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Hunter’s new trailerable 25-footer

Model replaces the company’s 240 and 260, incorporating a lead keel instead of water ballast

Model replaces the company’s 240 and 260, incorporating a lead keel instead of water ballast

Glancing at the new Hunter 25, with its fixed shoal keel that draws only 2 feet of water, a sailor may be skeptical of the boat’s stability and maneuverability. But rest assured, says Jonathan Smith, Northeast regional sales manager for Hunter’s trailerable boat line, there’s enough lead in this keel to keep you upright and steering straight.

Hunter Marine, the largest sailboat manufacturer in North America, introduces the new Hunter 25 to replace the Hunter 240 and 260 — both popular models, according to the company. One big difference is the lead keel.

The Hunter 240 and 260 are water ballast boats that have tanks underneath the floorboards, which fill with water to provide the boat with ballast, according to Smith. The only problem with this system is that the tanks take up storage and living space. Plus, it’s counterintuitive, says Smith. “Some people have psychological difficulties adding water to a boat,” he says.

The new Hunter 25 features a shoal keel, made of 1,300 pounds of lead. Boaters are able to take the boat into very shallow water and not give up stability or living space below. The rudder, which is 6 inches longer than the keel and can be raised and lowered, works with the keel to provide directional stability. “Everybody that sails it has been really impressed with the way it handled,” says Smith.

The Hunter 25 is a trailerable boat that sleeps four, featuring a compact galley, enclosed head and teak interior. The forward V-berth sleeps two adults as tall as 6 feet, 3 inches, and there is improved access to the rear berth, according to the company. The companionway also opens up considerably, allowing for standing headroom in the main walkway of the cabin. “We’ve kept it simple and open down below,” says Smith.

The mast-raising system is fairly easy and can be used while the boat is under way, he says. A pole is inserted into a hole at the base of the mast and connected to the mainsheet tackle. According to Smith, even a small person can use the jib halyard to raise the mast.

The base price for this new model is $24,495, including the galvanized dual-axle trailer. The total towing weight for the package is 4,650 pounds. Popular options include wheel steering — which is the same steering system used on the larger Hunter models — Bimini, companionway canvas and teak stern chairs.