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Boat Directory: Hunter 170
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 not rated for PHRF
PORTSMOUTH: 92.7 (no spinnaker)

Length Overall                   17'1" 5.18 m
Waterline Length               14'5" 4.39 m
Beam                                 7'0" 2.13 m
Draft –                           Board Up  6" 0.15 m
Draft –                    Board Down  4'6" 1.37 m
Sail Area – Turbo Sail  150 sq ft  13.95 sq m
Mast Height                        25'6"  7.77 m  
Weight                               480 lbs  218 kg  
Towing Weight                   760 lbs  345 kg  
Maximum Capacity             6
Maximum Power                 2.5 HP  1.85 kW

Links to more photos:
Sailing Texas Photo Gallery
Hunter Marine
Links to How to Fix articles: -
Hunter 170 Hull problems
[Hunter 170] HULL SCRATCH
[Hunter 170] 170 cracked hull
ACP crack repair in Hunter Trailerables
1999 Hunter 170 Mast Carrier
[Hunter 170] Hunter 170 ACP repair

Links to How to Fix videos:
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Manufacturer: Hunter Marine

User Groups:  
HunterSailboatOwners - H-170 owners group

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Informational articles: - HUNTER 170 OWNERS MANUAL - Basic sailing techniques (sail trimming) - Hunter 170 -
Manufacturing Defect with Hunter ACP Hulls
Photos of Hull cracks, possibly due to extreme cold
170 upper deck and cock pit cracks
170 hull material - cracking??
Differences from 1999 Model 170s

Reviews: -
Hunter 170
First boat - Hunter 170? - Hunter 170 -
Review: Hunter 170
Re: A Neophytes Review - Hunter 170

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What is the boat hull actually made of?
What is
Advanced Composite Process?
My Opinion: The Hunter 170 seems
to be have a split personality. Critics
acclaim its ease of sail, roominess, and
versatility. Yet owners, particularly
those in northern climates complain
about cracks forming. The following is
my attempt to explain the weakness of
the ACP hull. The outer layer of the
ACP hull is made from a polycarbonate
plastic called
LURAN-S manufactured
by BASF. "Polycarbonate is
transparent, highly impact and weather
resistant, and
it can be used over a
wide temperature range
. However,
polycarbonate plastic also shows
weaknesses, for example with regard

to its chemical and
stress cracking resistance
or its
processing stability."
Source: Plastics
Portal Europe. The data information
sheetS for Luran-S used to form the
exterior shell is located
Although, the outer shell is
designed to weather a wide range of
temperatures, it would appear
owners in moderate climates may
experience less durability issues.