Empty Pocket is arguably the most tricked out Hunter 25.5 ever to set sail. Designed by Cortland Steck in 1984 and built by Hunter Marine, the Hunter 25.5 is a true pocket cruiser. Since 2011 MsTress has been completely refitted and is now fully outfitted for enjoyable weekend cruising. MsTress is a "turnkey"
boat, ready to sail.
In 2011 the teak bulkheads and the teak and holly cabin sole were replaced; and all of the other interior teak was refinished. The boat is solid and is in good condition but she does have some cosmetic marks and dings which is to be expected. In addition to being a fun boat to sail, the Hunter 25.5 has a +6' cockpit which is comfortable both underway and at anchor. Below is a full galley with adequate storage, a fresh water sink w/ electric water pump, an ice box and a 2-burner Origo alcohol stove. A marine head with holding tank and a washbasin in the head compartment make for comfortable weekending. A forward V-berth, a 4-place dining settee in the main salon that converts into a double berth, and a double rear berth complete the accommodations below.
MsTress has a custom Sunbrella bimini top, with a zipper cover for easy stowing. When the boat is at anchor or in the slip, custom Sunbrella covers protect the mainsheet tackle and purchase, the winches, tiller, handrails and motor.
When sailing downwind the symmetrical spinnaker can be set with a 10' Selden spinnaker pole attached to a mast ring on 4' of T-track on the front side of the mast. And when sailing wing-in-wing a 14' Forespar telescoping whisker pole can be set to wing out the new 130% genoa. And the Schaefer boom vang can be reset as a preventer. MsTress can reach with a new asymmetrical spinnaker from Bacon Sails (Annapolis, MD). It can be easily set shorthanded with the ATN spinnaker sleeve and ATN Tacker.
The new 130% Genoa (also from Bacon Sails) is on a new Harken ESP jib furler. This furler makes shortening sail (and storing the sail) easy. And the extended genoa tracks allow the jib fairleads to be positioned optimally for any wind and point of sail.
The loose footed UK mainsail sports a full top batten (for maximum roach) and one reef which has been rigged with single line reefing so that in heavy air the main can be reefed without leaving the cockpit. The new Harken mainsheet tackle utilizes the original mid-boom traveler so that sail position and roach tension can be controlled on every point of sail.
Original Kenyon mast and boom with new bales for vang and preventer
Upper and lower shrouds - new 5/32 1x19 type 316 stainless (2017)
Harken ESP jib furler - new 2015
Dual Halyards (two main, two jib) replaced in 2017 with low stretch Samson XLS Extra T
Spinnaker Halyard tail reworked in 2017
Sheets (main, jib and spinnaker) are all Samson XLS Yacht Braid
Vinyl covered SS lifelines with pelican hooks aft (starboard and port) - new 2017
Nonskid deck painted with grey Kiwi Grip - new in 2017
Folding midship cleats for spring dock lines
Maximum length (5' 7") 1" T-tracks for Genoa fairleads
Custom deck chocks for storage of spinnaker pole and whisker pole
Misc. block and deck organizer upgrades
New Lewmar winches installed and bedded with butyl tape (2017)