanmar 54 hp diesel auxiliary, Northern Lights 6.5 kw genset, and a fractional sloop rig with furling main and 110 % furling genoa.  All control lines lead aft to the spacious cockpit for safe an efficient sailing.  The interior features the largest living space available in a vessel of this size, with two full double cabins with heads, a spacious main salon, navigation station, and a well equipped galley.  The vessel has been well maintained and equipped by a knowledgeable owner, is in very good condition, and ready to go cruising.  This Hunter 410 is attractively priced and should be on your short list of vessels in this size range.

2005 Hunter 41 Aft Cockpit

2005 Hunter 41 Aft Cockpit

Daytona Beach, Florida

Model 41 Aft Cockpit

Category Sloop Sailboats

2005 Hunter 41 Aft Cockpit Priced for fast quick sale because the husband has pasted and wife does not sail.    This 2005 Hunter 41AC is one of the nicest and most popular layouts in the industry.  The forward cabin includes its own separate head and includes an portside pullman berth with starboard wash basin and hanging locker. The main salon includes a spacious "U" shaped settee with table port and a large settee to starboard with great storage under. A great navigation station is located starboard aft of the main salon. Galley is to port with separate refrigerator and freezer.  Aft cabin includes head with separate shower and queen berth. Owners loved that the boat can be sailed singlehandedly, has large cockpit with plenty of room for crew and guest, enough room to take 8-10 people out for a day of sailing and swimming, perfect size for a family of four or having a couple travel with you to the Bahamas or the intercoastal, nice bright and roomy salon, separate heads and showers. Clean survey when purchased in 2010 is available to be reviewed.   Engine Inboard Yanmar Model 4JH4E 54 HP 3 Blade Prop Less than 900 hours   Amenities include: Dual zone reverse cycle heat and air with 28,000 BTU.  Electric head system in aft head Circulating fans Hot and cold pressure water all systems Sharp Flat Screen TV with antenna and cable Bose am/fm/cd/dvd Galley 3 burner propane stove with oven Tappan Microwave Oven Refrigerator and separate freezer Dual stainless steel sink with hot and cold pressure water Pantry storage Electrical NorCor 7 kw generator with 125 hours House batteries include (2) 12 volt Separate starting battery Heart Freedom 2500 watt inverter 30 amp shore power Electronics Cockpit Electronics include: Raymarine Autohelm  Raymarine ST60 Depth Raymarine ST60 Speed Raymarine ST60 Wind Instrument Handheld VHF radio Stereo Navigation station electronics: C-80 Radar/Chart Icom VHF radio Tank monitor Battery Monitor Inverter control Sailing Equipment Mainsail In-mast furling (restitched 2013) 110% jib with Furlex sail furling (restitched 2013)  Jibsheet winches, 2 speed, self-tailing Additional Information Electric anchor windlass Delta plow anchor with 50' of chain and 100' rode New bottom paint 3/2014 Full Bimini with dodger Electric head system with Macerator pump

2007 Hunter Sloop

2007 Hunter Sloop

Middle River, Maryland

Model Sloop

2007 Hunter Sloop This Hunter 41 Deck Salon is well maitained with constant up grades starting with a new Yanmar generator, TV, 3 new house and 1 engine battery, furler reefing drifter, new cockpit cushions, a Rocna Anchor and a custom built helmsman seat no other Hunter has. The 54 HP Yan Mar has 800 HRS and only synthetic oil is used. There is a self draining electric oil pump on the engine. Docking is made easy with a bow thruster, anchoring uses an electric windlass with chain or line.  Sailing is a dream as she points high on the furler sails. Complete instruments with Raymarine E-80 GPS/charter plotter outside and inside, auto pilot, speed/depth and wind indicators etc. Their are two air conditioners/heatpumps, 2 heads with showers, a hot waterheater, and inventor and Radio/DVD/CD Player and cockpit speakers. There is a folding helsman wheel and table in the spacious cockpit. The list goes on and on. She has sailed From New York and as far south as Sout Carolina. She can easily be single handed and the only reason she is for sale is the owners age.

2006 Hunter 41 Deck Salon

2006 Hunter 41 Deck Salon

Riverside, New Jersey

Model 41 Deck Salon

2006 Hunter 41 Deck Salon 2006 Hunter Desk SalonCourageous is just up from the Chesapeake. Well Maintained. Owner motivated to sell. • Bow Thruster• Yanmar 54• E120 Raymarine• Lewmar Folding Wheel

1985 Hunter Hunter 25

1985 Hunter Hunter 25

Stuart, Florida

Model Hunter 25

1985 Hunter Hunter 25 Powered by  mid 1900's 9.9 Mercury that last ran 2/2016.  She has a very spacious cabin and all decks are solid.  Currently de-rigged in the water at our docks.  All sails in good useable condition.  Her hull is in good condition and her deck is solid.  Her keel type is fixed fin and the draft is 54".  You can buy her and pilot her away today!  Be sure to look at all of the pictures.  She really is a nice boat.

2000 Hunter 410

2000 Hunter 410

Longboat Key, Florida

Category Sailboats

2000 Hunter 410,I have no time to enjoy my beautiful sailboat, so it is with great reluctance that I am putting her up for sale. The Hunter 410 is one of the nicest boats you will ever have: she has a shoal keel (4'10"), yet points very well; she is seakindly, fast, has a huge, round cockpit which easily seats 8. Inside, you will be struck by the big owner's cabin (aft), whose berth has a big (64"x92") inner spring mattress, ample storage and lots of ventilation. The galley is on the starboard side. It features a 3-burner stove/oven, freezer, fridge, double sink, and Corian countertops. Across from the galley is a roomy nav. station, and the instrument panel. The main head, which can be accessed from the owner's cabin as well, is also on the port side. It has a full-size porcelain, vacu-flush toilet, and a big shower stall. The salon, which can accommodate 8 guests, has a big "U" shaped settee, and a separate bench. The forward stateroom has ample storage as well, and a berth with a 54"x78" inner-spring mattress. The second head is all the way forward. It, too, has a full-size porcelain toilet bowl (not a vacu-flush). The boat is powered by a 50HP Yanmar diesel, she has two a/c units, generator, inverter, complete electronics package, good ground tackle, and a Max Prop, making maneuvering a breeze. The sails are in good shape, and include a cruising spinnaker (with a sock), and a storm jib (there is a removable inner forestay). BOTTOM JOB (NO BLISTERS) AND NEW HOUSE BATTERIES AS OF APRIL 2015! Please, contact the seller for more information. $126000, 9413504527

1985 Hunter* 40

1985 Hunter* 40

Waynesboro, Pennsylvania

Make Hunter*

1985 Hunter 40,This is a beautiful cruiser / racer, very clean and up to date. Major upgrades in the past 3 years including bow thruster, canvas, electronics, rigging, davits, interior and exterior cushions. This is a very well maintained 2 head 2 cabin boat. Excellent live aboard or week night racer. Extremely easy to operate single handed with the remote autopilot and remote controlled thruster. This is a must see!!! $54,900.00, 7039288561 Folding wheel, AB inflatable with motor, Honda generator.

2007 Hunter 41DS

2007 Hunter 41DS

Deltaville, Virginia

2007 Hunter 41DS,Limerick II was purchased new from Norton Yacht Sales and has been maintained by their Service Department, which has been ranked #1 in Customer Service by Hunter Marine for the past 20 consecutive years. The boat has spent alternate winters on the hard and each year the hull has been waxed and the bottom painted. This boat, in excellent condition, has a white hull and is a well-appointed, cruise-equipped boat with an E80 MFD w/GPS at Nav Station and an E120 at the helm. It has a 6KW Gen and Kato Davits. Avon Dinghy w/ custom cover and 8hp Nissan O/B motor are included. Boat is equipped with Forespar motor lift and stern rail motor mount. Anchor locker has been divided to hold 2 sets of ground tackle. Both sets to convey. Primary - 44lb Delta Plow w/100 of chain and 150 of 3 strand line. Secondary - Fortress FX23 w/ 20 chain and 225 of 3 strand line. Fortress anchor is mounted on Bow Pulpit for quick deployment. Boat also has several owner installed items, such as a custom stern seat , allowing the helms person to sit in an elevated position directly behind the helm with unobstructed visibility A quick set preventer is attached to the main boom with cam lock hardware located both port and starboard at the cockpit. BOAT IS BEING SOLD BECAUSE OF HEALTH ISSUES. In addition to the standard equipment currently listed for a new Hunter, 41DS, this boat has these additional factory/dealer options: MARINER PACKAGE: Engine Upgrade to 54 HP Freezer, Front Opening, Stainless Steel In-Mast Furling System Inverter Leaf, Removable for Dinette Table Raymarine ST-60 Wind Shade Package, Supreme Stereo, Bose 3.2.1 Entertainment System Upgrade (Main Cabin) TV for Main Salon, 19" Digital Flat Panel OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT: Air Conditioning System Alternator Upgrade, 1200 Amp Bimini Top, Dodger & Connector Boom Vang, Solid (Included w/In-Mast Furling Option) Cockpit Cushions Davit System (Kato) Generator, Fisher Panda@ 6.0 Max Rated KW Propeller, Three Blade Quiet-Flush Head System Radar Module w/Antenna for E-Series MFD Raymarine 6000+ Autopilot Raymarine E-80 or E-120 MFD w/GPS at Helm and Nav Station Raymarine ST-60 Package w/Autopilot and Displays Steering Wheel, Folding, Lewmar Stereo, Cockpit AM/FM/CD w/Arch Speakers Stove, Three Burner, Gimballed LPG w/Oven VHF Remote Mike at Helm



Fort Lauderdale, Florida

1982 Hunter FOR SALE OR TRADE This 54 ft. model was designed for Trans-Atlantic Crossings as a sister ship to the famous “TUESDAY’S CHILD”, was built by Hunter Marine in 1982. This particular Yacht is in excellent condition, has seen very little use and has never been in salt water. Equipment: Safety Gear, Bow Thruster, 8 life jacket, 2 boat hooks, 4 fenders, 1 Bruce anchor w/ rode. very motivated seller will consider powerboat or waterfront real estate trades - also will credit buyer up to $10,000 for delivery to new location Sails: Almost new Mainsail- full battened w/ lazy jacks and bat car system, Headsail- roller furling 150%, Mainsail cover, Cruising spinnaker w/ stasher, Numerous older sails. Deck hardware: rigging, and equipment, Dodger and Bimini Cockpit cushions, Cockpit shower, Transom ladder, 12 volt outlet in the cockpit, 2 propane locker,s 2 Barient 32 self tailing winches, primaries 2 Barient 30 winches, spin sheet, 4 Barient 23 self tailing winches for halyards, 2 Barient 20 winches at the mast step, Navtec hydraulic backstay adjuster, Boom vang, block and tackle Harken Bat Car system for the mainsail, Lazy jacks Harken roller furling for the headsail. Forward facing spotlight on bow rail, Model 603 Powerwinch electric anchor windlass, Deck washdown system in the anchor well, Macerator discharge for holding tank, 1 spin halyard, 1 topping lift, 1 staysail halyard, 2 jib halyards, 1 main halyard, 2 solar powered vents, Aluminum 2 spreader mast w/ rod rigging, Cockpit table w/ cup holder, Life raft, storage under the cockpit floor grate. Interior Accommodations: Hot and cold pressure water, Forward head has a separate shower w/ sump, sink opposite, 12 volt fan in v berth, many of the interior lights have both red and white lights. Microwave oven, 2 -6 volt house batteries, West Marine battery combiner w/ bypass switch, 3 brass oil lamps, Clock/ barometer/ thermometer, All aluminum opening ports w/ shades and screens, Double SS galley sinks, 12-volt fan in main salon, apartment sized refrigerator. Aft cabin- large single berth, or small double w/ head and shower, Cloth hull side storage pockets. Instrumentation: GPS with Chart Ploter, Autohelm autopilot, Stereo with 4 speakers on deck and 2 speakers below, 10 disc CD player, Interphase forward-looking depth sounder/ sonar Apelco radar, Sea Ranger VHF radio w/ ab switch for cockpit VHF, Engine hour meter: (under 700 hours) Statpower inverter w/ separate battery, 12 volt outlet in nav area, Combi instrumentation, knot, depth, wind.

2013 Marlow-Hunter 40

2013 Marlow-Hunter 40

Make Marlow-Hunter

2013 Marlow-Hunter 40 This Marlow-Hunter 40, "Free Bird", has been lovingly maintained by its original owner.  Boat commissioned in Spring 2013, and has been maintained exclusively by the local Hunter dealer.  Lots of factory options including:    In-Mast furling    TV/DVD    Inner Spring Mattress    OceanAir Shade Package    54HP Yanmar    AC/Heat    Electric Windlass    Frig/Freezer    Quiet Flush Heads    ST70 Knot,Depth,Wind    Autopilot    e95 GPS    Sirius Radio    Leather Wrapped Wheels    Leather Interior    BOSE System    Dodger,Bimini,Connector    Anchor Washdown This is a real beauty! Priced to sell!

2000 HUNTER 420 Passage

2000 HUNTER 420 Passage

Anna Maria, Florida

2000 HUNTER 420 Passage, Water Heater 6 gal Diesel Engine (Yanmar) 56 HP 438.4 Hours CE Classification A Northern Lights Generator P673 49.9 Hours Raymarine ST60 Wind Instrument Raymarine ST60 Depth Instrument Water Maker Spectra Catalina 300 MPC-5000 Deck Lights 1 Tecma Electric Flushing Toilet 1 Manual Toilet 2 85 Watt Solar Panels Blue Sky Solar Boost 2000 E Charge Controller Magnum Magna Sine MS Pure Sine Wave Inverter/Charger Magnum ME-ARC Remote control charge controller Magnum ME-BMK Battery Monitor Kit Dual Battery Switches 2 8D Lifeline AGM House Batteries 210 amp hour each 1 Independent Start Battery with Sunsei Solar Panel and Charge Controller Raymarine Ray54 VHF Radio Life Sling 2 Air Conditioning units 16000 BTU in Salon and 7000 BTU in Aft Stateroom 4 fans 2 Jabsco Macerator Pumps Electric Windlass 3 Door 12 volt Refrigerator Freezer Force 10 gimbaled oven Plow Anchor with 150' Chain and 100' feet Nylon Danforth Anchor with 20' chaing and 150' Nylon4 Lewmar 2 speed winches Roller Furling 110% UK Sail Makers Head Sail Roller Furling in Selden Mast UK Sail Makers Main Sail Ritchie compass Marinco 30 amp Power cord Rule 800 gph Bilge Pump Water Heater 2 Personal EPIRB's 1 Vessel EPIRB Windex?? Wind Indicator DECK/HULL Balanced Spade Rudder w/Composite Shaft Bow, Midship and Aft Mooring Cleats Bronze Seacocks on Thru-Hulls Under Waterline Cabin Windshield w/Cover Continuous 360-Degree Rubrail w/Stainless Steel Insert Cored Hull Sides Dockside Freshwater Hook-Up(2) Dorade-Type Vents Double Life Lines w/Three Gates Dual Offset Anchor Rollers External Lead Keel(7) Fixed Hull Ports Hot & Cold Pressure Transom Shower Large Anchor Well for Rode and Chain Large Storage Lockers in Transom LPG Tank Storage for Two 10 lb. Bottles(5) Opening Deck Hatches w/Screens(7) Opening Ports w/Screens Stainless Steel Arch w/ Mainsheet Stainless Steel Bow and Stern Pulpits Stainless Steel Cabin Handrails Stern Rail Seats Swim Platform w/ Stainless Telescoping Ladder Two-Tone, Molded-In Non-Skid Deck COCKPIT(2) Coaming Line Storage Wells(2) Coaming Lockers Companion way Handrails Folding Cockpit Table Manual Bilge Pump Pedestal Wheel with Mechanical Steering, Single Lever Engine Control, Wheel Brake, Lighted Compassand Pedestal Guard

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The Hunter 54 is a 54.83ft cutter designed by W. Luhrs /J. Cherubini/C. Steck and built in fiberglass by Hunter Marine (USA) between 1980 and 1983.

The Hunter 54 is a light sailboat which is a good performer. It is very stable / stiff and has an excellent righting capability if capsized. It is best suited as a coastal cruiser. The fuel capacity is average. There is a good water supply range.

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Hi everyone, I have stumbled across a Hunter 54 and think they are one of the prettiest boats I have seen. All the research I have done, and it has been hard to find, seems to point to the fact that these boats were very advanced for their time and are a very capable boat. Most of my sailing has been on skiffs and cats but have in recent years had a season sailing etchells and am keen to progress to an easy to manage cruiser. Most of my sailing will be harbour and coastal with some longer passages as experience and confidence grows. Some friends have suggested looking at a 30-35 foot boat but the Hunter 54 seems to tick so many boxes and for its length actually has a smallish sail plan. They are about 100k and I consider that good value for money. It is a Cherubini designed boat and others have been raced singlehanded from San Fran to Hawaii. Can anyone give an honest appraisall of this boat and its ease of sailing without turning it into a production boat sledging thread. Thanks !  

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Start here, it gives some owner reviews. Sailboat Knowledge Base Good luck, Dave  

cayoosh said: Hi everyone, I have stumbled honest appraisall of this boat and its ease of sailing without turning it into a production boat sledging thread. Thanks ! Click to expand...

hunter 54 sailboat

Any 54' sailboat that goes for only $100,000 is going to be in need of some serious work or is a real piece of crap to begin with. Do you have any idea what the costs associated with OWNING a 54' sailboat are going to be like? If not, might want to do a reality check on that first. Consider that the ownership costs pretty much double for every 10' of boat, so a 54' boat is likely to cost at least four or five times what a 30-35' boat would cost you, at a minimum. And that is if you do most, if not all, of the maintenance work yourself. Also, Hunter doesn't have the best track record as a manufacturer, but the Cherubini models seem to have a better record than many other Hunters of that era. From your OP, you seem to indicate that this would be your first cruising size boat... I would highly recommend that you start with something a bit more manageable. Making mistakes on a 54' boat will often involve forces that are large enough to kill you easily. Finally, a 54' boat won't be an easy to manage cruiser. It will have far more complex systems than most boats 30-35' long, and there is far more maintenance to do on that size a boat.  

hunter 54 sailboat

Our own JeffH wrote a brief review over at another forum a few years ago. I would take his advice about only considering a VERY well maintained one quite seriously. Hunter 54 - Cruisers & Sailing Forums  

the price seems to be in line with all of the other 54 Hunters on yachtworld (not an opinion, just an observation)  

Thank you: Breakingwind2, I have read that website extensively, mostly positive experiences from the other owners. Sailingfool, I posted this thread to collect both positive and negative opinions from those that know this boat model, but in many other threads I have read they often result in sustained sniping between those that are supporters of production boats and those that are not, that is all I was trying to avoid, and my humble apologies if I worded the OP incorrectly. Sailingdog, I had not considered that the maintenance of a boat would double for every 10 feet. I was going to budget about 10k per year for upkeep and upgrades, perhaps that is naive, however it was what friends of mine have allowed for some years on their Bavaria 42, but then that doesn't take into account your advice of doubling the costs for every extra 10 feet. The reason I found the Hunter 54 attractive was that from everything I have read they are very managable, behaving more like a 40 footer than a 50 footer, especially with a sail plan of only 850sq ft. Most the Hunter 54's on yachtworld "appear" to be in very good condition for the price. Camaraderie, thanks for pointing me in that direction, I had searched for posts on Hunter 54's but had not seen that one. Jeff H seems to be an encyclopedia of information about all boats. Perhaps I should start all over again and begin searching for a smaller boat that ticks the boxes, the options appear never ending. Maybe something like a Cavalier 37? Thanks everone for their thoughts, the dream is alive, the bank account is flush and the choices are ??????????  

Cayoosh, I would take SD's math on the doubling fairly seriously. Unless your post is saying that money is NO object, then what the hell, go for it! If in fact you want to stay within a budget (OK, this is a boat, Close to a budget!) you should look at some fixed costs by size FIRST. Then decide what you want. For your stated purposes, a 54 seems a little bit of over kill, unless you want to impress the folks with your size. Insurance. Would be interesting on a +20 50 footer Slip Fees. This is an eye opener if you live in a population center! Goes up very fast in lenght....if you can find one. If you have your own empty pier, no problem. However, if you have that pier you are looking at too old of a boat for your front yard. How handy are you? Professionals are going to cost you $75-100 an hour in most yards. West Marine however, will love you. Hauling out. For a boat that size...not that many places that can handle her. The list can go on.  

Cayoosh- While it may act and feel like a 40', boat yards and marinas don't charge by the feel of boat, but by the length. Haulouts, dock space, mooring, washing, painting, storage are all sold per foot, with larger boats often being hit with premium rates. The boat yards figure if you've got a boat that big, you can afford it. If you have to have the sails replaced, they will cost considerably more than sails for a 30-35' cruising boat. The sails for a Catalina 30, which is a much better choice for you IMHO, are: Mainsail w/ two reefing points: $1450 135% Roller Furling Genoa: $1529 The sail costs on a Tayana 37' boat are: Mainsail w/ two reefing points: $2500 135% Roller Furling Genoa: $3600 How much do you think they'll be for a 54' boat?? The docklines used for a 30' boat are usually 1/2" x 30-40'. The docklines for a 54' boat are usually 3/4" x 55-80' or so... A genoa sheet for a 30' boat is probably 1/2" x 45', the genoa sheet for a 54' boat is probably 9/16" x 80'.... Have you priced rope lately???  

How much do you think they'll be for a 54' boat?? Cruising main for my 52 footer was over $5k in 2004 dollars. The cost of owning/maintaining a 52'boat was about double what maintaining my prior 44 was as SD suggests. It s a good rule of thumb.  

Thank you again for your honest input. It had not occured to me that the cost of maintaining a boat would increase exponentially, and unfortunately the money pit is not bottomless, I had (foolishly) assumed that the ongoing costs would be refected proportionately to increase in length. But then that is the exact reason I have asked the questions, so that I can collect feedback from others more knowledgable than I. There are probably enough other posts out there to read that will offer input into alternatives in the 35foot range, so unless someoone would like to step up and suggest a boat that will primarily be sailed on the south east coast of Australia, I will continue to read and research as the selection is too large to try and sail every single one, but gathering feedback from you guys has been helpful.  

10K a year is less than what I spend on the upkeep of much smaller sailboat. Granted, I am still in initial years of owning her (and may be at some point the number will stabilize, though considering list of projects I have - not soon). That said, in my experience cost of maintaining a boat for me follows this forumla (YMMV, this is just a guesstimate) Annual cost = Const * (length ^ 3) where Const ranges from about 0.2 to 0.3 (mine tend to run high but I think it may get better in later years).  

a not-yet-not-a-newbie perspective. background: 3 years ago we chickened out of an older Sabre 28 and bought a newer Catalina 25. I regret the decision a. when the Pamlico gets too much for the C25 (ok, before someone beats me to it; in reality for us in it) b. when we cannot fit in the C25 with kids. c. when I see the Sabre 28 (in same town) sailing by and looking pretty BUT, all self-serve items take longer because I am learning as I go buying a 12-year newer boat helped that cause a lot my mistakes are cheaper (cannot imagine what would happen if I made some of them on a 54-footer) SO when I am doing maintenance or my imitation of all three stooges, I am very happy with my decision. Now, after 3 years or next year, we will step up to something but again just big enough for us and what we want to do. do you want the 3-acre lot that you do nothing but mow and tend or the .2 acre backyard you enjoy every day?  

I had some slip neighbors when I lived on my boat in Portland, OR who owned a Hunter 54 of the same era. They loved it, for its sailing performance, livability, and value. Sailed it by themselves all the time, and he singlehanded it with no problem. Before I moved up here they were actually preparing the boat for a south pacifc cruise. I wonder where they are now... No comment on the boat's quality, just reporting what one set of owners thought.  

As the owner of a Hunter 54 I can answer your questions.Its in Newport Beach harbor on a mooring. Yes the interior room is small for a 54-foot boat. The v-berth is plenty for two people but the rear stateroom berth is barely adequate. Most of them come with either the original 36 hp (Perkins I think) which is a little underpowered or like mine 76 hp yanmar (more than enough) Weak points are the plate that the keel bolt nuts go on top of; tends to corrode, and the steering quadrant. It is attached to plywood which tends to rot out and you lose steering at the wrong moment. Not hard or expensive to fix with carbon fiber or fiberglass reinforcement, just be aware. The dinghy garage is usefull but cannot fit a normal size dinghy in it without letting the air out. Lots of writing out there on forums that this could cause problems in a following sea with it getting filled in, but have no experience with this. But the transom is really useful for boarding. Got new mainsail and headsail in 2006 from UK sails, cost $10,000 for both including lazy jack system and sail cover. In light winds it sails okay, but once you get 10 knots or above it really starts to move. PHRF rating is 51. Under power you really need an autopilot. The boat will "turn on a dime" but has no directional stability under power. But under sail I can trim it to be more or less hands off. I have had no core or structural issues. The bulkheads are not attached to the hull and so in any motion its noisy. Definitely not a blue water boat, but fine for coastal.  

dohenyboy said: As the owner of a Hunter 54 I can answer your questions.Its in Newport Beach harbor on a mooring. Yes the interior room is small for a 54-foot boat. The v-berth is plenty for two people but the rear stateroom berth is barely adequate. Most of them come with either the original 36 hp (Perkins I think) which is a little underpowered or like mine 76 hp yanmar (more than enough) Weak points are the plate that the keel bolt nuts go on top of; tends to corrode, and the steering quadrant. It is attached to plywood which tends to rot out and you lose steering at the wrong moment. Not hard or expensive to fix with carbon fiber or fiberglass reinforcement, just be aware. The dinghy garage is usefull but cannot fit a normal size dinghy in it without letting the air out. Lots of writing out there on forums that this could cause problems in a following sea with it getting filled in, but have no experience with this. But the transom is really useful for boarding. Got new mainsail and headsail in 2006 from UK sails, cost $10,000 for both including lazy jack system and sail cover. In light winds it sails okay, but once you get 10 knots or above it really starts to move. PHRF rating is 51. Under power you really need an autopilot. The boat will "turn on a dime" but has no directional stability under power. But under sail I can trim it to be more or less hands off. I have had no core or structural issues. The bulkheads are not attached to the hull and so in any motion its noisy. Definitely not a blue water boat, but fine for coastal. Click to expand...

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Agreed, I was considering one for the fact that they are so fast. Dohenyboy, nice concise write up.  

Hi Dohenyboy, Great report thanks. I had an email from a guy in Hawaii a while back and he made the following comments about his Hunter 54: "I can't speak for the others but we have sailed her for over 20 years across all of Hawaii's notorious channels without any problems.This boat loves to surf and has always been great fun to sail, have surfed down steep 12'+ waves many times in the channels and never been a problem. Thanks for your input, others I have had contact with have all said what a fabulous boat they are to sail and also how fast they are. Why do you think it has "no directional stability under power"?  

Cayoosh, I have done same mistake years ago. I went for the biggest size my money could afford. What a mistake ! Maintenance is everything on a boat ! Consider carefully your monthly/yearly budget and resist the temptation of buying over it. More than just overkilled by the budget, what happens in real world is, short of money, you'll be forced to neglect maintenance. And this is just a little hop to a disaster .... Please maintain your boat, and stay alive .... In general, a well equiped and maintened boat is far more enjoyable and safer, regardless its size.  

Hi Negrini, Thanks for your thoughts, on the back of strong advice I will not be considering the Hunter 54 at this stage. It was the lines of the boat and its sailing performance that I found attractive, the length didn't really come into the selection process, although the available deck space for family and friends on a Hunter 54 was very appealing. I was just looking for a boat that would be fun to sail, be capable of coastal cruising and was in my opinion, beautiful and when I saw the H54 the first time and the prices they are selling for, my enthusiasm overtook my sensibility. I am yet to come across another boat that looks as good, sails as good, has the space for family and friends and is also 20 feet shorter! But the research is fun.  

Cayoosh, Good luck in what ever size you decide to persue. It is unfortunate that mid 30' boats don't have the accomodations of a 52'...but if they did, who would buy a 52'? I had an older 33' Hunter of Cherubini design in the mid 90's - nice boat, but not enough room for my family of 5 so I kind of know what you're going thru. I have a 41' ketch that I'm finishing up the restoration on and hope to be in the water yet this year. Excellent Thread! All, I just want to say that I enjoyed the flow of information without the bashing that takes place most everywhere. Thank you all for keeping it on point and not letting it drift off course, so to speak. It was these types of informative posts that made me join SailNet in the first place. I'm hopeful we are moving back in the direction it appears we are. Thanks, and keep up the good work guys!  

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Wise choice to pass on such a large "first boat". Find something in the 30-35 foot range that you can take anywhere under any conditions - remember, every sail is an adventure! There are lots of coastal boats that have ventured well offshore, but the owners have been lucky. Note that there are no Hunters, Catalinas or Irwins on the Bluewater Capable boat list at the begining of this category. If you plan to do much offshore sailing, look at Cape Dory, Pearsons over 35 feet, Bristols, Pacific Seacraft, etc. all nice boats that will serve you well in any weather.  

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I just noticed this thread and want to weigh in here. The Hunter 54 is a boat that has always caught my attention. The orignal design was based on one Warren Luhrs first trans-oceanic racers. Its my understanding that the design was penned by Paul Lindenburg, who I consider to be one of the most creative designers of that period, one who understood structurall design more than many designers of that period and one who understood how to produce designs that are both seaworthy and fast. In many ways the design of the 54 anticipated design concepts employed in the Volvo 60 round the world racers that were to occur decades later. The original layout of these boats resulted in a very comfortable and functional design, one that worked well as a liveaboard and worked reasonably well offshore, as well as, for coastal cruising, solving many of the complex issues of a performance offshore design, including such radical concepts as the dinghy garage which eliminated the need for davits, (I consider davits to be a dingy storage device that I personally think of as the last resort offshore). While Hunters' build quality is generally viewed with some sketicism some of which is deserved and some mere prejudice, Hunters of this period were well constructed, with build quaility on a par with other more respected and revered manufacturers. The 54 has been blasted for design details such as their use of a galvanized steel steering quadrant, but at that time, steel quadrants were seen as being a stronger and more reliable solution than the aluminum quadrants that were then becoming popular. In conversations with surveyors who have looked at these boats, their comments were that Hunter did a very good job on the basic structure and an extremely good job on the systems. Many of these boats have been successful voyagers. There used to be a fellow on Sailnet whose family had done a successful circimnavigation on one and who spoke glowingly of the boat. There is a tendancy to look at this boat as being a very large boat and therefore perhaps hard to handle or expensive to own. I think this may be overstated by those who are not familiar with the design. Ease of handling and maintenance costs are generally proportional to the displacement of the boat rather than to its overall length. The Hunter 54 was comparatively light for its length and so ease of handling and maintenance costs should be down around the costs of a 45 footer. Similarly, the purchase price of boats is often more proportionate to their displacement than to their length and so the inexpensive price on these boats reflect their age, their displacement and the predjudice against Hunters. Many of these boats have had thorough refits and upgrades over the years and so represent a great value given the capabilities and capacities of the design. Like any boat of this era, a careful survey should be undertaken with attention to such details as deck coring condition and blisters, which are common in boats of all manufacteres from this era. Respectfully, Jeff  

The Hunter 54 Hi Cayoosh, You will find that the Hunter 54 is a very different boat than a typical Hunter. I've been tracking Hunter 54 prices for the last 10 years, they have took the normal dip in value after the 20 year mark. A yacht 20 in age is what most lenders will finance, so 20+ year yachts typically dip in value after that mark due to the buying pool becomes less. Historically H54's can be had from 120k-70k depending on condition. The Hunter 54 was designed as an Ocean Racer. Some of the features that I like are its safety. It is a very fast boat and that makes it much more safer than a slower boat. It also has all of the other numbers/formulas as far as stability goes. Its boom only extends just shy of the companionway entrance, so there is zero chance of getting smacked in the head with the boom while in the cockpit or going below. All controls run into the cockpit. The Rudder placement as some have stated makes her a little weird in a following sea, that it makes her super maneuverable when docking. All of that said, the Hunter 54 was built in 1981-1984 so that makes for a boat that could be full of issues due to age and corrosion as with any boat of that age. An old boat of that age will most likely need certain areas and systems to be updated/restored. Again, checkout "hunter 54 dot com" for more info. Stirling ,  

Jeff H, Thank you for a very thorough and thoughtful comment on your knowledge and experience with these boats. It is probable that I may be a bit scared off the boat after some of the other inputs, however, I see no harm in actually going and taking one for a sail with a bunch of very experienced sailors to gather their hands on comments as well. No doubt if there is a temtation to proceed, a very thorough survey will be undertaken. Also a copy of an old Hunter 54 brochure was emailed to me by Hunter Marine and it says that the boat was designed by John Cherubini and Cortland Steck. Stirling, your website is a fabulous insight into some of the details of a Hunter 54, thank you for providing all the history as well.  

My understanding is that Paul Lindenburg designed the hull for Warren Luhrs distance racer, and then Cherubini, who was sort of the in house designer, designed the modifications from the original raceboat design such as the deck plan, interior, rig and keel. I got that second hand at a boat show when these were new boats, but then again its a long time ago and I have never followed it up, so it could be wrong. Jeff  

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HUNTER 54 Detailed Review

If you are a boat enthusiast looking to get more information on specs, built, make, etc. of different boats, then here is a complete review of HUNTER 54. Built by Hunter Marine (USA) and designed by John Cherubini, the boat was first built in 1980. It has a hull type of Fin w/spade rudder and LOA is 16.71. Its sail area/displacement ratio 19.45. Its auxiliary power tank, manufactured by undefined, runs on Diesel.

HUNTER 54 has retained its value as a result of superior building, a solid reputation, and a devoted owner base. Read on to find out more about HUNTER 54 and decide if it is a fit for your boating needs.

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Boat specifications, sail boat calculation, rig and sail specs, auxillary power tank, accomodations, contributions, who designed the hunter 54.

HUNTER 54 was designed by John Cherubini.

Who builds HUNTER 54?

HUNTER 54 is built by Hunter Marine (USA).

When was HUNTER 54 first built?

HUNTER 54 was first built in 1980.

How long is HUNTER 54?

HUNTER 54 is 13.26 m in length.

What is mast height on HUNTER 54?

HUNTER 54 has a mast height of 14.87 m.

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