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All About Your Hunter 28.5

Rig Specifications

These are the specifications provided by the designers, but even from the factory, these boats may not be identical. The reason for this is that the sail industry often contracts manufacturing to different sources in order to achieve economies of scale. What this means is – your Hunter 28.5 may be more unique than you initially thought.

It’s important to note that boats are also frequently customized, so if you suspect that work has been done on yours, it’s best to take your own measurements. When ordering a sail, we will advise you if using the manufacturer’s specifications is appropriate, or if we require you to complete our own measurement forms.

I: 37.33 ft / 11.38 m

J: 12.08 ft / 3.68 m

P: 31.75 ft / 9.68 m

E: 10.83 ft / 3.30 m

Hunter-28.5-design-diagram. Drawing and specifications

Sail Plan

Despite its compact size, the Hunter 285 is a highly capable sailboat that is designed to perform well in a wide range of conditions. As designed by the Hunter Design Team, the Hunter 28.5 sailboat sports a complex B&R rig with a split backstay. It has a mainsail area of 225.47 sq. ft. and a jib sail area of 171.93 sq. ft. This powerful sail plan is optimized for speed and maneuverability, as well as a deep keel that provides excellent stability and control.

The Hunter 285 features a sloop rig with a single mast, allowing for a familiar sail plan of a mainsail and a headsail, with the option of a spinnaker or genoa for an additional performance boost in light wind.


The boat’s sail plan is optimized for speed and maneuverability, with a high aspect ratio that provides excellent performance in a wide range of wind conditions. The boat is also equipped with a boom vang and adjustable backstay, allowing for precise control of sail shape and tension.

The Hunter 285 is also equipped with a reliable diesel engine that can provide ample power when needed. With its combination of speed, stability, and maneuverability, the Hunter 285 is the perfect sailboat for those seeking adventure on the high seas.

Design Features

The Hunter 285 is a compact, yet highly capable sailboat that is perfect for sailors of all experience levels. This design was first built in 1985 by the Hunter Marine Co. and was later revamped into Hunter 28 by the renowned naval architect, Rob Mazza, the Hunter 285 features a spacious cockpit and a comfortable, well-appointed cabin that can accommodate up to six people. One of the standout features of the Hunter 285 is its innovative design. The boat features a sleek, modern hull design that is optimized for speed and maneuverability. The boat also features a deep keel that provides excellent stability in rough seas.

The Hunter 285 has a displacement of 7,000 lbs and a lead ballast of 3000 lbs. And the LOA is 28.5ft with a beam of 10.5ft. The Hunter 285 also features a spacious cockpit that is perfect for entertaining guests or relaxing with friends and family. The cockpit is well-equipped with all the necessary sailing instruments and features a large steering wheel for easy maneuvering.


Cabin Layout and Amenities

The Hunter 285 features a well-appointed cabin that is both comfortable and functional. The cabin features a large V-berth that can comfortably sleep two adults, as well as a settee that can be converted into a double berth.

The boat also features a fully equipped galley with a sink, stove, and refrigerator, as well as a private head with a shower. The cabin is well-ventilated and features plenty of natural light, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day on the water.


If you’re looking for a high-quality sailboat that is both stylish and functional, look no further than the Hunter 285. With its innovative design, comfortable cabin, and exceptional performance capabilities, the Hunter 285 is the perfect vessel for sailors of all experience levels.

Recommended Sails For Your Hunter 28.5

We would love to help you enhance your sailing experience on your Hunter 28.5. That’s why we have put together a list of expertly curated sail recommendations just for you. You can find more information about each sail and their specific uses by following the links to our education page.

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