Draught de­bate

Practical Boat Owner - - Letters -

I too have been con­cerned about the draught of my yacht (Ask the Ex­perts, PBO Au­gust 2018). I’ve had my Hunter Hori­zon 23 since buy­ing it new in 1992. Be­fore buy­ing I read the Hunter lit­er­a­ture and sev­eral mag­a­zine re­views and all had the same 3ft 1in fig­ure for draught. I sus­pect that no re­viewer mea­sured it and it could be that Hunter’s of­fice just quoted the same fig­ure as for the Duette that used the same hull.

I’ve since raised the wa­ter­line by about 4in to cover the foul­ing area. I be­lieve the weight spec­i­fied does not in­clude any of the listed ex­tras in the Fac­tory Com­pleted Full De-Luxe pack: ie bat­tery, lights, heads, engine, petrol tank, wa­ter tank, sink and cooker.

Suc­ces­sive crane driv­ers have told me her weight is 1.9 tonnes. This in­cludes all the items above and hot wa­ter sys­tem, books, charts, an­chors, chains, in­flat­able dinghy and var­i­ous other things. I’ve not weighed all the ex­tras but they’re un­likely to be half a tonne. Then there is crew weight with food and kit – eas­ily 250kg.

So af­ter own­ing my lovely boat for 26 years I ig­nore Hunter’s lit­er­a­ture, I use the echo-sounder set to dis­play ac­tual dis­tance from the trans­ducer to the bot­tom and re­mem­ber that I am afloat when it reads 0.9m and stuck at 0.8m. This would cor­re­spond to draught of ap­prox 1.1m or 3ft 7in. Alan Bew, via email

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