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Old 27-11-2007, 23:33   #1
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hi. I'm on P.S.T so I assume everyone is sleeping. I'm a new member and get quite a laugh from some of the threads. Bought my 1st boat Tayana 37 brand new in 1986-only woman living alone in Toronto Harbour!! Got sidetracked--marriage, pregnancy and had to sell boat at a huge loss when husband lost job...still hurts. My son is almost done high school and taking after his Mom, should be off to University shortly. I'm now looking for another boat....maybe a Hans Christian. Anyone got any thoughts on these boats and their maintenance? Thanks for your time.
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Old 28-11-2007, 00:01   #2
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Hi Lorianne! No ideas on the Hans Christian but as a global group there is always someone awake around here!

I am GMT +8 that makes it about 3 in the afternoon here! Also there are plenty of Aussies & Kiwis a couple of hours ahead of me - evening for them. And just about now the med folks and the Europeans are waking up.

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Old 28-11-2007, 00:04   #3
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Don't know much about the HC's other then they are nice looking but do want to welcome you aboard. And I'm sure you'll get plenty of responces........................._/)
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Old 28-11-2007, 00:33   #4
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Aloha Lorianne...Hawaii time here...still up and e-cruising. I was born in Hamilton and there for 24 years, then California and now Hawaii. My child is also grown and off into life. My turn now. The only negative I have heard about HC's is water intrusion on the earlier models. I can tell you however and you are probably aware, there is lots of teak on the outside to maintain. I have an Ingrid 38. Double ender like the HC's, of which I will be sailing home here to Hawaii in July.
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Old 28-11-2007, 05:23   #5
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Welcome aboard. Know nothing about the HC., but I'm sure you will get someone that has one to respond. Good luck.
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Hi and Welcome! I'm on GMT and reckon that if you owned and loved a Tayana 37, you'd love a Hans Christian or Lord Nelson. The smaller ones tend to be a bit older, and if you're looking for something smaller than 37, have a look at a Tradewind 33. Best of luck in the search!!
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Originally Posted by Lorianne Davies View Post
I'm now looking for another boat....maybe a Hans Christian. Anyone got any thoughts on these boats and their maintenance.
Welcome to Cruisers Forum, Lorianne. Glad you're here.

I'm sure you'll be getting a response at some point from rebel heart, one of the members here, who lives with his wife aboard a Hans Christian 33. Here's a link to his blog: Rebel Heart - The boat and her crew - The Saga of the Rebel Heart

Another site I think you would find a good read is Atom Voyages | Voyaging Around the World on the Sailboat Atom with James and Mei which is the website of James Baldwin. From his bio there, I quote the following:

"Who is James Baldwin?

"I'm originally from Mt. Clemens, Michigan, where in 1979, at the age of twenty, I purchased Atom, a 28-foot 1963 Pearson Triton for the then fantastic sum of $12,000. In 1984-86 I completed my long held dream of a solo circumnavigation. Since then I've cruised and worked as boatbuilder, writer, delivery skipper and a dozen other jobs around the world.

"In 1987 I sailed Atom alone (this time without engine or electrics) from Florida to Hong Kong. There I joined the Marco Polo Voyage, sailing as navigator on a three-masted 75-foot junk between Hong Kong, Macau and along the coast of China. This project won the Rolex Award for Enterprise. For the next seven years I sailed extensively in Southeast Asia, writing about my adventures among the islands and people for various sailing magazines. During this time I also worked two years for Hans Christian Yachts, first as production inspector in Taiwan and then as production manager at their new yard in Thailand."

As you can see, he has practical, hands-on experience with the whole range of Hans Christian yachts.

Best of luck to you in your search for your next vessel. And again, welcome aboard.

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Old 28-11-2007, 17:18   #8
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Just wanted to say thank you to all that have responded. Hopefully, the CDN will remain at par and I will survive the shock of importing a boat to Canada....or maybe just move to the boat!..the shortage of registered nurses is worlwide! Enquired about a boat in HC 38 and am waiting for photos..might go out to the boat show in Jan . Will keep in touch.
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I don't know anything about HCs either, except for their excellent reputation. However, we saw several Tayana 37s in the Caribbean a few years ago. Definitely capable cruising boats, but for our lifestyle they have insufficient liveaboard room for extended cruising for a married couple. But, we spent a day on a center cockpit Tayana 42 that we thought was ideal - it was definitely gorgeous. If you are familiar with and liked Tayana, why switch?

Don't think you have to worry too much about the Canadian dollar - it doesn't look like the US government has any intension of supporting the USD any time soon.
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Old 28-11-2007, 18:34   #10
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Aloha Lorianne,
Welcome aboard!! I've only been aboard one HC (a 32 or 33). It really looked like great quality. I had a friend sail back from Saipan on a 40 something HC and he liked it's quality too. That's a very long to weather slog. He said he had only one item pull out on the trip because it was used as a cleat instead of a chock.
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Loraine, Hello! I'm also new to this forum. I noticed you wrote:
"the shortage of registered nurses is worlwide". I'm a RN so that caught my eye. Are you contemplating working as you travel?

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anne, please give me your email as I cannot speak to you personally over the forum. Thanks
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Old 10-12-2007, 08:52   #13
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Hi Anne

We cruised and lived aboard our Lord Nelson 35 in the Gulf, Western Caribbean, and here in the PNW. We originally wanted a Tayana, but fell into 42 while making other plans. She's relatively close winded for this breed and very comfortable offshore or in Straits of Georgia lumps. The Lord Nelsons do not have cored decks and the teak work surfaces on the coachroof are bedded on fiberglass plates, so the inevitable leaks do not have structural consequences. Let me know if I can supply additional info. BTW, Tommy Chen the builder of the Lord Nelsons is living in Sidney.


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