Frequent Questions & Answers

How do I get involved in Hunter Sailing in South Africa?

There are three main centres in South Africa where Hunter sailors tend to race. These are: HMYC in KZN, LDYC and DAC on the Vaal Dam and WYC in Witbank. Please do contact these clubs direct or email Paul the webmaster for advice in getting involved. You are also welcome to give Paul a call on 0827734375.

How much will a Hunter cost to race?

A good second hand boat will range from R20 000 to R50 000 and a new boat in excess of R100 000. There seems to be no visable difference in the speeds of the Hunter 19, The Hunter Europa and the Hunter 2000 (Fast 19). A new set of sails costs in the region of R13 000. If you're buying a boat for as little as R20 000, you need to spend a further R15 000 if you want to compete at top level. Spending R25 000 to join in at a national event will ensure your competitiveness and enjoyable fleet racing.

How much does a trailer cost to build?

You can expect to spend R14 000 for a new Hunter road trailer.

How do I get a replacement mast?

Contact the Class Association, which is responsible for making replacement sections, as available.

Blade Sail - what is the position on the Blade sail?

a) The blade may have a full length batten (top) if so needed. (Optional)
b) Barberhaulers are not permitted.

Can the Technical Committee please advise me on (a) the legality of self bailers on my Hunter 19, and (b) if they work, and lastly (c) how do I fit them?

a) The question of Safety & Legality was raised and settled many years ago after a test at PYC where 14 men sat on a Hunter 19 with the bailers 'open'. She remained afloat. It was also ruled that the fitting of the bailers did not fall under the heading of 'alteration to the hull', and so IS legal.
b) Self bailers do NOT work on flat water. The reason for fitting the bailers was for offshore sailing only, as a Hunter 19 has no built-in cockpit drains. When there is enough wind and waves to let water 'into' the cockpit, there is enough speed down a wave to remove it via the bailers. It is not considered safe to sail offshore without one fitted.
c) The position in inside the recess in the cockpit floor; this also stops you standing on it.


Shroud Position - Where is the correct position?

a) The rules declare only a 'maximum' distance of the inner shroud tangs aft of the main shroud tangs. As as long as your inners are no further aft than this measurement, your boat is legal.
b) The F19's are deemed legal as long as their inner tangs are aft of the main shroud tangs.
c) You can move your inners further forward if you so wish.
d) The job will not cost much as no structural work is required; simply fit a sturdy bar on the horizontal plain between your existing inner tangs and main tangs. Drill a fixing hole along its length (at your desired position) and take the inner shroud to this position. As long as it's aft of the main shroud, it's legal.
e) There are 2 schools of thought: if one has disconnected the baby forestay found on older Hunters, it makes sense to 'correct' the geometry of the rig by moving the inners forward. This is because if they are too tight, they may induce mast inversion when set too far aft. Others believe they should not create a problem in light to medium airs and in fact are required in the aft position to hold the stick up when on a run.

The choice, therefore is up to the individual.

If you have any further questions, please no not hesitate to contact the webmaster.