Hunter 456

Summary Information:
  • Year: 2002
  • Length: 45'
  • Located In: GA, United States
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • LOA: 46 ft 0 in
  • Beam: 14 ft 0 in
  • LWL: 39 ft 8 in
  • Maximum Draft: 5 ft 6 in
  • Displacement: 26000 lbs
  • Ballast: 9500 lbs

The Hunter 456 is a moderate displacement design with a modern underbody featuring a bolted-on antimonial lead keel and a spade rudder. Construction was a standard vacuum-bagged infusion, but Hunter added extra strength by laminating a Kevlar reinforcement into the hull from the bow to the keel sump, where collisions are most likely to cause damage. The hull-to-deck joint is an external flange, through-bolted on 8” centers and bonded with 3M 5200 on the seam. An extra bit of epoxy is added at the chainplates. A high-density vinyl rubrail is wrapped 360 degrees around the boat for added protection. That comes in handy when tying up to rough pilings, especially when wind and current are pushing at the boat during docking. It’s a large, comfortable boat that’s easily managed by two and has all the creature comforts of home.

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Layouts and Accommodations: A basic two-cabin, two-head plan is accented with lots of well-thought-out details and the 14’ beam helps to create a large, very homey interior that’s welcoming—even to those not used to sailboats. From the cockpit, an easily-maneuvered curved stairway (it’s too significant to be called a companionway) leads down to the airy salon. The U-shaped settee to starboard and straight settee to port have overstuffed cushions and bookend a large dining table. There’s also an additional double seat mid-ships, so up to 10 can easily gather in this well-lit and comfortable salon. A shallow step down leads to a nicely finished galley to port, with acres of countertop space finished in Corian and fiddles to keep lunch from flying. The dual-opening refrigerator and freezer are immense, as are the many cupboards that make an easy job of stowing lots of provisions. Across from the galley is a navigation station with plenty of desk space for paper charts as well as room to install electronics. The nav seat tucks up against the head compartment, which houses a vacuum-flush head and sink. To port, and accessible via the aft cabin, is the shallow tub and a stand-up shower. The master stateroom is expansive and includes a standard-sized queen berth with an innerspring mattress that takes off-the-shelf size linens. This island berth is offset to port, which leaves room for a seating area and a desk to starboard. Stowage here, as throughout the rest of the boat, is ample. There is also a guest cabin with a Pullman double berth and a forepeak head/shower combo. The Hunter’s interior appeal could be the ample lighting, the good ventilation created by many ports and hatches, or the glow of the spray-lacquered teak furniture, which creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. It could also be the 6’ 6” headroom that gives it a spacious feeling. Boarding from the dock or the dinghy is easy due to the low, wide swim-step and gradual steps up to deck level. Enormous transom hatches to port and starboard stow everything from lines, to fenders, to the AC cord, as well as creating nice seats for putting on snorkeling gear or chatting with those in the water. Up top, the aft deck is expansive and with the removable cushion, makes a nice sunpad. The stainless-steel arch that Hunters are known for comes in handy for a variety of things beyond providing an attachment point for the traveler and allowing for end-boom sheeting. It also makes a great handhold that nearly spans the beam of the boat, and it holds a Bimini. The cockpit coaming is fairly low, which makes it easy to enter and exit the cockpit, and the pedestal has room for the installation of electronics. The instruments are forward along the offset companionway hatch, along with a halyard winch to starboard. The decks are wide and clear and easy to negotiate all the way forward, where an opening anchor locker houses the windlass and lets the chain drop down quickly and easily without much worry about it piling up. The bow-roller protrudes quite a distance beyond the stem and pushes the anchor well away from both the roller furling and the bow.
Hull and Deck:
  • Full cockpit enclosure
  • Davits
Engine-1-description item:
  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 4JH3TE
  • Fresh Water Tanks: (200 Gallons)
  • Fuel Tanks: (100 Gallons)
Engine and Mechanical Equipment:
  • Dual, switchable Racor fuel filters with remote pressure gauge.
  • 76hp Yanmar Diesel main engine – 1500hours
  • 2014 - Outboard engine lift added
  • 2017 - Yanmar starter replacement
  • 2017 -Bow thruster motor replacement
  • Spares for main engine and generator
  • Kohler 8kw generator – 410 hours
  • Two air conditioning units with vents to all cabins.
  • Link 2000 Xantrax battery monitor
  • 2015 - 10 Solbian and Solara Solar Panels @ 740 watts and 5 MPPT controllers w/
  • ..watt wizard monitor added
  • 2014 - Replaced house batteries 2 @ 183AH-4D AGM and extra port
  • 2015 - Additional AGM 183 A.H. House battery
  • Dedicated engine starting battery GP27
  • LED lights below deck for efficiency
  • 2011 - Aft heat pump replaced
  • 2012 - Bow saltwater washdown added
  • 2013 - Hot water heater and tank replaced
  • 2013 - EPIRB Recertification and battery replaced
  • 2014 - New electronics Garmin 1040xs
  • 2014 - New Garmin GMR 18HD and Garmin 600 AIS
  • 2014 - Winslow life raft recertified
  • 2015 - Sony stereo replacement
  • 2015 - added Dual Racor
  • 2015 - hatch glazing replaced
  • 2015 - added remote control for windlass and bow thruster
  • 2015 - 10 Solbian and Solara Solar Panels @ 740 watts
  • and 5 MPPT controllers with watt wizard monitor added
  • 2015 - Specta Ventura 200T watermaker added
  • 2015 - West Marine RIB 310 hypalon inflatable added
  • 2017 - Inverter/charger replacement
  • Well-equipped ditch bag with handheld gps, EPIRB, laser flare
  • Magma BBQ plumbed in to ships lpg supply (no need to carry small refills)
  • Manual head forward
  • Vacuflush head aft
  • Icom 402 vhf
  • ATN mast climber
  • 12 volt fans in all cabins
  • Lewmar windlass