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Hunter Horizon 23/232

Brief details

Builder

British Hunter, Rochford, Essex

A compact family cruiser, the Hunter Horizon 23 offers a comfortable interior with very good sailing ability, and particularly easy handling, with a fractional rig with self-tacking jib. The Horizon 23 packs an amazing amount of space into a small and hence cheap to moor hull. Both twin keel and fin keel versions were built - Hunters calliing the twin keel versions 'twin fin' rather than 'bilge keel' to emphasise their performance

LOA

22' 9"

Sail area

225 sq ft main and self-tacking jib

LWL

18' 2"

Rig

sloop

Beam

8' 6"

Cabins

Open plan saloon

Draught

3' 1"

Berths

4

Displacement

2,745 lbs

Engine

outboard in well

Ballast

1,435 lbs

BHP

5 - 10

Keel type

Fin or twin keels (Hunter refer to their twin keels at 'twin fin' rather than 'bilge keels'). The draught is virtually the same on fin and twin keel versions

Designed by David Thomas, the Hunter Horizon 23 (later renamed the Hunter Horizon 232, with very little change to the actual boat), was a development of the Hunter Duette, itself a derivative of the well known Sonata 'quarter tonner' club racer from 1975.

With a ballast ratio of over 50%, and an efficient and easily handled three-quarter rig, both fin and twin keel versions sail well, without being overly demanding on their crew. Over 200 Hunter 23s were built from 1989 to 1998, most being twin keeled.

The Horizon 23 design was updated slightly to create the Hunter Horizon 232, which uses the same hull, and is very little different

 

Hunter Horizon 23
Hunter Horizon 23
Hunter Horizon 23

The accommodation starts with a raised bunk platform in the bows, which although almost 6' long is very narrow at the bow end, and is probably best thought of as either a child's berth, or as seen her, stowage space.

Aft of this, in the midships part of the saloon, are two settee berths, each 7 feet long, with the saloon table between, and a fold-down chart table by the port berth.

Aft is the heads compartment and galley, and finally behind the galley is a 6' 8" by 4' 6" (at the wider end) double quarterberth.

Headroom is 5' 8" maximum by the galley, with about 5' 6" in the heads compartment and 5' 4" forward in the saloon

Hunter Horizon 23

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Below: The heads compartment is to port, with marine WC and washbasin. The door is a folding screen rather than a rigid door, to save space

Hunter Horizon 23

The cooker on the yacht illustated was a single-burner canister-type gas stove, fitted in gimbals, although a two-burner and grill gas cooker would normally be fitted

 

Hunter Horizon 23
Hunter Horizon 23

The self-tacking jib sheets to a curved track across the forward end of the coachroof

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Many Hunter boats are kit-built: in practice its is usual to find that the quality of kit-built boats is very little different from factory-finished boats, (and occasionally substantially better).

The outboard installation on the Hunter Horizon 23 is exceptionally neat: the engine lifting into the port side cockpit locker, with a blanking plate fairing off the hull when the outboard leg is retracted

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