1981 Hans Christian 33T

Merritt Island, Florida, United States
$92,000 USD
Condition: excellent

This is a tried and true Bluewater Sailor that can take you to the Islands or to the ends of the world. Designed for rough weather with crew comfort and safety in mind. There is very little nature can throw at these boats and they not fight back. A seaworthy cockpit, oversized rigging and a spacious cabin below will leave you and your crew resting easy and knowing youre safe. These sought after boats are desired for many reasons. The beautiful teak joinery below crafted by expert craftsman provides a comfortable and beautiful cabin thats more like fine furniture than a plastic toy. Come see why so many fall in love with these boats any why so many miles have passed beneath their keels. This boat has been set up for comfortable cruising for weekends or months. Large 120 Gallon water storage, 80 gal Diesel tank gives you 800nm cruising, large battery bank and big sail compliment have this boat ready to go. Hull has been Awgripped, new bottom paint put on last year and all canvas is 6 years or less. Massive electronics package with autopilot and touchscreen Chartplotter let you sit back and enjoy while the boat does the work. Control from your tablet while sitting on the bow or monitor your anchor spot while lying in bed watching a movie. This boat has all the comforts one could hope for.

*Full enclosure Cockpit (Sunbrella)
*Main tan bark sail replaced
*Main professionally restored
*130% Tan Bark Genoa Professionally restored
*Tan Bark, Club Footed Stay Sail
*Spare 120% Genoa for roller furling
*Yankee Sail
*Never used Storm Sail set
*Newer running rigging
*Rigging professionally inspected
*All Navigation Lights LED
*Hella LED Spreader Lights
*7 Barient Self Tailing 2-speed Winches
*Simpson Lawrence Sea Tiger Windlass
*300 Ft of 3/8in Galvanized chain on Primary
*50Ft 5/16in Galvanized chain on Secondary
*45lb CQR Primary
*35lb CQR Secondary
*Spectra life lines
*Spectra Jack Lines
*6 Dorade vents, Butterfly hatch and Single hatch forward
Along with 10 portlights for ventilation
*Mast Mounted Whisker Pole
*Roller Furling Head Sail
*Isotherm ASU3701 Refrigeration
(12VDesigned for Cruising Sailboats)
*Engle MB40 12V Reefer/Freezer
*Dickinson Mediterranean Propane
Stove / Oven / Broiler
*Sanyo 800W Microwave
*Double Basin Sink with brass Faucet
*Trident Propane Regulator and gas
Control system with remote shut off
And propane detection.
*Magma Cabo Propane grill connected
To central propane system
*Large fixed table with seating for four
*Force 10 Cozy Cabin Propane heater
*19in LED TV with DVD Player
* Majestic UFO X Marine TV Ant.
*Pioneer 12V Stereo with Bluetooth
*Bose Speakers
*Queen sized custom mattress in master
*13in LED TV with DVD player in Master
*Recessed LED Lights in Master
*8 Drawers and 2 large lockers for clothes
*Large Hanging Locker
*Full size bed in quarter berth
*Large stand in shower
*Shower sump
*Raritan PHII head with Fresh Head
(Uses Fresh water to flush)
*6 Gallon SeaLand Holding tank
*Marble sink with stainless basin and all brass
*All Cushions replaced (Sunbrella)
*Mermaid Marine 12K BTU A/C
(Reverse Cycle/ Water cooled)
*Isotherm 6Gal Water Heater
(110V/Engine Heat)
*All interior lighting LED
*All 12V electrical has been replaced
*Blue Sea 12v/120v Breaker Panel
*Magnum 2000 watt Pure Sine Wave Inverter
And 5stage 100Amp battery charger
*Magnum Battery Monitor kit
* 2 Trojan L16H-AC 6V 435AH (20hr) House Batteries
* 1 Interstate Starting Battery
* Balmar ARS-5 multi-stage Voltage Regulator
* Balmar 75amp Alternator
*Galvanic Isolator
*Make before brake Battery Selector
*All lines replaced with PEX
*All PEX Colored for hot and cold
*Local shut off at every faucet
* Isotherm 6 Gal Water heater (110V/Engine Heat)
*Two Water tanks in Keel 120Gal
*Shurflo 3gal/min water self-Priming pump with Regulator
*Accumulator pressure tank
*Three stage Water filter by SAF H2O UV
*Yanmar 3QM30F Engine
*Electric Fuel Pump
*Racor Secondary fuel filter
*R&D Engine Mounts
*R&D Flexible Shaft Coupling
*New Shaft Coupling
*New Shaft
*New Cutlass Bearing
*Prop Speed coating on prop
*Raymarine e97 9in Touch screen Chart plotter
*Raymarine Type II Linear Drive Autopilot
*Raymarine EV400 Sail Pack
*Raymarine EV-1 Evolution Sensor
*Raymarine P60 Wind Anemometer
*Raymarine 40W Digital Radar
*Raymarine 600W 50/200kHz Depth sounder/water temp
*Standard Horizon Explorer GX1600 25W VHF

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About the Hans Christian 33

Harwood Ives
Shing Fa Boatbuilding Co., Ltd.
Pantawee Marine Co., Ltd.
Hans Christian Yachts
Hans Christian Owners Association
# Built
Hull Type
Long Keel
Also Known As
Hansa 33, Hans Christian 33T


Length Overall
41 0 / 12.5 m
Length On Deck
32 9 / 10 m
Waterline Length
29 2 / 8.9 m
11 8 / 3.6 m
5 6 / 1.7 m
18,500 lbs / 8,391 kg
6,800 lbs / 3,084 kg (Iron)

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
600 ft2 / 55.7 m2
Total Sail Area
599.7 ft2 / 55.7 m2
Sail Area
239.7 ft2 / 22.3 m2
33 11 / 10.4 m
14 1 / 4.3 m
Mast Height
Sail Area
360.1 ft2 / 33.5 m2
39 11 / 12.2 m
18 0 / 5.5 m
Forestay Length
43 10 / 13.4 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
80 gal / 303 l


Water Capacity
90 gal / 341 l
Holding Tank Capacity
15 gal / 57 l


Hull Speed
7.24 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
under powered
less stiff, less powerful
Comfort Ratio
moderate bluewater cruising boat
Capsize Screening
better suited for ocean passages


From BlueWaterBoats.org:

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 38T, 38MkII 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.

Buyers Notes

HC33’s in general have been built well and have stood the test of time. Signs of osmotic blistering in some boats are common but none have been structural. The boats built by Hansa up to 1987 are of higher quality. One owner who has owned both for example has noted solid fiberglass decks in the earlier build and plywood coring, more susceptible to water damage, in the later. Additionally a change was made to through-bolted chainplates over the original monolithic joint embedded in epoxy. We believe the last Hansa built hull was HIN#131.

The HC33 has retained its popularity through the years and is readily sought after. Resale value remains high and in some ways the boat has verged on cult status.

» Yachting Monthly, Jul 1988, a review of the Hans Christian 33
» BoatUS: Hans Christian 33 review by Jack Horner
» Hans Christian Owners Association, owner information and discussions


Thanks goes to Craig Beckwith for providing the extensive history of Hans Christian Yachts, its boats and its people. Craig Beckwith joined Hans Christian Yachts in 1979, was involved with overseeing construction in Taiwan, and served as VP of Sales.

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