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ianhlnd 01-08-2007 11:14 PM

How about a Hardin 45 Thread
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.

RGM100 02-23-2009 01:24 PM

Hardin 45
Yes the Hardin 45 is a slow but comfortable boat, in a blow at anchor whilst other boats are sailing arround the Hardin is solid as a rock.

Need some advice, has any one removed the engine from a Hardin and if so what is the best way to remove the motor. Thanks. Robert

sailingdog 02-23-2009 04:25 PM

Be aware that Ian is currently somewhere off of the western coast of Mexico or so...and may not reply for some time.

Voyager45 03-27-2009 05:38 AM

How About a Hardin 45

My wife and I own a Hardin 45 in fact Hull #100 which was Bill Hardin's own boat. We live on the West coast of Canada. The interior is custom made not a cookie cutter drop in unit so there is no squeaks. It is all teak made from one tree. You are right they are not fast but what a stable boat. But then if we wanted to go fast we would not have bought a sailboat.

clamballe 05-21-2009 02:18 PM

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.

wookie 06-08-2009 05:19 PM

Hi all
I am now the proud owner of Hull 80 She is hauled out in Rokport Tx, Having a new Yanmar fitted also bow thruster as i am bringing her over to UK next year, we have currents here. Hope to do Carribean in January/Feb.
She is in first class condition one owner from new, Ketch rigged alloy masts
Nice to find a site for Voyagers
Cheers Wookie

regerhan 08-08-2009 03:55 PM

You all belong to an elite group of 160 possible Hardin 45 owner members I soon hope to be a part of. I currently have a beautiful 2001 Catalina 310 which we sail on Lake Erie, but as was stated above, it's a fiberglass cookie cutter production model. Our Future plans call for cruising / voyaging and the Hardin 45 is our sailing vessel of choice. I have been sailing for 30 years and have my masters license. I have seen many Hardins over the last 2 years and have lived and died through you guys from the afternoon with Capt' Jim aboard Kindered Spirit to reading about Aurora's demise in a kelp bed off the coast of San Diego.

Every Hardin owner I have spoken to has been friendly and open. There are to guys in particular who I believe can be a wealth of information, Chris and Capt Jim. Chris is a British shipwright in Venezueala who is presently offering his Hardin 45 Lady Bella for sale. In respect for Chris, I wont give out his email, but I am sure he is easy to contact through Lady Bella. Capt Jim will soon embark on the start of his South American voyage out of Texas. You can follow Jim via

Stay-in-touch, Capt Ron

wookie 08-09-2009 03:47 PM

Kuan YIN Hull80, just had a new Yanmar110hp fitted took out Ford leyman 60 That was one big tractor unit, you can walk round the engine room now. May put a Gen set in. Having a Side Power thruster fitted now, masts down new wind/ lights etc.
Fair winds

wookie 08-10-2009 05:08 AM

Engine replacement
Sorry RGM100 They took the Leyman out after stripping all they could off, They chocked it up and slid it over into the Galley, then lifted out through the hatch above. I kept the Bourg Warner Gearbox as these are the best It was stripped and found to be in good nick, got a adaption plate etc new stainless mounts fitted to hull, new 3" exaust, only concern is the acheivable height for the exhaust riser above sea level as this sits under the aft berth, with such a large exhaust no room for a stop **** so we put a heavy duty flap over the outlet.
hope this helps

souljour2000 08-10-2009 07:10 PM

pics of Hardin 44/45's
Can you guys throw us "clorox-bottle drivers " a bone and post a pic or two of these floating teak trees with keels?


Capt. Clorox

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