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.
Forecabin, saloon & aft cabin
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
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.
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
a translucent door, here seen open to show both areas.
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
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.
Photographs March 2023
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".
Yanmar 3GM30 three-cylinder diesel, fresh water cooled, run 1,329 hours, last service winter 2022/23
Fuel tank capacity
Three bladed on Saildrive with ropecutter
2 x 110Ah services batteries and 75Ah engine start battery
Engine alternator and shorepower battery charger. Victron battery monitor.
Hyde Sails, partially fully battened mainsail, slab reefing with 3 reefs. Stackpack type cover.
Selden Furlex roller reefing
4 x Lewmar 40
2 x Lewmar 30
Delta with chain
Simpson-Lawrence Anchorman electric windlass
Wheel ( Lewmar folding wheel )
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 AIS650 transmitter/receiver - new 2017
NASA Clipper Navtex
Simrad RD68 with DSC
Blaupunkt radio/MP3 player
Horseshoe with floating light
Manual and electric pumps
3 x fire extinguishers, auto engine fire extinguisher and fire blanket
Forecabin, saloon and aft cabin
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
are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject
to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.
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