The Boat

Bruadair is a 1984 Hans Christian 33T cutter rigged sailboat. She was built in Taiwan. Bruadair has 8 solid brass opening ports, two round opening ports into the cockpit, a butterfly hatch above the main salon, and a hatch above the head. For additional ventilation she has 6 dorade vents. She is powered by an inboard Yanmar 3QM30F 30 hp diesel engine.  Her keel is a modified full keel with a cutaway forefoot. Her additional specs are as follows.

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Length Overall         (LOA)   41’ 0”

Length on Deck       (LOD)   32’ 9”

Length at Waterline              29/ 2”

Beam                                   11’ 8”

Draft                                        5’ 6”

Displacement                 18,500 lbs


Fuel Tank                80 gallons

Water                        90 gallons

Holding Tank           15 gallons

House Bank             630 amp hrs

Start Battery            Group 31 AGM

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During the nine months we were searching for a boat, we had contemplated a variety of names, including Rena (after Damon’s mom) and Lily Pad. We saw Bruadair for the first time at the brokers in March of 2002, and within minutes of stepping aboard we knew that this was the boat, that this was the right boat for us. At the time we made an offer on Bruadair later that day, we asked our broker to inquire about the meaning of the name. When Jim contacted us to let us know that the offer was accepted, he told us that Bruadair was Scottish Gaelic for ‘a dream’. Without hesitation, we decided that Bruadair was the right name for our boat, it was so appropriate.

We chose Bruadair for her robust construction, cutter rigged sail plan, and roomy layout. When our search first started for the right boat, we weren’t sure what we wanted, just that we wanted a blue water boat. As the process of looking at boats progressed, we began to develop a list of wants and needs in the ‘perfect’ boat. David needed a spacious and easy to use galley, I needed good engine access. We both wanted a traditional looking boat, I wanted a separate shower. We needed a boat that would be comfortable and well balanced to sail, a boat with robust construction. The Hans Christian 33T fit the bill in all of these ways, and more. We were also pleased to find great support from fellow Hans Christian owners on the Hans Christian Owners Association web site.

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