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The 23.5 was designed as a trailerable family cruiser for entry-level sailors. Like most Hunters, the boat offers lots of space in the cockpit and down below.
The most striking feature of the 23.5 is its water ballast system, new to Hunter. The system permits an operator to remove 1,000 pounds of ballast from the trailering weight.
A retractable centerboard, kick-up rudder and mast that’s fairly easy to step and unstep further enhances trailerability. All told, boat, motor and trailer weigh a combined 2,450 pounds. This model also contains enough foam to provide positive flotation.
The rig (a B&R design) consists of a 28-foot Z. Spar mast, fractionally rigged with swept-back spreaders that eliminate the need for a backstay (and make un-stepping/stepping, hence trailering, simpler).
The boat has a draft of 1.50 ft with the centerboard up and 5.50 ft with the centerboard down. It has a hull speed of 6.2 knots. The cabin plan can sleep six, with a double berth forward, and a double berth aft, and two single berths in the main cabin.
Approximately 1,100-1,200 23.5s were built and Strings Attached is hull #87.