The Classic Hans Christian 38 MK II a sail around the world boat!
New lower price September 2019
“Inspiration at Sea” is well equipped for all your needs for extended offshore cruising and living aboard. The Seller lived aboard for 10 years, from British Columbia to Mexico, El Salvador, on to Galapagos, the South Pacific. Traveling to French Polynesia, Hawaii, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Tuvalu and finally the Marshall Islands. Returning after almost to the Date 10 years later. A 45 day passage from the Marshall Islands back to BC. She is a 38 MKII double ender, cutter rig built in Taiwan. Interior teak, hand built with strong bulkheads, heavy Iron glassed keel draws 6’2” Equipped with Hydro-vane steering, Wind generator, solar panels, and watermaker. Storm Trisail for the main and Storm Stay Sail all made by Hasse Sails in Port Townsend.
She is well equipped for offshore conditions do not wait on this one.
Note from the seller
I regretfully must sell after 16 years, to someone I hope is passionate about these amazing Salty Sailboats. She is a double-ender and her heavy displacement makes for a comfortable passage. The bowsprit is one of my favorite places to be to enjoy dolphins, pilot whales and more. No matter where I traveled, I received many compliments on how awesome she looks. With a real comfortable secure galley, 3 burner stove with oven and broiler. Bright open salon with a table that has a pullout for extra seating. Large spacious aft berth with closet. Cockpit with large comfortable seating, new canvas. Bright work in excellent condition, new cushions in I have added many custom features such as extending the solid Stainless Steel cockpit frame to the companion way, making moving forward with the high bulwarks safer. The Bimini also solid Stainless. Both port and starboard spare fuel tank supports are made of solid Stainless Steele frames, three tanks per side. Boarding ladder custom solid Stainless made for ease of getting aboard with snorkeling gear. Two S/S frames on stern hold BBQ and spare LPG tanks. She is sound and with minimal expense ready to take you where the sea meets the sky!
1995 Yanmar 3JH2 Turbo 56 HP 5600 Hours, all routine maintenance performed.
2012 Hitachi Transmission, new prop shaft and engine mounts 2012
Dual Racor Filters with easy to change underway
Fuel pump for ease of changing filters
New engine thru hauls
Teak Deck on cabin top was replaced and glued down
Cabin topside just painted
Bottom painted 2018
8" Prop RH 3 Blade with 1 1/4" Shaft
3 Odyssey 220 Amp Hr Gel AGM Batteries, Deep cycle start battery new in 2015
Sun Force Wind Generator with monitor and shutoff control
Two 125 watt Mitsubishi Solar Panels
1000 W Eliminator Inverter NEW 2017
2 Double Berths 1 cabin 1 head configuration
3 burner propane stove
Two 20 lb. Propane tanks for galley in forward deck box
Sea Frost / Mexicool fridge and icebox
6 gallon water heater
Jackson portable BBQ with 20 lb propane tank in custom frame on stern rail
Cabin Diesel heater not used in 10 years will need servicing
Winslow 6 person life raft, needs repacking
Lofrans Tigress Windlass 2005
Ground Tackle: 40 lbs. CQR Anchor with new 300' 3/8 BBB Chain
Danforth 35 lbs with 100' 3/8 BBB chain and 200' rode as backup anchor
Eprip: Satelite 406 good till 2022, would need to transfer
SSB Icom M710 radio, Standard Horizon VHF 2005
Matrix AIS VHF 2012
Raymarine C80 GPS Chart plotter at NAV 2005
Raymarine C90 GPS Chart plotter at helm - connected to AIS and
Raymarine 24 mile radar 2012
Tac Tic Wind Speed Depth 2008
Raymarine Autopilot factory rebuilt 2012
Standing Rigging and Spar 2007
Mainsail Rolly Taskar Offshore 2012
Genoa 130% on furler 2007 and a hanked on Staysail
Storm Trysail and Asymmetrical Drifter by Hasse Sails P.T. 2005
Hans Christian 38 Traditional Author: W. L.
Updated: 9 Dec, 2012
Built like a tank and laden with teak, the Hans Christian 38 Traditional (sometimes known as the 38T) is a heavy displacement double-ender that oozes the classic feel of a bygone age. Like many American cruisers from 1970/80s it traces its origins back to the work of Colin Archer, who in turn inspired William Aitkin with Thistle and Eric from which rose Crealock’s famous Westsail 32, the boat that not only “launched a thousand dreams” but a boatbuilding boom eager to quench the demand for the salty Scandinavian double-ended styling.
The timing was perfect for Hans Christian Yachts which was founded in Long Beach, California by John Edwards, a school teacher described as a dreamer and an eccentric. He was one of the very first of a wave of American entrepreneurs to utilize the cheap yet skillful boatbuilding industry in Taiwan. Interestingly he was the first to approach the now famous Bob Perry to design a production yacht, the CT54. It led onto the Hans Christian 34 Traditional which set the design direction for the Hans Christian line for over two decades. However the company’s ties to Perry did not last and by 1974 Hans Christian Yachts was using Harwood Ives. The 38T introduced in 1976, became the third Hans Christian boat from Ives.
Like other siblings of that era (the 43, 36 and 33) the 38T is beautiful visually and incredibly seaworthy with many circumnavigations under her belt. They have many fans, owners love their liveaboard comfort and “cadillac ride”, yet pundits will be quick to point out their mediocre “heavy displacement” boat speed.
Above the waterline, the styling is classic Hans Christian; a long bowsprit, a springy sheerline, and rounded canoe stern with large dollops of teak all over. Below the waterline you’ll find a hull with very rounded sections, a full keel with a forefoot cutaway and a big “barn door” rudder.
As you can imagine, they are solid boats overbuilt to cruise in safety and comfort. Practical Sailor Magazine in their 1999 review recalled one US Coastguard who made a mid-winter passage from Annapolis while the boat was ice-bound.
“He described using a standard ice-breaking technique of moving ahead, riding up on the ice and letting the weight of the boat crush through a path. During a haulout he discovered the only damage to be a small worn area of bottom paint“
Underway at over 30,000 lbs in typical cruising trim, she’s definitely no lightweight, and light air performance suffers despite carrying a generous amount of sail area. Ignoring the later variations on the boat, the standard 38T doesn’t point very high, owners comment around 40 degrees of apparent wind is about the best. With 10-15 knots she can make around 6 knots to weather and about 7 knots off the wind. The first reef is usually taken in in around 15-18 knots and as the winds pick up there is a tendency for weather helm. Of course in heavy airs and seas, the Hans Christian 38T comes into her own, she’s both seakindly and dry with no bobbing or banging around in the rough stuff.
The variations on the 38T are as mysterious as the sea itself. We shall venture into these realms with the help of Craig Beckwith, once VP of Sales for Hans Christian, he oversaw production in Taiwan. Still devoted to these boats to this present day he holds the entire encyclopedia of Hans Christian in his head.
The original 38T was optioned as a cutter or ketch, the cutter proved by far the most popular. Interior layouts came in two flavors, a pullman berth or a v-berth in the forepeak. Not long after the boat’s introduction a “MkII Interior” was offered, where the pullman berth moved further aft and the head relocated to the forepeak. On these boats the main bulkhead was moved aft to make more room for the pullman berth.
Around 1977, the 38T inspired an all new boat, somewhat confusingly named the Hans Christian 38 MkII. This sibling, also designed by Ives, had flatter bottom sections with beam carried further forward and aft, a taller rig with more sail and an interior layout similar to the 38T “MkII Interior”, except the galley sink was placed on an island bench. You can quickly identify these by looking for a truncated teak coaming at the very stern of the boat (unique to only the MkII and the Hans Christian 33 Traditional). Hauling out, you’ll also see the placement of the rudder is further aft. The taller “MkII rig” from this boat was offered as an option on the 38T, but really the rig was overpowered for the 38T, that is until the next chapter, when the Telstar Keel was introduced.
In 1984 one of the two 38T production molds went in for surgery in search for better performance. The keel’s leading edge was moved aft, a large bite was taken from the trailing edge, and was complemented with a redesigned skeg-mounted rudder. The revised boat was dubbed the “Telstar” Hans Christian 38 Traditional. Beckwith tells us, the Telstar Keel was a considerable improvement, it pointed higher and particularly improved light wind performance.
“Design input came from Scott Sprague, but really the area to cut the keel was figured by John Edwards, the founder of Hans Christian. There was a bit of trembling when the first sea trial was conducted in Taiwan. Nobody really knew what to expect. But lo and behold, the boat sailed like a dream. The helm was light as a feather when compared to the older 38 Traditional which really sailed more on her head sails. We also increased the lead of the mast by moving the spar 12 inches forward, thus reducing the weather helm vastly.” – Craig Beckwith
The Telstar 38T came with the taller “MkII rig” as standard equipment. However the “MkII interior” was no longer an option for the Telstar 38T as the new position of the compression post (12 inches further forward) obstructed the would-be berth entrance. This was also true of the handful of 38T boats optioned with this “MkII rig”.
In all Beckwith estimates 167 Hans Christian 38 Traditionals were built, this includes 30 Telstars, in a production run that outnumbered Hans Christian 38 MkII (87 built). Both boats ceased production at the same time around 1989 when a recession and a luxury tax hit the boat industry with both barrels. By then the builder, Shin Fa Industries, was on the way out of business and Hans Christian Yachts was in the process of migrating their operations to Thailand. The last boat built was a Telstar 38T sold by Beckwith in the San Diego boat show in 1989 and the molds were destroyed shortly thereafter.
LOA: 37′ 11″
LWL: 33′ 0″
Beam: 12′ 4″
Draft: 6′ 0″
Displacement: 26,500 lbs.
Ballast: 9,800 lbs.
Sail Area: 887 sq. ft.
Fuel: 100 US. Gal.
Water: 100 US. Gal.
Designer: Harwood Ives
Builder: Shin Fa Industries, Taiwan
Year Introduced: 1976
Year Ended: 1989
Total Built: 167 (including 30 Telstar Keel versions)
2442 Westlake Ave North
Seattle, WA 98109