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Seller's Description

Just returned from her winter cruise to the Bahamas, Heure Bleue is back on the market with a major price reduction! This is a heavy displacement double-ender cutter that is both beautiful visually and incredibly seaworthy with many circumnavigations to their credit. Above the waterline, the styling is classic Hans Christian; a long bowsprit, springy sheerline, and rounded canoe stern with lots of teak. Below the waterline you’ll find a hull with very rounded sections, a full keel with cutaway forefoot, and a big “barn door” rudder. The HC 38T is unquestionably the strongest, best constructed, and finished boat in its class.

“Heure Bleue” has been cruised from Florida to the Bahamas only three or four months of the year for the past nine years. The current owners purchased her in 2012 when she was fresh out of an extensive refit. She is extremely well equipped for the knowledgeable cruising sailor who can appreciate her many seaworthy qualities. She’s just been laid up in Green Cove Springs, Florida, for the hurricane season and her Canadian owners are moving forward to their next adventure.

The sale of this boat now includes 2015 AB 10 ft aluminum dinghy with 2019 Yamaha 30hp two-stroke outboard, and a Honda EU 2000i portable generator.

Equipment: Owner upgrades Batteries: 2 x 8D 12 volt Lifeline AGM (house)

1 x Group 34 12 volt AGM (engine start)

Hart Systems Tank Tender gauges monitor 5 water/diesel tanks throughout the boat

Anchors and ground tackle: 1 x Rocna 73 lb. w/200 ft. BBB galv. chain (new 2019)

1 x Fortress FX 37 1 x Fortress FX 23

ALL Simrad electronics NEW in 2015!!

Simrad forward scan transducer for sonar.

Simrad WR-10 wireless remote and BT-1 base station for autopilot.

Simrad - NAIS-400 Class B AIS with NSPL400 splitter.

Monitor windvane self-steering

Kiss wind generator

New teak decks 2010

Outboard motor hoist for dinghy motor

Barrier coat 2011/12

Switlik MOB pack on pushpit

Galley Galley is set up with a Force 10 three burner propane stove with oven, stainless steel double sink with hot and cold pressure water, fresh water and raw water foot pumps, and Seagull IV water filter. She has two refrigerators; a 12 volt Adler Barbour and a CoolBlue Marine. Countertops are Corian.

Accommodations “Heure Bleue” is laid out with v-berth and portside quarter berth cabin sleeping accommodations, large comfortable saloon, spacious galley, and plenty of stowage space.

12v fans in all cabin spaces

Custom bedding in v-berth

Engines The Yanmar 4JH4-TE turbo diesel, 75 hp, re-powered this boat in 2007/08. It is equipped with a standard Yanmar 80 amp alternator (rebuilt in 2019) and a double-pulley Balmar 150 amp (new 2019). The propulsion system is also equipped with dual Racor fuel filters, 12 volt fuel pump, and an Algae X fuel polishing unit.



Harwood Ives
Hans Christian Yachts
Hans Christian Owners Association
# Built


Length Overall
37 11 / 11.6 m
Waterline Length
33 0 / 10.1 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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