The H-Boat is a one-design keelboat designed by Finn Hans Groop in 1967, with some minor modifications by Paul Elvstrøm in 1971. The boat gained international status in 1977. Since 1967 over 5000 hulls have been made, making it one of the most popular yacht classes in the world.
"Humdinger" is a particularly good example, purchased from Germany by the present owner in 2015 and professionally surveyed at the time. Sails are recent and she has some impressive race results!
1995. GRP construction with white topsides and superstructure. Aft cockpit with tiller steering. Skeg hung rudder. Fractional bermudan sloop rig.
Designed by Hans Group and built by Botnia Marin. Hull No 4183.
Length Overall: 27’2” 8.28 metres
Length Waterline: 20’8” 6.3 metres
Beam: 7’2” 2.18 metres
Draft: 4’3’’ 1.3 metres
Displacement: 3,196 lb 1,450 kg
Ballast: 1,594 lb 723 kg
Slab reefing mainsail (One Sails - 2018)
Jib below deck roller reefing system
Furling No 1 Jib (One Sails 2017)
Spinnaker (One Sails 2016).
Older mainsail, jib and spinnaker (Fritz)
All lines led aft to cockpit
Aluminium mast and boom, stainless steel standing rigging.
Mariner 3.5hp 4 stroke outboard motor (new in 2017) with around 3 hours use. Sliding outboard lowering mechanism on rollers.
1 x 12v battery.
Stainless steel pushpit, stanchions and guardwires (new 2016), winter cover (old), spinnaker pole (2016), sheet winches and halyard winches, Harken fit out, anchor with chain and warp, mooring warps and fenders.
Compass (2016), echo sounder, log, windex at masthead, GPS (new 2016).
Horseshoe lifebuoy (new 2018), fire extinguisher, foghorn, manual bilge pump (2016).
4 berth cabin with smart berth cushions and sitting headroom.
4 wheel galvanised braked road trailer is available by separate negotiation (includes unused spare wheel).
"Humdinger" was purchased by her present owner in October 2015. She has mainly been used for club racing on the river Blackwater plus occasional day sailing. In 2019 her IRC rating was 0.834. She is a multiple trophy winner, 2019 results at the West Mersea Yacht Club have included;
1st Taxi Lewis Salver
(IRC Club Championship)
1st Quest Trophy
1st Peter Vince Trophy
1st Lewis Powell Cup
1st Cirdan Trophy
2nd Knight Hall Trophy
3rd Ancient Mariners Salver
Her surveyor in 2015 remarked "She has been lightly used and maintained to a high standard and for that reason remains in remarkably good condition from both a cosmetic and structural point of view."
She currently lies ashore in a friends barn near Colchester in Essex and can be viewed by appointment.