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Re: Hans Christian cutter
I have always like the look of the HC boats and tried to buy one once (but someone else got a bid in before me the same day).
As for the bulwarks, I have said to myself that I'll never buy a boat without them. They make a boat vastly safer -- you can't slide off when heeled over in a heavy sea. The boats with nothing but flimsy lifelines to keep you aboard scare me.
As for teak, I think your husband is right -- it'll be work. That goes for any teak at all. But if cared for regularly, it's not a big deal. It can even be enjoyable to take care of it if you are someplace with agreeable weather. Let it go too long, however, and the work expands dramatically.
As for the sink, it may be that the bottom of the sink is right at the waterline, so that it does not drain fully unless the boat is heeled the right way (and will have a fair bit of water remaining in it if heeled the other way). If that's the case, a solution is to install a drain pump to suck the sink dry (just flip a switch each time). If you can send the water out via a thru-hull above the waterline, this approach is much safer, too, because there's no seacock below the water left open all the time.
I agree with the earlier comments about the Pacific Seacraft boats -- many of their models are a kind of cross between the two types of boats you are looking at. You get the strength of the HC (including super-strong bulwarks) with the speed and hull shape similar to the Tartan. But they don't come cheap, for good reason (cheap boats are cheap for a reason).
Last edited by Jeff_H; 04-13-2016 at 09:34 AM.