Mayaluga now relectantly FOR SALE

1978-2018 HANS CHRISTIAN 38T “MAYALUGA” $189,500 CDN

(Picture gallery at foot of post – click pics for high resolution)

This outstanding vessel is truly offshore ready.  Many are advertised as “offshore ready”, but Mayaluga is truly offshore-turnkey.  Provision her, step aboard and go!  Rebuilt from the ground up, the recent professional survey states: ……. in many respects this a new vessel, and superior to the factory original.

Hans Christian’s are legendary offshore vessels, heavily constructed with hand-laid GRP and tons of teak everywhere.  This quality of construction is no longer economically viable.  These vessels perform well and provide an extremely comfortable Rolls-Royce-ride in any weather. The Burmese teak interior is from a bygone era with 11,000 man-hours invested in the joiner-work alone.  When you approach one of these beautiful vessels with her springy shear, your heart will truly beat faster!

Mayaluga underwent a very thorough $210,000 full refit before going offshore in 2016 and is truly a stunning vessel.  While away, she was regularly maintained, constantly upgraded and improved by knowledgeable and fastidious owners. She is currently enjoying another 20,000 cosmetic refit.

The Bluewater Cruising Association chose Mayaluga as their offshore-ready show-boat for the Vancouver Boat Show in January 2018.  This classic vessel is infrastructurally sound and cosmetically stunning. Most equipment is latest generation and less than 3 years old.  The recent professional survey puts Mayaluga’s market value at $250,000.

Recent significant upgrades and renewals include teak decks and coring removed, new synthetic coring and fiberglass non-slip professionally applied, new chain-plates, new standing and running rigging, custom reefing system for mainsail, and rebuilt mast and boom. Rebuilt engine, engine room sound insulation, new 12v distribution panel and wiring, all LED lighting, 7 x AGM series 27 batteries, 500 watt solar with 3 MPPT controllers, custom hard-dodger and bimini, new stanchions lengthened to hip-height, stainless 1’’ safety rails all round with secure gates, new 6 man BDC offshore life-raft, 9’ parachute anchor with 250’ rode, new high-end EPIRB and the new Raymarine E7D navigation suite includes chart-plotter, radar, sounder/fishfinder and TillerPilot.  New Icom 802 SSB (Single Side Band radio) with Pactor modem IV, automatic 140 antenna tuner, KISS cable ground-plate system and a dedicated SSB antenna with an additional emergency 27’ whip. New Icom AIS full transceiver (transmit and receive) unit, new Spectra 150 gallon per day water-maker, New FrigoBoat F50 freezer/fridge unit with through-hull cooler unit.

Some vessels are advertised as “offshore ready”.  Mayaluga however, is really and truly offshore ready.  She is fully serviced and literally ready to go again – just load your gear, provision her, step aboard and sail-away”.  Due to many recent offshore modifications Mayaluga is now in far better condition that when she left Victoria in 2016. She is raring to go adventuring again!


General Specifications

1978 Hans Christian 38T, sought after “Traditional” layout

Upgraded in 2016/2017 to new factory condition

Designer: Harwood Ives

Built by Shin-Fa Industries, Taiwan

Fitted out 1979 in USA by Hans Christian Yachts

Hull # XSA200310678

Registration number: BC155452

Full keel, rudder pintle-hung with two additional hinges

Huge secure bulwarks

Cutter rigged with custom mast and boom

Custom sail-plan for improved sail handling and heavy-weather performance

Steering with cog and chain, cable to quadrant

Monitor wind steering system

Raymarine Tillerpilot 1000



LOD: 38’

LOA: 48’

LWL: 33’

Beam: 12’ 6”

Draft: 6’

Displacement dry 28,500 lbs

Displacement loaded 34,000 lbs

Ballast: 9,800 lbs encapsulated lead


Ground Tackle and Sea Anchor

Primary anchor 25Kg Vulcan with 350’ all chain, 10’ braid at bitter end

Secondary 20kg CQR 10’ chain and 250’ rode

9’ parachute anchor with 250’ rode and shackle to primary-anchor chain

SL-666 two speed manual windlass


Auxiliary Propulsion

Chrysler-Nissan sd22 4 cyl 2.3 liter diesel

Borg Warner Velvet-Drive hydraulic gearbox

Spares readily available worldwide

Year 1978, 6,000 original hrs

1,200hrs since major rebuild 2016

New starter, alternator, raw water pump etc in 2016

Tons of spares including alternator, raw water pump, starter, belts, filters etc

Consumption at usual cruising speed of 5.2 knots at 1,800 RPM = 0.7 galls per hour

Consumption at 6.0 knots at 2,200 RPM = 0.9 galls per hour

Max sustainable power 3,300 RPM


Potable Water

80 gallons in 2 separate tanks, 1 x 50, 1 x 30

Electronic level-sensors and gauges

Domestic water filtration

Spectra 150 galls per day 12v water-maker

All plumbing and pipes replaced, hot water lines insulated



Holding Tank: new 32 gallons poly-propylene tank

New macerator and Y valve

Optional new deck-pump-out receptacle

Port and Starboard breathers with check-valves

All new blackwater plumbing 2016

Water systems are compliant with USCG regulations


Head Area

Top of the line Raritan manual toilet, new plumbing in 2016, recently fully serviced.

Custom shower arrangement, pressure hot and cold with water-saver shower-head

Shower sump with automatic overboard discharge

Marble countertops, new faucets, new full-wall acrylic mirrors

Built-in “one-hand” dispensers for soap, shampoo and conditioner.

One-handed toothpaste dispenser

Multiple sturdy handholds for comfort and safety

Capacious storage



Chain locker forward

Separate rope receptacle for secondary anchor

V berth, removable center filler, shelving, overhead lockers, one hanging locker

New 8” foam incl. bonded memory-foam topper and new full mattress covers

Capacious storage under berths

Sail storage above holding tank

Head and Shower is full vessel width with hanging and other lockers

Traditional H.C. tiling surround, tiled floor with teak grate over shower sump

Marble counter tops

Salon newly upholstered naugahide, with huge U settee to port and 6’ settee to starboard, seats 10 comfortably

Lots of under-sole storage, and storage under and behind settees

Multiple under deck lockers

New Dickinson Newport safety sealed propane 12,000 BTU heater

Galley to port with all new counter surfaces, new double sink and fawcett systems

Lots of storage, pantry, drawers, closets, fridge and freezer

Chart table (full size) room under top for literally hundreds of charts

New custom instrument panel

Custom tool storage under, with spice rack etc

Safety harness

Aft double cabin, new 8” foam incl bonded memory-foam topper, new mattress covers

Locker, drawers and above bunk shelving

Small seating area, large opening port

Quarter berth to stbd with tons of shelving and huge locker space

Cockpit aft with aft lazerette

Pinked stern deck with stand-on teak grating

2 x 20lb propane tanks and safety solenoid

Monitor self-steering system with spare blades

Rail storage for outboard, BBQ, etc

Other comments: bronze opening ports x 10

huge central butterfly hatch

V berth/overhead hatch with full insulation gasket

New LED lighting throughout the vessel



100 gallons in 2 x 50 gallon tanks

Electronic level-sensors and gauges


Shaft and Propellor

SS 1.5” shaft with Dripless Seal

Mid-shaft lay bearing

??? X ??? 3 bladed bronze propellor



3 burner propane stove with full oven

Pressure water (2.9 gall/min)


6 gall Force-10 hot water tank 110v and/or engine heat

Double SS deep sinks on centerline with single lever faucet

Fresh water back-up foot pump

Salt water foot pump

Built in dish-soap dispenser

Frigoboat 45F, low current draw 8 cu ft refrigerator and 1 cu ft freezer

Safety bar on stove and clip-around safety strap

Extensive storage

Electro propane safety-systems and alarms



Electronics and Navigation

Raymarine E7D suite, chartplotter, 48 mile radar, fishfinder/depthsounder

Raymarine WIFI connectivity with Ipad at Helm

Closehauled indicator and wind speed brand?

Standard Horizon VHF


Icom AIS full transceiver with display wired into Raymarine MFD

Icom 802 SSB, Pactor Modem, 140 Antenna tuner, KISS groundplate system, independent SSB antenna

Emergency SSB 27’ whip antenna

Victron energy monitoring system

Automatic Charge Relay (ACR) system for dual battery bank

Built-in Fluke-type amp/draw meter

Xantrax 110V 20 amp x 2 charger

Dual bank 110V charging monitor

Separate Isolation and bridging switches for house and starting bank


Coastal Systems internet booster receives WIFI from a mile away or more

Internal WIFI system on vessel


Cockpit instruments re-situated above companionway in custom panel

includes second, separate Autohelm depth-sounder

speed/distance through water

Windspeed and wind direction


Full engine instrumentation


Picture gallery


Tuamoto Archipelago – perfect rainbow


Tuamoto Archipelago – Fakarava anchorage


Grandsons aboard Mayaluga


Tahiti – Leeward Islands


Mahi-Mahi for dinner


Another hectic day of activities on Mayaluga – Tahiti


California anchorage


Anchored off the “Pinnacle” at Isla Isabelita, Mexico
Windsock to direct fresh-air below, hamock strung on deck


All alone – is this perfect – or what?


Turquoise Sea of Cortez


Incredible sailing during the 2016 Baja Ha Ha


Sailing into San Diego Harbour


Sunrise is always a treat after a long night-watch


Secure coffee making arrangements – bodem and mugs


Glorious tradewind sailing


Guests aboard Mayaluga for sundowners – Angel Island, CA


Leaving Victoria for the South Pacific – August 2016


Leisurely afternoon sail


Under the Golden Gate Bridge!  Cross it off the Bucket List!


View from on-high


Yankee and Mainsail


Karin checking for chafe


It’s a long way up!


Cruising the Gulf Islands, BC, 2016


500 watts of monochrystaline solar


Our Spectra produces water for the first time. Exciting!


All white sails up


A beer after setting the anchor




Rebuilt engine being installed


Cockpit surround


New holding tank being fitted


Ready for launch, bottom faired, 3 coats epoxy, antifouling


Bug screens


Chart table


Raymarine E7d Multifunction Display


Custom switch and trip panel


Battery switches and monitors etc


Tank level monitors and Victron battery level monitor


Instrument panel “hinged fold-down” rear access


Instrument secondary fuses and labelled ABYC wiring


Bus bars

MPPT solar controllers and charging system

3 of 7 AGM series 27 batteries, all with hold-down battens


Spectra 150 T Watermaker, prefilter, carbon and 10 micron filters, expansion tank, pumps and switching system


Dedicated Spectra inlet, Frigaboat hull cooler, engine water inlet and watermaker tank selctor – all through hulls grounded


Main bilge: prop-shaft, gearbox cooler, Raycor, diesel tank switches, exhaust box



One of several new LED interior lights, 4 X intensity settings


Fwd V berth, filler removed


Warm and comfortable salon


Dining table


Settee and 12,00BTU sealed propane heater


Sideboard and storage


Salon looking aft


V berth without filler


V berth with filler


V berth looking aft


Fwd lockers


Quarter berth over 8′ long




Comfortable private aft cabin with lots of storage


Aft cabin looking forward – seating area




Head area – single handed soap, shampoo, conditioner & toothpaste dispensers









3 comments on Mayaluga now relectantly FOR SALE

  1. She’s beautiful! Sadly I’m still trying to work around the inconvenient truth that financing a boat older than 1989 is not for anyone less than tenacious… I hope you find her a great home!

    1. Brandi:
      Sorry, your email fell through the cracks somehow. Yes, we did sell Mayaluga very quickly. We have become firm friends with the lovely couple who bought her. They will be leaving 2021 on their intended multi year trip.
      Yes, financing and insurance on older vessels can be tricky. We bought Mayaluga as a fixer upper for a small cash payment, and did the work ourselves over time to save money. That is the only way we could see our dream come true.

      Good luck, bon voyage!
      Tony and Karin

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