I think that Mari-D's post is worth reading several times.
09-14-2014 06:47 PM
Re: Hans Christian "Christina" line of boats
When thinking about one of these boats (RUN) and never look back.
I was there. Once I get settled down I will post what I know and what I went through trying to buy one of these boats. Before this boat even touched water it was documented as unseaworthy from some of the best marine surveyors in the SF Bay Total cost of making a (NEW) Christina 43 seaworthy $80,000
Thanks to John Edwards
11-11-2007 04:23 PM
What happened to the Christina you where looking in to. Please let me know what you found out about the boat, as I also might be interested (if you're not) but I live in Greece. Have you visited the boat?
Thank you very much.
11-05-2006 07:57 PM
Well...I'd be more concerned about the bottom rather than the awlgrip. Sometimes stripping, sanding an painting can be a way to cover up blisters. A good surveyor will put a moisture meter on it and do some tapping to see if there is anything to worry about. Awlgrip can cover up some hull damage as well...but if there were glass repairs and done correctly, there really shouldn't be any long term concerns above the water line. Just be sure to take a good look at as much of the inside of the hull as you can. Lots of people just use awlgrip to renew an old/oxidized gel coat or prior paint job or cause they like blue boats better than white . Is it located in a hurricane zone? Is the owner the original owner? What dos the engine room look like? Is the price low vs. other Christina's? All clues about the care the boat has received and if there might be hidden problems or something might have happened to her.
All that aside...if she feels right to you...just get a good independent surveyor and be there yourself for the survey. Good luck!
11-05-2006 06:14 PM
Thank you camaraderie for you response!
The particular boat that we are looking at is a 1992, but the owner has had the bottom stripped, sanded and faired in 2001, he also applied blue awlgrip. Now the awlgrip isn't a problem, but the fact that the hull has had so much work done to it makes us a little uneasy on that year of a boat. I am more worried about the fact that the hull might not have been professionaly done and that it's more like a "quick fix" to sell the boat and 2 years down the road the problem comes back with the awlgrip covering any problems that may come up along the way.
11-05-2006 04:54 PM
They still look pretty traditional and still require a lot of varnish! But...they are truly beautiful, seaworthy boats. HC has gone through lots of changes in production and reliability over the years so older boats need to be well surveyed to insure that shortcuts weren't taken. The equipment and woodwork is always first class. The 6'6" draft is what turned us off to one some years ago as it was too deep...but they are one of those boats that all the dock walkers ooh and ahh about.
11-05-2006 03:19 PM
Hans Christian "Christina" line of boats
hi everyone, I would like to know more about the "Christina" line of boats made by hans christian. I have tried to find info on them but so far nothing has come up, it doesn't seem that there are many of these boats out there. Has anyone had any experience with these yachts? right of the bat it seems that they were aiming for a more modern style of boat with better speed, compared to the normal "traditional" look that the hans christians are know for. If anyone has any info on these or have heard good/bad things please let me know