Hunter 356

Best Production Cruiser Under $200,000

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Hunter 356

Seven of the 29 boats we sailed are series-built sloops of traditional cruising design marked by moderate displacement-to-length and sail-area-to-displacement ratios, as well as simple rigs and sailplans. Of those, three are priced below the $200K mark.

The Etap 34s is a sprightly sloop from Belgium that’s built with enough foam between its hull skins to keep floating--and sailing--even after it’s fully flooded (though, sadly, we didn’t get the chance to test it that way). The Beneteau 393 is a spacious two- or three-cabin sloop modeled on last year’s successful 473.

The prize for Best Production Cruiser Under $220,000 goes to the aft-cockpit Hunter 356, a boat Ralph called "a paradigm shift for Hunter." It’s a boat with a clean cockpit layout, good quality interior features, and owner-friendly systems; a boat whose production facility has been overhauled in the last year; and a boat that at $114,000 represents a remarkable value.Congratulations to all the folks at Hunter.