Sailboat specifications and datasheets

Hunter 290 shoal draft

The Hunter 290, here in "shoal draft" version, is a 28’7” monohull sailboat designed by Hunter Design. She was built by Marlow Hunter (United States) and made of GRP (glass reinforced polyester). This sailboat was produced between 1999 and 2001.

The Hunter 290 is as well listed, on, in version Deep draft.

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Hunter 290's   Main Features
Model Hunter 290
Version Shoal draft
Type of hull Monohull
Category Cruising sailboat
Designer Hunter Design
Construction GRP (glass reinforced polyester)
First built hull 1999
Last built hull 2001
Appendages Keel :
Wing keel
Helm 1 wheel
Rudder 1 spade rudder
Cockpit Open aft cockpit with closing system
Unsinkable No
Trailerable No
French navigation category 2
Standard public price ex. VAT (indicative only) N/A
Hunter 290's   Main dimensions
Length overall 29’ 4”
Hull length 28’ 7”
Waterline length 26’ 11”
Beam (width) 10’ 10”
Draft 3’ 10”
Mast height from DWL 42’ 6”
Light displacement 7408 lbs
Ballast weight 2553 lbs
Hunter 290's   Rig and sails
Upwind sail area 400 sq.ft
Rigging type Sloop Marconi fractional
Rotating spars No
Mast position Deck stepped mast
Spars Mast and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging 1x19 strand wire continuous
Number of levels of spreaders 1
Spreaders angle Swept-back (Bergström)
IiFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachment) 32’
JiFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay) 11’
PiMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head) 29’ 1”
EiMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew) 12’
Hunter 290's   Performances
Upwind sail area to displacementiThe ratio sail area to displacement is obtained by dividing the sail area by the boat's displaced volume to the power two-thirds.
The ratio sail area to displacement can be used to compare the relative sail plan of different sailboats no matter what their size. Upwind : under 18 the ratio indicates a cruise oriented sailboat with limited performances especially in light wind, while over 23 it indicates a fast sailboat.
Displacement-Length ratio (DLR)iThe Displacement Length ratio is a figure that points out the boat's weight compared to its waterline length. DLR is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement in tons by the cube of one one-hundredth of the waterline length (in feet).
The DLR can be used to compare the relative mass of different sailboats no matter what their length: a DLR less than 180 is indicative of a really light sailboat (race boat made for planning), while a DLR greater than 300 is indicative of a heavy cruising sailboat.
Ballast ratioiThe Ballast ratio is an indicator of the stability; it is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement by the weight of the ballast. Since the stability depends also of the hull shape and the position of the center of gravity, only boats with similar ballast arrangements and hull shape should be considered.
Higher the ballast ratio is, greater is the stability.
34 %
Hull speediAs a ship moves in the water, it creates standing waves that oppose its movement. This effect increases dramatically the resistance when the boat reaches a speed-length ratio (speed-length ratio is the ratio between the speed in knots and the square root of the waterline length in feet) of about 1.2 (corresponding to a Froude Number of 0.35) . This very sharp rise in resistance, between speed-length ratio of 1.2 to 1.5, is insurmountable for heavy sailboats and so becomes an apparent barrier. This leads to the concept of "hull speed".
The hull speed is obtained by multiplying the square root of the waterline length (in feet) by 1.34.
6.95 knots
Hunter 290's   Auxiliary engine
Engine(s) 1
Engine type Inboard engine
Engine 18 HP
Fuel type Diesel
Fuel tank capacity 20.1 gal
Hunter 290's   Accommodation
Cabin(s) 2
Berth(s) (min/max) 4 / 6
Head(s) 1
Fresh water tank capacity 39.9 gal
Water heater capacity 6.1 gal
Holding tank capacity 20.1 gal
Maximum headroom 6’ 2”

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