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1981 Hans Christian 39 Pilothouse


  • $149,950 USD
  • Randy Warren
  • Sale Pending
  • Used
  • Cruiser Racer Sailboats
  • 1981
  • Hans Christian
  • 39 Pilothouse
  • Charleston, South Carolina, US
  • Sail
  • 39ft / 11.89 m
  • 12ft 6in / 3.81 m
  • Yanmar
  • Brand New 4jh4-te
  • Inboard
  • Diesel
  • Fiberglass
  • 2011-09-04
  • 2016-10-25
  • 2247419

Take a world-renowned blue-water cruiser and update all systems to high standards and you have the makings of yacht capable and ready for long-distance cruising and exploring.

Hans Christian Yachts are well-known among blue-water cruisers as classic double-enders made for seaworthiness, safety, and comfort. This is evidenced by her heavy displacement, full keel, compact cockpit, wide side-decks, and a comfortable and functional interior layout.

"Horizon" is one of only nine 39' Pilothouses built by HC and is very close to being completely refit to the highest standards. The restoration process included modern updates to all major systems while maintaining the original character of the vessel.  For example, while updating the steering system to modern hydraulic steering, care was taken to retain the original bronze pedestal and wood steering wheel.  The original refrigeration system was completely restored and new cold plates installed. These are just two examples of many custom upgrades.

Some standout features include: solid fiberglass hull, amazing teak joinery, teak belaying pins, pilot-house version with bright and airy salon, quality bronze hardware throughout, and functional design and layout. She'll make an excellent world-cruiser after she's buttoned up.

Sampling of Recent Work

Brand new Yanmar 4JH4-TE (75hp!)

Brand new Westerbeke 5.5kw generator

New fuel system including new center tank (3 total) and fuel manifold

All new electrical including wiring, batteries, switches, breaker panels, battery charger

All new plumbing including through-hulls, water heater, holding tanks, fixtures, and pumps

Two new reverse cycle A/C units (16k and 10k BTU)

New Wesmar bowthruster with 2 controls

Topside paint and non-skid

Plus much more!

As you can see, all systems have been upgraded to high standards in anticipation of world-cruising. All she needs now is time from a new owner to finish the final details. Please contact broker for current status as the refit continues each week.  Owner has many original parts including wooden block and tackle, bronze screws and fittings, rigging, sails, cushions, lines, etc etc that go with the boat. Contact broker for more details regarding parts and for more details about $200k+ in invoices. Many more pictures of systems available upon request.

Don't miss out on this chance to own a renowned blue-water cruiser with all NEW systems at a fraction of actual cost!

Accommodations and Equipment

Unique and functional layout. Starting forward is anchor locker with multiple storage drawers and large master shower with tile. Moving aft is the master cabin with pullman style berth to port and marble vanity and hanging locker to starboard. 

Moving aft again is a large head/shower with green marble counter top and tiled shower to port. To starboard is a pilot berth.

Stepping up into the salon is a raised dinette to port and brand new electronics panel and brand new engine panel to starboard.

Moving aft of the dinette is the L-shaped galley to port and nav-station to starboard. Aft of the nav station is a double berth with 2 drawers and hanging locker.

Enter cockpit through stout mahogany door with original bronze hardware. 11 bronze hatches give the salon a bright and airy feel.

The galley features an L-shape configuration for the double SS sinks with hot and cold pressurized water. New Norcold 12V refrigerator/freezer with multiple access points, 3 burner Seaward propane stove w/oven. Lots of storage, drawers and counter area.

110 volt AC system with 2 30amp shorepower connections, Xantrex 20a battery charger, battery isolators, 2 8D batteries.

Sails and Rigging

Cutter rigged. Sail Inventory:

  • Mainsail - Dacron, Battened, 3 x Reef Points
  • Headsail - Dacron, Furling, UV cover
  • Staysail - Dacron, Hank on

 Winches: 2 Barient 24, 2 Lewmar 16, 1 Barrient 23, plus others available in storage.

Aluminum mast, deck stepped with strut. Most standing rigging has been installed, needs to have boom installed, forestay, main traveler, blocks, and running rigging installed. There is a private storage container at the boatyard and available for viewing and inventory as needed.

Engine and Mechanical

Brand new Yanmar 4JH4-TE with oil changing system. Brand new Westerbeke 5.5kW generator. Brand new Wesmar bowthruster.

Brand new Cruisair A/C systems 16k and 12k BTU.

New hydraulic steering system.


3 fuel tanks. 2 original have been pressure tested. 3rd tank added for over 300gal total capacity. New fuel manifold system that incorporates all tanks, engine, and genset. New holding tank. New 200L potable water storage. New 20gal hot water heater.




The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

For Sale By Charleston Harbor Yacht Sales

24 Patriots Point Rd
Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, 29464