-Shallow Draft Version
-Solid GRP dodger
-Electric primary winch
-Set up for single handling
-Recently sailed the Southern Ocean and Bass Straight (4 times) in comfort
-3 cabins version
-Owners cabin with ensuite
-Specifically chosen 60HP Volvo instead of 40HP Yanmar
-Low hours engine at only 1775h
-Davits and Polycraft dinghy with outboard
-Huge amount of solar power
-Excellent live-aboard, safe passage-maker and world cruiser
-Priced to sell fast
The Hunter 430was designed to exceed the requirements of sailors searching for performance without sacrificing comfort. This boat is capable of handling a stiff breeze, while the interior emphasise space and comfort, with an abundance of solid timber trimmings, intelligent layout and an abundance of storage especially needed for live-aboard yachtsmen and ocean voyagers.
The Hunter 430 Legend is by no means a heart-stopper in terms of beauty, lacking classic boat looks without a graceful sheer and eye-catching overhangs. There’s no varnished wood in sight, at least not on deck. It is fair to say the Legend 430 is more functional than fabulous, but die-hard Hunter fans typically aren’t interested in extolling the boat for its looks. They’re far more likely to tell you about the sloop’s sturdy construction, comfortable interior, seaworthiness and how easy it is to sail shorthanded.
Although heavy fiberglass construction was still king in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Hunter 430 Legend is crafted in a way that reduces some of that weight. According to industry reports generated at the time of production, the sloop’s maximum strength is achieved through a bonded, full-length, internal frame and stringer system that’s designed to increase stiffness without adding weight.
The boat features an anodized, double-spreader fractional rig, a full-batten mainsail, furling foresail and a bulb-wing keel with draft of less than 5 feet. The chain plates are anchored to the frame system to carry the rig load. This construction technique helps to maximize interior volume, of which the boat has plenty. The deck hardware is heavy-duty, through-bolted and fitted with backing plates. The sole is teak and holly.
The mainsheet traveller and boom vang add additional support to the rig, so the main is relatively easy to handle. The full-batten mainsail is enhanced by a flaking system. A roller furler helps tame the foresail while the jib sheets are controlled by inboard genoa tracks with cars. The internal halyards lead back to the comfortable cockpit, with its wide and deep seating. There are dual two-speed, self-tailing halyard winches, and a pair of two-speed, self-tailing genoa winches. The boat features stainless steel bow and stern pulpits, stainless cabin handrails, and a through-bolted, anodized toerail with amidships cleats. A solid GRP custom made hard dodger was commissioned by the current owner of ‘Wind Dancer’ as he favoured sailing in high latitudes, having crossed Bass Straight 4 times and explored the coast of Tasmania, where exposure to wind and rain can be a real problem.
The spacious, T-shaped cockpit is fitted out with three lockers in addition to two transom lockers. The boat has wheel steering, and the binnacle hosts a lighted compass, wheel brake, gauges, and an engine panel with single-lever control. A sturdy table with drink holders and collapsible leaves adds another level of convenience to the cockpit. A walk-through transom allows direct access to a handy swim platform, making it easier to board from a dinghy or inflatable. Some Legend 43s were equipped with a bimini, which is prized by owners living in warmer climates.
Below decks there’s plenty of natural light and ventilation streaming in from skylights and seven hatches with opening ports. Headroom is 6 feet 6 inches.
Descending the companionway, a functional galley to port provides adequate workspace, with a double-basin stainless sink, range, oven, and refrigerator with separate freezer. The appliances are propane-fuelled. The counters are Corian. A settee is installed to port, just forward of the galley. The V-berth in the bow accommodates two, as does each aft cabin.
Locker space is abundant. Water capacity is 1000L, which will make many cruising yachts twice her size very jealous.
Hunter yachts in this size range were originally equipped with an inboard, 40-horsepower Yanmar freshwater-cooled diesel engine, but on
‘Wind Warrior’, this was replaced with a very powerful Volvo Penta 60HP, capable of pushing the boat at a comfortable 9-10 knots.
With electric primary winch and all the lines set up for single-handling, this boat is a breeze to sail. She truly shows her seaworthy qualities where other boats have turned back for port, at home in a stiff 25knots and choppy seas, where her heavier bottom will ride without slapping, and, to borrow the owner’s expression, ‘kiss the water’ and rider the swell in a very comfortable manner.
All around, the Hunter 430 Legend is an affordable, well-built performance cruiser that’s easy to sail short-handed, forgiving under way, and is extremely comfortable below deck.
SAILING’s Value Guide
(5-sailboat rating system)
DESIGN QUALITY: Designed by the Hunter Design Group, headed by Warren Luhrs, the boat is made for both performance cruising and comfort.
CONSTRUCTION QUALITY: It’s constructed using a grid system inside the hull that helps stiffen the rig, allowing the use of less heavy fiberglass.
USER-FRIENDLINESS: Owners love these boats because they’re relatively fast, responsive to the touch, easy to handle, comfortable below deck and offer amenities typically valued by cruisers. Wheel steering, a walk-through transom with swim platform, anchor well and rollers, removable helm seat, adjustable mainsheet traveller, lines that lead back to the cockpit, and two pairs of two-speed, self-tailing winches, are usually enough to keep owners smiling.
SAFETY: The boat has a secure cockpit with deep and wide seats, wraparound windshield, beefy double lifelines with gates and stainless steel bow and stern pulpits, with through-bolted handrails.
INVESTMENT AND RESALE: The boats hold their value, with used models approaching 30 years old still listed for sale at nearly $100,000.
FibreGlass Built Vinylester Resin Layup Less under water issues.
Shallow Draft version
Solid Fibreglass Dodger
Aft Cockpit Layout. 3 double cabins. 2 aft Cabins 1 forward Cabin with own Toilet & Bathroom
2 Showers inside 1 Shower Outside
Over 3 burner Stove
2 St/St Sinks in Galley (Deep bowls).
42 inch Flat screen TV
H/W Service 240 volt or engine heat exchanger
Sola Panels 480 Watts Sola MPPT Management system
Heart Inverter 2000 watts
80 amp mains Battery Charger
2 x 120 amp heavy deep cycle batteries. HOUSE
1x Engine Start Battery
GME Quality Stereo selectable switch inside outside speekers.
Volvo Penta Deisel 60 Hp A low 1755 engine hours. In good order
200 Litre Fuel
1000 litre water
Ray Marine Instruments Wind direction / Apparent & Actual Speed Depth etc
CPT Wheel Autopilot
2 Raymarine Chart Plotters 1 inside 1 outside
Full Boat Length Safety Lines. Harnesses
Polycraft Tender 2.8 Mtr Very Stable and Safe
Structurally Engineered Davit’s for Dingy and Canopy over Boat.
Outboard Tohatsu Motor 5hp
Full Complement of winches
1 Electric Halyard winch
All lines back to cockpit including reefing lines.
75 Kilogram Sarca Anchor Muir electric winch.
Mainsail in Good Condition
Jib In Good Condition
The Boat has cruised Bass Strait and the southern Ocean heading to South Australia with the present owner 2 times WindWarrior has cruised to South Australia's Spencer’s Gulf & Saint Vincent’s Gulf. While also exploring the NSW Coast.
Owner's description: 'Wind Warrior' is very sea kindly she has the ability to kiss the water in the largest of seas giving a feeling of comfort and safety in the harshest of conditions while able to deliver a very good turn of speed. She is not like some plastic boats that tend to slam and give a rough ride. She would be very up for the title of a well rounded world cruising boat'.
Needs new anchor chain and winch deck switch
Outboard carburettor needs cleaning.
Cockpit Covers Stitching needs attention.
The Hunter 430 is built to perform with style and comfort. She is fast, easy to sail, stable and comfortable. Thoughtful touches abound, like sail design that incorporates a fractional rig, swept-back spreaders and a full-roach main. This eliminates the need for a backstay and improves sail efficiency and ease of handling. The exterior design of the 430 include a wraparound windshield with cover, integrated mainsheet arch with instrument pod, two-tone non-skid deck, walk-through transom, and a huge cockpit with wheel steering. A slippery but stable hull design incorporates a bulb wing keel and a spade rudder. Below deck are the amenities that make Hunter famous. A huge salon with convertible dinette, gourmet galley and three staterooms, the forward master cabin having its own ensuite head and shower.
The sloop’s maximum strength is achieved through a bonded, full-length, internal frame and stringer system that’s designed to increase stiffness without adding weight.
The boat features an anodized, double-spreader fractional rig, a full-batten mainsail, furling foresail and a bulb-wing keel with draft of less than 5 feet. The chainplates are anchored to the frame system to carry the rig load. This construction technique helps to maximize interior volume, of which the boat has plenty. The deck hardware is heavy-duty, through-bolted and fitted with backing plates. The sole is teak and holly.
Fin w/bulb & spade rudder
42.50' / 12.95m
38.00' / 11.58m
14.00' / 4.27m
845 ft2 / 78.5 m2
4.92' / 1.50m
23800 lbs./ 10796 kgs.
7600 lbs. / 3447 kgs.
Hunter Design Team
Hunter Marine (USA)
370.50 ft2 / 34.42 m2
474.81 ft2 / 44.11 m2
Sail Area (100% fore+main triangles):
845.31 ft2 / 78.53 m2
53.92' / 16.43m
Mast Height from DWL:
64.50' / 19.66m
Mainsail and Jib In Good Condition
IJPE : 839.00 sq ft
I : 50.00 ft
J : 15.83 ft
P : 50.00 ft
E : 17.75 ft
Working Sail Area : 839.00 sq ft
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
46 Cowdroy Avenue
Cammeray, New South Wales NSW 2062