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Seller's Description

More pics at: https://www.yachtworld.com/yacht/1980-hans-christian-38-mk-ii-8510347/



Mapache is a heavy displacement, full keel, double-ender outfitted to go cruising today. She underwent a major refit in 2020 and 2021. The boat is located in LA Cruz de Huanacatle (Banderas Bay)and will be here until sold. Are you ready to sail around the world or do you want a reliable boat to enjoy the Sea of Corts? She spent the last two (half) cruising seasons in the Sea. And with her Hasse-made (Port Townsend Sails) light air asymmetrical spinnaker, easy boarding with a swim ladder, and cockpit shades and cushions this boat is the perfect way to enjoy the Seas beauty. She is also ready to sail across the Pacific, with a watermaker, windvane, and like-new heavy duty cruising sails. We would consider selling in the Banderas Bay area, as well. We spent quite a lot of time (and money) preparing this boat to go around the world. However, my father passed away and we are now moving onto his boat. So now we need to sell our beloved Mapache.

Equipment: Deck: Wooden bowsprit built for previous owner in 2014 Stanchions mounted to gunwale, not deck, for strength and sealed with 4200 - 2020 Cap rails refinished - 2022 Caprails and rub rails sealed with 4200 - 2020 Deck storage in two treasure chests mounted on mast safety rails - 2021 2 bow rollers on bowsprit 3 anchors and chains/rodes - Main bow anchor 45lb Mantus ( https://www.mantusmarine.com/mantus-anchors/ ) , with Mantus swivel, and 300 of 3/8 BBB chain tied off with 10mm Dyneema weather for quick disconnection in an emergency. Secondary bow anchor 45lb CQR, with Mantus swivel, 100 of 3/8 BBB chain spliced to 200 3/4 8 plait anchor rode, also terminated with dyneema for emergency disconnection. Fortress FX23 ( https://fortressanchors.com/product/fortress-anchor-fx-23/ ) stern anchor with 100 5/16 chain and 200 1/2 3 strand rode. Haws pipe for stern anchor storage in lazaret. - 2020 Lofrans Tiger (https://www.lofrans.com/product/71-horizontal-windlasses/5017-tigres ) windlass rebuilt in 2020, new 3/8 BBB gypsy - 2020 Deck tie down hardware for deck storage 2020 Garhauer staysail sheet tracks and cars - 2020 Deck has color matching non-skid - 2020 Handrails refinished 2022 Windlass relocated aft to lower anchor chain storage Dyneema chain hooks 2020 14 ships cleat, through bolted through bowsprit and deck - 2020 Highfield lever( https://theriggingco.com/2014/06/08/the-highfield-lever/ ) on inner forestay for quick release -2020 Original teak in cockpit New, oversized, water jet cut, and machine polished stainless steel chainplates relocated outboard and through deck holes filled -2020 Dive type boarding ladder with mounts on either side of hull and permanent storage mount on deck Garhauer outboard crane and rail mount 1 stainless steel handrails bow to stern, Dyneema on lower lifeline. - 2020 Removable Sunbrella dodger with removable O’Sea Polished 30 Gauge Vinyl windshield with zippered section in center for airflow 2020 Removable sunbrella bimini 2020 Removable cockpit shades -sunbrella-edged Phifertex vinyl mesh with discrete snap and webbing storage system inside boat 2022 Sunbrella-covered waterproof vinyl cockpit cushions 2020 Sunbrella mainsail cover 2019 Removable Sunbrella hatch covers 2019 UV resistant webbing straps with quick disconnect buckles for jerry jugs Custom built cockpit shower w/ 3 gal day tank and stainless steel deck filler - 2020 Windex 2020 Radar reflector on flag halyard Magma Propane BBQ, plumbed to main propane tank with shutoff valve Fish cleaning table

Below Decks: Master stateroom is amidship (Pullman berth), with queen berth and head/shower Below the water line storage areas are insulated New Sunbrella salon upholstery 2019 Sunbrella settee cushions, including removable bolster lower backrest designed to store blankets/sheets/clothing (Lin and Larry Pardey concept) 2019 Waterproof vinyl-covered eco-friendly (chemical free) foam mattress in quarter berth 2019 Custom, removable, Sunbrella storage pockets Removable hatch and companionway bug screens –sunbrella-edged UV-Treated No-see-um mosquito netting 2022 Galley sink raised above waterline with custom built teak enclosure Pressurized fresh water faucet Multiple USB outlets throughout the boat



Harwood Ives
Hans Christian Yachts
Hans Christian Owners Association
# Built


Length Overall
37 11 / 11.6 m
Waterline Length
33 0 / 10.1 m
12 6 / 3.8 m
6 5 / 2 m
27,500 lb / 12,474 kg
9,800 lb / 4,445 kg

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
887′² / 82.4 m²
Total Sail Area
887′² / 82.4 m²
Sail Area
343′² / 31.8 m²
44 9 / 13.7 m
15 3 / 4.7 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
545′² / 50.6 m²
49 6 / 15.1 m
22 0 / 6.7 m
Forestay Length
54 2 / 16.5 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
7.7 kn
Classic: 7.7 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

7.73 knots
Classic formula: 7.7 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
<16: under powered

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
<40: less stiff, less powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
275-350: heavy

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
40-50: heavy bluewater boat

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
<2.0: better suited for ocean passages

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


Three versions of the HC 38 were produced though basic dimensions were similar. One version was designated the ‘Traditional Cutter’ or HANS CHRISTIAN 38T. Another version, usually referred to as the HANS CHRISTIAN 38 MKII (introduced in 1978 and built at another yard), has a slightly different hull shape, rig and interior. A few of both versions were delivered with a ketch rig.
This version has a new underbody (with separate rudder on skeg) called the ‘telstar keel’ and was introduced in 1984. (Available on HC 38T only.) See HANS CHRISTIAN 38T for more details.
Altogether, it is thought that around 210 HANS CHRISTIAN 38s were built.
Thanks to Steve Cleary for providing corrections.

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