The Hunter 33 may be the perfect boat for couples and families who wants to relax during the weekend and take extended vacations in a very affordable package.
This Glenn Henderson design is perhaps the perfect melding of stability, performance, comfort and contemporary styling. The wide hull caries the beam aft, keeping it stable while providing the space to make it roomy and comfortable with lots of storage space below decks and topsides. The hull has a special “reflex” feature near the transom that minimizes drag allowing the boat to slip through the water effortlessly. The 4’ 6” deep reverse “L” lead bulb keel gets the maximum amount of weight down to keep the boat on its feet in a big breeze.
Where it really shines, however, is below. The interior is surprisingly spacious, bright, and well ventilated. Good handholds and the rounded teak companionway steps lead one safely below. A single full-size head and shower lie to starboard, across from a well-executed galley to port. The countertops are an attractive and practical white speckled Corian. A stainless-steel rail acts as both fiddle and handhold. The two-burner stove/oven is well fiddled but could use a little more angle when gimbaled. There’s a single but deep sink. The galley is large enough to work in conveniently but enclosed enough for safe use at sea.
The owners cabin forward is bright, spacious, and offers good stowage spaces. The athwartship guest double lies in the stern to starboard.
The Hunter 33 shows no incongruities in its core concept. This is a contemporary-looking, modern-feeling coastal or near-offshore cruiser designed to take an entire family to sea in ease, style, and comfort.