In Brief

Hardin Voyager 45 Sail Plan 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.

The boats were generally of quality construction with excellent structural integrity and good joiner work. A total of around 130 Hardin 45s were built by the time the factory closed in the mid 1980s.

These center-cockpit designs had most of their attention in their beautiful and spacious interiors finished in hand crafted teak. The centrepiece of the accommodations is a split level salon giving an open and airy feel due to the copious amounts of light coming in from the raised salon glass, portlights and butterfly hatch. On the lower of the split levels were two seagoing berths. In the mid-cabin forward of this area are two pilot berths, many use this area as a “storage garage” while on some boats of this area was modified to make room for a larger master head with tub/shower combination. There’s also large aft stateroom with an additional head. A few boats were built for chartering which crammed more berths into the layout. They had a v-berth as well as a double cabin stateroom forward of the salon.

Hardin Voyager 45 Layout Options It seems most of the thought behind the design of Hardin 45 was to optimize the experience under anchor. With so much glass above deck (bringing in that all important “light and airy” feel), it’s nearly essential for those planning bluewater passages to have a set of storm shutters for all of that glass. Fiberglass storm shutters were offered by the factory back in the day, but not many took the offer.

At 32,000 pounds The Hardin 45 is well and truly in the heavy boat category with weak light air performance. Yet on the other end of the spectrum, with only 25% of their weight in the ballast with shoal draft keel, they don’t go very far in blow. They are however very comfortable.

At least one Hardin owned by Gordon and Joan Mery has been credited with a nine year circumnavigation, they commented after 38,000 miles under their keel, “it isn’t that fast for a boat, but she’s pretty quick for a house”. Another owner having singlehanded 10,000 miles in his Hardin confirms she is “solid slow and comfortable” and tells of an episode where he was caught in a 75 mph blow with twenty foot breaking seas saying, “I didn’t go anywhere, but it was comfy”.


LOA: 45′ 2″
LWL: 34′ 6″
Beam: 13′ 4″
Draft: 5′ 6″
Displacement: 32,000 lbs.
Ballast: 8,500 lbs.
Sail Area: 809 sq.ft.
Bridge Clearance: 56′ 0″

Headroom: 6′ 3″
Fuel: 200 US Gal.
Water: 200 US Gal.
Holding: 25 US Gal.

Designer: Bill Hardin
Builder: Hardin International Co.

Also Known As: Bounty 44, Hardin 44, Hardin Voyager 45

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  1. Steve kopesky says:

    Wife daughter and are about to be making a 1979 Hardin 45 our new home. She is currently and likely will continue to be named YOLO. I know little about the history other than she previously was named Celebration and was for sale in deltaville VA at some point.

    Would love to correspond with anyone that may have information about YOLO’s past or any information relevant to Hardins. Any owners groups out there? Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

    We will be in the Stuart FL area to begin with and then not sure?

    Contact me! – email
    602-432-4306 – voice or text

  2. joe foderaro says:

    thinking about getti ng another Hardin 45 to replace one that was sold year’s ago. anyone ever encounter Quiet Eagle?

  3. leonela says:

    on a Hardin 45, if the makers plaque is missing where can you find the hull number?

  4. Leonella says:

    Can anyone tell me where I can find the ‘Hull Number’ for a Hardin? I have looked all over this boat, I have very little information as the Dominican ”matriculation” only states ‘sail boat, white, 45 ft”
    I have figured out it has to be a Bounty circa 1978 from the bulge on the bow where the bowsprit is attached and the main cabin port lights are in the upper hull not in the cabin roof.
    If the manufacturers plate is missing is there another place I can find this number?

    1. Christine says:

      look on the starboard side just in ahead of the stern by the top cap…the hull number should be printed there.

    2. Paul Beyer "There and Back Again" says:

      Mine is in two places. First…a small bronze tag on the Port side going down to the lower galley. Second place is a large (24″) engraved wooden one that is glassed onto the hull in the chain locker on the port side. They did not put the Hull number where the USCG said they must on any of these vessels…

  5. Gail says:

    Hi, Does anyone have experience of Hydraulic steering systems for the Hardin 45 ketch? we have a problem with ours and before doing lots of work are thinking to remove it …… advise & experience appreciated Gailforce5

    1. Paul Beyer "There and Back Again" says:

      We had a leaking ram on ours and replaced it and the steering pump at the same time. I bought a Capilano 1275V pump and a BA200-11 ram.

    2. Barry says:

      Gail, we have a Hardin 44 that years ago we had a couple of hydraulic issues with. The first was a leaking hydraulic ram that is under the master cabin berth. We had the seals replaced by a hydraulic outfit in Kodak, AK. I simply took the ram out after draining the fluid and brought it to them. They did the work on the ram. I brought it back, put it in and replaced the fluid with new and bled the system.

      The second problem developed a couple of years later and was with the hydraulic helm pump. I removed it and was told that it needed to be replaced, I found someone in Costa Mesa. CA that got us Wagners newer model as the original was no longer supported by Wagner. This solution came with the added need to build a new helm box on top of the pedestal because the newer pump was a tad larger than the old and would not fit in the original teak box.

      Hope this helps.
      Barry s/v Scotch Mist II email at

    3. Pierre Roger Messier says:

      last year I rebuilt the steering pump, at the helm, and we had an Octopus system for the hydraulic steering which had to be replaced has been working fine since the company is out of Canada.

  6. Pierre Roger Messier says:

    I am not sure we are in the Bahamas right now, ours is 1982 great boat. Ching-Tu

    1. Jim and Lorraine Colvin says:

      We owned Ching tu several years ago we replaced the Ford engine with a new Yanmar and put new masts within Mast furlers replaced all the rigging put in an autopilot and much more we love the boat. Very stable and comfortable

  7. Christine Adams says:

    I am refitting a 1981 Hardin island trader 45 and am replacing the wooden masts and booms with aluminium ones. The Woden spars are definitely usable and I hate the idea of scraping them. Does anyone have a use for them?

    1. Shawn says:

      I’m looking at a 45 with wooden spars. I’m getting quotes of around $35k for new spars and rigging (traditional) . What did you pay for yours and what type of spar/sail system?

    2. Christine says:

      US Spars. They have all of the engineering and quote is approx $24,000

  8. Terry Ashford says:

    Does anyone know where I can get a owners manual for a Vagabond 47. I found a Facebook page with the information I needed but didnt save it. Stupid really I know but my wife was calling me for dinner!

  9. Gail Thomas says:

    Hello Hardin Fans,
    Have just bought Hull number 55 ” Sunflower II” in St Lucia. Am trying to source Engine parts for the original Ford Lehman 80 …. All ideas appreciated. Specific engine details available

    many thanks Gailforce5

    1. Mike Clarke says:

      Congratulations on your new purchase. One of the best sources I have used for my Ford Lehman is:
      American Diesel Corp
      101 American Drive
      Kilmarnock, Virginia 22484-1838
      Phone: 804-435-3107
      Fax: 804-435-6420

      You could also try (I have no experience with this company):
      Bomac Marine Power Corp.
      43 Commerce Drive
      Blairsville, Ga 30512
      Tel: 954-766-2625
      Toll Free USA: 866-419-6363
      Tech Support:

      Fair Winds,
      Mike Clarke
      SV Calypso

  10. Gail Thomas says:

    I have just bought Hull number 55 ” Sunflower II” am very happy to find this group are you on FB or any other forums also for Hardin owners.
    Anyone heard anything about my new boat do contact me. I may have a question or 2 about the Ford 80HP Engine soon
    best regards Gailforce5 based in France & St Lucia

  11. Eric Reus says:

    1982 Island Trader 45 designed by Bill Hardin and built for Island Trader Yachts by Bill Hardins Shipyard in Taiwan.

    1. Pierre Messier says:

      You can sail anywhere in the world with proper preparation, the boat is a very heavy duty sea worthy, I have taken mine up and down the east coat to the Bahamas and sailed one on the west coast of US to Mexico, but like any boat inspect what you expect and some sea trials to get use to how she handles, as for myself I love mine, and my wife and I feel very comfortable and safe even in the worst sea, that said learn to heave too and storm safety common sense, my Hardin is a 1982 Island Trader Ching-Tu,

    2. Christine Adams says:

      hi, Eric. I own a 1981 hardin island trader I believe she is the 23 red one built as her serial number is 45023 when I decode her hull number. Does this seem right?

  12. kjell says:

    Hallo I want to bay a Hardin can anyone get mee some tips
    Can I sail from USA too Sweden, Kjell

  13. Paul Beyer says:

    My wife and I own Hull #36 “There and Back Again”. Solid boat for sure. We just changed out the forward facing main saloon ” 2′ X 5′ Windows” with .25″ Aluminum Plate with dual 2X2 Lewmar Ocean series Hatches each side. (4 total). We also replaced the two deck hatches with Bomar Cast aluminum Hatches. This address the only concern I had with Bluewater on her. Rick…we have a stainless compression post under the Main Mast. Check out pictures of other Hardins on Yachtworld. They all have them.

  14. Eric Reus says:

    Hi, I am looking at a 1982 Island Trader 45 designed by Bill Hardin. Can anyone give me any information on these boats and how well they handle in bluewater. I am also concerned about the deckstepped masts because I see no compression post under the main and mizzen. I have been told that they are designed with the support over the forward door frame for the main and not sure about the support for the mizzen. Can anyone tell me about how this is designed and whether or not this might be a problem. Thank you in advance for any help anyone can give me.

  15. Eric Reus says:

    I am looking at buying an Island Trader 45, which I am told is a technicly a Hardin 45. I am wandering if anyone can give me any infomation on the Island Trader 45. Is it a bluewater boat like the Hardin 45 and would anyone take one across the pacific?

    Also, the Main is deck stepped but there is no compression post under the main mast. Is there supposed to be a compression post or is the interior walls part of the support for the main mast. If anyone could fill me in on these questions, I would greatly appreciate it.

  16. Mike Clarke says:

    I need some help ASAP. Our wooden mizzen mast was unstepped for repair several months ago. I have since decided to replace both masts with aluminum, however, I no longer have a reference point to measure any potential boom clearance issues with the mizzen mast’s lower sidestays and main mast’s backstays . Would someone mind swinging their main boom out to take two measurements for me?

    1st measurement: The closest distance between the outboard end of the main boom and the mizzen mast’s lower sidestay.

    2nd measurement: The closest distance between the outboard end of the main boom and the main mast’s backstay.

    The clearance issue came about when I realized that most boom manufacturers have a cast aluminum “cap” on the outboard end of the aluminum boom. There are no attachment points on this “cap” for the mainsheet block. Instead, the attachment point is (in the case of Selden Masts) almost 7 inches inboard on the aluminum extrusion itself. I am trying to avoid the cost of a custom boom vs an “off the shelf” model.

    1. Mike Clarke says:

      Cancel that request for measurements. I just recieved measurements from another Hardin owner in Mexico. Thanks Larry!

  17. Antonio says:

    Friends, I am buying one Hardin45 but I see only the mainsail mast… no mizzen mast. This is normal? Have others Hardin45 with only one mast? Someone can tell me about?

    1. Pierre Messier says:

      I have never seen one

  18. Todd says:

    Hi! I own Isabelle of Port Townsend WA (formerly gypsy of Long Beach CA). Hull #30, a 1977. She’d been badly neglected for many years so I’ve pretty much needed to do everything. Currently trying to figure out the masts because the original spruce spars are mulch at this point. I have a used Isomat off a Morgan I was going to try to use as my main in an attempt to not pay $30k for new spars, but I’m being told it will cost just as much going used. Does anyone have any experience fitting used or new aluminum spars to their Hardin, and if so do you have any of the plans that were made in the process? I would be eternally grateful. I’m guessing everyone has tackled this project by now…mine must have the last set of spruce spars.

    Oh! And has anyone had to do chain plates? Mine seen fine, I was just wondering if they’ve failed for anyone yet.

    1. Mike Clarke says:

      Hi Todd,

      The “Admiral” and I have lived aboard Calypso for 15 years. Our home port is Marina del Rey, CA. We are currently in Savannah, GA replacing both wooden masts and all electronics. We have not placed the order yet, but have decided to go with Seldon Masts located in N. Charleston, South Carolina. The Seldon rep that I talked to stated that they have already done at least one Hardin and have all the measurements. Their phone number is (843) 760-6278. You should be able to get an exact price. Since you are on the west coast, there is a mast manufacturer in So Cal which could save you on the shipping costs. I don’t have the name of the company, but can find it later if you need it.

      We have some friends that also own a Hardin, that recently suffered a “snapped” chain plate. I have reffered them to this forum and perhaps you may be able to exchange some ideas.

      Here is an informatve article regarding chainplate removal/modification on a Hardin. The owner did a fantastic job. What I personally didn’t like (and this is only my opinion), was how the caprail was cut/notched to accomodate the new chainplates. This can be avoided by placing a delrin (acetal homopolymer), starboard, or wooden spacer between the chainplate and hull. There are numerous materials out there to use. Make sure that it is able to flex to the hull shape and that it can withstand a compression load when you tighten it up.

      What I would consider doing, depending on how much time and money you want to put into this project, is leaving the old chainplates in and using them as a “backing plate”. This would eliminate a substantial amount of demo work to get at them. Drill thru the existing holes and bolt your new chain plates to your “backing plates”. You will still have to cut some of the inner liner to access the foward chain plates, however, just make a removable teak cover to put over the newly cut access hole. If you go that route I can send you a picture of my teak “inspection cover” that I made for Calypso’s foward chainplates.

      I’m also not sure if I liked the porthole being covered by the new chainplate. I would explore designing a thick, horizontal upsidedown “T” style chainplate secured above the porthole. As long as you are unstepping the main, I would consider getting rid of the wooden block at the base of the main and replacing it with a block of delrin or something similar.

      Hope this helps you out.

  19. Pierre Messier says:

    We have a Hardin 45 currently in Newport RI heading south in about 4 weeks, love my boat Ching-Tu

  20. rick says:

    I just found this forum and was pleased to find one that deals with exclusively Hardin owners! I bought mine three years ago in California and shipper her up I-5 to Seattle and have been spending the summers cruising the San Juan’s and Canadian Gulf Island to get my wife comfortable with the boat before heading to points south. I fell in love the boat the moment I saw her and I love that she is roomy, and should be a safe boat in blue water. Love to hear from any Hardin owners out there.


  21. Pierre Meilleur says:

    WE have a Hardin 45 Voyager Hull# 76 Presently in Rio Dulce for major restoration,we hope to be done and sailing again in two years

    1. arecuk says:

      Heya! Id like to help with restoration in exchange for some sailing. I think I saw your profile on find a crew website, right? Tomas,

  22. Jim Donahoe says:

    I have a 1983 45 charter class hull #124 and have enjoyed her for many years. Yes, she likes a stiff breeze to get her moving, but she rides smooth and the heavy waves. While most are reefing, I’m just starting to move. I look forward to here more history on Hardin’s.

    1. Christine Adams says:

      How do you figure out what hull number you have?

  23. David Mery says:

    Living aboard “Alegre”,Hull #77. Does anyone have the “body plan” of the Hardin 45? I’m interested in making a half hull model.

  24. George Balfour says:

    We are currently in the process of some refit work in Georgia with Bejasus, hull no. 61, and will hopefully be in the Keys by mid December.

  25. Dee Cochran says:

    I am living aboard a 1980 Hardin Center cockpit Cutter rig ketch Hull #91. Built solid. Presently in the LA Harbor plans to head south and west.

    1. Pierre Messier says:

      We have had ours (Ching-Tu) since 2008 been up and down the east coast , to the Bahamas and back to Newport, RI. Just love her, Stable, Comfortable causing boat, did I mention beautiful

    2. Pierre Messier says:

      We have had ours (Ching-Tu) since 2008 been up and down the east coast , to the Bahamas and back to Newport, RI. Just love her, Stable, Comfortable cruising boat, did I mention beautiful

  26. Jose says:

    Hello. I am buying a Hardin 45. Any experience with electric propulsion? Thanks

  27. Richard Thorogood says:

    We’ve owned our Hardin 45 “Kereru” Hull No. 82 (previously named “Betty Ann” and before that “Nimbus” since 2010. We love her and have restored and improved her where necessary to be the ideal liveaboard, circumnavigation boat for us. Our trial run last year (2013) was from New Zealand to Tonga (8 days including an overnight stop in Minerva Reef), then to Fiji and back to New Zealand to complete a fantastic 5 month trip. Our return trip from Suva had us averaging 7 knots for the first 3 days in wind speeds of 30+ knots. She is solid and comfortable. We find the best way to sail her 2-handed in winds of over 15 knots is with just the genoa and mizzen which are easily handled from the cockpit – the main has become our light airs sail!

    This year we will return to Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia before starting our circumnavigation in earnest.

    1. Phillip Zisakis says:

      Hi, I was the owner of your ketch who sailed her to NZ in 2006 under the name of The Betty Ann. Any history or questions feel free to make contact

    2. rick patton says:


      I purchased a Hardin several years ago and she is in Seattle rite now. I am planning on doing the south pacific and would love to talk with you. I can be reached at 808-987-5607 in Hawaii or looking forward to hearing from you if you get this.


  28. Jay Chattaway says:

    We have just completed phase one of an extended voyage on Cadenza. About 1700 miles down the California coast and the Sea of Cortez. Added a mizzen spinnaker and rebuilt rudder and the boat has proven to be a safe sturdy and wonderful liveaboard. Plus in 18-25 knot breezes she screams and stays level!
    our blog:

    1. C July says:

      We are glad to here that your Hardin was saved from Hurricane Odile. We are all thinking about the tragedy there and wishing that the community can recover quickly. We too have friends with a boat there which was spared by local accounts and are deeply saddened for those who experienced such tragic loss.

  29. Christopher Norris says:

    In 2002 I sailed my 1980 named persistence from hawaii to NZ with a barely running engine and sails that looked like old diapers and no auto pilot hand steering 5600 miles. We hit every storm. 3 lows between Fiji and NZ . 375 miles from NZ the wind blowing over 50 kts waves in the 20ft.range at 2 am. A rogue wave appx 40 ft knock us keal up slid down the wave on her side and just kept on her heading. What all ready wasn’t on the sole now was. Its a real long story but what I will say is my last boat was a 40 ft.Catana speed 18 to20 I would miss the lows. But if I didn’t I’d wish it was a hardin. Carry on smartly.

  30. Pierre Messier says:

    I have owned an Island trader which is a hardin 45 built in 1982 with a flush deck fwd. and aft. shorter main cabin window’s, but every thing else is the same,there were 25-30 of these imported by comp.out of NJ. we have been cruising for the last months up and down the east coat of US to Bahama’s and down to Maine, Wife and I absolutely love her,she is a cutter rig and with a good wind 7.5 Knots is not uncommon, and very comfortable,this boat is built very heavy, I never look for bad weather, but riding one out on this one I feel safe. 30 years on the water,I can’t say that for all the boats I have been on!

  31. Mike Clarke says:

    The “Admiral” and I have lived aboard our Hardin 45 for 13 years. In 2009 we departed Marina del Rey, CA and sailed south along the Pacific side of Mexico and Central America to the Panama Canal. After going thru the canal we headed north along the NW Caribbean side of Central America and Mexico before making the jump across the Gulf of Mexico to Florida. It’s an excellent live-aboard and has provided us safe passage in heavy weather. As far as speed is concerned , I’ll gladly sacrifice a “couple” of knots for a heavily built, full keeled hull. We are currently in GA waiting out the hurricane season.

    1. rick patton says:


      I bought my Hardin 45 in Long beach CA. 3 years ago and had it shipped up to Seattle where I am from. I would love to chat with you as I would love to hear how your voyages went down Mexico and threw the canal etc. I can be reached at 808-987-5607 or


  32. jim morgan says:

    my wife aggie and i have been living aboard for the past 10 years.our hardin is a voyager .im curious to know if you have a source for isuzu parts. ther getting very hard to find.good luck.

    1. Wayne says:

      I’ve had a Hardin 44 since new (78). Cruised Alaska,Canada. Great boat. The Isuzu C240 ws one of the most produced diesals made. Parts are plentiful. The Pices marinization parts are not.

  33. Wilf Williams says:

    I just read your January 13th, 2012 article and enjoyed it very much
    My wife and I own a Hardin Voyager 45, in fact Hull # 100 which was Bill Hardin’s own boat. The brass owner’s plate is still in the cabin.

    My wife and a group of ladies circumnavigated Vancouver Island and had a very enjoyable sail. Hull speed of 7.8 knots it may not be the fastest boat but it is very safe and comfortable.

    1. Christine Adams says:

      What year is your Hardin?

    2. rick patton says:


      I keep my Hardin 45 in Anacortes WA and am thinkiong of going around Vancouver Island as well and would love to chat with you. I can be reached at 808-987-5607 or


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