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Hans Christian 38
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Description: Hans Christian 38
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Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Sat October 19, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Excellent Ocean Passages, Rugged, Forgiving, Stout...
A true classic!
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Review Date: Thu December 12, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Sails wonderfully, superbly built.
Great liveaboard
Excellent layup - no blisters. Incredible joinery.
Water tanks on bilge - nonremovable, occasional cheap plywood used.
I am still pleased with her even after sailing over 30,000 nm. Can't think of a sailboat I'd rather own!.
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Review Date: Thu October 29, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The HC 38T is a superbly built, great sailing, blue water cruiser. The strength of the hull and rig are legendary.

Saling Characteristics:
The HC 38T is no light weight, in fact, she weighs 30,000lbs. However, as a cutter rig she carries a generous amount of sail area. In winds less than 8 knots you'll be using the diesel spinnaker. In winds between 8-15 knots she cruise at about 4.5-5.5 knots. In winds above 15 knots I take in the first reef and she cruises along at 6-8 knots depending on point of sail. Once balanced she track straight and the helm will be surprising light; however, if you overpower in high wind you will experience weather helm. The HC 38 handles heavy wind and seas extremely well. In fact, as the winds and seas pipe up on SF bay our advantage over lighter boats of similar lengths become readily apparant.

Cadillac Ride:
They describe double enders has having a sea kindly notion. The HC 38 proves this point. We are continually impressed by the smooth and powerful ride that we get on "Nest". No bobbing or banging around on this boat!

Cabin:
Hans Christian have some of the most beautiful yacht interiors that I have ever seen. Not only is the cabin light and spacious but the storage is impressive. We have the "T" model which includes an aft cabin. The other arrangement is the MK II. Some prefer this because there is a pullman berth forward; however, we opted for the "T" because the galley has more working space and the Nav station is much larger on the "T". The woodwork is spectacular--we even have marble countertops in the head. There are no less than 10 opening ports, a huge butterfly hatch, and a forward vee hatch. Wonderful.

Cockpit and Deck Configeration:
The cockpit is small and is not conducive to large gatherings. The cockpit is surrounded by a large combing. This does restrict the view; however, in rough conditions it provides a great sense of security. The jib, main, and staysail sheets are very logically placed and very easy to adjust. Working on deck is a pleasure because the 15 inch bullwoks runs her length--this adds to the sense of security. We don't have a lazy jack system so hauling the mainsail is effortless.

Construction, Rigging, and Teak:
The HC 38 is a low tech vessel and she's built like a tank. We replaced a thru-hull last year and the hull was over 1" thick. Closer to the keel the hull reaches 2" thick. The rigging is very straight forward and very heavy. No internal halyards, heavy guage wire, and massive chain plate blocks. There is tons of teak on "Nest", which I love; however, keeping teak looking good can be a great deal of work. We stripped the teak last year and made a decision to go to Armada instead of varnish. It looks good and requires 1/8 of the maintenance of varnish. Varnish looks prettier going on, but Armada looks better a year later!

Summary:
A superbly built, fun to sail, simple little ship. Please contact if you have any questions.







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Review Date: Wed April 23, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Wonderfully balanced sailer! Comfortable, secure, simply rigged, ruggedly built.

On the older models watch for tankage failure and core damage from the beautiful but maintenance-intensive teak decks. The wiring is not always tinned and the metal fittings such as the through-hulls and seacocks need inspection. Hans Christian has their own foundry for the bronze stuff and it is not of the highest quality, at least in the older ones. Not a boat for those who don't love to work on them.

Not an agile boat but even with the beam and displacement you will find that it is, in fact, a fairly fast boat. With good sails and a fresh breeze she will show her heels to some real thoroughbreds, especially as the breeze stiffens. Sail sensitive, mine are average and I have had her to 6kn in an 8 kn breeze, not bad at all.

Style counts for a lot with me and there are few boats out there to match The HC38 in traditional looks. I am always proud to sail her.
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Registered: April 2008
Posts: 40
Review Date: Fri May 23, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $115,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: A strong blue water cruiser
Cons: no built in space for propane tanks, or stern anchor locker

I sailed one solo around the world during a 7 year cruise. Visit my website to learn more.
www.cruisingdreamspress.com

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S/V Mika
California's Channel Islands
Hans Christian Traditional
1978
38 feet
S/V Mika Photos on
http://www.cruisingdreamspress.com
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