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post #5 of Old 05-21-2009
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Wink Love my 'new' Hardin 45

Yes, we'd love to see a Hardin 45 forum. We've acquired #118 from the original owner. She has some unique features we haven't seen in other Hardins listed for sale. A small workshop between the head and the aft stateroom -- really brilliant. Why doesn't every boat of this size have a workshop? So much better than loading the guest berths up with tools and solvents. An unusual and somewhat challenging hard dodger that we'll be modifying as soon as we can. Re-rigged from ketch to sloop, design by Bob Perry -- apparently to take better advantage of our inconsistent winds here in the Pacific Northwest. Everything about this boat seems well thought out and very comfortable, so far! Prior owners took meticulous care of her & did not stint on $$. Have yet to raise the sails -- we cruised BC's Gulf Islands last September for 2 weeks, relying on the newish John Deere. Next step: learn to sail. Yes, that's right. We don't really know how. Go big or go home, right? We've spent the last 7 years cruising and restoring a 46' 1950 woody powerboat. Time for a change. Hope we can exchange tidbits with other Hardin owners - there's not a lot of information out there.
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