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Hunter 25.5, 1986

  • $24,900/obo
  • Austin, TX
  • LOA: 25' 6"
  • Beam: 9'
  • Draft: 4' 6", fixed keel
  • Displacement: 4,500 lbs.

    Boat Overview

  • MsTress is a sister ship of SV Empty Pocket listed on at:

    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.

    A video of MsTress cruising on Lake Travis in 2016 is on YouTube at:

    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.

    Rig/Running Rigging

  • 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

    Topside Upgrades

  • 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

    Winch Package

  • New Lewmar winches installed and bedded with butyl tape (2017)
  • 2 - Lewmar #14, geared, self-tailing, aluminum primary winches
  • 2 - Lewmar #7, single speed, aluminum, cabin top

    Spinnaker Pole / Whisker Pole

  • 10' Selden spinnaker pole
  • 14' Forespar telescoping whisker pole
  • Adjustable ring on 4' of 1" T-track on front of mast


  • Main - UK, loose footed
  • Genoa - Bacon, 130% (new 2015)
  • Spinnaker - Rolly Tasker, symmetric
  • Spinnaker - Bacon, asymmetric (new 2014) Spinnaker Sleeve - ATN

    Interior / Electrical

  • Marinco 6A battery charger w/ microprocessor control
  • Blue Sea AC panel w/ voltmeter and reverse polarity indicator
  • ProMariner galvanic isolator
  • 12V Marine Deep Cycle battery (summer 2015)
  • West Marine secondary DC panel w/ circuit breakers
  • LED cabin lights (white, main salon; red, forward cabin and aft double berth)
  • Fluorescent lights in head compartment and galley


  • West Marine Bottom Shield antifouling bottom paint - 1 gallon, in the can, yet to be applied


  • Mercury 15 HP, two-cycle w/ electric start
  • Engine runs great and has had the carburetor professionally rebuilt and other maintenance as needed
  • Engine covered when in the slip Engine on easily movable (up/down) SS engine mount
  • Engine has a free and clear title (TX requires engines to be titled)


  • MagicTilt dual axle trailer w/ 8 hull supports
  • Custom, welded tongue extension w/ wheels
  • 100' of 10,400 lbs tensile strength 5/8" 3-ply nylon rope for ramp launching
  • Sunbrella covered hull supports Sunbrella trailer tire covers
  • Trailer registration is current
  • Trailer has passed required TX annual safety inspection (2017 law change)
  • Trailer has a free and clear title

    Misc. Items

  • Custom cockpit sheet bags (3)
  • LED navigation lights (red/green bow, white stern, and steaming light) and LED masthead anchor light
  • Ritchie lighted, bulkhead mounted marine compass
  • Garmin depth sounder w/ color LCD display
  • Kenwood AM/FM radio with CD player and USB input
  • Bose speakers
  • Uniden handheld VHF marine/weather radio
  • 2 Type II Personal Flotation Devices (PFD)
  • 2 Stearns Type III Personal Flotation Devices (PFD)
  • 2 Type IV Personal Flotation Devices (PFD)
  • Stearns solar heated deck shower
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Anchor, 3-ply nylon rode and chain

    MsTress is a great pocket cruiser but I am now at the age where it is time for me to move on and let someone else enjoy her.

    Additional photos on request.

    Owners various personal items not included.

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