2003 Hunter 326

US$ 49,900
Topping, VA
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Year:
2003
Length:
32'
Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
Topping, VA
Hull Material:
Fiberglass
YW#:
79893-3101836
Current Price:
US$ 49,900 

2003 Hunter 326   

Author: BoatingWorld Staff

Most people first become interested in sailing aboard daysailers. The next step, for some, is racing. For most people, however, the natural progression is to cruising boats — and it’s no wonder. Boats like the Hunter 326 can make cruising seem very attractive. Whether you’re hoping to enjoy a simple overnight sail or an extended cruise, this boat is equipped to do it in style and comfort. Hunter has long been one of the premier sailboat builders in the United States. Founded in 1973, the company is based in Alachua, Florida and employs some 400 people. The new Hunter 326 represents the beginnings of a complete redesign of Hunter’s entire fleet. Drawing on its affiliation with the Luhrs Marine Group, Hunter is putting economies of scale and engineering knowledge to its best advantage. Several years ago, members of the Luhrs Marine Group — which also includes Luhrs, Mainship and Silverton power boat divisions — were challenged with the task of improving the design and construction of their products, while continuing to maintain reasonable costs. This was accomplished by introducing a new high-tech, integrated computer design system that follows the design process from the first drawing to the finished product. The results have been noteworthy across the lines. Hunter, over the years, has bolstered its reputation for building strong boats that perform well. Now, the aesthetics are equal to that performance. Fully Rigged for Fun The Hunter 326 is a fractional-rigged sloop that measures 32 feet, 11 inches in overall length. It has a beam of 10 feet, 10 inches — carried well aft, to accommodate a sizeable aft cabin. Fitted with a winged keel for improved stability, it only draws 4 feet, 4 inches. This boat has 540 square feet of canvas, overall. You have a choice of either a full-batten, high roach mainsail or the convenient in-mast furling. The Hunter signature Bergstrom and Ridder rig, with its sweptback spreaders and reverse diagonals, eliminates the need for an aft stay and opens up access to the cockpit. The 326’s slippery underbody has a hull speed of about 6.8 knots. The Hunter 326 is designed to easily sail singlehanded. All control lines are routed through rope clutches to the forward bulkhead of the cockpit within easy reach of the self-tailing Lewmar winches. Take a quick glance at the exterior and you may miss some of the improvements and upgrades. In the cabin, however, the change is strikingly noticeable. Outside, a heavy-duty extruded vinyl rubrail with a 360 degree stainless steel insert protects the hull from the seemingly inevitable bumps and scrapes. If it should become damaged, it is easily replaceable in sections. The standard stainless steel arch over the cockpit is a mounting point for the Bimini top, mainsheet connection and optional stereo speakers. The console is custom-made by Hunter to hold plenty of electronics. It has a pair of foldout tabletops on either side, to service the oval-shaped bench seating. Access to all points on deck is clear, easy and secure. The gelcoat is Neste MaxGuard, a premium product that resists yellowing and crazing. The stern features a redesign of the helm seat. It folds down to become a step for boarding from the aft swim platform. There’s also a three-rung stainless steel swim ladder. Stowage is abundant, from the large forward anchor locker to the under-seat space in the cockpit and the pair of stowage compartments at the stern. Look Inside You step down into the cabin on a three-step staircase that’s another example of how Hunter is improving the appearance of its models. A molded fiberglass shell is fitted with teak treads that have a gentle upward cant on each side. This attractive configuration is utilitarian, however: It’s also the hatch to the engine compartment. With a quick press of a latch on top of the staircase, you can tilt it back to gain generous three-sided access to the boat’s 18 hp freshwater-cooled Yanmar diesel engine. Immediately to starboard is the galley. This one area has seen a significant upgrade in both appearance and accoutrements. There’s a dual-burner Force 10 propane stove for cooking. The standard configuration allows for a set of three drawers beneath it. If you decide on the optional stove/oven combination, that takes the place of two of the drawers. The deep-basin stainless steel sink is set under the countertop, making it easy to clean and catch spills. By the way, that’s real Corian on the countertop, not some imitation material. There’s a good-sized expanse of counter between the sink and stove, for food preparation. You’ll also find a standard microwave oven and a top-loading icebox that can optionally be configured as a refrigerator/freezer. As a thoughtful touch, the reinforced fiddle that runs the perimeter of the countertop is curved inward from the edge. This is so you can use it as a grabrail, if needed. Immediately opposite the galley is a stand-up head with shower. It’s fully fiberglass lined with Microban gelcoat, to thwart mildew and bacteria. The sink basin is almost the size of the one you have at home. There’s also a watertight medicine cabinet above and a storage locker below it. Standing at the base of the steps and facing forward in the cabin, you’re immediately taken in by the warmth of the space. The right combination of wood tones and fabrics is quite inviting. The new level of finish of the interior teak is worth mentioning. Corners are now rounded, and the sprayed lacquer is an upgrade from previous Hunter boats. The 326’s wide beam and 6 feet, 4 inches of headroom allow you to really stretch out. A pair of settees flanks a leafed tabletop with an impressive high-gloss finish. Hatches and portlights flood the area with natural light and ventilation. The forward berth, which can be closed off for privacy with a solid teak door, continues the decorating scheme. Modular Magic It might be hard to believe that everything you’re seeing from the interior vantage point is part of a module that was completely assembled outside the hull. A few years ago, Luhrs began modularizing the cabins on its fishing boats. The move produced a significant cost savings that allowed the company to increase the number and level of accessories on the boats, while still maintaining an attractive price point. The modules are continuously tabbed and bonded to the hull for strength and rigidity along their length, width and height. Several of the reengineering concepts Hunter incorporated in the cabin design translate to benefits for boat owners. Instead of using fiberglass for some components — such as window liners — molded plastic takes its place, to decrease weight and cost. The boat’s â Whisper⠝ headliner is done in sections that are tucked into strips of tracking. This cuts down on installation time, but also has the advantage that if you accidentally poke a hole in one section of the headliner, you only have to replace a small piece instead of the whole thing. The aft cabin berth extends under the cockpit, but there is a stand-up area just inside the door for dressing in privacy. A hanging locker is provided, as well as a chest of drawers with shelf space provided for storage. There’s a hatch located under the portside bench seat. When you lift the seat and open the hatch, it allows for a good breeze to flow. If the weather turns bad, you can keep the seat down and still open the hatch to get some ventilation through the space. If you’re a daysailor looking to step up to your first real cruising sailboat, the Hunter 326 is a logical move. It’s an easy-to-handle vessel with cabin amenities and construction quality that are truly impressive.





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