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Hunter Horizon 273

Brief details


Hunter Boats Ltd.

A modern small cruiser from British Hunter, with fractional rig and self-tacking jib for easy handling. She has accommodation for up to 5, including a small double berth aft


27' 3"

Sail area

290 sq ft


21' 5"




9' 0"


Open plan saloon


3' 3" twin keel, 4' 9" fin keel




4,880 lbs


designed for outboard power but inboard options also available


1,940 lbs


8 - 10

Keel type

Twin bilge keels most common - but fin keel versions and (very rare) drop keel versions also built

Between 1988 and 1995, about 200 Hunter Horizon 27s were built, with minor differences and name changes, from Hunter 27 to 272 and 273. The boat illustrated is a Horizon 273 twin keel, built by Hunters in 1992 as a 'sailaway kit', and completed and launched by the first owners. Hunter 'sailaway kits' had all structural work completed by the factory - as the name implies the boats supplied in this fashion were ready to sail. Owner completion was restricted to fitting internal trim and fittings, and we generally find very little difference between 'factory finished' and 'home finished' British Hunters

Hunter Horizon 273

The saloon has one berth on a raised platform forward, two settee berths, and galley to starboard, with the heads compartment to port. Aft there is a double berth.

(When photographed this boat was laid up, with cooker and electronics removed: the saloon berth cushions were temporarily put aboard for the photos, but the aft double berth cushions were still in storage)

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Aft to port is the heads compartment and chart table

Hunter Horizon 273

The raised forward berth is relatively small, and is probably designed as a children's berth. The aft double berth, seen below without cushions in place, is accessed past the galley

Hunter Boats have always been well known for having deep, efficient twin keels - in fact they now call them 'twin fins' instead of bilge keels.

Photo above of similar yacht under sail

With fractional rig and a self-tacking jib, plus all sail controls including reefing lines led back to the cockpit, the Hunter Horizon 273 is an easy boat to handle

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