Owned a new 1999 Hurricane 23' REF that was not a good experience, overall. It was a good boat for family outings, but the problems with the FICHT engine technology cost me $$$ to solve. It was in the shop several times due to electrical module failure.
The freeboard on the Hurricane was very small. It was not at all suited to rough water, and even though I operated it in fresh water lakes, any wave over 2 ft. would typically wash over the bow. I had bow waves from approaching 25' cruisers do that more than once. I often likened it to the civil war ironclad The Monitor because it was so long and rode so low in the water.
That was eventually the undoing of my Hurricane, because it sank at night (with me on it) in a 50 mph gale when numerous waves washed over the bow and the bilge pump failed. That was also in fresh water and the boat was eventually salvaged by my insurer and sold. Last I heard, the buyer was very happy with his purchase. Good for him!
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