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Hunter 456 Shoal draft

Sailboat specifications

The Hunter 456 is a 44’4” (13.49m) cruising sailboat designed by Hunter Design (United States). She was built since 2003 (and now discontinued) by Marlow Hunter (United States). The Shoal draft version is offered with a short keel fitted with large winglets. This configuration provides an interesting draft / low center of gravity / upwind performance trade-off.

The Hunter 456 is as well listed, on, in Deep draft version (see all the versions compared).

Hunter 456's main features

Hunter 456
Shoal draft
Hull type
Offshore cruising sailboat
Sailboat builder
Sailboat designer
United States
GRP (glass reinforced polyester):
Single skin bottom, sandwich sides and deck: foam fiberglass polyester with Kevlar reinforcements
First built hull
Last built hull
Keel : wing keel
Single helm wheel
Single spade rudder
EC design category
 iThe CE design category indicates the ability to cope with certain weather conditions (the sailboat is designed for these conditions)

A: Wind < force 9, Waves < 10m
B: Wind < force 8, Waves < 8m
C: Wind < force 6, Waves < 4m
D: Wind < force 4, Waves < 0,5m
Standard public price ex. VAT (indicative only)

Hunter 456's main dimensions

Overall length
46’ 1”14.05 m
Hull length
44’ 4”13.49 m
Waterline length
39’ 8”12.09 m
Beam (width)
14’4.27 m
5’ 6”1.68 m
Mast height from DWL
63’19.2 m
Light displacement (MLC)
26001 lb11794 kg
Ballast weight
9500 lb4309 kg
Ballast type

Hunter 456's rig and sails

Upwind sail area
1000 ft²92.9 m²
 iFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay top attachment)
55’ 5”16.9 m
 iFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)
16’ 11”5.16 m
 iMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)
49’ 11”15.22 m
 iMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)
16’ 10”5.13 m
Rigging type
Sloop Marconi masthead
Mast configuration
Deck stepped mast
Rotating spars
Number of levels of spreaders
Spreaders angle
Swept-back (Bergström)
Spars construction
Aluminum spars
Standing rigging
1x19 strand wire discontinuous

Hunter 456's performances

Upwind sail area to displacement
 iThe 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 25 it indicates a fast sailboat.
193 ft²/T17.93 m²/T
Displacement-length ratio (DLR)
 iThe Displacement Length Ratio (DLR) is a figure that points out the boat's weight compared to its waterline length. The 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 ratio
 iThe Ballast ratio is an indicator of stability; it is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement by the mass of the ballast. Since the stability depends also of the hull shapes and the position of the center of gravity, only the boats with similar ballast arrangements and hull shapes should be compared.

The higher the ballast ratio is, the greater is the stability.
37 %

Hunter 456's auxiliary engine

1 inboard engine
Engine(s) power
76 HP
Fuel type
Fuel tank capacity
99.9 gal378 liters

Hunter 456's accommodations and layout

Center cockpit
Berth(s) (min./max.)
4 / 6
Freshwater tank capacity
198.1 gal750 liters
Holding tank capacity
50.2 gal190 liters
Boiler capacity
6.1 gal23 liters
Maximum headroom
6’ 6”1.98 m

Hunter 456's fore cabin

Berth length
5’ 5”1.65 m

Hunter 456's aft cabin

Maximum headroom
6’ 5”1.95 m
Berth length
6’ 7”2 m
Berth width
5’ 2”1.6 m
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