As on all the boats, including those that took prizes, there were a few items the judges would have preferred to see different. "I was concerned about those large lockers on the sugar scoop that drain into the bilge," said Alvah. "Theyre well gasketed, but I think the first thing anyone would need to do is get bigger hinges and better latches and make absolutely sure theyre not opening that kind of area that low." Its a trait that would be more serious if the 356 were intended as an all-oceans passagemaker, but Hunter calls it a coastal cruiser. The European Community rates it "Category B," with usage limited to seas of four meters (about 13 feet) and winds of Force 8 (40 knots).