Hunter 410 was in production from 1998 to 2002

Issue: April 2001

From the oval cockpit to the dual anchor rollers, the raised coachroof to the tip of the backstay-less mast, there is no mistaking a Hunter yacht.

They are perhaps not as svelte as a French yacht, not as traditional as a Brit, nor as homely as their compatriot Catalina. Rather, they stand out in an anchorage as being just a bit different, though not so much as to defy convention.

“Evolutionary innovation” is how builder Hunter Marine describes its design philosophy, which means it takes notes and is not afraid to push the boundaries for the betterment of their boats.

Hunter try to please, not just impress.

The 410 is a prime example of their work. Climb aboard and you immediately appreciate the differences and advantages. It is big, accommodating and friendly.

Hunter 410

The 410 is billed as an offshore cruiser, something of a departure for a company that has otherwise concentrated on comparatively inexpensive coastal cruisers.

Since entering the boatbuilding business with a 25-footer that debuted in 1977, Hunter Marine now is one of the two largest sailboat builders in the US (Catalina, of course, is the other).

Focusing on buyers new to the sport, those stepping up from daysailers, and on selling boats to the Caribbean charter operators, its current line ranges in size from 9 to 50 feet.

The company produces more than 1,200 boats annually at a 200,000-square-foot facility in Florida, and has 140 dealers worldwide. It was converted to an employee-owned operation in 1996, and currently operates under the direction of Dan Jett, president.

Hunter’s in-house design team draws lines for a fleet of yachts bearing a striking similarity to one another. The common denominators are generous beam with rounded shapes and large living areas belowdecks; the boats are designed and constructed for daysailing and coastal cruising.

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