2008 Hunter 45 SD Sloop

Posted 03 August 2019 | Sailboats   




This Hunter 45 is a spacious, well equipped, and very sea worthy world cruiser.
She was upgraded in 2016 with many extras including new standing and running rigging. Set up and ready to blue water cruise with bow thruster, new roller main and Jib. The interior design is open and bright with air conditioning and all amenities. She is the ultimate cruising sailboat, comfortable and exhilarating.

It’s a sailboat for the sailing experience sailors look forward to and then remember.


  • Designed by Glen Henderson, Chief of Engineering at Hunter Marine
  • Hull #1 Built by Hunter Marine in St. Augustine Florida
  • Hull L.O.D. 44.82’
  • L.O.A 46’
  • L.W.L 39.2’
  • Beam of 14’ 6”
  • Draft of 5’
  • Bridge clearance of 60’ 8”
  • Internally mounted Spade rudder
  • Fin keel
  • Displacement of 22,986#
  • Iron Ballast of 7389#
  • Side Power Bow Thruster
  • Duel Helms
  • Last Haul 2016


  • Yanmar 54 HP with 2200 hours in Excellent condition
  • 66 Gallons of Fuel
  • Ungraded Alternator

Sail Inventory and Ground Tackle:

  • Standing and running rigging replaced 2016
  • Aluminum Spars
  • Fractional B & R Rig
  • New Furling to mast Main 2016
  • Doyle Roller Furling Jib% 120
  • Light weight Spinnaker with sock
  • Whisker Pole mounted against mast
  • 1 Lewmar #40 Electric winch on cabin top
  • 2 Lewmar #48 Electric Primary winches in Cockpit
  • 2 Lewmar #48 in Cockpit
  • 1 Lewmar #40 on cabin top
  • All lines lead to cockpit thru clutches
  • Delta 55# Anchor Mounted on bow roller
  • 100 Feet chain and 200 rode
  • Electric Windlass

Navigation Equipment:

  • Nav Pods at both helms
  • Two 4” Compass at helms
  • Ray Marine E-129 GPS Plotter in cockpit
  • Ray Marine E-80 at Nav station with repeater to TV in salon
  • Ray Marine Auto Helm
  • Monitor Wind VaneRay Marine 24 mile Radar with Side scanning Interphase sonar
  • ICON IC-M422 VFH at Nav and Helm
  • AIS

Electrical and Electronics:

  • 3-4D Batteries 2015
  • Xantrex Battery charger/Inverter
  • Control monitor for Xantrex Battery charger/Inverter
  • Monitor Panel for 12V and 110V systems
  • Monitor panel for fuel tanks


  • In-house 1600 BTU FCF Air Conditioner in Main salon and forward cabin
  • Headroom of 6+’ throughout
  • Teak and Holly sole
  • Two Full Private Staterooms Total 7 berths
  • Nine opening ports and 2 vents
  • Three hatches with screens
  • Forward cabin with double berth on port side, storage, hanging locker and vanity
  • Large Salon with Ultra Leather U-shaped seating for 10-12 on port
  • Salon Table converts to king sized berth
  • Settee on starboard converts to berth
  • Navigation Station with seating on Starboard
  • Salon ‘Sole’ DC Television Chart Plotter relay
  • Stern stateroom with king berth, 28” Samsung TV, storage and hanging locker
  • Galley with 2 Stainless sinks and new pull-out faucet
  • 140 Gallons fresh water
  • Generous storage areas in galley
  • Gimbaled 3 Burner Propane Stove and oven
  • 20# Propane tank in stern lazarette
  • Counter toaster oven
  • ‘Cafe Combo’ Built-in Microwave with Coffer maker
  • Freezer
  • 2016 Refrigerator
  • 2 Enclosed Heads with fresh water Jabsco Electric toilet, sink and shower
  • 10 Gallon Hot water heater
  • 50 Gallon Holding tank with macerator

Deck and Additional:

  • Custom Sunbrella Dodger and Bimini with side curtains
  • Fold out cockpit table seats +6
  • Aluminum Davits for inflatable
  • 6 KLW Fisher-Panda Generator
  • Washer and Dryer in stern cabin
  • West Marine 10’ Inflatable with 6 HP Yamaha Outboard 2018 with only 15 hours
  • Three Solar Panels 250 Watts each total 750 Watts
  • Mast stepped on deck
  • Two ventilators on deck
  • 2017 ACR Global-fix Pro EPIRB
  • Life Sling on pushpit
  • Triton Lifetime 1 man Ocean Kayak
  • All safety equipment

Vessel availability is subject to prior sale or withdrawal without notice. Specifications given are believed to be correct but are not guaranteed. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


‘The debut of the Hunter 45 DS marked an advance in Hunter Marine’s sailboat design that includes thoughtful choices in performance and comfort.
A careful comparison of its specifications with those of similar monohulls shows that none of its specs are extreme. The boat package, however, according to Glen Henderson, chief of engineering at Hunter Marine,is an attempt to build a “low power” sail-boat for either bluewater voyaging or coastal cruising, even if that cruising is from one end of a marina slip to the other.
The term “low power” is a purposely used one. The sail area, largely determined by the mast height, is modest compared to the standout sailboats in this class. The lowered mast height is to facilitate the experience of coastal cruisers, particularly passage under bridges.

Designers made adjustments in hull form, including keel shape and a “reflexed” shape in the aft half reduce drag. Whether in light air or under auxiliary power, the 45DS is notably responsive in speed and handling in light air or under auxiliary power.
Hunter engineers have spent a great deal of effort making the sailing experience pleasant for the crew, which is often just one or two people. More modest sail sizes are easier to handle for that reason alone.
Lines from the furling jib and main lead aft, on the top of the cabin, to the cockpit.
A stainless arch over the helm is primarily a mounting platform for the mainsail traveler track. Positioning the traveler, its control lines and sheets keep the cockpit clean and movement in it easy. Arch placement further allows mounting the traveler and mainsheet at the end of the boom. That requires less force to operate it (another “low power” qualifying feature).
As an additional advantage, when the sailboat tacks and the wind fills the mainsail, the dilution of force on the arch largely prevented the usual “tack shudder” throughout the boat. The arch also holds a canvas for shading, either a T-top or Bimini.
The cockpit is most notable for its twin helms. The skipper can comfortably see from a seated position on any tack. The need to stand to see over the cabin, and then crouch to see under the head sail is absent.

Hunter designers have put as much effort into finessing the interior as they have on deck. The DS in the name refers to deck salon, a designation that certainly fits the open and bright interior.
The central salon includes a well equipped galley on the port and a nav station on the star- board side just inside the hatch. A dining table and bench that converts to a berth is on the port side in front of the galley. A settee on the starboard side converts to a berth if needed. The woodwork inside is primarily cherry with maple accents.
As John Peterson, director of marketing, noted, “Customers compare a boat’s interior to home, so we’ve taken that into account in our designs.” That includes Corian countertops, recessed lighting, air-conditioning, a combination wall-mounted microwave oven and coffeemaker in the galley. There can be the usual array of home entertainment components scaled to the area of the boat’s interior. The designs are comfortable but don’t completely sacrifice a “yachty” feel.
The sailboat’s interior has handholds, side rails on the countertops and shelves, and locking cabinetry to prevent content spillage in rough seas. The cabin has six-foot-plus head room throughout.
The forward stateroom has a head in the bow “V.” This improves buoyancy but also allows a double berth on the port side and a vanity and locker on the starboard side of the stateroom.
The aft stateroom has a centrally located queen-sized berth with access on both sides. The cockpit well is directly over this berth, so there’s six-foot clearance only around its perimeter.
The 45 DS is a large step forward in a sequence that includes a contemporary design and adoption of improved hardware that Hunter Marine began over a decade ago.
In this case, the 45DS includes a host of desirable design elements from Hunter. These include light, open interiors, selection of rig components and designs to make the sailing effort convenient and physically easy, and boat size that take into account depths of coastal cruising waters and the existence of bridges over most cruising waters.The selection of “technology” for sail-handling, navigation and living amenities is appropriate for the needs and expectations of any reasonable sailor and the family.’

It’s a sailboat for the sailing experience sailors look forward to and then remember.


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