OK, before I get beat up, I know Hardin's aren't sexy, they aren't fast, they can't manuever in close quarters, and there was only about 160 44 &45's made, but Hardin built a lot of plans out of Taiwan, including sea wolf, Vagabonds, and I think some of the Taiwan Petersons etc; the 44, 45, and anything else that he could contract to build, there's probably 1000's of Hardin built boats out there. So my question to why isn't there something under BUILDER'S ROW for all us guys that own Hardin built boats where we can share info and what little documentation what little we have on the history and experiences on this boat?
Anyone can go to a commercial builder's site for any of the clorex bottle boats, but how about us guys that have some craftsmanship and tradition built into the boats? Nothing -Nada - zip - zilch.
So....HUH? are we owners being slighted by fast, sexy and plastic? From the commercial point of view, we're old, and we spend a hella ofa lot of money on our boats to keep up the electronics, sails, rigging, lot's of varnish, and all kinds of other stuff.
So the question is, why is this venerable old boat being slighted on the largest sail boat info network in the world?
feeling slighted on the Pacific coast.
sorry to get into this late-- but your original post gives me a loud buzzer noise in my ears. hardin , ct, formosa, force- hudson--all these clipper ships are THE ultimate in current day sexiness in sailing. is awesome the way they look charging thru the seas. they are not racers by any sense of the word-- but they are most exceptionally comfortable cruisers, and as the design is Garden, able to be repaired in some kind of fashion. the more i see his design up close and personal, the more i appreciate my ability to gain access to everything i need to repair.
i think the modern euro lines sailboats have developed are not sexy nor cool nor pretty, sorry, guys--i AM an old timer. i LOVE these clippers-- they ARE awesome killer sexy.
if you do not agree---take a female of your choice, meal of your choice, maybe some wine, light some lovely warm looking oil lamps and see how sexy these boats realllly are.
and WE have the LEAKY TEAKY YACHT CLUB, a group on yahoo and a facebook chat group.