|Are you looking for an economical and manageable sized sail boat? Yet struggling to come to grips with the associated costs of fixed keel sailing boats either on a swing mooring or in the marina? Here's an option, this Hunter 260 is a pocket sized rig that can be kept on its purpose built ramp trailer at the local hard stand, rigged and prepped for sailing? Saving the costs associated with antifouling, additional insurance premiums and so on....
This rig initially was owned by a family in Washington DC and was imported for use in Australian waters. The current owners enjoyed sailing and motoring around the local water ways of Moreton Bay knowing with peace of mind the draft was a mere 53cm with the swing keel in the up position. However a change in circumstances has seen the boat not used for a while and it's now offered to the market in situ, as is condition.
As the photos depict the rig is voluminous with a cavernous cabin well laid out with an enclosed head, galley (yes head room for us tall folk) a large dining settee for 6 to comfortably sit around and can sleep 4 adults comfortably if overnighting. Storage abounds under many of the beds and seating and the galley has plenty of storage room for consumables/crockery and odds and ends.
The stern of the boat under the cockpit is a large double bed and in the bulkhead behind this is where the dual batteries are housed. This area in most boats can become a little stale, Hunter though have in their clever design overcome this potential with adequate ventilation via a large opening hatch into the above cockpit - clever!
If the winds drops out and or you are motoring in and out of the harbour, the Honda 9.9Hp four stroke will effortlessly push the rig quietly and efficiently along and with a electric start function, no bending over the stern to manually pull start it! Also included is a small inflatable dinghy (please note does have a small leak) and is powered by a Honda 2 Hp 4 stoke motor.
Many European and USA imported sail boats of this size suffer from lack of "openness" as they are built with colder climates in mind and the cockpit is very small, yet our warmer weather means you are either locked down below and not really exposed to the outdoors - as the photos show, the sliding hatch slides back, but then that space again doubles as the sliding hatch recesses into another cover that can be hinged up to either lay against the mast for ultimate integration of the cockpit to cabin, or hinged at 30 degrees and then that covers can be clipped into place.
The cockpit has generous room for making about; similar makes to this water ballast, cockpit steered rig can become a little "tight" with 4 or 6 adults in the cockpit. Again clever design sees love chairs in the stern quarter, recesses for drinks/wine glasses throughout and even a table for the sunset platter of cheeses and dips. The skipper has full controls all within the fingertips with gear selection/accelerator of the motor on the helms post along with a quality Lowrance HDS sounder and further shelter is provided by the large overhead bimini top.
We have tried to list the features and accessories on board as follows:
Features & Accessories:
Raytheon VHF radio with aerial
Main sail, Furling foresail, Furling jib
Bimini top over cockpit, bimini sock, Clears/cover over cockpit hatch
Outboard cowl cover
GME EPIRB, Compass, 2x v-sheet, 2 fenders
Sand anchor with rope & chain, anchor locker
Water ballast outlet appox. 1000L
60L freshwater, Hand pump in sink
12 volt power outlet- Galley
Stern ¼ 'love'seats
Upholstered bunk cushions, removable padded cockpit cushions, Comfortably sleeps 4 persons
Dual batteries with an isolation switch panel
Portable fuel tank approx. 12L capacity
Removable cockpit table
Folding cabin table (lowerable to make into bed)
Mast raising device
S/S pulpit & pushpit
Sliding hatch with storm boards
Windex Direction Beacon atop mast
2 x solar panel
Chemical toilet, enclosed head
Walk through transom
Cockpit helm station
Small swing keel
S/S boarding ladder
S/S framed davit to hold inflatable
2.5m Inflatable (slow leak) with paddles & Honda 2Hp 4S Outboard
Galvanised trailer frame
Extension draw bar
Trailer ladder to bow
The trailer although braked is sold as a ramp trailer and unregistered.
Please note the rig is sold as is, in situ and we recommend buyers engage the expertise of a boat surveyor to familiarise themselves with the condition of the package. The boat comes with the original "very in depth" owners overview manual taking you through specifications/how to rig/how to stand the mast etc etc...
We have been instructed to price the boat competitively against similar brands like the MacGregor 26 and on this basis and the vendor has asked for all fair and reasonable offers to be submitted.
You can have confidence in buying a boat from John Crawford Marine, Queensland's Used Boat Specialists. Since 1964 we have been buying, consigning and selling only the best range of quality used trailer boats.
Registration transfer (hull only) (Qld only) are taken care of by our office staff and paid on your behalf for your convenience.
If you are an interstate buyer, although the trailer is sold unregistered, for a small fee, our staff can provide you with an Unregistered Vehicle Permit to allow you to tow home safely and legally.
Don't live nearby? JCM can assist with arranging transport to mainland Australia via reputable and insured boat transport companies.
Upon delivery your rig will undergo a workshop pre-delivery, boat wash and the sales consultant will complete a handover.
Do you have a trade in? John Crawford Marine is always looking for stock, so why not ask the sales team if they can assist with your trade.
Lastly, but just as important to consider when owning a boat is comprehensive insurance. JCM is privileged to offer you two of Australia's leading Boat Insurers, Club Marine and Nautilus Insurance.
Our webpage www. Johncrawfordmarine. Com. Au includes even more detailed information on our services, location and plenty of general boating information for you to peruse. Remember to join our conversation on JCM's Facebook page and subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter.
On behalf of the team, we look forward to seeing you.