I am in the process of buying a Hunter Duette. It’s a lift keeler rather than a twin keeler. I suspect it’s probably a left over Sonata lift keeler hull that Hunter fitted out as a Duette. Does anyone know if there were any other lift keel Duettes built?
I am also after rigging tensions as the rigging is slack and I have no idea what the correct tensions should be. Are they the same as the Sonata?? Any suggestions where I may be able to get some idea of the correct tensions. I’ve also published a similar post on the Hunter Association site to see if anyone can help there.
Any help very appreciated!
Are you sure this isn’t a Sonata. I may be completely wrong here but I thought the whole point of the ‘Duette’ was that it had two keels.
My lift keel sonata was fully kitted out for cruising (as were most lift keel Sonata’s). and could have been mistaken for a Duette inside.
It is worth finding out about this because most Duette’s are worth more than Sonatas, I think because they are a bit younger and don’t have the ‘racing’ tag..
No it’s definetely badged as a Duette and is laid out like a Duette inside. It was also built in 1988 I think after Sonata production finished (?). I think it was a hull left over from the Sonata production run as the hull was moulded in 1986. I suspect someone wanted a lift keel ‘Duette’ so they just used the hull. It’s Duette sail no 008. It may well be the only Duette lift keeler, and is certainly in very good condition. I have now bought the boat. Thanks for the info.