Adding External Chainplates to a Hans Christian 33t


The chainplate conundrum for the Hans Christian 33 has always been on my mind since first looking at HC33. After discovering this building method of the 33, I pondered as to why they would build such a stout boat, but skimped out on the chainplate design. I wasn’t alive or even a thought of back in 1982 but maybe builders/designers where not as aware of crevice corrosion back then as we are now. I know many other boats shared this building technique including Island Packet yachts up to the mid 90’s. The more I walked around the boat yard in Guaymas, MX and the more I talked to other owners, the more I found out many late 70 and 80’s boats share this similarity. What is boggling is almost all of the owners of the vessels are having nightmares of doing this project. Luckily for us, our boat is traditional enough to pull off the external chainplate look. Our neighbors on a Hylas 44 are not so lucky, also the chainplates are located much further inboard. On the HC33 the chainplates exit the cap rail, thus rigging angles/length should not have to be changed if you do a good job.

Step one: Choose a material:


Plates are marked and about to be dropped off

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Camera Gear

JON_4023One of our main questions from our videos is what camera gear do we us to take our photos and shoot our videos.

October 2014- May 2015

Main shooting Camera kit:

  • Panasonic Gh4
  • Panasonic 14-140mm 3.5
  • Panasonic 20mm 1.7
  • Metabones 0.7x Speed Booster Nikon mount
  • Tokina 11-16 2.8
  • Nikkor 35mm F1.4 AIS
  • Nikkor 50mm F1.4 AIS
  • Vivitar 70-210 F3.5 AIS
  • Opekta 650-2600mm F8
  • 4×4 glass filter set Linear Polarizer and .6 grad ND
  • Rode Videomic Pro
  • Gopro 4 Black
  • Gopro 3+
  • Nikon D7000
  • Benro Tripod
  • Manfrotto Magic arm and super clamp
  • Edelkrone Slider+


What we have on the boat but don’t use all the time:

  • Manfrotto 535 Tripod with 504HD head
  • Carbon 7foot Jib
  • Sony UWPD11 UHF wireless mic kit
  • Rode NTG-3 with Tascam DR100

What we have added for December of 2015

  • Rokinon Cine series DS 14mm T3.1, 24mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5, 85mm T1.5 Nikon mount
  • Midori 35-105mm 3.8
  • Sony A7s Camera
  • Sony A7sMkII Camera
  • DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone
  • 2x Rode Video Micro
  • Motorized Time Lapse Dolly

We Edit Everything on a 15” 2014 Macbook Pro Retina 2.6ghz I7, 16gb ram, 2gb Nvidia GTX750m. Using Final Cut Pro X


Sewing in new windows for our dodger

When Jon and I bought Prism, her dodger windows were very yellow from years of sun damage. So we bought a roll of window material and had it on board for a project to be done when we “had time.”

We found ourselves in this little cove in the san juan islands and decided that was the time do get it done!

We first stared by using a seam ripper and taking out the old windows. We then traced the pattern of the cut out windows onto the roll of new window material. After cutting them out, we simply sewed the new ones in.

We completed this project in an afternoon, and were having cocktails while doing it (risky business when doing some projects) They came out great, and we have crystal clear window and it only cot us about $50.

Gear Talk with Jon

I thought I would write a little gear talk while Shannon sleeps in today. Currently we are decommissioning Pirsm. We have decided to summer in california where Shannon and I both have work opportunities for the summer. We are currently in Guaymas and will be hauling out on friday. So far we have put over 3000NM under Prism’s keel and have been cruising full time for seven months. In that time we have been able to really test our gear and boat to see what works and what needs to be changed. I am not going to have any photos for this post due to cruddy Internet connection. If you have a question on what I am talking about or what it looks like, google it. Some of this gear is not new, its old but still works. Most of this gear is common sense, read any “how to outfit your boat” and you will find these items, I’m diving into more specifics. This doesn’t include every piece of gear, these are the items that have stood out among the rest.

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