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Hunter Legend 340

Brief Notes

Builder

Hunter Marine Corporation, Florida

Legend 340s are American-built Hunters, and offer remarkable interior space and comfort for the price. They 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

Length OA

33' 6"

Sail Area

682 sq ft main and genoa

Length WL

28' 7"

Rig

Fractional sloop

Beam

11' 8"

Cabins

Forecabin, saloon and aft cabin

Draught

4' 6" shallow fin or 6' 6" deep fin

Berths

6

Displacement

11,030 lbs

Engine type

Yanmar diesel

Ballast

4,100 lbs

Engine bhp

27

Keel type

Fin keel and spade rudder

The Hunter Legend 340 is a development of the Hunter 335 and 336 boats from the early to mid 90s. Introduced in 1997, and sharing the same hull as the earlier versions, this yacht has the by now almost trademark Hunter cockpit arch supporting the mainsail sheet track, keeping the track well out of harms way for children in the large, family-friendly cockpit. The backstayless Bergström fractional rig with solid mast struts instead of one set of lower shrouds looks unusual, but has been well proven, and having the large roached mainsail as the main source of driving power makes handling easy, with lighter genoa sheet loads when tacking. Yachting Monthly described these boats as "...easy to sail, and reasonably quick".

These boats offer an amazingly spacious and well fitted interior, with a first class galley, including built in microwave (actually very useful), spacious heads compartment, and an aft cabin with an enormous double berth, expected to be used athwartships. The standard inventory from the factory is very comprehensive

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Above - aft cabin with double berth designed for use athwartships. While very comfortable in harbour, the 340 does not really have a single berth properly usable at sea . The saloon table has two folding leaves, allowing it to be used as a dinette-style 4-seater, or to seat the full six by using the starboard settee. The dinette converts to a double berth, and forward of this is the separate two berth forecabin (not shown)

The chart table is at the aft end of the saloon starboard setee, and is sized for 'folio' charts or electronic navigation

Hunter Legend 340

While the chart table is small, the galley is excellent

Photo above from Luhrs Marine sales brochure

 

The backstayless Bergstrom rig is easy to handle: with a relatively small headsail sheet loads are lessened, and the big main is effective in light airs. The only downside to the rig (apart from nervousness at not having a backstay) is that the sharply aft-raked spreaders restrict the ability of the sail to be set running.

Although those accustomed to more conventional rigs with backstays tend to be dubious about the Bergstrom rig, as supplied by Hunter it is in fact safe and reliable, with many thousands in use worldwide.

Hunter Legend 340

The cockpit has a large central pedestal which includes hinge-out table sections, drinks holders, and a small storage compartment as well as the wheel, compass, instruments and engine controls

The aft end of the cockpit has a walk-through section to the stern platform, with bathing platform and hot/cold shower fitting

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