Pipedream in Ouistreham, Normandy
"We were surprised to find over 1.8m (6ft.) headroom"
"The galley is generous". "The galley wouldn't be out of place on a 30 footer".
"Headroom in the heads is 1.8m (6ft) and positioning the toilet athwartships leaves space for a wet locker and a decent washbasin."
"The cockpit is spacious but safe with high coamings and bridgedeck"
"The forecast suggested Force 7-8 possibly F9 later as we considered the task ahead....any concerns disappeared once the sails, raised by one person with ease, started to pull. It soon became obvious that this was no lightweight, unpredictable surfing machine, but a genuine, all-weather cruising yacht designed to get you home with the minimum of fuss...the wind, confirmed later by the Coastguard, was blowing 25-30 knots with 35 knot (= Gale) gusts."
"..she was well balanced and completely vice free.."
"For a bilge-keeler we were surprised how well she went to windward, tearing along at 5 knots or so....her close-windedness is undoubtedly a result of the (self-tacking) jib being sheeted so far inboard...she tacked easily through 80 degrees."
"Reaching and running she stayed on the rails well, never displaying the slightest tendency to broach.... Under main only she remained powerful and almost as close-winded....her performance under jib alone impressed us, reaching hull speed.. and tacking rapidly."
"Stowing the sails on the way back was child's play."
"The 2.45 seems to prove, yet again, that Hunter Boats has found a definite niche. After our experience we feel confident that these new owners won't be disappointed."
"She boasts all the usual rugged structural features found in the Hunter Ranger series."
"The heavy displacement/LWL ratio suggests a degree of stability and stiffness higher than most other modern sailing craft of this size, as was admirably demonstrated during our trial sail." NB. the 245 has an RCD "B" (offshore) classification. Almost unique for a 25 footer.
"Should you be in the market for a compact, easily handled, rugged family cruising yacht with a good turn of speed to boot, the Hunter Ranger 245 should undoubtedly be somewhere near the top of your list".
PRACTICAL BOAT OWNER
"In the advance of a cold front, the wind was topping a blustery 20 knots or so."
"The wind continued to rise and it seemed timely, that we test the single line reefing - which proved to be a doddle - and her ability to heave to - which was very respectable. Reefed, she became positively demure."
"Overall, l was mightily impressed with her performance under sail. In uncharitable circumstances, she sailed briskly on all points."
"Down below..here the utilisation of the internal volume is miraculous, with an extraordinary amount of accommodation."
"She warmed my spirits on a dismal day. And she gave me the powerful impression of being an honest boat built by honest blokes. In all, a cracking little winner if ever I saw one."
Pipedream at Middleburgh, Holland
We have enjoyed our joint ownership of Pipedream enormously and have taken pride in keeping her smart and well maintained. We have used her for cruising and in addition to the places listed we have spent time in the Solent area, the West Country,
Scilly Isles and on the East Coast Rivers.
Pipedream at Malden Essex
She is a steady, well balanced boat and sails well under all conditions. She is very manoeuvrable: the self-tacking jib is particularly useful in confined waters. She is steady and reassuring in heavy weather.
Pipedream in London
With her excellent headroom she is very comfortable. She achieves 3 to 3.5 knots under sail in average conditions, 3.5 to 4 under engine.
We have found her highly suitable for people of our age (average just over 70!) with all the lines coming back to the cockpit.