2005 Hunter 41 Deck Salon

2005 Hunter 41 Deck Salon  for sale
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About the 2005 Hunter 41 Deck Salon

If you are in the market for a 40 ft sailboat that’s newer than 2000, and in almost perfect condition this boat is as good as it gets.

The main highlights, besides is near-new condition are

  1. The large cockpit with full enclosure makes life very comfortable and extends the cruising seasons

  2. In mast and roller furling for ease of handling

  3. Two full cabins, two heads and a massive living area below with almost 7’ of headroom.

It packs a huge amount of space into a 40’ 4” boat that most marinas will allow in a 40’ slip. It has a survey from May of this year and the moorage is assumable at Fairwinds Marina in Schooner Cove. Call to schedule an in person viewing.

This immaculate boat is set up for distance cruising. With upgrades throughout and obvious ongoing maintenance this is possibly the cleanest used boat I’ve ever seen. Our photographer certainly thought so. The full enclosure provides a huge number of options for your cruising comfort. On sunny, hot, days you can have full shade with no side curtains for an unlimited cross breeze. When it gets cold, you can snap the side curtains in place, turn on the diesel heater, open the companion way and have a warm place from which to enjoy life.

The current owner’s love the handling of the boat and insists its ‘much’ easier than their previous 35ft sailboat. With the Whitlock direct-drive steering system and balanced spade rudder with a stainless-steel rudderstock, this is exactly what yacht designer (and Hunter’s director of engineering) Glenn Henderson was trying to achieve. Great control. Combine it with the Maxi Prop feathering propeller, which provides almost 80% more power in reverse, you have a 40’ boat that handles like a much smaller boat.

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Little Voices has the preferred dual cabin layout as apposed to the charter friendly three cabin layout. This provides room enough for a full queen size bed in the owner’s cabin. There is a large cedar-lined hanging locker, built in vanity and a private entrance to the aft head. The aft head has a large, separate shower stall, hot and cold pressure water and an electric, fresh water, Vacu-Flush toilet.

The forward cabin has a wide double berth to port, a built-in vanity with storage, large cedar-lined hanging locker and good sized drawers. Forward is a private head with hot and cold pressure shower and Vacu-Flush, fresh water, toilet.

The main salon is huge, with almost 7’ of headroom so the tallest amongst us can feel comfortable moving about. With plentiful large windows and, Whisper-Air hull liner, the salon feels open, bright, and inviting. There is huge U-shaped dinette to port that easily seats 6 for dinner. With new upholstery and new high-density foam seat cushions you and your guests will appreciate the comfortable seating areas.

To increase your comfort there is a powerful Espar , 55,000 BTU hydronic heater for dry, comfortable heating throughout the salon and cabins. It also provides almost instant hot water when you need it without running a generator, engine or being connected to shore power.

  • New Endy Mattress in the main cabin

  • Cedar lined hanging lockers

  • Jabsco Vac-Flush freshwater marine toilets

  • OceanAire designer hatch covers

  • Espar 55,000 BTU heater and hot water heater

  • New Crypton water/stain resistant upholstery

  • New high density foam seat cushions

  • Sharp TV and Sony DVD Player.

  • All ports have screens

  • Custom made mosquito net for companion way

  • Carbon Monoxide alarms in berths


Hunter sailboats are known for their attention to detail in the galley and the Little Voices has a great set up. Being a dual cabin layout, there is additional space for a large and useful galley. The large L-shape galley is very well laid out with everything close at hand. There is lots of storage with a full height pantry and the separate refrigerator and freezer provides plenty of cooking options while underway. There are large dual stainless-steel sinks, a gimbaled 3 burner propane stove with oven, microwave and even a glass-fronted lighted dishware cabinet with integrated drying fan. The Corian countertops and wood fiddles look great and are purpose built for being at sea. There is also and attractive custom-built bracket for plates and glasses above the galley.

  • Princess stainless-steel 3 burner propane stove & oven

  • Tappan microwave

  • Nova Cool refrigerator

  • Nova Cool freezer

  • Electric solenoid valve control in galley & propane shut off at tanks

  • Propane sniffer/alarm: yes sniffer in galley; CO detector in stern

  • Full floor to ceiling pantry with adjustable shelves

  • Under cabin-sole storage

  • Huge garbage bin

On Deck

One of the best features of this boat is its extremely spacious cockpit with full enclosure which allows you to extend your boating season. From an early spring start to well into the fall you can be at all the most popular anchorages when they are empty. The dodger, connector and bimini were reconfigured by the previous (very tall) owner to accommodate tall people standing comfortably in the cockpit. This gives it a very spacious feeling, uncommon in many full enclosures. The entire cockpit and elevated stern seats have custom-made high-density foam cushions. There is a walk-through transom with an integrated boarding ladder and swim grid making spending time in the water safe and convenient for everyone on board. There are large storage lockers on the stern and in the cockpit with huge amounts of space for what you need. There is also a hot/cold shower wand by the walk-through transom for rinsing off prior to getting back on board.

The suede wrapped Lewmar steering wheel folds up easily allowing extra room in cockpit when not underway. There is also a large folding table for your meals and happy hours making the cockpit a fantastic place to host your guests or enjoy a quite dinner.

Under Sail

With a roller furling headsail and an in-mast furling mainsail this boat is simple to manage. All the running rigging is lead back to the cockpit for ease of handling. There is a large single electric winch when you need a bit of ‘umph’ as well as two large self tailing dual speed winches for the headsail sheets. Hunter’s overhead traveller arch keeps the cockpit area uncluttered and is a great place for extras like the speakers and hailer. The running rigging is in good shape and with 10-12 knots of wind she sails happily at 8 knots. Not bad for such a comfortable boat.

  • Roller furling headsail

  • In-mast furling mainsail

  • Gennaker

  • Staysail

  • Lewmar foresail sheet winches and deck winch. Self tailing

  • Lewmar electric winch

  • Blackline Marine (2021) new mast lights and lines

Electronics & Electrical

All the electronics were updated in 2018. This included all the electronic navigational aids, solar array and batteries to ensure a well integrated, functional and simple system that works.

  • Raymarine 8001 Autopilot with Gyro Compass

  • Raymarine GPS 125

  • Raymarine Wind Machine ST-60

  • Raymarine Hybrid/Touch Screen Chartplotter Color E-97 can be linked to: I-pad or smart phone.

  • Sirius Satellite radio/Kenwood DVD Player

  • Danforth bubble compass

  • ICOM VHF Upgraded Radiotelephone with remote command microphone at helm.

  • Hunter marine tank monitor

  • 2 New Solar Panels (2019) 145w each zippered into Bimini and Dodger

  • 105 Amp upgraded alternator

  • Smart Plug terminal

  • Freedom Marine Xantrex 2000 watt Charger/Inverter

  • 6 House Batteries 6 Volt Trojan T105 (2021)

  • 1 12 volt starter battery

Additional Details

  • 10’ Walker Bay Hard Bottom Dinghy (with cover)

  • 6 HP Mercury 4 Stroke Outboard

  • Engine hoist and storage on stern

  • Galvanized plough anchor (40 lbs apox) on bow roller

  • Lewmar electric anchor winch with foot pedals

  • 225’ 5/16 galvanized chain with 225’ 9/16 three strand nylon rode

  • Piles of spares and upgrades

Manufacturer Provided Description

The profile creates almost a “sport sedan” look for the 41DS, and its large polished-aluminum windows definitely sets the DS apart from its sister ship. Inside, the headroom has been increased 4” to a spectacular 6’10”. The voluminous ceilings are covered with a light fabric called Whisper-Air, which combines with the increased light entering from the sizeable new windows to produce a comfortable, bright and open feel. OceanAire designer shades cover the windows when privacy is desired and add a nice decorative touch. Durable and handsome Everwear laminate flooring is being introduced by Luhrs Marine, the parent company of Hunter Marine, across most of its boating product, but the 41DS will get an exclusive “glossy” version.

The standard two-cabin version has an aft master stateroom with queen innerspring mattress, cedar-lined hanging locker, built-in vanity, and a dual-entrance head with shower; the forward guest suite has a wide double berth, built-in vanity, and private head with shower. A three-cabin version is also offered. Galley highlights include a custom stainless steel refrigerator and freezer, dual deep sinks, pantry, gimbaled two-burner propane stove with oven, a glass-fronted lighted dishware cabinet and deluxe Corian countertops. The 41DS maintains the 41’s sail plan and hull design. The B & R rig with a large mainsail and smaller head sail is a Hunter trademark, and all the running rigging is within reach of the cockpit to make sailing single-handed a breeze. Furling mainsail is an option. The innovative steel overhead traveller arch keeps the deck safe and uncluttered, and offers a great place to connect a bimini or attach stereo speakers. A more vertical bow profile is utilized to maximize waterline length and decrease pitching motion.

Cruising World Review: Hunter 41 DS

Equipped with the systems and conveniences of a house, the Hunter 41 Deck Saloon is equally capable of harnessing the wind

What luck! This blustery fall day on Chesapeake Bay, yacht designer (and Hunter’s director of engineering) Glenn Henderson would sail with us aboard one of his team’s creations, the shoal-draft version of the Hunter 41 DS, a spin-off from the year-old aft-cockpit Hunter 41. We joined the deck-saloon sloop by launch as it luffed up in Eastport’s lee, near the mouth of Back Creek in Annapolis, Maryland. People and gear were quickly pulled aboard, and Henderson was champing at the bit to tell me his baby’s story. “First off,” he said, “I wanted a boat that would have all the systems and conveniences you’d expect in a house and also be capable of long-distance offshore passages.”

I looked down the broad decks–the 41 DS has a 3:1 length-to-beam ratio–held high above the water by substantial freeboard, and I thought that the first part of the wish was eminently possible. But I also wondered, would she sail? So many builders of successful designs have pushed the interior-volume envelope so far that their creations no longer effectively harness the wind.

We cracked off in very light air, heading for the unprotected waters of the bay. I was visibly surprised when the boat-with a modest 17.2 sail area-to-displacement ratio–responded dramatically, accelerating as the optional Selden in-mast furling main and Furlex roller-furling genoa filled. Henderson had been watching for my reaction, and when he got what he wanted, he said, “Sail area/displacement doesn’t always tell the story. Right off the bat, I try to make my hulls easily driven. Of course,” he added with a wry smile, “they put three-bladed props on them, but I can’t do anything about that.”

Coaxing the Coefficients

Henderson then explained that with each boat he designs, he tries to push one of the design coefficients: fineness, block (underwater volume compared with a block with the same overall dimensions), midship (the ratio of underwater fullness to that same block amidships), or prismatic coefficient (Cp). For the Hunter 41 and 41 DS, he decided to push the Cp, a mathematical description of how full a boat is in the ends.

“The extremes for sailboats are between .49 and .62,” Henderson said, the higher figure equating to fuller ends. The higher the Cp, the more stable–and sluggish–the hull form. While trying to pick the ideal Cp at one point on the hull and determine an optimal speed-to-length ratio, it occurred to Henderson that the Cp is a single number that defines two different ends but treats them equally. “So I decided to cut the boat in two at max beam and make a graph of stern and bow Cps,” he said. Henderson analyzed the numbers from past Hunters, then extrapolated the ranges to the behaviour of the respective designs. “I then could safely take that data and apply more radical treatment [to the 41 DS] and yet be safe that the boat wouldn’t be over the edge,” he said. The numbers he arrived at–lower Cp for the bow, higher for the stern–had the most effect on boat speed and motion.

The boat accelerated well in both light and heavy air, and it got up to speed quickly as we cleared Horn Point and took head-on the full 18- to 20-knot brunt of a northeasterly wind. While the seas weren’t large, they were sloppy and persistent, and the 41 DS coursed easily through them at more than 6 knots, the helm delicate and responsive as we picked our way through wakes and around crab-pot buoys. A stem closer to plumb not only increased the waterline but also reduced pitching.

For Henderson, responsiveness in the 41 DS was an important factor. It’s a “largish” boat, he said, and it’s likely to be carrying a number of passengers, with only one or two familiar with the boat. He wanted to make this boat as manoeuvrable as possible in crowded situations-wharf areas, marinas, crowded harbours, any tight quarters. The Whitlock direct-drive steering system and balanced spade rudder with a stainless-steel rudderstock certainly help to achieve this. “Responsiveness is also a good attribute when sailing in really rough seas offshore and steering through waves,” he added.

Versatile Deck Layout

Out in the bay, the 41 DS was steady and smooth as we put it through its paces. I’m 5 feet 7 inches tall, and I found the visibility forward, over the dodger, excellent. Where once the mainsheet was led solely to the cabin top, strategic positioning of hardware and winches allows the solo crew to trim from the companionway–or the gregarious skipper with a cockpit full of guests to run the boat from the fantail. The mainsheet can be led from the cabin top and sheeted on the spinnaker winch, creating little interference with the cockpit. When in port, the 40-inch wheel folds out of the way to create more space for socializing.

The side decks are wide and graced with a terrific nonskid pattern. The first time I went to the foredeck, I felt secure, bracing myself on the stout handrails on the dodger and the cabin top. Slippery areas existed, though, around the forward hatch and on the corners and visor of the house.

With 777 square feet of working sail (we sailed with the optional vertical-batten in-mast furling main) on a 19,400-pound displacement, this Hunter isn’t overcanvased. Yet in 13 to 15 knots of wind on a truly messy sea, we logged close to 7 knots of speed, accelerating with every gust but never overpowered. “I’d rather have a boat that’s easily driven and, at the same time, manageable and able to sail in relatively stiff breezes without reefing than one that excels in light airs to the exclusion of high-wind performance,” said Henderson.

The most impressive aspect of the 41 DS was how quickly it was able to accelerate. Henderson said he achieved this by pushing the volume forward so the stern corner was out of the water, which flattened the stern wave. “Hull speed is derived from bow and stern waves,” he said. “If the boat goes too fast and gets too far ahead of the stern wave, it falls into a hole. So, by virtue of an S-shaped curve at the quarters, I artificially induced a wave to form farther aft, which in essence increased the waterline length and the boat speed.”

When I went below on the wide companionway steps, holding on to perfectly positioned grabrails, the ride was smooth and quiet, even though conditions outside were anything but. Later, when we ran the 40-horsepower Yanmar with a conventional shaft at 2,500 rpm, the noise level remained low.

Light and Airy Saloon

Upon entering the saloon, I was struck by the awesome, 6-foot-10-inch headroom and the light and airiness created by the raised deck. Just forward and to port of the steps is the L-shaped galley. Corian countertops (with an inset waste bin and, to protect the dinette, a clear backsplash with rounded edges) are surrounded by high, inward-curved fiddles, which do double duty as grabrails as you prepare meals and approach or descend the companionway. These ergonomic fiddles are found throughout the boat along shelf edges over settees and in the cabins. In the galley, at the stove, a harness will be needed, especially when on port tack.

The double sinks, positioned diagonally in the angle of the L, would take some getting used to while washing up in a seaway. Aft of them is a gimbaled two-burner propane stove and oven, with a microwave set above, and a stainless-steel front-loading fridge. The pantry, with shelves and a deep bin, is worthy of any small home, and there’s in-sole storage for cans and jars. With two opening ports, a hatch, and proximity to the companionway, galley ventilation will be superb. Forward of the galley is the dinette; all three seats could serve as extra berths while on passage, and the table, with telescoping support, converts to a double berth. A vertical stainless-steel grabrail is conveniently located between the galley counter and the dinette.

The aft head/shower stall, with two frosted opening ports, is to starboard of the companionway; just aft of it is the door to the aft cabin, with its athwartships queen berth, private entrance to the head, Corian-topped vanity, cedar-lined hanging locker, and lots of drawers. With two opening ports and a hatch, cross-ventilation will be excellent. The forward-facing nav station, forward of the head, has a radiused, battened seat for comfort and efficiency in a seaway, a lift-top desk with more of those seamanlike fiddles, and a mahogany console on which to mount remote instrument readouts. Opposite the dinette is a full-sized couch, with a large drawer under and, on the boat we sailed, a plasma-TV and sound system over.

The forward cabin, with 6 feet 2 inches of headroom, has a comfy double to port, with fiddled shelves all around and drawers under. To starboard is another cedar hanging locker and a Corian-topped vanity. The head/shower is in the peak and, thus, only usable on a flat sea or in port.

I stepped off this Hunter impressed. The 41 DS seems to cover many bases and includes many details in an attractive package that really works. Apparently, Cruising World’s 2006 Boat of the Year judges also think the Hunter Design Group is on the right track: The 41 DS was voted Best Production Cruiser 40 to 44 Feet (see “Crunching the Numbers,” January 2006).

Also noted by the BOTY judges was Hunter’s attention, throughout the boat, to American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) specifications, anticipating, in at least two cases–carbon-monoxide and smoke detectors–future ABYC recommendations. One judge, ABYC curriculum designer and senior instructor Ed Sherman, said, “I think the build quality is much higher in terms of fit and finish. It certainly represents a lot of bang for the buck.”

But for me, it was the Hunter’s performance that stood out, which I reiterated to Henderson. “My primary objectives were high stability, boat speed, a good motion in a seaway, and reactivity or responsiveness,” he replied. “These four attributes make up what is commonly known as ‘performance.’”


We trust that you, too, will be as impressed as Nim Marsh was, and we feel it appropriate that the Hunter 41 DS not only earned the 2006 Cruising World award for Best Production Cruiser 40 to 44 Feet but also earned the 2006 Cruising World Overall Best Value award.

John Peterson
Hunter Marine


41 Deck Salon
40 feet
$ 214,000 CAD
Nanoose Bay, BC
Fuel Type
Hull Material
Hull Shape

Dimensions & Other Specs


Overall Length
40ft 4in
Length on Deck
38ft 8in
Length at Waterline
35ft 6in
Max. Draft
6ft 6in
13ft 3in
Cabin Headroom
7ft 0in


Dry Weight
19290 lbs


Fresh Water Tank
100 gal
Fuel Tank
50 gal
Holding Tank
35 gal


Single Berths
Double Berths


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    Engine Make
    Engine Model
    Engine Year
    Total Power
    54 hp
    Engine Hours
    1950 hrs
    Engine Type
    Drive Type
    Direct Drive
    Fuel Type
    Propeller Type
    Propeller Material
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