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Hans Christian questions

Hello SailNet! My husband and I have recently caught the sailing bug (may we never recover) and, having done our homework, have fairly well settled on Hans Christian. Our boat purchase is still fairly distant, but I have some questions. Let's say the budget isn't the largest consideration at this point because there is lots of room in the planning phase yet. So, for the questions: 1.) When did the Telstar design come out and which of the two shipyards did it come out of?
2.) I have heard that one of the two shipyards (Taiwan and Thailand I assume?) is good versus the other but I don't know which or whether this is a myth as far as the desirability of the HC
3.) Are there any other yachts that offer similar quality and the old world style of the HC?
That's pretty much it for now...I am so very much enjoying the wealth of information on this site. Thanks in advance.. DJ
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I will first compliment you on your good taste...the HC's as a group are beautiful, well built boats. I would think your questions could best be answered by the HC owners group...have you discovered them at:
http://hanschristian.org/index.shtml

In terms of other boats with an old world look and solid construction...I would say the Baba's, Tashiba's,Southern Cross's , Westsails, some Tayanas probably come closest to that look. If you like a clipper bow then the CaboRicos, Bayfields, Gozzards and Vagabonds might appeal to your sense of tradition.

I enjoy looking at the traditional HC's but I wouldn't want to have to deal with all that woodwork! It is probably heresy but the non-traditional HC52 Ocean Navigator is in my opinion the best thought out ocean cruising boat ever brought to market. Too rich for my blood but a great boat!!

Good luck with your search.
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"I am so very much enjoying the wealth of information on this site"

Are you sure you are talking about THIS site????

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Yup---granted I am a total neophyte! Everyone is very forthcoming with the info...I should add to the question about other yachts comparable to the HC that we are only interested in yachts that are still in production..thx
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Then you are down to...Tayana37 & 42...CaboRico's, Gozzards and perhaps the pacific seacraft line and valiants...all depends on how you define traditional!
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Thank you, camaraderie, for your info Mostly what we love about the HC, other than the fact that they are double enders is the lush details inside--not much for modern decor as far as homes or boats go, so I guess that's what I mean mostly. Clear as mud soup, right? Thanks again for your help, anything that narrows down the search is priceless.
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I second the recommenation to check out the HC owner's site, lots of good info.

I'm now on my second HC33. The first took a helluva beating from Katrina and last I heard it was for sale in Oz (don't ask me how it got there). So now I've owned one made in both yards. Hull numbers 53 and 147 and can tell you that the first one (made in Taiwan) showed better craftsmanship. If you have any more specific questions, ask away or visit the owner's site.

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Lots of info on the HC owners' site.

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I have had a chance to take a peek at the HC owners site now, and there is certainly a ton of info there too...wow. I was fortunately on the "Sleeping with Oars" site before we fell in love with the HC's--he was very honest about the massive undertaking of maintaining the boat, but anything that is a labor of love is worth doing... Lucky for me, the hubby is very handy and lucky for him I am willing to learn how to do anything...

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How was the teak fastened to the deck on these fine boats? Any problems experienced or known about with water making its way through the fastenings into the deck laminates?

Today I looked at a very nice HC 34 1976 vintage...hmmm very pretty
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