Hunter 290

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Our team of Precision Sails experts conducted extensive research on the web to gather information about the specific sailboat in question. We thoroughly scoured various online sources to compile relevant and accurate information for the boat owner. Our team carefully curated the information to ensure that it would be helpful and informative for the user. We understand the importance of having a deep understanding of your boat’s features, and our goal is to provide comprehensive and reliable information that will enable boat owners to make informed decisions about their sailing experience. By sharing our expertise and knowledge, we hope to empower our customers to get the most out of their sailing adventures.

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All About Your Hunter 290

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 290 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: 32.00 ft / 9.75 m
J: 11.00 ft / 3.35 m
P: 29.08 ft / 8.86 m
E: 12.00 ft / 3.66 m




Design and Construction

The Hunter 290 has a modern design that incorporates many innovative features. The boat’s hull is made of fiberglass, which makes it sturdy and durable. The boat also features a lead keel that provides stability and balance, making it easy to handle in any condition. The Hunter 290 has a spacious cockpit that can comfortably seat up to six people, making it perfect for day sailing or weekend trips.

Interior Features

The Hunter 290 has a well-designed interior that maximizes space and comfort. The boat features a V-berth cabin that can comfortably sleep two people. The main salon has a U-shaped dinette that can seat up to six people and can convert into a double berth. The boat also has a full galley that includes a sink, a stove, and a refrigerator.

History of the Hunter 290

The Hunter 290 was first introduced in 1997 and was in production until 2004. It was designed by the renowned marine architect, Glenn Henderson. The Hunter 290 was a successor to the popular Hunter 280, and it quickly became a favorite among sailors worldwide. Its popularity was due to its excellent performance and the fact that it was affordable.


Performance and Sail Plan

The Hunter 290 is an exceptional sailboat that has been designed to provide an outstanding sailing experience. The boat features a well-designed rigging system that maximizes performance and ease of use. It has a fractional sloop rig with a high aspect ratio, providing excellent performance under sail. The standing rigging comprises a mast, boom, and forestay, all made of durable aluminum, along with a backstay and shrouds made of stainless steel, providing stability and support to the mast.

In terms of the sail plan, the Hunter 290 has a well-balanced setup that allows for a thrilling sailing experience. The boat features a mainsail and a furling jib, with the mainsail having a standard slab reefing system, allowing for quick and easy adjustments to the sail area depending on the wind conditions. Although some have outfitted their Hunter 290 with larger 135 and 150 genoas to help with the sailing conditions of their area.


The Hunter 290 is an excellent sailboat that is perfect for both novice and experienced sailors. Its modern design, spacious interior, and excellent performance have made it a favorite among sailors worldwide. Whether you’re looking for a day sailer or a weekend cruiser, the Hunter 290 is an excellent choice.

Recommended Sails For Your Hunter 290

We would love to help you enhance your sailing experience on your Hunter 290. 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 what makes our designs stand out by following the links to our education page.



I (Foretriangle height)

32.00 ft / 9.75 m

J (Foretriangle base)

11.00 ft / 3.35 m

P (Mainsail luff)

29.08 ft / 8.86 m

E (Mainsail foot)

12.00 ft / 3.66 m

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Looking to buy a new headsail or mainsail for your Hunter 290? Request a free quote from Precision Sails for a new custom sail. Our team will work with you to design the perfect sail for you.

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