Bill Hardin, probably best known for being a pioneer of the Taiwanese boat building industry for the American market, penned the Hardin 45 Voyager in the late 1970s. It's a heavy displacement bluewater boat particularly well set up for cruising in comfort and style. The boats were built between 1977 and 1982 in Kaohsiung Taiwan by Hardin International and sold through their U.S. distributor, East-West Yachts in Marina Del Rey, California. Originally built and sold as the Bounty 44, the boat got an update in 1980 when Hardin made some significant changes. These included extending the boat length to 45'2" and a six inch reduction in draft from to five and a half. Along the way the transom was trimmed down and a couple of portlights in the hull were relocated to the aft cabin top. To reduce confusion to customers who often wouldn't notice the difference, dealers would refer to both boats as the Hardin 45.
CELL 717 250 2915
1979, 44 foot Hardin Staysail Ketch
Refitted with aluminum masts and external chainplates
Roller furling genoa
Center cockpit design allows for spacious master cabin aft
Custom hardtop fully enclosed with curtains
Raymarine hydraulic autopilot
Garmin GPS chart plotter
Independent depth sounders
Two 80 watt solar panels
80 hp diesel Lehman propulsion engine
2000 watt integrated power inverter/charger
180 gallons diesel capacity
200 gallons water capacity
15 hp windlass, 200 feet of 3/8 inch chain with 45 lb. CQR anchor
Second anchor, 25 lb. Danforth with 20 feet of chain and 200 feet of ¾ inch nylon rode.
EPRIB 506 MHZ, 2008, flares, ditch bag, life preservers and extinguishers as required by coast guard
West Marine VHF 25 watt radio mounted in cockpit and 5 watt hand held unit for backup
Forward V berth sleeps two
Forward pullman berth single or slides to double with head and shower
Aft cabin with queen size bed, head and shower
Salon contains L shaped settee with foam cushions, 2 teak chairs with padding
Table with fold up leafs over a cabinet
Stbd side work shop with loads of storage in large lockers for tools/etc
Lots of hanging locker space and storage
Port side Galley contains 3 burner propane stove with oven, refrigerator with Technautics cold plate, 1100 watt microwave oven and newly installed Staron counter tops.
12 gallon electric water heater also heated by engine coolent
Curtains in salon plus light shields and screens on all large overhead hatches
Stereo and TV
Single Side Band transceiver
Located in Hampton Virginia near Air and Space Museum.