48' Hans Christian

  • Year: 1989
  • Make: Hans Christian
  • Model: T
  • Length: 48'
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Single / Diesel
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Located In: Tiburon, CA
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  • Specs

    • Designer: Scott Spraque
      Flag of Registry: United States
      Hull Shape: Monohull

  • Dimensions

    • LOA: 56 ft 4 in
      Beam: 14 ft 3 in
      LWL: 42 ft 6 in
      Maximum Draft: 7 ft 6 in
      Displacement: 44000 lbs

  • Engines

    • Total Power: 90 HP
      Engine Brand: John Deere
      Year Built: 1989
      Engine Model: Lugger
      Engine Type: Inboard
      Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
      Engine Hours: 3300
      Drive Type: Direct Drive
      Engine Power: 90 HP

  • Tanks

    • Fresh Water Tanks: 5 (300 Gallons)
      Fuel Tanks: 5 (300 Gallons)
      Holding Tanks: 1 (40 Gallons)

  • Accommodations

    • Number of single berths: 5
      Number of cabins: 3
      Number of heads: 2
      Seating Capacity: 8

This beautiful Hans Christian 48T aft cockpit is the flagship of Hans Christian's "Traditional" series of world cruising yachts. GARDNER McKAY was designed by Scott Sprague under the guidance of the owner of Hans Christian to be a fast, blue water cruising yacht. She was constructed specifically to be the "Ultimate Blue Water Cruiser". Her cutaway forefoot full keel with detached rudder, canoe stern, and heavy rigging make her capable and strong on the open seas. She has massive amounts of storage, which is great for anyone wanting to cruise for prolonged periods of time. She is perfect for the World Traveler! 
She is located conveniently in San Francisco. GARDNER McKAY was built in the Shin Fau yard in Taiwan, which is known for their legendary craftsmanship and is said to produce the finest and most well-constructed Hans Christians ever made. 
She was originally built for a minority owner of Hans Christian and has been meticulously maintained and exceptionally fitted with only the highest standards of workmanship and materials. To my knowledge, there were only two HC48 aft cockpits built. Unlike the HC48T center cockpits, the aft cockpit has a much more open and inviting interior. The current owner has continually upgraded the boat and simplified the maintenance. 
GARDNER McKAY is not your ordinary Hans Christian. The teak decks have been removed to reduce maintenance. A new, stronger bow sprit has been fitted. The vessel has new canvas and a new propane stove and propane system. Both, the interior and exterior are in great condition. 
Scott Sprague hit the sweet spot with this design. The HC48 is not a slug, but a very good performer, typically sailing in the 8 knot range on long passages and hitting 9 and 10 knots on occasion. Anyone who loves sailing will not be disappointed with the 48T. 
There is more to GARDNER McKAY beyond just her beauty. Her sturdy construction, classic design and unprecedented safety make her a great choice for anyone thinking about doing some serious cruising! She is ready to sail the open seas and ready to take off for an around-the-world tour immediately! She is waiting for you to pack your bags and make all your cruising dreams come true. 
A MUST SEE for those who aspire to see the World!

GARDNER McKAY has been meticulously maintained and upgraded by it's current and pervious owners, including: 
  • New running rigging
  • New Force 10 propane stove and propane system
  • New sail cover
  • New binnacle cover
  • Fresh varnish on all brightwork
  • New bottom job
GARDNER McKAY is a lovely aft cockpit, 3 stateroom vessel with 2 heads, one separate shower and luxurious galley. She is a seaworthy and comfortable cruising boat for the discerning cruising couple. There is plenty of room for guests and family with three separate sleeping cabins with doors.
GARDNER McKAY has a full suite of B & G electronics and communication gear: 
  • B & G Hydra speed, depth and wind
  • Furuno NavNet Chart Plotter
  • Furuno Radar
  • Simrad AP16 autopilot w/B & G hydraulic ram
  • • Icom vhf radio wit ram mike
GARDNER McKAY is equipped with 12 volt dc and 110 volt ac systems, including: 
  • 8.5 kw Fisher Panda generator with 620 hours
  • Heart 2500 watt inverter
  • Batteries: Two 12 volt Group 27 start batteries, Three 12 volt 8D deep cycle
  • 75 amp alternator
  • 20 amp Guest battery charger
The engine is a 90 hp John Deer, one of the most highly regarded marine engines made. These engines will last for the life of the boat.  
GARDNER McKAY is equipped with an Aqua Drive thrust bearing for smooth and quiet motoring with a dripless shaft seal.
There is an 8.5kw Fisher Panda generator with 620 hours.
GARDNER McKAY has been set up for short-handed sailing and low maintenance. She has traditional looking tanbark (red) sails on Shaeffer roller fuller and slab reefing that is all in excellent condition.  


The teak decks have been removed and replaced with non-skid for low maintenance. 
Varnish has recently been done. 
The oversized rigging has been replaced approximately 10 years ago with Stay-lok fittings. All winches are Lewmar, 2 speed self-tailing. 
There are 2 Lofran winches with 300' of 5/16" chain for each and one 50 pound CQR and one 30 pound CQR for ground tackle. 
GARDNER McKAY's rig is heavily built for offshore cruising with the following: 
  • Cutter rigged
  • Keel stepped mast
  • New bow sprit
  • Rig replaced ~10 years ago with sea-lock fittings
  • Bronze turnbuckles
  • All running rigging led back to cockpit
  • Two Shaeffer furlers
  • Jiffy reefing main
  • Forespar rigid vang
  • Lewmar 2 speed self-tailing winches
  • All 3 stand, traditional running rigging
  • Tan bark (red) sails in very good condition
  • New running rigging
  • New Sail cover
  • New helm cover
DISCLAIMER 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.