This 38 Traditional has a Legacy and Tradition
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.
Our 1983 Hans Christian 38 T Spiritress has Navigated the Panama Canal as well as extensive Cruising throughout Mexico.
Motor is Not Operational and reflected in sale price.
New Interior UpholstryAnchors - 45 LB CQR with 300 feet of large chain.35 LB Danforth with 30 feet of large chain and 300 feet of inch rode
Harken Battcar system for the main sail.
Maxwell winches all are 2 speed bronze
Dacron cruising main sail with full length battons,3 reefing points and a Dutchman Sail Flaking System.
Aquadrive CVA system to keep propeller shaft in alignment
Hard Dodger with plexiglass curtains zippered in also curtains made with screens for air flow.
4 Winds wind generator
Hart interface Freedom 20 inverter and battery charger
Nova Kool refridgeration
Force 10 Galley propane range
10 HP Evinrude outboard motor mounted on a teak block mounted on the stern railing
Dickinson Sea BBQ also mounted on the stern railing
Cockpit sun shades with zippers to attach to hard dodger and lifelines.
New covers for cockpit cushion covers and propane locker.
Spiritress Interior has been Air Conditioned and is reflected by interiors condition.
History of Vessel Available.
Nominal Length: 38'
Length At Water Line: 33'
Length Overall: 38'
Max Draft: 6'
Drive Up: 6'
Engine Make: Yanmar
Engine Model: Not Running
Engine Type: Inboard
Fuel Type: diesel
Fuel Type: Other
Engine Type: Inboard
Draft: 6 ft. 0 in.
Beam: 12 ft. 4 in.
Fuel tank capacity: 95
Water tank capacity: 150
Speed max: 7