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Hunter Legend 356

Brief details

Builder

Hunter Marine Corporation/Luhrs Marine Ltd., built in Florida, USA, and Dorset, England.

The Hunter Legend 356 is the UK designation (to avoid confusion with British Hunters, a different manufacturer) of the American Hunter 356 design. Immediately popular thanks to a very spacious interior, the Hunter 356 is most immediately noticeable for it's backstayless Bergstrom rig, and large cockpit arch.

LOA

34' 6"

Sail area

805 sq ft

LWL

30' 7"

Rig

Bergstrom sloop rig

Beam

12' 4"

Cabins

Forecabin, saloon & aft cabin

Draught

6' 5" fin or 5' 0" shoal fin or bilge keels

Berths

6/7

Displacement

13,900 lbs

Engine

usually Volvo Penta MD3B

Ballast

5,064 lbs

BHP

36

Keel type

Deep or shallow lead fin keels, or twin bilge keels on some UK-built boats

Introduced in 2001, the Hunter Legend 356 was designed by Glenn Henderson as a bigger and substantially more spacious replacement for the long-running Hunter 340. Originally built only in the USA, Luhrs opened a factory in Portland, Dorset, and built some boats there.

The design has a modern, beamy hull with a choice of keels, including on UK-built and finished boats, twin bilge keels. The rig is a Bergstrom sloop, with swept-back spreaders, fixed rods supporting the lower mast and no backstay. Although the lack of a backstay worries many people, in practice these rigs simply do not fall down any more than on conventionally rigged cruising boats. In the USA many of these boats are supplied with in-mast furling mains, but most UK boats have a large fully-battened mainsail, as shown on the plan at left.

Hunter Legend 356
Hunter Legend 356

The interior is bright and light, with probably the best in-harbour galley and aft cabin of any 36-footer on the market at the time. Sailing performance is reasonably good, but the boats are definitely light and clearly aimed at a daysailing/coastal cruising or marina-hopping life rather than long-distance or heavy weather work.

There is a Corian-topped galley (often with a fitted microwave as well as a gas cooker). The aft cabin has a full king size bed set athwartships, complete with headboard and interior sprung mattress. Whilst virtually useless at sea, this aft cabin plus the galley sold the boat to many couples.

Hunter Legend 356

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Above: The brochure photo shows the in-mast reefing which is common in US-marketed boats. Most UK boats have a powerful fully-battened main with considerable roach, which gives a very efficient rig to windward, but offwind the combination of a relatively small headsail and the acutely aft-angled spreaders limits the ability to run downwind efficiently, making "tacking downwind" much more comfortable.

Hunter Legend 356

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