Don Anderson’s Sailing Diary

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Flexible battened junk rigged Hunter Liberty. Also included is the supplanted standard twin-masted cat-ketch rig. 4 HP Suzuki outboard. On trailer at Newtownards Sailing Club, Newtownards. Northern Ireland. £4,000. Email andersonjdh@gmail.com

Builder

Hunter Boats Ltd

Designer 

David Thomas

LOA

22′ 3″

6.7m

   

LWL

19′ 0″

5.79m

   

Beam

7′ 4″

2.24m

   

Sail Area

170sq ft

15.8m2

100ft sq & 70ft 

 This rig is included in the sale.

Draft – keel up

1′ 0″

0.31m

   

Draft – keel down 

3′ 6″

1.07m

   

Displacement 

2000lb approx

900kg approx

   

Ballast

675 lbs approx

300kg approx

   

Hull & Deck

GRP using CSM. Top hat section laminated deck joins to hull with internal bonding and no bolts. Stiffening from foam-cored beams and stringers plus wooden box structures bonded to hull. Sample laminates: 9oz/ft sq topsides, 22oz/ft sq keel. The hull is painted black with marine paint. This has advantages. Minor scuffs are much easier to make good with sanding and a paintbrush rather than trying to work with an old gelcoat.

Rudder

Transom with shock absorber system

Rig & Spars

Unstayed cat ketch. Proctor spars with thick tapered walls and extra internal sleeving in way of collar attachment. Modified by present owner with custom-built single Chinese fully flexible battened unstayed mast and sail, as illustrated. Original rig could be refitted easily.

Motor

4 hp Suzuki O/B in cockpit well. Carburation altered by local Suzuki agent to produce 5 hp.

Other

New unused chemical toilet. Chart plotter and fishfinder/depth display. Single burner cartridge gas cooker. Original two burner with gas cylinder available. The boat originally had a sea toilet but I dispensed with that. I do not like holes through the hull.

Electrical

12 volt. Autohelm, chart plotter.

Ground tackle

15lb (7kg) spade with 2 fathoms (1.8m) of chain plus warp

Berths

3 at (1.9m) minimum length

Headroom

4’10” (1.47m) in cabin, 5ft (1.52m) max under main hatch. The cockpit is long enough for sunbathing or sleeping.

draw

The mast(s) on both rigs can be lowered manually. The forward mast pivot has been has been modified in line with the drawings of Liberty owner Bob Ager. This new mounting both strengthens the mounting to take the bigger single sail and solves the design problem of water seepage from the forward mast well into a locker. The original mounting is included should you wish to revert, but I would advise against this because this improved new mounting could be used with the original rig. Below are sketches of the modification. New elements highlighted yellow.

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