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Hunter Horizon 26

Brief details

Builder

British Hunter, Sutton Wharf, Rochford, Essex

The Hunter Horizon 26 is a small cruising yacht with good accommodation and performance in a compact form. The Hunters are amongst the best performing bilge-keeled yachts on the market, 'Yachting Monthly' describing them as a ".... lively yet stable boat to sail, light on the helm and responsive".

LOA

26' 4"

Sail area

290 sq ft main and jib

LWL

20' 8"

Rig

sloop

Beam

9' 0"

Cabins

Saloon and aft cabin

Draught

3' 3" bilge keels, 3' 3" shallow fin or 5' 0" deep fin

Berths

6

Displacement

4,600 lbs

Engine

inboard or outboard options

Ballast

1,840 lbs

BHP

6 - 9

Keel type

Twin bilge keels (most common), also deep and shallow fin keel versions

Hunter Horizon 26

The Hunter Horizon 26 is a David Thomas design for Hunter Boats, intended to be a slightly larger, more cruising-orientated version of the 25 foot Hunter Delta, itself a development of the very successful Hunter Sonata 24 foot one design cruiser-racer.

Introduced in 1984, the Horizon 26 design was one of the first small British-built boat to have what was then the unusual feature of an aft cabin and aft heads. The design was a success, with about 160 built in four years, and led on to the later Horizon 27, 272 and 273 variants. Although fin and lift-keel Horizon 26s were built, the majority were twin bilge keeled, these twin keels being fairly deep and giving good performance under sail. The Horizon 26 design remained in production until 1988.

The Horizon 26 was designed to have the choice of an outboard in a cockpit well, typically 6 to 9 hp, or a small inboard engine - usually a 9 hp Yanmar

Hunters always offered their boats as kits as well as fully completed versions, but there is not often much difference between the finished results, as the kit boats had all structural items done at the factory, and buyers only had to fit equipment and finish and fit pre-cut wooden parts.

Hunter Horizon 26
Hunter Horizon 26

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Saloon headroom is just about 6 ft by the galley and chart table, lowering forward. The forward vee-berth area can be used as a child's berth as seen here, or can be extended aft with a hinge-out shelf, making four adult sized berths in the saloon if needed. The saloon settee berths are 6' 3" long.

Hunter Horizon 26

Hunter marketed the Horizon 26 as a six-berth boat,
but with six adults she would be very cramped

Hunter Horizon 26
Hunter Horizon 26

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If an inboard is fitted it is often a Yanmar 1GM. The alternative outboard is fitted in a well in the port side cockpit locker. As this means this cockpit locker is of little use for fenders etc. the under-companionway space occupied by an inboard become locker space.

Hunter Horizon 26

The aft cabin berth is oddly shaped, and is 6' 3" long at its shortest (inboard), and approx 3' 6" wide at its widest point. It either makes a rather small double or a very large single berth.

Hunter Horizon 26

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