Hunter Liberty and Minstrel Owners Association
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"What a pretty boat, with that nice stern and unusual rig: what is it?"

We agree that the questionaire is right: everything about the boat is both pretty and practical. David Thomas developed the design for Hunter Boats in 1979, capitalising on his memories of the stern of a Royal Naval Montague Whaler and the best aspects of Gary Hoyt's American Freedom concept (hence the "Liberty" name) but anglicised so that conventional mast tracks could be used - and therefore a single sail instead of a wrap round - and the sail also reefed more efficiently as the complications of the wishbone and snotter are avoided.





But we do enjoy not having genoa sheet winches, the easy balancing of the two masted rig, the use of the tightly sheeted mizzen to keep the boat heading into wind while the main is set or the anchor weighed. Enthusiasts set upwind blade staysails or downwind balloon types between the masts, or even forward of the main mast, so it is possible to make life as complicated as you wish

Life below decks is highly civilised because the main mast is so far forward that it does not interfere with the accommodation layout, while the offset main hatch allows a full sized heads compartment (with surprisingly good headroom) immediately to port. So the saloon allows a double or two singles, plus a very long quarter berth running back under the cockpit and a good galley.

The Minstrel and Liberty 23 hulls, keels and rudders are identical. Below decks they are also the same, except that the Minstrel has an essential mast support. This slight inconvenience is countered in some boats by using it as a table support. Likewise, despite the support, owners have found ways to organise an infill cushion, so allowing a double berth

Minstrels are normally faster up wind than Libertys, as they should be since they have single masted rigs and a little more sail area. For the same reasons they are not quite as stiff. Off the wind there is little difference, though Libertys sometimes seem to gain in stronger winds. To our surprise, a goose winged and well laden Liberty has run away from a spartan Bermudan rigged Minstrel with its spinnaker set, so nothing is certain

Altogether 84 Libertys were built: 65 22s and 19 23s (the same hull with more ballast, a slightly bigger rig and bigger, less attractive windows) and then Hunter Boats used the same hull to build 30 of the gaff rigged Minstrel class, which is equally popular; Liberty and Minstrel sailors delight in late evening discussions over the relative merits and speed of their boats.

The Association

Welcome to Hunter Liberty & Ministrel Owners Association

The Association boasts 87 members, so we still have to find about 30 of the boats, to document the whole class. If you happen to know of one, anywhere, we would like to know how we can contact the owner, so that we can try to discover its history, regardless of whether the owner wishes to join us or not.

HLMOA's aim is to provide a forum of discussion and group activity centered around individuals who have a common interest in boats of the type:

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If you would like to join the Association please send an email to:
Please address it to Mick Wells - Secretary & Membership

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For Sale

Daisy - Hunter Liberty 22

   ££5,500 ono. Contact  John Harris-Burland 01243 430771  jhb@mindworks.co.uk

This lovely little boat has been in the family for 25 years, 20 of which she has been around Emsworth, with the last five years ashore. Designed by David Harding, she is easy to sail single handed, very well balanced and great for the children with trips to East Head, all lines led back to the cockpit. She can sleep 3 – 4 on two main berths with infill for three, and a quarter berth aft; separate heads (with portable loo); large cockpit.


Now ready to go back into the water, new Copperbottom antifouling (should last ten years), new keel uphaul; new epoxy varnished wash boards, new anchor locker and cockpit sole in flexiteak. Main and mizzen sails, sail covers, lazy jacks and dodgers all laundered and serviced; rudder, stock and tiller all serviced with new blocks and lines.


Ketch rig, unstayed masts, one foot draft, with bilge keels and centre board. 6Hp Suzuki outboard, low hours and newly serviced.


Daisy was built in 1982 and so is not new but doing very well for her age. She is now looking for a new owner that will use her and look after her. There are only 100 of these unique little pocket cruisers most of which belong to the very active owners association. HMLOA.


Equipment includes, CQR anchor and 30m anchor plat rope, plus kedge anchor and anchor rope; spinnaker (sets from the mizzen); external fuel tank and lines; fish finder; autopilot; various fenders and mooring lines; two ring gas cooker and spare cylinder; Masthead tri colour navigation light; cone and ball navigation marks; ss stanchion and guard wires; galvanised yard trolley and launching posts…


Please only call if you are very interested.

For Sale

Gulliver Liberty 23 For Sale

   ££6900 ono ono. Contact  Brian Firth 01943 830030  bbf931@yahoo.co.uk

This well maintained Hunter Liberty 23 is fully equipped for single handed sailing and is now for sale, together with the original 2 wheeled trailer with spare wheel and launching trolley. Hull no. 1001988 original gelcoat (1988). Afloat on a pontoon in Kirkcudbright, South West Scotland.

1. Full set of sails:- main, mizzen and spinnaker. All lines lead back to cockpit.

2. Masthead tri-colour navigation lights.

3. Interior cushions including double berth infill. Cockpit cushions. All in excellent condition.

4. Fully equipped galley, including original double burner meths stove.

5. Separate heads with Porta Potti. Fan Heater.

6. Barometer. Internal lighting. Shore power with cable. Fan Heater.

7. Nasa DSC radio. Raytheon GPS. Garmin GPS handheld. Handheld radio. Echo sounder Navco tiller pilot.

8. Solar panel. Heavy duty battery (new last year)

9. Tohatsu 5, 2 stroke serviced this year, 2 fuel cans.

10. Anchor with Chain. 2nd anchor with warp. Extensive set of warps, fenders and boat hook.

11. Cockpit cover spray hood. Winter tarpaulin.

12. Inflatable dinghy in quarter berth.

13. Folder in cabin with instruction manuals, equipment notes an photo’s to assist with rigging, launch and recovery

14. Two coats of antifoul this year. Price £6,900.00 (ONO)

Contact David Hannay: 07775 537797 or Brian Firth 07876 684697


Lib or Min wanted

   £ ono. Contact  Bob & Rita Ager 01206 386359  merseabob1@gmail.com

WANTED:  Liberty or Minstrel, any cvondition considered;  rig, engine, or trailer not essential.

Contact:  merseabob1@gmail.com or ring 01206 386359

For Sale

Hunter Liberty 22 Redshank

   £5250.00 ono ono. Contact  Richard Hallewell 01631 740598  hallewell-pubs@btconnect.com

Redshank is a well-kept example of a Liberty 22.  Built in 1982, she is fully equipped with tan sails, recent sail covers, low hours Honda 5hp 4-stroke with morse controls, vhf, depth/log, solar panel, Origio stove.  In 2016 a new sea toliet was fitted, new roof panels installed and all halyards/reefing lines led aft to the cockpit.  Her original mustard yellow gel coat is in great condition and has been regularily polished.  Also included are a tender and 4-wheel road trailer. Currently ashore in Argyll.

For details please contact my sister (Becky Coope) who is part owner.  e-mail hallewell-pubs@btconnect.com or telephone 01631740598.

For Sale

liberty 23 Lydia

   £5,000 ono. Contact  Jeff Carter 01787223768  Gandjcarter@gmail.com

Lydia is a lovely well kept example of a great design. Fully equipped with tan sails, sail covers and cockpit cover. Well finished internal fittings in Mahogany. Good electrics with depth sounder wind repeater and almost new chart plotter. Excellent sails and modern 6HP Mariner outboard regularly and recently seviced. Copper coated bottom so little antifoulung required. Full survey 4 years ago.Ready to sail away and on a wet mooring on the Deben near ipswich. If interested contact Jeff Carter 07807906214

For Sale

For Sale Liberty 22

   £5.500 GBP ono. Contact  John Lover 01749 672330  johnrachellover@aol.com

Supplied by Hunter Boats in 1983 as a kit but not completed until 2000 by a professional boatyard. She had very little use until 2012 when I bought her.  I have modified the galley and chart table and installed 240 volt and 12 volt electrics. 8hp Yamaha 2 stroke electric start motor with remote controls serviced 2019.  Galvanised 2 wheel trailer with launching trolley.  "LILY" is now polished, antifouled and afloat at Kemps Quay Southampton.

For Sale

Toplac Paint, Squall blue.

   ££18.00 each, x3 av ono. Contact  Don Brown 01677 450895  djmbrown94@gmail.com

Bought x3 tins of Squall blue  International paint-- TOPLAC       (UNOPENED)   (Squall Blue, YKA923/750)   in error 3 weeks ago from Gael force.  (cost £22.95 per 750 ml.)     Have now found that 2.5  tins of 750 ml. will easily cover three coats  over the hull ,  I bought x6 tins??  Will organise pick up,  or pack for your courier.

            After filling and sealing and rubbing down x4 times it has done a cracking job-   painted outside in a field at 6 AM x3times ,   with 3/4 days interval.

 please  phone if you want any more details etc


Don Brown

BEDALE , North Yorkshire

For Sale

Tom Thumb dinghy /Tender

   ££120.00 ono. Contact  Don Brown 01677 450895  djmbrown94@gmail.com

Used as a tender when on a swinging mooring.   Glass fibre construction with integral foam flotation.  Hull looks a bit like a dory , only 3m. long.  Usual glass repair  patches on the bow but is dry when left on the mooring for the day .

Good oars and plastic rowlocks, out board pad and central seat .   There is a hole on the moulding near the seat for a mast , but we don,t have any rigg for it.    We could car top it on our Yeti roof.(just)


Contact me if you would like some photos.


Don Brown

Bedale ,  North Yorkshire.


hunter liberty 23

   £ ono. Contact  Georg Warnecke  gwarnecke@gmx.de

…preferably in germany – and / or junk–rigged…