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Hunter Legend 28

Brief notes


Hunter Marine Corporation, Alachua, Florida, USA.

The Hunter Legend 28 is modern small sailing cruiser that ticks a lot of boxes - a good sized aft double berth in a separate cabin, wheel steering, excellent headroom and features such as hot and cold water, hot-air heating, etc. All this is packed into a trace over 28 feet, which keeps mooring bills down. She has a substantial fractional rig and a shallow draught winged lead keel. The Hunter Legends are very much designed for comfort in a marina, particularly in warm climates, but also provide good sailing performance in the sort of light to moderate conditions most leisure sailors actually go out in.


28' 2"

Sail area

399 sq ft


24' 2"


Fractional sloop


10' 6"


Open plan saloon and separate aft cabin and heads


3' 9"




7,400 lbs


Yanmar diesel


2,800 lbs



Keel type

Lead wing keel and spade rudder

Hunter Legend 28 for sale

Hunter Marine, until recently run by Warren Luhrs, has since the early 1970s been a major US builder of sailing yachts, based in Florida. Although most of their production boats were aimed squarely at the family coastal cruising market they also built a number of racing designs including the water ballasted Open 60 "Thursdays Child", in which Luhrs set a record-breaking time in the 1984 OSTAR transatlantic race, and went on to set another record from New York to San Francisco round Cape Horn in 1989. In 2013 Hunter Marine in the USA became Marlow Hunter, and continues to build sailing yachts up to 50 feet in length.

The Hunter 28 was introduced in 1989 and was an update model for the earlier Hunter 28.5, the main differences being the addition of a "walk-through" sugarscoop transom and an aft double berth that was athwartships instead of fore and aft. The design has a large but conventional fractional rig with backstay, this design being before Hunter Legends switched to the backstayless Bergstrom rig. A number of Legend 28s were imported to the UK new in the aeraly 1990s by Hunter's then distributors Opal Marine.

When marketed in the UK, the American Hunters were normally sold as “Hunter Legends” to avoid confusion with the "British Hunters" which were entirely different. For a time the US Hunter Marine operated a second factory in Portland in Dorset, England, but this has now closed.

Hunter Legend 28 for sale
Hunter Legend 28 for sale

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Hunter Legend 28 for sale

The saloon is open-plan, with a curtained-off double berth (6' 9" long) in the forepeak. Saloon headroom is 6' 2" by the galley and chart table. There are four opening side ports in the saloon coachroof, and two more in the heads and aft cabin.

Forward berths
Hunter Legend 28 for sale
Galley detail
 Chart table and heads compartment door

The US-built Hunters were amongst the first boats to put the double aft cabin berth athwartships, recognising that in practice very few coastal cruising sailors actually used these berths at sea. This layout gives a bigger berth (in this 28 ft boat over 6' 6" long and 4' 0" wide) without needing an ultra-wide stern. Many other yacht builders have since switched to this athwartship aft berth layout for some models.

Chart table


Aft cabin
Aftcabin berth
Yanmar 2GM engine
Owners photo ashore

She has a shallow ( 3' 9" ) draught lead winged keel

Lead wing keel
Bow detail
Deck aft
Cockpit forward

Although this model Hunter Legend 28 predates the backstayless Bergstrom rig fitted to current Hunter Legends, she shares the same big main/small headsail fractional rig, which is only now becoming a preferred option for a cruising rig. The headsail is smaller and sheet loads lower, making for easier tacking and less physical effort for the crew. With all reefing lines led aft the main can be reefed from the cockpit. With the mainsheet forward of the companionway hatch, the sheet is out of the cockpit for safety.

Although not a long-distance cruiser, the overall package the Legend 28 offers is very attractive for the sort of harbour to harbour or marina to marina coastal cruising that many people enjoy much more than long passages at sea. On arrival she has a very civilised interior with hot-air heating for chilly evenings.

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