1987 Hunter Horizon 26 for sale - £12,500

Lying afloat Cornwall

Contact Henry Gompertz on 01208-869421 or 07973-386316



British Hunter, Sutton Wharf, Rochford, Essex




26' 4"

Sail area

290 sq ft main and jib

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".


20' 8"




9' 0"


1 plus saloon


3' 3"




4,600 lbs


Yanmar 1GM10 diesel


1,840 lbs



Keel type

Twin bilge keels

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, or a small inboard engine - this yacht having the inboard option.

Hunter Horizon 26 for sale

"Hornpiper" is an excellent example of the Hunter Horizon.  The Hunter Horizon 26 is a comfortable, spacious, lively family cruiser, with great performance. Her bilge keels will allow access to creeks and drying out places in quiet locations.  Able to accommodate 6 and comfortable for four adults with a roomy aft cabin.  Copper coat anti-fouling for all-year speed and ease of maintenance.  Serviced Yanmar 1GM10 inboard diesel.  She is well equipped for cruising with a Garmin GPS, DSC VHF, Auto-helm (Raymarine tiller pilot), Navtex.  In addition she capable of racing with folding prop and spinnaker setup. Sails are good and the standing rigging was replaced 2015. Many extras including winter cover, original 3 blade prop, spare sails, fenders, warps etc.  Ready to sail away and enjoy

Hunter Horizon 26 for sale

Yachtsnet photographs April 2015

Hunter Horizon 26 for sale

Saloon headroom is 6' 1" 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 cushioned shelf, making four adult sized berths in the saloon if needed. The saloon settee berths are 6' 3" long.

Hunter marketed the Horizon 26 as a six-berth boat, but with six adults she would be very cramped. Nevertheless, the design does a very good job of fitting in a proper chart table and galley, separate heads and aft cabin, into a 26 foot hull that sails very well.

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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.

The Yanmar 1GM10 fully reconditioned engine, supplied and fitted by Cellar Marine
(Yanmar agents) has run under 150 hours to date

The main halliard and reefing lines are led back to the cockpit, where there are banks of clutches and a pair of Lewmar 6 winches on the coachroof

This yacht is in very good condition generally: the hull had a preventative epoxy coating with Blakes SFE200 system in 20081, after low moisture readings had been obtained, and has since been Coppercoated in 2011 after a further check showed low moisture readings.

Equipment List:

Engine details

Yanmar 1GM10 single-cylinder 9 hp diesel, installed as a recon engine by Yanmar main agents April 2009, with 12 month warranty. Now run under 150 hours.

Fuel tank capacity

42 litres


Brunton Varifold two bladed on shaft drive


100AH services battery and 100AH engine start battery

Battery charging

40 amp engine alternator with NASA BM-1 battery monitor

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Fractional sloop, Holt alloy spars, S/S standing rigging new 2000.


HK Sails - new 2007 with single line slab reefing led back to the cockpit


HK Sails roller genoa - new 2008

Genoa furling



Cruising chute

Other sails

Older Hyde main and jib

Primary winches

2 x Lewmar 16 self-tailing

Halliard/reefing winches

2 x Lewmar 6 on coachroof and genoa reefing winch on port cockpit coaming

Bower anchor

12 Kg galvanized plough type with 15 metres 8mm chain and 15 metres warp

Kedge anchor

8Kg Danforth with 12 metres 7mm chain




Navico TP100 tiller pilot

Steering compass

Plastimo bulkhead compass

Warps & fenders

6 warps and 6 fenders


Cockpit sprayhood, dodgers, winter covers

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Garmin 152 with GPS log repeater in cockpit


Stowe Navigator

Depth sounder

Stowe Navigator

VHF radio

Mtech MT500 with DSC


NASA Target Navtex Pro Plus

Clock & barometer


Safety/emergency equipment


2 plus floating light



Radar reflector

Plastimo tubular

Bilge pump

Henderson Chimp manual

Fire extinguishers

2 x dry powder


Cabin layout

Open plan saloon/aft cabin/heads



Water tank capacity

20 gallons


Plastimo Neptune 2000 2-burner, grill and oven


coolbox only



Contact Henry Gompertz on 01208-869421 or 07973-386316