Hunter has long been know for offering affordable boats that provide maximum accommodations--above and below deck--for a given length and the Legend 35.5 is no exception. This design is quintessential Hunter: large, comfortable cockpit, HUGE master berth aft and 6'4 headroom throughout the boat with nicely finished joinery. And, having been penned before the transition to their new distinctively futuristic look, the 35.5 has clean, no big-arch-over-the-cockpit lines that are very appealing. And she's a BLAST to sail (as well as being safe with her double spreaders and keel-stepped mast)!
All in all, it's easy to understand why Hunter is one of the top three builders of sailboats in the world today and why the 35.5 was such a success for them--see, for example, what naval architect Jack Hornor has to say about the design by clicking on FULL SPECS above.
"Perfect Pitch" has recently gone through a complete engine re-fit including new valves, rods, lift pump, injectors, rings,and exhaust elbow by Yanmar certified mechanic. There are performance extras for this boat that are negotiable as part of the sale.
- Manufacturer: Hunter
- Model: 35.5
- Length: 35' 0"
- LOA: 35' 7"
- Displacement: 13000 lbs
- LWL: 29' 10"
- Ballast: 4800 lbs
- BEAM: 11' 9"
- DRAFT: 4' 6"
- Engine(s): Yanmar 3GM20F
- Hours: 100
- HP: 27
- Fuel: 22 gallons
- Water: 64 gallons
- Holding: 27 gallons
- Hull Construction: Fiberglass
Electronics / Electrical
Stereo, Color TV, VHF radio, compass; Autohelm ST50 speed, and depth, ST50 wind. A GPS Chart Plotter with C-Map Region 3 chip and Ray Marine ST4000+ autopilot are mounted on the steering pedestal. GPS computer interface and autopilot remote are connected back to the nav station. (3) batteries and automatic battery charger provide ample 12 volt DC power for starting, lighting, fresh water pump, macerator, instruments, stereo, VHF, autopilot, 1500 watt power inverter; navigation, foredeck, and mast head lights. Fifty foot shore power cord provides 110v AC for electric hot water heater, battery charger, and AGC protected outlets conveniently located thru out the cabin. Lighted AC/DC control panel is located above the nav station.
Construction / Mechanical
Fiberglass hull and deck with white and light grey gel coat. The deck of the Legend 35.5 is very user-friendly. Generous side decks provide ample room and a safe passage way to go forward while underway. An uncluttered foredeck will be appreciated by the bowman during spinnaker sets and docking. The cockpit provides an ample amount of space with a generous coaming to keep you dry. A sturdy bow pulpit with teak seat offers vantage point while underway. On hot days the swim platform and swim ladder provide easy access to the water. Bottom was stripped and barrier coated in 2000. Topsides are in excellent condition.
- Extra Cruising Equipment
- 265 Rib Dinghy (Optional)
- 5 hp Mariner Outboard (Optional)
Deck handling and safety gear includes: Three Anchors: One 33 lb Bruce type, one 22lb Danforth both with chain and rode and one collapsible Viking; four fenders, two boat hooks, life preservers, first aid kit, three fire extinguishers, air horn, electric horn, emergency tiller, Two sets of dock lines, clock-thermometer, bell, flare kit, wood plugs, engine spares, life sling, man overboard pole, horseshoe buoy, 4-6 man life raft, radar reflector, fire blanket, signal flags, three winch handles, binoculars, cockpit cushions, and cockpit table also included.
Sails and Rigging
1992 UK full batten mainsail with Dutchman flaking in fair shape, 1997 UK 150% roller furling genoa in good shape, heavy #3 genoa in good condition, 110% jib rated fair. Double Jiffy reefing lines for mainsail, Hood single line roller furler for headsail; internal main, jib, and spinnaker halyards; boom vang, sheets, spinnaker guys and topping lift lead back to cockpit for easy and safe sail handling. Spinnaker Sail and Gear is negotiable. Two self-tailing winches and two spinnaker winches are mounted on the cockpit coaming and two halyard winches are located on the cabin top behind the line stoppers on port and starboard. Main traveler is Located forward of companion way and is controlled from the cockpit. Fractional rigged Isomat double spreader mast is supported by two stainless steel shrouds on each side, forestay and split back stay. Main halyard, Spinnaker halyard, two jib halyards, spinnaker pole lift and topping lift are internal. External flag and second spinnaker halyard have been added. Isomat aluminum boom has internal jiffy reefing lines and outhaul.
Very spacious and modern layout, 6’4” standing headroom, and plenty of berths that will sleep seven. There is a double V-berth forward with two hanging lockers and an overhead hatch for plenty of light and fresh air, as well as a double door for privacy. The main salon has a u-shaped dinette with a drop down table that transforms into a double berth. An additional settee on the starboard side adds another berth and place to sit and relax. The nav table and electric control panel is located at the rear of the settee. The salon is followed by an L-shaped galley to port with a deep ice box, spacious countertop with double sink, two burner CNG stove with oven, microwave, drawers and storage cabinets and separate refrigerator/freezer. Galley equipment includes toaster oven, pots and pans, coffee maker, tableware, silverware, and utensils. A Force10 propane gas barbecue mounts on the stern rail. There is an enclosed head with vanity and shower with shower seat located on the starboard side of the companionway. A roomy aft berth provides a comfortable place to put your head at night or take a nap. Hanging locker and shelf provides convenient storage. A total of four opening hatches, six opening ports and two skylights provide plenty of light and ventilation throughout the cabin. Cockpit is roomy and has a starboard locker and two aft lockers.
Boat US Review by Jack Hornor, N.A.
From the beginning, Hunter has concentrated on keeping their boats affordable while, at the same time, providing maximum accommodations for a given length. The Legend 35.5 remains true to the company’s focus offering one of the least expensive 35’ boats on the market and, at the same time, providing outstanding family cruising accommodations. The model was introduced as the Legend 35 in late 1986 replacing Hunter’s hugely popular 34’ model. In the middle of the 1989 model year the designation was changed to the Legend 35.5 after several modifications of the deck mold and the interior arrangement. Production ended with the 1995 model year. The LOA of both models is 35’ 7" and the beam is 11’ 9". Displacement varies with the year and model but ranges between 12,100 lbs and 13,000 lbs. Construction of the Legend 35/35.5 follows Hunter’s long established method of solid laminate fiberglass hulls with a fiberglass structural grid system to strengthen them. Hunter was a pioneer of this method of modular construction and I haven’t seen any significant structural concerns over the years. For most, what attracts them to the Legend 35.5 is price and the accommodations it provides a family--both are tough to beat with any other 35’ model. The general layout is v-berth cabin forward followed by a portside dinette and starboard settee. At the aft end of the cabin there is a port galley and starboard head. There is a navigation station between the head and the settee and a double quarter berth cabin aft along the port side. Although the layout is the same there were several modifications of the arrangement between the 35 and the 35.5 models. The 35.5 model offers a larger dinette, larger head and smaller navigation station. The quarter berth cabin of the 35.5 offers more room to move about and there is a huge 7’ by 5’ athwart ship berth rather than the fore and aft berth on the 35 model--dockside and at anchor this makes a great owners stateroom. Auxiliary power is provided by a Yanmar 3GM diesel engine. The engine is rated at 24 hp at 3400, which is more than sufficient. Sailing performance is very respectable. The rig is fractional and most boats were sold with a mainsail and 120 jib as standard equipment. A larger headsail and cruising spinnaker are nice to have for beam reaching and running in light air but many owners find the mainsail and 120% jib work just fine.
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