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Re: Please Advise on This Hardin 45' cutter ketch
To some extent these are the boats that gave Taiwan its bad reputation. Hardins are supposed to be a little better built than some of the more negligently constructed designs. Still and all, these are antiquated designs that in the big picture offer poor performance, are very expensive to maintain in terms of the age of the boat meaning that much of the gear and rigging is at the end of its useful lifespan, especially for offshore sailing, and everything being sized the excessive weight of the boat, plus boats of this type are really rolly and tend to pitch through wider angles than more up to date offshore cruiser, and so can be extremely uncomfortable for people for whom wide angles of motion are uncomforble.
Sorry, I know this is coming quite late, but for those who will read it is the archives. Read this before deciding: Hardin 45 Review : Bluewaterboats.org