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Old 10-05-2015, 06:52   #1
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Hans Christian 43 Christina

I was wondering if I might be able to solicit some info and opinions on the HC 43 Christina.

I've been doing a little research online but haven't found too much.

Can anyone point me in the right direction? Does anybody know the difference with the "Christina" model?

Any owners out there?

Our beloved Tartan 34c is getting a little cramped for our family of 5
We're trying to figure out what our happy medium is as far as comfort/performance/price

We want to do some longer more extended cruising as a family.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Hans Christian 43 Christina

I am no expert on those, but I have had an interest in the Hans Christian boats since I first saw them in the 80s. I like traditional styled boats and I like a "salty" looking boat too. So, take my comments below with a splash of salt water.

Quick and Simple answer: The Christina design is a more 'modern' looking boat (contemporary production looking boat for 1980s) rather than the "traditional" (salty, similar to a Colin Archer) styled boat that made the HC name so famous.

My take on it is that the HC builders made their name with the traditional boats (which were also appealing to the many (the boat buying market in the USA) who saw the Westsail 32 and 43 boats from the mid 1970s) and they needed another boat to offer the market for those buyers who did not like the "old style" detailing on the decks and hull of the traditional styled boats.

Another opinion: When I see a Traditional Styled HC 43 looking Bristol or "salty and weathered" at a dock or anchorage, I think "VERY nice!" Because it has a distinctive design/look and styling that seems "salty and ready to go across oceans." That distinctive styling looks "sweet" and it just seems "timeless." I like it, and find it very appealing.

But, if I am told there is a HC Christina among other boats in a marina, I ask "Which one is it?" (Because looks like many other boats.)

Hope that helps.
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