The Hunter 260 trailerable...
Gone are the days when trailerable sailboats were Spartan, uncomfortable and sailed sideways rather than to windward. The Hunter 260 is one of a new breed of trailerable cruisers that mixes sparkling performance with a comfortable interior. It's a perfect boat for a small family with many activities vying for limited vacation time. Hunter came out with a boat that is easy to trailer, quick to rig and easy to sail. A boat that can cruise at 65 down the highway, arrive at pristine cruising grounds miles from home and then get you home after a long weekend is a valuable commodity.
The 260 has a swing centerboard that draws 6 feet when lowered and has a water ballast system that makes it ideal for towing by allowing you to add 2,000 pounds of displacement after launching. The displacement without the water ballast is 3,000 pounds, which is well within the towing capacity of most full-size cars and SUVs.
The 260 comes with a jiffy reefing system that can be handled from the large companionway. The deck layout was well thought out, with a spacious cockpit, contoured benches and optional built-in seats in the stern pulpit for taking in the view.
The fractional rig with its support struts is mounted in an easy-to-use tabernacle on deck. A deep well in the foredeck keeps both anchor and rode out of the way until needed, and a convenient bow roller is close to hand which is a nice touche in a trailer boat of this size.
Hunter is famous for its interior design and has gussied up the 260 with all the comforts of home. With the exception of the head compartment with sink, vanity and Porta Potti, the interior is open. The starboard side galley comes with a small sink, manual water system and butane stove. An insulated cooler located in a built-in locker serves as an icebox. The overall effect is attractive and airy, with a nice finish and well-chosen colors creating a welcoming space below.
A huge U-shaped dinette surrounds the cabin table, there are three opening ports and large windows that provide light and ventilation. A V-berth in the bow has curtains for some privacy. The main double berth is aft. There is plenty of space for a couple or a family with two young children. The list of standard features goes on and on: full electrical system, hanging wet locker, recessed fuel tank locker in the cockpit, well-thought-out dish storage in the galley and positive flotation. All in all a nice package to get you and your family on the water!
2442 Westlake Ave North
Seattle, WA 98109