Sunday, September 30, 2012

Review of Hans Christian 33 vs Hans Christian Pilothouse


My post about the Hans Christian 44 Pilothouse Ketch gets a lot of hits on this blog.

As it stands, it left people with the impression that it was the lost love of my life. In some ways it was. But in more important ways, she looks prettier from afar.

Hans Christian 44 Pilothouse: No one can say she ain't a beauty.
So to set the record straight with a more objective presentation, here is a comparison: Hans Christian Pilothouse vs Hans Christian 33.

For all of its additional length, the HC PHK has a less roomier feel both on deck and down below than the HC33.

On deck, the outside helm station is situated so deep in the cockpit, that when you are standing at the wheel, I cannot see over the pilothouse. I stand at 5’10” (147 cm.)

By standing on a cockpit bench, you can see over, but then you can’t reach the wheel. A larger wheel might solve the problem, but there is no room to mount one because of the cockpit benches.

This would make docking almost impossible without additional eyes forward to inform the helmsman.

The inside helm station is portside and provides limited view of the starboard side for docking.

I have seen couples on larger vessels use radios and hand signals to coordinate docking maneuvers, but for me, one criteria is to be able to single-hand the boat. And I didn’t feel I could comfortably do that with the PHK.

The boat’s pilothouse was nice. Airy and bright, just as we had expected. Besides the helmstation, it contained the u-shaped galley and a dining table with room for four.

But when compared to the HC33, you can’t seat as many for dinner. On the HC33, you can get an additional four people sitting on the settee next to the salon table, for a total of eight people for dinner. Granted, four people will be holding plates in their laps, but that’s the boating life. I suppose, on the PHK, you could sit all the company below in the salon while the cook is up in the pilothouse cooking. But again, the advantage of the HC33 is that you don’t have to make that compromise.

The PHK’s salon down below seemed dark to us, and without a table that can span the distance athwartships between the two settees, we felt the space lacked purpose.

The aft stateroom had standing headroom only in certain areas. And despite the larger footprint of the room, you didn’t have a backrest for the bed. Instead, your head lies in the last of a series of descending ceilings.

The masterberth is a pullman design, which met our all-important criteria. But it, too, felt it more claustrophobic than on the HC33. That’s because on the 33, opposite the materberth, half of the starboard side is taken up by a hanging closet (as is on the PHK) but the other half opens to the nav desk and thus the salon.

The one hands-down advantage of the PKH over the 33 was the workshop. Any man who wouldn’t swoon at a workshop on a boat just shouldn’t be sailing their own boat and have it crewed instead.

Yet, all in all, while the PHK had more rooms, but didn’t seem as roomy. And given that one will spend considerably more in maintenance, marina costs and replacements, it just didn’t seem to offer the commensurate amount of advantages.

Too bad. I really like the pilothouse part of the Hans Christian Pilothouse.

To see more pictures of the PHK, go back to this blog: Infatuation With A Ship.

1 comment:

judymac said...

I remember how enthused you were at the time, and how Jennifer felt it was just not for you two.....you made a good choice:)