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I love the look and feel of teak decks and lots of brightwork. But as top boat slave I'm glad my old ketch has glass on ply decks and no exterior brightwork.
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I love the Hardins. Some friends from my dock had a 44 (45?) and it was a beauty! The VERY skilled owner re-did everything on the boat and they are currently enroute to Turkey where they plan to live aboard (wife's family is there). They publish an email/blog for their friends, as of last week they were in Panama. Everything's going great so far.

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Hello,
I just purchased a Hardin 45 Ketch. The masts need to be replaced. I can't find any information on the dimensions of the masts and booms. I'm replacing the old wood masts with aluminum. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Please Advise on This Hardin 45' cutter ketch

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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.

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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
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Re: Please Advise on This Hardin 45' cutter ketch

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I just purchased a Hardin 45 Ketch. The masts need to be replaced. I can't find any information on the dimensions of the masts and booms. I'm replacing the old wood masts with aluminum. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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HARDIN 45 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com

P is your mainsail height. If you click on the word "key" you will find an explaination for the letters - like P. Good luck.
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Re: Please Advise on This Hardin 45' cutter ketch

hardin 45 is a good boat--- if you are seeking that kind of solid, heavy cruiser. they wont point, so dont ask it to. the boat WILL perform as it was designed to perform. have fun and smooth sailing.
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Re: Please Advise on This Hardin 45' cutter ketch

Can't give any personal experience, but you might read this book about a family that cruised a Hardin 45 for 13 months from Canada to Mexico including a month at sea and a hurricane. At the end he goes into detail about his selection of the Hardin as the ideal boat for offshore cruising.

Amazon.com: Voyage of the Maiatla with the Naked Canadian (9781412027946): Andrew W. Gunson: Books Amazon.com: Voyage of the Maiatla with the Naked Canadian (9781412027946): Andrew W. Gunson: Books



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Re: Please Advise on This Hardin 45' cutter ketch

There is a Hardin 44 Voyager on eBay right now that I had a visual survey done on. WOW, sad to see such a wonderful boat left to the elements.
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There is a Hardin 44 Voyager on eBay right now that I had a visual survey done on. WOW, sad to see such a wonderful boat left to the elements.

I heard that one finally found a home - brave soul. Hope his resto is coming along well.
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