The Boat

 1982 Hans Christian 33t


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  • Alpha 3000 autopilot
  • Raymarine charplotter and depth/speed
  • 2x 80watt Sharp Solar Panels
  • 100watt Renergy Simi-flexible Solar Panel
  • 20amp Traccer MPPT controler
  • Pur35 Watermaker
  • Icom 718 HF Radio w/ AH-4 tuner, GAM antenna, KISS Ground
  • Xantrex battery monitor
  • Two Battery Banks 8x 115AH 6volts

Ground Tackle

  • 55lb s120 spade Anchor (Primary)
  • 300ft HT 5/16” chain
  • 300Ft 5/8” 3-strand Nylon w/30ft 5/16” chain
  • Muir Cougar Windlass
  • 150ft 5/8” 3-strand nylon w/ 15′ 5/16” chain
  • 2x FX16 Fortress Anchors

Deck Gear:

  • Fleming Major Windvane
  • Walker Bay 8 dinghy w/ tubes and 6.5ft oars
  • 2hp 2 stroke Yamaha outboard
  • MCH-6 Dive Compressor
  • Hardtop dodger

Sails and Rigging:

  • 3/8” 1×19 316 wire for cap shrouds, backstay and forestay
  • 5/16” 1×19 316 wire for lowers, intermediate and inner-forestay
  • Hi-mod fittings on all
  • Tanbark Mainsail with two reefs
  • Tanbark Staysail with one reef
  • Hank on headsails
  • High cut Yankee 12oz
  • High cut Yankee 7oz
  • 110% Genoa 4oz
  • 120% Genoa 7oz
  • 120% Drifter .5oz nylon with one reef
  • Trisail with track on mast
  • Storm Jib
  • Asymmetrical Spinnaker


  • Beta Marine Diesel 35hp
  • Fireboy fire control
  • Bruntons Sigma Drive
  • 17” Kiwiprop

****From****  In Brief

**Designed by Harwood Ives and introduced in 1980, the Hans Christian 33 is the smallest in the family of sturdy double-enders offered by Hans Christian Yachts. Like all boats from the Hans Christian line of that era, the HC33 is a heavy displacement double-ender, solid and seaworthy. She oozes the traditional feel with extensive use of teak inside and out.

At first glance you’ll notice the springy sheerline, large bowsprit and a cutter rig that’s become a favorite among blue water aficionados. Overhangs are quite moderate making for a long LWL for her size and a good hull speed. Below the waterline is a full keel with an aggressively shaped forefoot cutaway and a large rudder that’s hung at the very aft extremity of the boat. Compared to previous Hans Christian boats, the turn of the bilge has been tightened up and the HC33 carries more shoulder in the underwater sections which has resulted in more form stability (righting effort).

She was one of the more innovative boats at her introduction with an internal layout that utilized every nook and cranny that even today has yet to be surpassed. Ives, having designed the previous 38T38MkII and 43 moved the interior furniture outwards closer to the hull. The galley was located below the deck and molded fiberglass tankage (both water and fuel) was located in the keel cavity for stability.

What separates the HC33 from the larger boats in the Hans Christian line is her exceptional ease of handling, we’ve heard of a 90 year old skipper who sailed from San Francisco to Turkey with only one crew in tow. Given this and the massive amounts of cruising gear the HC33 can swallow, as much as the HC38 and even the HC41, it’s believable to hear of older owners offering straight swaps of their larger Hans Christian model for the HC33.

Under sail, she’s seakindly without the tendency to bounce or bob over waves and owners report hoving-to in relatively high comfort when the going gets rough. Fully laden at over 25,000 lbs in typical cruising trim there can be no expectation for fast passages yet the HC33 can perform well, you can expect easy 125 mile days in the trades and we’ve heard of a 7 knot overall average from Mexico to San Francisco via Haiwaii. On the lighter end of the wind spectrum, when Yachting Monthly took a factory fresh model for a boat test in flat water and 5 knots of true, they reported slipping along at 3 knots managing to tack through 95 degrees of angle and making 4.4 knots on a reach with 8 knots of wind.


The HC33 was commissioned by Hans Christian Yachts founder John Edwards around 1979 to replace the Hans Christian 34 and her unauthorized stretched sibling, the 36. Various disagreements over the two boats, not only with designer Bob Perry (who did not receive royalties for the bootleg 36 stretch) but also the Union boatyard that owned the molds meant a new 33 would be the easiest path out of strife for Edwards.

By then, Edwards had engaged a new designer, Harwood Ives, described as creative with an uncanny eye for lines, and shared Edwards’ love of traditional boats. Having designed the 38T, 38MkII, and the 43T in the direction set by Perry, the HC33 became Ives’ most technical design challenge to date, resulting in many clever innovations which helped set the course for many boats in what has been described as the “Golden Age” of Taiwanese boatbuilding. For Ives’ work on the Hans Christian boats, it’s interesting to note his payment was his own HC33 from the factory.

The first boats were built at Hansa Yachts Und Shifbau, a new yard located in Taiwan with state of the art facilities. The yard itself was built by former Hans Christian employee Herbert Guttler (a German engineer noted for his genius as a boatbuilder) and his Taiwanese wife, Susan. Hansa continued construction from 1980 through to 1987, the year Hans Christian Yachts ownership passed to its new owner Geoffrey White. Shin Fa Industries, a boatyard located in Taipei, Taiwan took over production in 1988 and these boats, although good, never match the exceptional quality attained by Hansa.

In 1990 Hans Christian operations shifted to Thailand in search of lower costs under the twin pressures of a recession and a Taiwanese luxury tax. In Thailand, Edwards set up a company with the lofty name of Dutch East Indes Trading Company (DEITC) to carry on Hans Christian production for its new owner. We believe one HC33 was constructed in 1992 before production properly recommenced in 1996 under Andersen Yachts Ltd, the boatyard that had essentially risen from the ashes of DEITC.

By 2003 when Andersen’s owner sought retirement, its production manager, a Kiwi by the name of Jack Hall migrated production to his new facilities in Pattaya operating under his own company, Pantawee Marine Ltd. Pantawee presently manufactures all boats from the current Hans Christian line and the Hans Christian 33 is available for purchase at the base price of $297k USD.

In all 155 boats have been produced with the last recorded build in 2009 which shipped to a European dealer.**

Hull Type:  Long Keel Rig Type:  Cutter
LOA:  33.75′ / 10.29m LWL:  29.17′ / 8.89m
Beam:  11.67′ / 3.56m Listed SA:  600 ft2 / 55.74 m2
Draft (max.)  5.50′ / 1.68m Draft (min.)  
Disp.  19000 lbs./ 8618 kgs. Ballast:  6300 lbs. / 2858 kgs.
SA/Disp.:  13.53 Bal./Disp.:  33.16% Disp./Len.:  341.74
Designer:  Harwood Ives
Builder:  Anderson Yachts Ltd. (TAIWAN)
Construct.:  Fiberglass Bal. type:  Iron
First Built:  1980 Last Built:   # Built:  165
Water:  90 gals. / 341 ltrs. Fuel:  80 gals. / 303 ltrs.
I(IG):  40.00′ / 12.19m J:  18.00′ / 5.49m
P:  34.00′ / 10.36m E:  14.10′ / 4.30m
SA(Fore.):  360.00 ft2 / 33.44 m2 SA(Main):  239.70 ft2 / 22.27 m2
Total(calc.)SA:   599.70 ft2 / 55.71 m2 DL ratio:  341.74
SA/Disp:  13.53 Est. Forestay Len.:  43.86′ / 13.37m

**** Info From

It is said that the HC33 is around 19,000 lbs. We have found that we are about 25,000 lbs when fully loaded.



21 thoughts on “The Boat

    1. We will as soon as we get back to Mexico later this month. You can see a lot of the interior in our videos at


      Jon & Shannon

  1. What a beautiful boat, Jon & Shannon. I am in South Africa and am living the cruising dream vicariously through you. Thank you so much. Beautifully made videos too. Look after yourselves.

      1. Funny the first one was named puffin, my boat is huffin puffin and registered. almost lost that name. I love the space you have and the bunk in the middle. 1 foot sure makes a difference.

    1. We are hull number 38. They stared to build her in 82, but she was launched in 83, so we are listed in the 83 year boats, but her numbers are in the year 82. It is kinda confusing. They built 11 hc33 in 1982.

  2. Hi guys, I’ve only just stumbled on your vids.. I’ve been following sv Delos and sailing la vagabonde and now I’ve added you to my list.. Cool videos, really informative and laid back. Loving the Mexico video, I’m from Perth Australia and hope to get to Mexico very soon. Keep up the great work..hope to donate soon.

  3. A Central Coaster like yourselves (I’m from Lompoc) I am a boat and ocean being too. Love the videos and all that you are doing. As a deckhand on a power yacht I sailed from San Diego to Manzanillo back in ’91.Your trip down Baja brought back sweet memories. I was in the Navy for six years and was maintenance officer of the University of Texas sailing club in college.

    I’ve owned a few sailboats over the years but being landlocked in Austin, Texas I’m limited. My current boat is a 14′ Glastron Sigma day sailor. It’s a great one to take friends on the lake and a perfect platform to teach sailing, very robust and forgiving of abuse. Oh, I love that you went to Guaymas as I attended school there in K and 1st grade. Keep up the dream.


    Fair winds, following seas and a full moon off your bow.

  4. Jon and Shannon, I am curious about your experiences with the chain plates. There is a photo that makes it look like you replaced them? Did you have a failure? How did you back them up? So much I’d like to know as we own #123.

  5. S/V Prism Hello Ya’ll am a senior southern Dude from New Orleans,60 as just found out thought was 61 but told no am 60 yea!! gained year of life..but anyway am moving to San Carlos Mexico as I have Bought a Union Polaris Cutter An ILove San Carlos an will live aboard her with my 2 little dawgs,an my yellow cat , Nano a min pin ,Sassy a yorkie,an Yellow cat an yes he answers to Yellow cat. he adopted my dawgs so cannot leave him behind as they are the Three name will be S/V LAN-YAP is a play on a Louisiana word lagniappe which means you buy something you get a little something extra my plans are like yours, j want to just cruise the sea of Cortez.For the next few years till I get salty enough to head out for blue water an this boat will take me anywhere…but for now will learn in sea of Cortez any tips or suggestions, like to follow path ya’ll have taken. Are you still in Cortez sea now, love to hear from you …thanks Chi Chi

      1. Why the long wait? I ask because I see the Garmin navigation marker sitting there poised to go thru.

        Scott from Michigan

  6. Scott, we are waiting for our new engine to arrive to colon before we head through , plus we want to spend more time exploring Panama City. We are in no rush, as we plan on staying in Panama for a full year before moving on to Columbia.

  7. How high are your bulwarks including the caps. Diameter of round port light, and dimensions of oval port lights? Would you prefer and wheel or tiller? Any issues with moving your chainplates to outside of hull, and what are their dimensions & how thick? Possibly the best designed boat of its size I have seen. Wonderful choice.
    Thank you,

  8. There’s a lot I like about the HC33 and it, or something similar, has a lot of appeal for when life allows me to go cruising in a few years. But people tell me it’s too slow and would roll horribly downwind. What sort of daily mileages do you achieve, and do you ever fear not being able to get of the way of upcoming storms?

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