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Hunter Legend 356


ashore Hampshire


Luhrs Marine, Portland, Dorset, UK.


launched 2003




34' 6"

Sail area

805 sq ft

Brief details


30' 7"


Bergstrom sloop rig

The Hunter Legend 356 is the UK designation (to avoid confusion with British Hunters, a different manufacturer) of the American Hunter 356 design. The Hunter 356 is most immediately externally noticeable for it's backstayless Bergstrom rig, and large cockpit arch, and internally has one of the most spacious interiors you will find on any production 35-36 footer. The Hunter 356 has quite a large sail area in a heavily mainsail-biased format, the power of the rig balanced by higher displacement than most other contemporary production boats of that length.


12' 4"


Forecabin, saloon & aft cabin


5' 0"




13,900 lbs


Yanmar 3GM30


5,064 lbs



Keel type

Twin bulbed keels and spade rudder


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 UK versions having a twin keel option, as in the yacht for sale here. The twin keels are moderately deep and bulbed, giving good performance.

The design has a modern, beamy hull with a Bergstrom sloop rig, with swept-back spreaders and no backstay. Although the lack of a backstay worries many people, in practice these rigs simply do not fall down any more than do 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 in the photo and the plan at left. Most UK boats also appear to have saildrives instead of shaft drive props.

In around 2004 the design was modified very slightly to create the Hunter 36 model. Luhrs closed their factory in Dorset at the end of 2006, but the 36 continued in production in the USA until 2011 - the Hunter 36 having an identical hull and rig to the 356 but a slightly altered interior with a different galley layout.

Owners photos under sail
Hunter Legend 356 for sale
Owners photo April 2023
Ashore march 2023
Hunter Legend 356 for sale
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Saloon table
Saloon aft
Accommodation plan
Chart table

The galley has two iceboxes, one refrigerated, and a microwave oven set into the cupboards above.

Below: The heads is split into two sections, with the WC and showering area
separated by a translucent door, here seen open to show both areas.

Aft cabin

Probably the best aft cabin on any boat under 36 ft - the "athwartships" double berth has

a padded headboard, outboard of which is a shelf and storage space, with a hanging locker

and an escape hatch into the cockpit overhead

Ashore March 2023
Bow detail
Deck aft

The Hunter 356 has a Bergstrom & Ridder rig. This rig design was patented in the mid-1970s by two Swedish aero designers.

Hunter Boats have used variants of this rig on many production boats after the late Hunter Boats founder Warren Luhrs used it on his ultralight Open 60 monohull "Thursday’s Child" that was the fastest monohull to finish the 1984 single-handed Transatlantic race, in a time remarkably close to the fastest trimaran.

The B&R rig has no backstay, allowing a big mainsail with a lot of roach. The mast has swept-back spreaders and multiple diamond shrouds, plus on most of the later Hunters alloy tube sections stiffening the mast base.



Mast base

Photographs March 2023

Cockpit forward
Cockpit aft

Above: The mainsail sheet comes to the stainless steel arch at the aft end of the cockpit, with two Lewmar 40 sheet winches mounted on the cockpit coaming.


Below: The cockpit has a full "camper cover".

Owners photo
Owners photo 2023


Engine details

Yanmar 3GM30 three-cylinder diesel, fresh water cooled, run 1,329 hours, last service winter 2022/23

Fuel tank capacity

140 litres


Three bladed on Saildrive with ropecutter


2 x 110Ah services batteries and 75Ah engine start battery

Battery charging/electrics

Engine alternator and shorepower battery charger. Victron battery monitor.

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Bergstrom & Ridder fractional sloop rig, Selden spars with S/S standing rigging partially renewed 2017


Hyde Sails, partially fully battened mainsail, slab reefing with 3 reefs. Stackpack type cover.


Hyde Sails

Genoa furling

Selden Furlex roller reefing

Primary winches

4 x Lewmar 40

Halliard winches

2 x Lewmar 30

Bower anchor

Delta with chain

Kedge anchors


Anchor windlass

Simpson-Lawrence Anchorman electric windlass


Wheel ( Lewmar folding wheel )


Raymarine ST4000+

Steering compass

Danforth Saturn on binnacle

Warps & fenders

6 warps and 10 fenders


Sprayhood, full cockpit canopy, cockpit tonneau cover, wheel cover, dodgers.

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Raymarine RL70C 7" colour radar/plotter at chart table


Raymarine eS97 Hybridtouch 9" colour plotter at helm - new 2017


Raymarine ST40

Depth sounder

Raymarine ST40


Raymarine ST60


Raymarine AIS650 transmitter/receiver - new 2017


NASA Clipper Navtex

VHF radio

Simrad RD68 with DSC

Radio receiver

Blaupunkt radio/MP3 player

Safety/emergency equipment


Horseshoe with floating light

Radar reflector


Bilge pumps

Manual and electric pumps


3 x fire extinguishers, auto engine fire extinguisher and fire blanket


Cabin layout

Forecabin, saloon and aft cabin

Cabin heating

Eberspacher Airtronic D4



Water tank capacity

284 litres. Hunter tank level monitor.


Dometic Moonlight 2 two-burner and oven - new 2016. Remote gas control solenoid.


Origo 230 volt microwave oven (operates when on shorepower)


Separate fridge and coolbox sections in galley



These particulars are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.

For further information or to arrange a viewing,

please contact Yachtsnet on 01326-212234


The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not a part of any contract or offer, and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be conducted via Yachtsnet Ltd., who are acting as brokers for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars, and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical checks or tests

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